Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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Contrary Polish - Holiday Collection 2012

I'm blowing off the Aussie Christmas Challenge tonight cause I want to show you the Contrary Polish Holiday Collection that I just got in the mail on Monday!   I had a few spare hours this afternoon so I did a bit of a swatch-a-thon and then kept the last mani on.

Candle Light - a soft black crelly with a scattered gold shimmer.  This is two coats with Seche Vite top coat.  It looks mostly black indoors, but does have visible gold sparkles.

Bauble -  a bright cherry red jelly with red micro glitter and silver shimmer. This is three coats of Bauble with Seche Vite on top.  This colour totally reminds me of those red glace cherries!

Mystery - a smoky brown with golden bronze shimmer.  I really loved this one. This one is the classic Contrary Polish style that I love, with it's smoky finish and rich shimmer.  Two coats with Seche Vite.

Spruce - blackened green with green shimmer that shifts lightly to gold and teal.  The larger shimmer particles in this on really sparkle in the sun and it almost has a blacked green foil finish.  This was two coats with Seche Vite.

Adorned - is a top coat that has gold flakes and a golden shimmer in a clear base.  I'm a huge fan of this polish.  I have heaps of gold glitter top coats that have the regular hex glitters in it.  I love that this is gold flakes. There were two polishes in this collection that screamed out to have Adorned layered over the top.  First up is one coat of Adorned over Candle Light.  I didn't add an additional layer of top coat, cause it was smooth and glossy without it.

This is two coats of Adorned layered over Mystery.  No additional top coat added.

Frozen -  white with blue micro glitter and silver shimmer.  The silver shimmer in the white base give this polish a sparkly wet look.  I ended up doing four thin coats of Frozen with Seche Vite on top.

I added a light glitter gradient using Color Club Jingle Jangle from their holiday collection last year (which was one of the best for 2011!).  This is the mani that I decided to keep wearing and still have on now.

The formula on all these was excellent, something which I have become accustomed to with all the Contrary Polishes I have.  Only Frozen required a number of coats, but it was still very smooth and easy to apply and dried quickly, so the additional coats wasn't an issue.  If I had to pick a favorite from this collection, it would be Mystery, but they are all lovely. 

Contrary Polishes are available from Llarowe in the USA or Shoppe-Eclecticco in Singapore.  Minis are also available through the Contrary Polish blog

Polishes were sent for review.


  1. Wow, Adorned and Candlelight totally stole my heart! ♥ gorgeous!

  2. Love love love! all these swatches. Jingle Jangle over Frozen is my favourite atm x

  3. Ooooo...these colors are gorgeous!

  4. Love the glitter gradient over Frozen, it looks awesome! :)

  5. Oh wow, there are some true beauties in this collection - gorgeous!


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