Monday, October 14, 2013

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Kester Black - Sweetshop collection

Today I'm sharing with you a little bit of nail art and a whole bunch of swatches from little talked about Aussie indie brand Kester Black.  Kester Black has been around for just over a year providing Aussies with a range of cruelty free, carcinogen free (5-free) and vegan nail polishes.

First lets look at the quick little dotticure I created using three of the shades, Blueberry tart, Bubblegum and Buttercream. Quick and easy nail art design which I created using the back end of my clean up brush for the large dots and my small dotting tool for the little dots.

Before I get onto the swatches, I wanted to share my first impressions of the Kester Black brand.  The first thing that struck me was that the bottle, lids and labels are actually identical to other Aussie indie, Pretty Serious.  I'm guessing they are made at the same lab.  Which also makes sense, given that both brands are vegan, not tested on animals and 5-free.  I'm guessing if you like your Pretty Serious polishes, then you are going to like these.

Buttercream - a smooth pale nude cream creme. Opaque at two coats. Shown here as two coats with Seche Vite top coat in the full sun.

Blue Raspberry - a bright royal blue with more of a crelly finish.  Two coats with Seche Vite top coat in the full sun.

Bubble Gum - a pastel mint green creme. Two coats with Seche Vite top coat in the full sun.

Fairy Floss - pale pink creme. Two coats with Seche Vite top coat in the full sun.

Marshmallow - multi-coloured flakie, it has them all, the blue ones that shift from aqua to royal blue, the orange ones that go red and the yellow ones that go green.  The flakies are a little sparse, so I did two coats over Kester Black Periwinkle (from the Winter Garden collection).

Paradise Punch - a super bright neon orange.  Picture this about 10 times brighter and two shades lighter.  A little sheerer than the other polishes so I did three coats and top coat. Shown here in the shade, cause in the sun my camera just freaked out.

Peach Melba - a pale peach shade.  Two coats with Seche Vite top coat in the full sun.

Cherry Pie - A bright richly pigmented red creme. This is one amazing coat with Seche Vite.  I have been using this polish a lot recently in my nail art.  Such as in yesterday's rainbow plaid, the red butterflies from the 31 day challenge, the rainbow design from the 31 day challenge and the lady bug design. So as you can see, I really love this one!

Tutti Fruitti - bright fuchsia pink. Another super bright one and it dries to a satin finish. I liked the finish so I didn't top coat this one.

Blueberry tart - pastel blue creme. Two coats with Seche Vite top coat in the full sun.

I've also used some of these Kester Black polishes in a pastel gradient with stamping.

The formula on all these was smooth and they were so, so easy to apply. I really like the colour selection and as you can see already, I enjoy using them quite a lot in nail art.

Kester Black polishes are available from their website and through various stockists throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Polishes provided for review.


  1. I love Kester Black so much!! Great dotticure and swatches!

    I also noticed the labels are the same as ELES cosmetic nail polishes! :)

  2. Very feminine dotticure and lovely fresh looking polishes.

  3. Are these available at all in the US? :)

  4. *arrives at the word flakies* .... Commencing drooling in 3, 2, 1 ....


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