Yesterday, I spotted a display with five new Maybelline Color Show polishes – called the Holographic collection (now available online). Unfortunately, it turns out that they aren’t holo – or even meant to be holo! There is a description of the collection on Maybelline Canada’s website, and it says that they “shift from shade to shade depending on the angle” – that is, they’re meant to be duochrome (they are not very strong duochromes, though). If you’re not familiar with the difference between holo and duochrome polishes, Nihrida has a guide to nail polish finishes.
However, as disappointing as this collection is, I still have information about all the shades & swatches of two of them.
Here’s a close up of all the bottles in the display:
And Maybelline Canada has images of the bottles online that are reasonably accurage as well:
Note that Maybelline also has a nail polish in the permanent line named Bold Gold, but this one appears to be different.
I purchased two shades – Lavender Lustre and Alluring Rose.
Lavender Lustre is fairly pigmented – it covers well in two coats – but I found that it really emphasized the lines on my nails. It also is quite frosty and not really duochrome at all. I don’t like this one.
Alluring Rose is on the sheer side – it takes about three coats to become opaque. It’s a little streaky too, but not nearly as bad as Lavender Lustre, and it does have a slight duochrome effect. I don’t love this polish, but I don’t dislike it either.
Here’s Lavender Lustre on my nails; just an iphone shot because I disliked it and removed it immediately!
Overally, for me, this collection is definitely a SKIP. It’s advertised as holographic and it isn’t, and then the polishes are barely duochrome. There are tons of way better duochromes out there – don’t waste your money on these!
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