I spotted an exciting new display earlier today at Rite Aid – LA Girl Holographic / 3D Effects nail polish. It seems that holo polish has now truly hit the mainstream! The polishes were $4.80 at my Rite Aid; prices will vary by region, and you can purchase them online at Cherry Culture for $4 each.
Here’s the display – it was on the lowest shelf, so I couldn’t get a good angle to photograph the whole display in one photo:
Note that the display photo makes these look they might be linear holos – I was skeptical – these look to be scattered holos in the bottle. The collection has eight shades; I purchased five, and have nail wheel swatches for you of those shades. First, here are bottle shots of the other three – I think the color is still a little off in these (sorry!) – I couldn’t quite adjust it to be right.
And the swatches of the five shades I have in some different lighting conditions:
Clearly, these are scattered holos – and not particularly holographic at that. Black Illusion and Purple Effect are the most holographic – you can really see the rainbow of color in both of them. Teal Dimension has a faint rainbow in some lights. I can maybe see a hint of rainbow in Brilliant Blue, and I see no holo / rainbow effect in Sparkle Ruby at all.
That said – these are all gorgeous polishes, even the ones that aren’t holo. I love the depth of the color; they’re basically holo jellies. The quality is fantastic too – they were almost-but-not-quite wearable at one coat, and one coat of polish was very even – not even a hint of unevenness or streaks – they just needed the second coat to be fully opaque. I’ve worn several of them now, and wear time is great – longer than average.
EDIT: I went back to buy the orange, Electric Coral – here’s a swatch, both in focus and blurred to show sparkle.
I’ve also been layering the polishes; since they are jellies, they layer quite beautifully, bother over cremes and with each other. Here are the teal, purple, and red over a black creme:
And here is the purple holo over the blue one and the teal holo over NYC Apple Fizz:
So, overall, even though these range from not holo at all to weakly holo, I would absolutely recommend them as beautiful, high quality polishes, and I’m very happy to have purchased the
five six I did!
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