Monday, December 05, 2011

Review & Swatches - Color Club Backstage Pass Collection

Hey guys!

Usually I would have some nail art to show you on Mondays but like I've already mentioned, I'm in finals now so I might not get time to paint my nails until the week is over. However, I've written up a few posts so that I'll still have stuff to show you throughout the week.

Today I'll be reviewing Color Club's Backstage Pass Collection which I showed you in yesterday's haul. Like I mentioned, I haven't been hearing the best of things about this collection but I just couldn't pass it up!

Keep reading for the review and swatches!

Color Club Backstage Pass Collection: Backstage Pass, Take the Stage, Fame & Fortune

Color Club Backstage Pass Collection: Platinum Record, It's A Hit!, Wish Upon A Rock-Star

Backstage Pass (large silver and purple hex glitter and small silver glitter in a clear base)
The namesake of the collection is pretty unique and is definitely interesting, but it's a pain to apply. It's one of those glitters that you can't apply like a regular polish - you just have to get some on your brush and push it around until it's where you want it.

Take the Stage (medium gold glitter and large holographic glitter in a clear base)
This is the most densely packed shades of the bunch and although it's a little easier to apply than some of the others, it's still a pain. The glitter doesn't spread evenly over the nail so you end up having to push it around with the brush so that it doesn't clump together in certain areas. It's still pretty cool though and I think it would make a great layering combo with a nice red creme for the holiday season (I'm thinking a glitter gradient with this just on the tips).

Fame & Fortune (large jagged holographic flakes in a sheer pink jelly base)
This is the one I was most excited about out of this collection because I just love flakies! The flakies in this look like broken glass which gives a pretty cool overall effect. I showed you 2 coats of this but I think it would definitely look better layered over something else.

Platinum Record (large silver hex glitter and small silver glitter in a clear base)
Basically, this is Backstage Pass but with the large purple hex glitter removed, which I think makes this one more holiday-appropriate than Backstage Pass. However, this one suffers from the same applications problems as Backstage Pass - you have to push the glitter around with the brush.

It's A Hit! (large purple hex glitter in a clear base)
Another interesting and unique polish but that also suffers from the poor application. If you're willing to put in the effort, I think this would look pretty cool over a purple shimmer or creme.

Wish Upon A Rock-Star (small multi-colour glitter and large pink hex glitter in a clear base)
We've been seeing a lot of this type of glitter in holiday collections lately but at least there's a tiny difference with this one - the addition of the scattered pink hex glitter. This one was also the easiest to apply - it spread evenly and I didn't have to push the glitter around to get it to lay nicely.

Backstage Pass, Take the Stage, Fame & Fortune

Platinum Record, It's A Hit!, Wish Upon A Rock-Star

Overall, this is an interesting and generally unique collection but one has to wonder - is it worth the application issues? For me, the answer is yes but for some others who might not have the patience, I can understand how the answer would be no.

I didn't tell you how many coats I used for each of my swatches because frankly, these polishes are too complicated for that. Basically, you just keep picking up glitter on your brush and pushing it around until you're satisfied.

One thing that's really great about Color Club is that you can usually find the sets for a pretty reasonable price. I got my set for $12.99 at Winners and the Color Club sets can usually be bought in the US at Ross Stores for $8.99. The Color Club Backstage Pass Collection is available now, but as far as I know it's a limited edition set so if you're interested in these shades, get them while you can.

What do you guys think of the Backstage Pass Collection? Do you think the unique shades are worth the application issues? And as always, if you have any requests for comparisons, please let me know in the comments.

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