Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Review & Swatches - Lacquer Lust Holo Birthstone Collection

Today I have a huge post full of lots of awesome holographic goodness! Lacquer Lust's Holo Birthstone Collection includes a whopping 14 polishes - one for each birthstone and a couple of the birthstones even get two polishes. Check out all of them below!

Note: As with all of my holographic review posts, I have two photos for you - one in natural lighting (using my lightbox and a natural daylight bulb) and one using flash to give you a better look at the holo effect.

Amethyst is a deep purple. Super rich colour with a very strong holo effect. The formula was great and I've shown two coats below.

Aquamarine is a bright aqua blue. The holo is a bit more subtle in this one, but it's still so beautiful. Aquamarine has a bit of a creamier formula than most of the others and it was really nice to work with. My photos show two coats.

Diamond is a light grey. I personally love silver holos, but they've been done over and over so I was happy to see that instead of a silver here, Jo actually went with a softer grey. I think it's stunning and it was definitely a surprise favourite of mine. The formula was great and I've shown two coats below.

Emerald is a deep and rich emerald green. #OMG! That's right, I just used a hashtag in a blog post. I regret nothing. This is just gorgeous. The formula was really good and I needed two coats for the coverage you see below.

Garnet is a deep maroon-red. This is such a great shade for fall. The formula was great and my swatch shows two coats.

Opal is an iridescent flakie top coat. This is a really fun shade that's an easy and quick way to make any mani more interesting. The light hits the flakies at different angles and creates a really eye-catching effect. This one really needs to be seen in person to fully appreciate it. I've shown one coat over Sapphire, a deep night sky blue holo which you'll see on its own below. The formula was on the thick side but I didn't have any trouble with application.

Pearl is light silver with a hint of delicate lavender. This is very soft and pretty and feminine. It's similar to Diamond, but the touch of purple sets it apart. The formula was really great and it was surprisingly very opaque - almost a one coater but I did used two to make sure everything was even.

Peridot is a bright chartreuse green. Mmm, I love this colour. This'll definitely be a great one to pull out during spring especially. The formula was very easy to work with and I've shown two coats below.

Pink Tourmaline is a purple-toned medium pink. This is similar in consistency to Aquamarine with that creamy formula. I really love this one, especially because it's my birthstone! So is Opal, but I've always considered Pink Tourmaline to be my true birthstone. I'll for sure be busting this back out sometime during my birthday month! The formula was excellent and I used two coats for my swatch.

Ruby is a bright ruby red. I think this shade of red is super flattering! I don't wear a lot of red polish but this one is one I'll definitely be pulling out soon. The formula was excellent and I needed two coats for full opacity.

Sapphire is a deep and rich blue. This one reminds me of a dark night sky with lots of shimmering stars; it's quite lovely. It would also make a great base for a galaxy manicure! The formula was great and my photos show two coats.

Tanzanite is a deep royal purple. At first glance this might seem similar to Amethyst, but this one is much more blue-toned. The formula was once again great and I've shown two coats below.

Topaz is a burnt orange. A lovely colour, but it tends to wash me out just a bit. I bet this would look great against sunkissed skin! This one started out sort of sheer but build up nicely in just two coats.

Zircon is a teal-ish turquoise. Lovely colour - definitely very "me". Zircon was the sheerest of all, although it still only needed three coats for full coverage.

Overall, I think this collection is amazeballs. It has definitely been an excellent first impression of Lacquer Lust as a brand and I really hope I get to try more from Lacquer Lust in the future.

It's hard to pick favourites when I pretty much love them all, but if I absolutely had to, I would choose Aquamarine, Diamond, Emerald, Peridot, Pink Tourmaline and Zircon.

The Lacquer Lust Birthstone Collection will be available on September 16th from the Lacquer Lust online shop. If you're not in the US, Lacquer Lust is also available from Harlow & Co.


  1. Diamond is such a stunning polish, I love the soft grey holo.

  2. Kelsey @ Polished PrescriptionSeptember 11, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Aquamarine and emerald are seriously so gorgeous! Thanks for the lovely swatches of a beautiful collection =)

  3. I hate you so much for this. Now I have to go spend $166....

  4. I have been loving this collection since I first saw swatches! These just confirm how much I need it!!

  5. Amazeballs indeed! My month is Opal and handily, I love the flakies! Tanzanite is my favourite gemstone as well, but so expensive - I can buy a bottle of it now and wear ten of them on my fingers :-)


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