TGIF, right?! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been ready for it to be Friday since Monday rolled around. Now that I’m ever so much closer to the weekend, it’s time to relax a little and share some gorgeous indies! Today I’m sharing the two polishes in my collection from Candeo Colors.
Before I dive into today’s swatch and review, I just wanted to say a little about this brand. Last year Candeo Colors made a huge splash in the polish world – gorgeous glitters, lovely color combos, unique offerings… what more could you want? Unfortunately for me, I was never fast enough to get my greedy polish-loving hands on her polishes before they sold out on Etsy. Flash forward to the part of the story where Candeo Colors is being sold through Llarowe and their very own website. This is also the part of the story where I became exceedingly gleeful because I was able to get two polishes. Huzzah!
First off, let me introduce you to Orchid. This polish is a real stunner! A deep magenta jelly base filled with silver, magenta, purple and copper hex glitters. For today’s swatch I used three thin coats to reach full opacity. It is worth mentioning that I didn’t have to worry about visible nail line since I clipped my nails as short as possible the other day. No regrets!!!
Orchid has a nice consistency, but I did find that I had to roll and shake the bottle quite a lot before I got a wide range of glitters. Not a problem in my book, the pay off is worth it. With a little bit of strategic dabbing around this manicure was good to go!
One interesting thing about this polish is the fact that it doesn’t dry completely shiny or matte. Somewhere in between, Orchid without a top coat gives off a vaguely rubbery finish. Sure, it’s lovely in it’s natural form, but I am a complete sucker for a smooth, shiny, glittery manicure. For reference, here’s a picture of Orchid without any top coat added.
Now I’m going to ask that you brace yourself, because this next polish is CRAZY gorgeous. Snowbird has blue hexes, holographic gold hexes, holographic lime green hexes, and some matte blue hexes thrown in to blow your mind. It’s like Candeo Colors literally got inside my brain, took my favorite things, and made a polish. Sweet!
Because Snowbird has a clear base I decided to showcase the polish against the perfect black background. Two coats of Sinful Colors’ Black on Black gave me the foundation that I was looking for. I would say that I used one and a half coats of Snowbird over Black on Black – that is to say that I first painted on a single coat, and then I dabbed additional polish over any areas that could have used more glitter (please understand, this is not a fault in the polish, I just really, really like glitter).
I’ve been wearing this combination for a few days now, and I have to say that I’m still as smitten with the manicure now as I was when I first applied it. The combination of colors, glitter finishes and glitter sizes is exciting and beautiful all at once.
Once again we have a polish that dries to a finish somewhere between matte and shiny. Once again I decided to smother the look with a healthy coat of quick-drying high-shine top coat. For the two manicures swatched today I used Cult Nails’ Wicked Fast. It’s a solid top coat that has yet to let me down. If only it was sold locally…. if only! Here’s a picture of Snowbird without a top coat.
Welp, thank you for joining me this Friday for some fabulous indie polishes. In case I wasn’t blatant in my post, I really like the two polishes that I own from Candeo Colors. I think that they are beautifully composed nail polishes, and I have already been recommending them around my social circle. Now, dear reader, I am recommending them to you. Check them out!