FashionistA nail polishes
Good morning, everyone. I have some swatches for you today, from FashionistA, which is a new UK brand that is hitting Superdrug stores around the country as we speak. Isn’t it about time that we got some new polishes over here? Exciting times!
I don’t know how many polishes there are in the whole range but I have a little snap-shot for you. On first impression, the bottles look nice, not tacky or overdone. However, I did have a little issue with some of the lids – the bottles have a vanity cap on them that doesn’t seem to want to turn very well. I had more joy by pulling this off, and using the smaller, grooved handle.
On the whole, application was pretty good. They do smell a bit strongly of chemicals so aren’t perhaps the most organic of nail polishes but we’ll forgive them. And please forgive me for the fact that I had removed a particularly stubborn gold nail polish just prior to swatching these (or thought I had…)
Rhythm is a token mushroom shade. Nothing new here but the application was smooth and controlled and this is a really lovely version of an old favourite.
Nude is a pretty pink. Strange definition of nude, as it is shimmery and princess-y but yes, I like this a lot more than I originally thought I was going to. I think the hint of mauve makes it interesting. Not like any nude I’ve ever seen though, and makes my hands look a funny colour.
Winter’s Day is absolutely gorgeous. Given that I was taking these photos on a real winter’s day with very little light, it was practically impossible to get a real picture of just how fab this is. It is almost a duochrome – dark grey jelly with overtones of grey and pink. Gorgeous, and my favourite out of the lot.
In Love is a fairly standard berry purple shade. Nothing new here, but again, once I’d got the cap off, it applied really well and has a lovely shine to it.
Mystical Dragon is a nice inclusion. It’s so cool when high street brands offer a range of different finishes – especially unusual for a new launch. This is reminiscent of Zoya Charla or OPI Catch Me In Your Net. Blue and green foil with gold overtones.
Dead Red didn’t really do a lot for me, but I am super picky with red cremes. Its rare that I find one with enough pigment to cover my visible nail lime, and sadly, Dead Red is not the one. Nice colour, perhaps better for those with shorter nails.
Hidden Treasure is a stunning gold glitter. I could have done with another coat here, as I usually use glitters for layering over co-ordinating shades. I prefer my glitters to be champagne toned as the yellow golds don’t really work for me. A word of caution though – this absolutely hums. Reeks. Apply it outside if you can.
And finally, we have All Fired Up Red. Apparently there is a rather popular girl band out there called The Saturdays. Given that I stopped reading Heat about four years ago, and don’t really listen to any music that doesn’t contain loud guitars, I can’t really say that these ladies have been on my radar. But they’ve put their names to FashionistA’s range of magnetic nail polishes, so off we go.
All Fired Up Red is a maroon shade of red. Shame really as I would like to see a true red. Still, it applied like most magnetic polishes – thick yet smooth. Thje magnet, which is sold separately, doesn’t appear to be as strong as some of the others that I have tried, and it took me a while to get the pattern to show. Seeing as I was swatching rather than actually doing a full manicure, I did a little experiment with holding the magnet at different angles – some more successful than others, as you can see.
FashionistA polishes retail at £5.00 each, and will be appearing in a Superdrug near you any day now. What do you think? Are you tempted to sniff any of these out?