Monday, February 18, 2013

Urban Lacquer "The Wife"

Brenda at Urban Lacquer asked me to review and post swatches of one of her Valentine's Day polishes.  It comes as a 3 piece set: The Husband, The Wife and The Mistress.

Ok, first off, I am glad that I was sent "The Wife".  My hubby was like, "Is there a Mistress?" and I said yes.  He was like, well, glad it was this one then or I'd have to be worried.  We laughed about that for a bit.

The Wife is a Jelly.   Here is her description:
"The Wife is part of the Love Triangle Valentine's Collection, and is a beautiful, feminine, sheer jelly nail polish. My friend described the color as "fine raspberry wine", and I have to agree! A gorgeous, sparkling color that can be worn all year long, and for any occasion!"

I love the color in the bottle.  So deep and rich. Tilt it slightly in the light and you can see the fire inside.

This post might be a little photo heavy, as I did two different swatch sets.  The first one, I used a cheapie topcoat on that I substituted temporarily for my usual swatching topcoat.  It caused shrinkage that I did not expect (normally it doesn't, but I usually use it with glitters and crèmes), so I reswatched using Seche Vite.

^^These two photos are light one coat, for those that love just a hint of colorVV

VVVThese two photos look terrible, but the color is VERY true here, so I left them.  This was actually a sunny pretty.
All photos from this point on are color coats. 
Index to Pinky: 4, 3, 2 & 1 coats respectively.

4 coats was not *required* but just made the color darker.  I had full coverage at 3 coats, no undies.  With a matching/similar crème undie, you'd only need one coat.

Yes, it required several coats...but as long as you don't glop it on, it dries SUPER FAST!  Using thin, even coats keeps it from running or creating uneven color.  It is thinner than some of the Jellies I've used, but very versatile.

^^^Please forgive my cracker crumb cuticles...winter hates me--this was in the middle of a cold, windy week and my cuticles were screaming.

Same photo as the one below almost, just this one is blurry...but I kept the top one here because it really shows the reflective quality of the polish.  More or less giving you and idea of the shift when you move.

I got frustrated with the tips so I re-did the swatches.  This series of 4 photos is the second go-round with Seche Vite as the top coat.  No shrinkage.  YAY!  

SO, what do YOU think.  Aside from my horrendous cuticles, I mean.  I think it's pretty. It's a glamorous color.  Deep yet a bit of spark.

If you are interesting in acquiring The Trio, as I've been calling them, go here, or to Urban Lacquer!  They are available separate and as a set.  Only available until March 1st, unless it sells out sooner.  I am very tempted to get the rest from her.  :D