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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Darling Diva Polish: The Opal Collection - Swatches and Review

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DARLING DIVA POLISH
The opal COLLECTION



Tonight I have a wonderful new flaky collection from Darling Diva Polish called The Opal Collection.

The Opal Collection is made up of 7 new shades of jelly flakies that can be layered or worn alone. In order to suspend the flakes and iridescent glitters and holo shimmer goodness, they are a bit thicker than a regular topper, which is why they build to opacity in 2 to 3 coats (most in 2 coats) and I would recommend layering the lighter shades (Opal and Blue Opal). I had no issues with formula or application on any of them! You will need to excuse my ravaged cuticles though. When "winter weather" actually makes it to South Texas my cuticles are the first thing to revolt.

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Opal - This one is basically a clear-based flake polish so I wouldn't attempt to layer it on my stained nails but I bet it would work if you have white nails. I've used one coat over black, white and a skittles mani using Nails Inc. Tudor Way, my violet franken, black creme and Kiko Granite Grey #327. One coat of top coat for each.



Over white in artificial lighting...






Over white in indirect natural lighting...




Over a skittles mani in artificial lighting...




And in indirect natural lighting...



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Rose Opal - This one is a bright violet pink and I've worn it alone with 2 coats for opacity and one coat of top coat.

Artificial lighting...




Indirect natural lighting...





Here is a comparison with it alone in 2 coats and with one coat over a plain black creme...



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Black Opal  - I have this one alone with 2 coats and top coat and over a plain black creme with one coat and a top coat.

Alone in artificial lighting...




Alone in indirect natural lighting...






With one coat over black in artificial lighting...




And in indirect natural lighting...




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Violet Opal - I've used 2 coats of this one alone with top coat and then over black.

Alone...




And here you can see it over black (one coat) on the middle and pinkie fingers...





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Sea Moss Opal - I've worn this one alone with 2 coats and top coat.

Artificial lighting...





Indirect natural lighting...





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Blue Opal -  This one was one of the more sheer ones so I've layered one coat over Sinful Colors Tidal Wave with one coat of top coat.

Artificial lighting...






Indirect natural lighting...




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Teal Opal - I've worn this one alone with 2 coats and one coat of top coat. I would wear this one with 3 light coats next time. It looked fully opaque in two until I saw the photos. They're so unforgiving!

Artificial lighting...





Indirect natural lighting...





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Well there you have them! What do you think? Favorites? I think this is my first time trying jelly flakies that can be worn alone and I like! My favorites were Opal and Rose Opal. Yours? The extra holo shimmer/micro-glitter or whatever it is really makes it come alive and it's hard to capture in photos.

Darling Diva Polishes are available at her BigCartel Shop here (and some at her Etsy Store here) and at  Llarowe. Also be sure and follow/"like" Darling Diva on Facebook and Llarowe on Facebook to stay up-to-date on availability, new colors, etc. You can also follow Darling Diva on Instagram and Twitter.


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7 comments :

  1. Beautiful swatches! I love Blue Opal the most on you!

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  2. Just when I put myself on a no-buy, I see these sumptuous jelly flakies! And I love all the colors...!

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  3. brilliant post Sheila - thank you for covering EVERY option. Great job x

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  4. My first indie brand I ever purchased from. Carrie, the owner never dupes any other indies and she is always so unique with her names, collections and colors! She has definitely been around for awhile and deserves the recognition!! xo

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