Holo, again. It’s really a heavenly time for holos; next to Layla and Pupa, another Italian brand KIKO now released their holos! I remember they released so-called “hologram lacquer” few moment before, which seemed to be something duochrome-y and not a “holo” at all, BUT this time…KIKO released REAL HOLO. Yay!! :D
The collection is made by 4 shades, and today I’m going to show you 399/Silk Taupe and 400/Steel Gray. Another two shades are coming on next post, because the color had pretty interesting character…it’s real topcoat friendly, I mean, generally topcoat didn’t kill the holo effect, or even ENHANCED the effect.
Anyway let’s start with the swatches. All swatches are taken under 6500K daylight lamp, with 3 coats of polishes.
399/Silk Taupe, without topcoat. Silvery gold holo. Holo effect is not super strong but very smooth and pretty. Dries as matte, just like ChG FYI or similar.
399/Silk Taupe, with topcoat (essence better than gel nail top sealer). Just to be fair, I left one finger with NO topcoat; and I don’t see any difference between them. Even with final macro shot, I think it’s really impossible to guess which one I didn’t apply the topcoat…or could you? :)
400/Steel Gray, without topcoat. Charcoal gray holo. Looks a bit similar to color Club Revvvolution, but holo effect is much obvious. Cool, great color.
400/Steel Gray, with topcoat (same as before). I think now you can guess which finger I applied the topcoat; and also can understand what I felt as “topcoat friendly”. Topcoat definitely enhances holo effect on this color, which is not generally seen on classic holo polishes. Because of this effect, I felt KIKO’s holo polish has pretty unique formula; clearly not as same as others :)
Application itself was not easy; it’s better than old holos but still have “patchy” formula, that it didn’t go so well on normal basecoat and better on the aqua base. With the aqua base, I didn’t have any problem for application…it went smooth, enough coverage with 2 coats (even I did 3 here).
Now that’s it for today, I’m going to show you rest of two on the next post!! :D