Aug 30, 2012

Swatch: KIKO Holographic Nail Lacquer Part 1

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

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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.

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Anyway let’s start with the swatches. All swatches are taken under 6500K daylight lamp, with 3 coats of polishes.

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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.

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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? :)

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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.

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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

15 comments:

  1. KIKO限定、やはりgetされてたんですね!
    コレなかなか面白い光り方しますね。
    私も他の色も買っておけばよかったかも~。(>_<)
    金額が表示されていなくって普通にレジに持って行ったら、
    他のポリに比べてお値段高かったのでビックリ!レジに向かったのが2本でヨカッタと思った私です《笑》
    でもよくよく考えたら安いけどw


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    1. あー確かにw一応ディスプレイにお値段表記あるんですが解りにくかったかも……お伝えしとくべきでしたね、すみません(´・ω・`)
      でも面白いポリでしょー?Silk Taupeなんかはアートのベースにもいいんじゃないかなと思っています。でも色だけで行くと黒も悪くないんだよなー、というかむしろ結構好きな感じなので上手く活用したいなー……シルバーホロとかスタッズなんか合うかなーと思いつつ。

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  2. I found them in my local Kiko store and I took only these two that you showed us in this post! :-) So, I will wait for the next post to see the other two! :-)

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    1. Now it's on the post! :D
      I think other two is also pretty, but still, I can say my fav is steel gray...this is something I didn't expect before :)

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  3. What do you mean with "aqua base" instead of normal base coat? I always thought all base coats are indeed the same?

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    1. Aqua base is special basecoat which originally produced for patchy hard-to-apply holos (like Nfu Oh, GOSH, ChG OMGs...). It's main solvent is WATER instead of organic reagents which is normally used for usual basecoats.
      I have no idea what really helps holo polishes to bind well, but it certainly helps you for easy application; especially for such a hard-to-apply polishes. If you google with "Nfu Oh Aqua base" or "GOSH aqua base", I think it'll also help you to know what they are!

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    2. Thanks for the info!

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  4. Heeelloooooooooo gorgeous polishes! I'm dribbling all over this post!
    Where are they available? Don't tell me in Germany,cause I'm running over!

    x Joanna @ The Treasure Chest

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    1. They are really stunning!! :D
      Well if not Germany, then Italy, Spain, France, UK and...Portugal I think? Just please check it out on KIKO's homepage ;)

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  5. OH WOOOW, they are gorgeous, thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Yeah I'm happy having these :)
      Happy you've enjoyed!!

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  6. I love the last one on you, very very pretty!

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    1. I think steel gray is the most stunning ;)
      Nothing but really lovely!

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