Feb 26, 2013

Swatch: Another newbie from KIKO; Mirrors

Hi girls! Yesterday I’ve showed you my pickups from Sugar Mat, one of newbies from KIKO; now today is for ANOTHER KIKO newbie named “Mirror”. Name tells what they are, it’s metallic polish with smooth mirror-ish finish! It’s not a very new trend (i.g. China Glaze’s Khrome for 2009 A/W), but I think good metallic polishes are still needed; to see crazy price on eBay for China Glaze’s Khromes for example.

Unfortunately I don’t own China Glaze’s Khromes or Layla’s Mirror effect, but I’ve heard lot of good things especially as a stamping polish. They both are said to be very well pigmented, smooth and easy-to-stamp polishes. And this KIKO’s mirrors simply reminded me of them, or sounded even better, with AGAIN huge selection of color; 16 (!!) shades in once. I’m not so keen on metallic finish itself, but I wanted something “Chrome-y” for stamping; That’s why I grabbed these two :)

KIKO頑張り過ぎというか、ザリザリ系だけでは飽き足らずもう1つ並行で新シリーズ出して来てました……それが今回取り上げるMirrorシリーズです。いわく「滑らかメタリック」だそうで、ちょっとChina GlazeのKhromeやLaylaと似てる感じです(持っていないので比較できませんがorz)。ただもし同じような出来ならばスタンプにぴったり!なはず!ということで全16色(!)のうち2本だけ買って来たのが今回のネタでーす(´∀`)


616 Silver

Name tells everything, silver metallic. Although it leaves strong brushstroke during application, it’ll get gone after drying (you still can see it in close-up, but not so visible IRL)…instead, I could notice bit powder-y or itsy bitsy super fine grain-y look. I love matte looking of itself when I wear on entire finger, BUT when I use as stamping I prefer to give a shine with topcoat :)

読んで字のごとくの銀色です。塗ってる間はすっごい塗り筋が着くのに乾くと目立たなくなる不思議。ちょっと粉っぽいような、つや消しアルミっぽい感じの仕上がりになります。全塗りするならトップコート無しが人工物っぽくて素敵ですが、スタンプとしてポイント使いするならトップコートでツヤツヤにしたいところ!


622 Wisteria

Probably you’ll wonder why I’ve chosen this as 2nd shade but it’s because it looked pretty unusual color for this kind of metallic shade and I love warm blue as well. It turned a bit more white-y or silvery on the nail IRL, but still the color is lovely! Actually I loved how it showed up when I used for stamping; it looked much cool-toned than usual silver :)

暖かめブルーってこの手の色では珍しいなと思った結果の2本目です。ピンクも相当かわいかったのですがとりあえずより自分好みな方で。ボトルカラーより若干白っぽく発色するのですが、これがスタンプに使ったときに↑のSilver以上に冴えた感じの銀色に輝いてとても素敵です。単品で使う場合はもう少し青が強い方が嬉しかった(´・ω・`)


Overall, from these two polishes, at least I can say these are great one-coater metallics and therefore VERY nice stamping polish. If you missed China Glaze Khrome (as me), this Mirror series will be perfect substitute with affordable price (5euro each). Formula was pretty watery/runny though, which lead tricky application. Brushstroke hides by drying and also it dries up pretty fast, but…with runny + fast drying formula it’s not easy to prepare smooth “mirror-like” surface.

So…I must say I’m still not keen for mirror-like smooth metallic finish itself, I don’t feel so much to use for entire nail, BUT for stamping…it’s a bliss!! Now I need all shades; particularly 628 gold that I didn’t grab here, due to it’s unexpectedly pale and yellow-y color, but now I feel I must give a try :)

どちらも1回塗りでどーんと発色する、スタンプに大変もってこいなカラーでした!が……全面塗りはどうなんだろうな。ちょっと水っぽいんですね。刷毛をよくしごけばいいんでしょうが、あんまりしごくと今度はカスレるので……キレイに塗るには下地を整えるのは絶対条件、塗り方自体にもコツがいる感じです。逆にスタンプ使いするにはコツいらずな優秀なポリたちで、China Glaze Khromeを買い逃した!とかいう人(=私)にはいいんだろうなと思います(´∀`)全色欲しいですが、とりあえず次買うとしたら628 goldかな!ボトルカラーが妙に白っぽく&黄色くて、「金色……か?」いう感じだったのですが、まずは試してみないとね(`・ω・´)

15 comments:

  1. Thank you for a great review! I bought some Kiko Mirrors polishes last night and I'm eagerly looking forward to them :)

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    1. They're pretty great, hope you'll love them too!! :D

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  2. I need some of these. I love polishes like this to stamp with! :)

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    1. Oh yes oh yes you should!!
      Their color lineups are pretty amazing <3

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  3. They're not really my type of shades to wear alone but they'll definitely do good for nail art.

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    1. I can understand you, for me these are really much for stamping :P

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  4. I think I'll never wear them alone, but this polishes are just great for stamping or nail art!

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    1. Exactly!! It's much better to use as stamping polish;
      SO I need all color at least a bottle each ;)

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  5. やっぱchiroさんのスタンピング、かっけー!
    カラーのチョイスも大人ですね♪
    chiroさんの、かっこいいネイルを、見て勉強して
    来年の成人式ネイル考えちうです( ̄^ ̄)ゞ

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    1. 本当は素敵なカラーもっといっぱいあったんですが、液質も解らんうちから…と自重しましたw
      思ってた以上に使いやすいカラーたちだったので早急に全部揃えようかと!<阿呆

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  6. I don't like chromes all over the nail but they are fantastic for stamping, that purple looks amazing with the stamping! It's always good to find decent stamping polishes :) x

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    1. Yep they ARE great for stamping!! I'm sure I'll be enough for stamping chrome polishes when I got all these, such a color variation... <3

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  7. 初めまして!
    今までちょくちょくお邪魔させて頂いてましたが、コメントは初めてです。
    ツイッターも始めてフォローさせて頂きましたのでよろしくお願いします(^-^)

    KIKOって素敵カラーが多いですね!
    昔何度かイタリアに行ったことあるのですが、当時は全くネイルに興味なかったので…
    当時の自分を恨みます(笑)

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    1. こんにちはー!既にTwitterでやり取りさせて頂いていますがw
      辺境ブログへようこそ!今後ともどうぞよろしくお願いします(`・ω・´)

      イタリアのブランドがネイルに目覚めたのは比較的最近だと思うので……また次回来られたとき等にいろいろご覧になられては如何でしょうか(´∀`)とはいえお子様連れだと結構大変かもなーとも思いますが(´・ω・`)

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