Good evening all! I have a gorgeous Valentine's Day collection to show off today. This is the Troubled Love Collection from Superficially Colorful Lacquers and Jin did an amazing job with these colors. I love that she included several finishes and colors. It's a very well rounded collection. I also love the names! Jin was inspired by love songs that aren't really so lovey, but more so inspired by troubled love" songs, thus the name of the polishes. I definitely caught myself humming tunes as I swatches and checked out these beauties. The Troubled Love Collection will be available on Saturday 1/31 at 9am EST. Now let's delve in and take a peek at what we've got!
Up first we have Never There. I actually remember when Never There came out in 1998, I loved Cake so much back then (and still know all the words to their songs now). Never There is a "silver holographic polish with a touch of pink." The pink undertone is a really fabulous and makes for a nice unique touch to a silver holo polish. Formula and application of Never There were both awesome. I had full coverage in 2 coats. No topcoat.
Next is Tainted Love. I think everyone and their mama knows this song. Tainted Love is a "It is a tainted pink polish – a duo-chrome that shifts according to the light between green and violet." I thought this was a pretty unique color shifting polish. The first coat was sheer but it built up nicely. I ended up using 3 coats of Tainted Love and finished with topcoat. Tainted Love also shows the tiniest bit of brushstrokes, which is normal for non-holo chromes. So just be mindful of that and use as few brushstrokes as possible. And here's my favorite version of Tainted Love by Soft Cell for your listening enjoyment.
And now we're moving along to the reds! This is Don't Leave Me This Way. Jin was inspired by the Communards version of the song (HERE), but I will always think of the Thelma Houston version (HERE). Don't Leave Me This Way is a "red-orange crelly, with matte red glitter of different sizes and just a little bit of red matte hearts." The subtle addition of holo sparkle in here is perfection. I love the color, the finish, the light handed addition of glitters. Don't Leave Me This Way is one of my favorites of the collection! Formula and application were both fantastic! I used 3 coats and 1 layer of topcoat.
I Will Survive is a "A dark berry red jelly with holographic glitter in different sizes." It reminds me of a bright, summery raspberry! I Will Survive was super squishy and pretty. The addition of holo glitters was the perfect touch for that extra oomph in this jelly polish, they really glowed nicely in the sun. Formula and application were both great! I got full coverage with 3 coats of I Will Survive and no topcoat. Of course this is another song that everyone knows...I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor.
I saved my favorite for last - Foolish Heart. Jin is the thermal queen and for good reason. She has amazing color combinations and finishes in her thermal collection. This one was quite unique as far as the hot/cold colors go. The cold shade is like a dark crimson - leaning purple to a bright sienna red shade when warm. Due to the weather I had a hard time catching a good transitioning picture, but I did snap one of each shade so you'll know what you're getting. And actually you are sort of getting 3 colors in 1! The shade shown in most of my pictures is an in-between blend of the warm/cold states to create a totally different color! Foolish Heart had a perfect formula, smooth and opaque. It covered completely in 2 coats. It dries to a matte finish but I used topcoat to really show off that shimmery base! And here's Foolish Heart by Tegan and Sara.