Good morning! I'm contemplating taking a run on this brisk and blustery Spring day. But my muscles are sore and pushing the stroller doesn't really sound appealing right now. I just want to bundle up in my blankets and nap. OR I can sit here and chat with you about the new Spring collection from Colors By Llarowe. Ok let's do that! The Pretty Woman 25th Anniversary Colection is a large collection made up of 13 colors, all in different finishes and with great names inspired by the Julia Roberts/Richard Gere movie. The Pretty Woman 25th Anniversary collection will launch tomorrow (4/15) for pre-order from 12pm to 8pm MST! You can pick up the entire set for $133 or individual bottles for $10 - $12 each. Enough gabbing, let's look at swatches! Just for reference when browsing the pics, all my photos are in direct sunlight.
Up first I have Slippery Little Suckers, a soft peachy/pink jelly with a nice touch of blue shimmer. I was afraid this one was going to be really sheer but it surprised me with it's great coverage and fantastic formula. It built up perfectly in 3 coats. No topcoat used.
Well Done! Woo! Woo! Woo! is one of my favorites in the collection. My eyes were immediately drawn in by this sea foam shade. It's full of sparkly gold shimmer and gold micro flakes and they show off tons of colors in the sunshine! The formula and application were both stellar, creamy and opaque. I used 2 coats and no topcoat.
Divot Dance is a lovely teal holo. My pictures are pulling way more blue than this shade truly is. To see more color accurate check out Set In Lacquer's swatches! Aside form not being able to capture the color well (darn I have a real issue with teal) I had zero problems with the formula or application. It was creamy and opaque and applied smoothly. I used 2 coats and no topcoat.
I Want The Fairytale ended up being the sheer jelly in the bunch for me. It's a turquoise/blue jelly with a nice helping of purple shimmer. I felt it built well for a jelly formula, but I did have visible nail line after 3 coats. I should have done a 4th. No formula or application issues to mention. No topcoat used.
A Lot More Help Sucking Up is a denim blue holo and is one of my other favorites in the collection. Although I don't think it's a totally unique color, I still can't help loving this blue! Actually again, as with most blues my camera wants to pull the wrong shade so what you are seeing is more purple that blue. Formula and application were flawless. I used 1 coat (ONE COAT PEOPLE!) and no topcoat.
Blue Banana (funny name) is a blurple crelly with bright pink shimmer. The first picture is really showing off the shimmer, but leaning more blue. The other pictures are closer to the actual color. I found the shimmer in the bottle to be a bit stronger than on the nail but it was still lovely. There were a few clumps of pigment that didn't full mix up but other than that great formula and application. I used 2 coats and no topcoat.
Barney is a a purple crelly with lots of shimmer. I liked this color more than I expected as I am typically not on the "#1 fan of purple bandwagon." The formula was great and it built up perfectly. Application was nice and smooth. I used 3 layers and no topcoat.
Big Mistake. Big Huge. is yet another one of my favorites. While on one hand it's that rosy/mauve shade that is a bit grandma-like it's also super gorgeous and with the added gold shimmer I can barely take my eyes off it's beautiful lit from within glow! Formula and application were fantastic. I used 3 thin coats and no topcoat.
And now we move in to the colors that require me to pull out the drool bucket and attach it to my head. What's Your Dream? is a stunning deep magenta/berry holo. Just totally amazing. Fabulous formula and application. I used 1 coat (ANOTHER ONE COATER!) and no topcoat for the pictures.
Kit was another that surprised me and turned out to be one of my favorites. This hot pink crelly is full of purple to blue and orange to red iridescent glitters. I get weak in the knees for iridescent glitters. I love how they look up close to the naked eye and how the color changing iridescence really shines through in the shade. Of course the touch of holo shimmer just makes it a home run. Formula was great, application was great, everything was great! I used 2 coats and no topcoat.
Vivian + Edward is a strawberry pink holo with a subtle purple flash. What else can I say about it? It's a perfect pink it is! It's bright, but not eye searing, it's holo. What else could a girly girl need on her nails?! Formula and application were both awesome. The only thing I would bring to your attention is that I had very slight staining to my skin (not my actual nails), nothing major, and it came off fairly easily. 2 coats and no topcoat.
Pirates of Penzance is one that all the red lovers out there will want ASAP! It's a very bright, true red with a red flame. Formula and application were both awesome. But as with most reds, not only do I paint like a toddler, but there was also very slight staining to my skin (not actual nails). Nothing that didn't come off with a little scrubbing and extra acetone. Just needed to keep you informed. I used 2 coats as I am a light handed painter, but this could easily be a 1 coater. No topcoat.
And rounding out the collection as lucky number 13 is 976-Babe. This raspberry holo is another totally amazing berry shade that will be flattering on so many skin tones. I liked everything about this polish! Fabulous formula, easy application. But the color is what really fluffs my pillow. And the great news, yet another ONE COATER! No topcoat. Another little disclaimer here though, I had skin staining, not nail staining. It didn't stay on long and with some scrubbing I was able to get it off easily enough.