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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Swatches: Maybelline Limited Edition Fall 2013 Color Show Vintage Leather Nail Color Collection

Maybelline Limited Edition Fall 2013 Color Show Vintage Leather Collection
(retail: $2.99 each at Bed Bath & Beyond, 0.23 oz)

(NOTE: Please click here to see swatches of the Limited Edition Color Sensational Lipsticks that are also part of the Maybelline Fall 2013 Collection.)

If you caught my post from yesterday, then you know that there are ten shades in the Maybelline Limited Edition Fashion Week Fall 2013 On the Runway Color Show Vintage Leather Collection (wow, what a mouthful!). You can see the display for these polishes here. The Vintage Leather Collection is comprised of various shimmers, cremes, jelly-cremes and jellies that all contain sparse, iridescent flakes. These are NOT dupes for the Nails Inc. Leather Effect polishes, which look like new leather and have a slightly shiny finish.

All of the polishes in this collection have a matte finish, and most of them dry down to what I would describe as a "pre-crackle" type of texture which is almost exactly like what a crackle polish looks like just before it starts to crack. I think Maybelline was quite successful in making the polishes in this collection look like aged leather on the nail, and the iridescent flakes lend a slight "irregular" or "bumpy" look to the overall texture. I think that the actual color of the flakes isn't always meant to be seen (and you can't see it through the opaqueness of some of these polishes) so it's sort of brilliant that it's only used here to create the "weathered" look of old leather.

Keep reading for swatches of all ten shades in this collection...

For all of my swatches, I applied two coats of polish and, on my middle finger, I topped the two coats with a clear top coat to give you an idea of what the polish looks like shiny. The only exception is the last shade featured in this post, which required three coats of polish.

High Style Sienna

High Style Sienna is a warm camel-ish terracota matte creme with iridescent flakes. It is nearly opaque at one coat, perfectly opaque at two coats. When worn matte, this polish really resembles older, distressed leather. Worn with a shiny top coat, it looks like a standard creme polish, but of course with sparse iridescent flakes. Because it's a matte, it dries lightning fast. 

 Classic Camel

Classic Camel is a matte coppery-bronze shimmer with sparse iridescent flakes. I would say that, of all the polishes in this collection, this one contains the least amount of flakes. I also think it looks the least "leather-like" of any of the shades in the collection. When worn matte, it looks more like crushed velvet than leather. Dry time is lightning fast and the consistency of this polish is perfection. It flows onto the nail like butter and the opacity is perfect at one coat (I applied two, just because).

Mod Moss

Mod Moss is a matte olive with golden and multi-colored shimmer and iridescent flakes. The formula is beautifully opaque on the first coat (but again, I used two). The combination of texture, shimmer and flakes is really unique compared to the other polishes in this collection. I like it quite a bit, both with and without a shiny top coat. Dry time was lightning fast.

Sage Staple

Sage Staple is a matte, army green jelly-creme with sparse iridescent flakes. This one was a tiny bit sheer and streaky on the first coat but opaque on the second coat. Just like with the others, this one dries in seconds and I like Sage Staple worn both matte and with a shiny top coat. It's definitely leather-like when worn matte, but with a shiny top coat the flakes give it a cool, speckled look.

Ageless Olive

Ageless Olive is one of those chameleon shades. At times it can look like a dark charcoal gray but, in sunlight, the green undertones really come out. It's a matte creme with iridescent flakes and it was opaque at one coat (but I'm wearing two above). This one really looks like old, aged leather on the nail (it reminds me of Mr. G's wallet, which he's had for-EVER) but I like it shiny as well--it's richer when shiny.

Antique Teal

I am totally partial to Antique Teal. It reminds me of an old Esprit purse I had back in the late 80s, right down to the color! Anyway, this color is a matte jelly-creme that I would call dark teal with a splash of cornflower blue. It contains iridescent flakes and it's pretty much a one-coater (I used two) and it dries almost instantaneously. I swear to you, this polish looks like old 80s leather (or even old 80s pleather). Worn shiny, you can really see see the iridescent flakes peep out from this formula and they take on an almost glowy effect.

Red Relic

Oh boy. Red Relic is a tomato-red matte JELLY with iridescent flakes. My photo does NOT do this one justice, since there is a gorgeous transparency to this polish that I couldn't capture in a picture. It's sheer but not streaky at one coat, deliciously jelly-like at two coats. The iridescent flakes really come through with this one (not just in texture but in glowy, visual form as well) and I love this polish both matte and with a shiny top coat. This, along with Plush Plum and Lasting Lilac (which you'll see in a minute) are like a matte glitter jelly sandwiches in a bottle! Dry-time is excellent (literally within seconds).  Also, I can't comment on wear-time for most of these polishes since I literally just bought them, but I put Red Relic on my thumb yesterday (no base or top coat) and 24 hours later I had no chipping or tip wear.


Vintage Violet

Oooh, deep, dark burgundy leather! Vintage Violet is a matte jelly-creme with iridescent flakes. This one was sheer and a tiny bit streaky on the first coat, perfectly opaque on the second coat. This is another one that I love both matte and shiny (it's hard to see but, on the shiny nail, there are some stunning glow-y flakes that come alive in direct sunlight). When it's matte, it reminds me of some ankle boots I used to have. This one dries in seconds, just like the others. Love this color for fall!

Plush Plum

Oooh la la! Plush Plum is a rich berry-wine matte jelly with lots of iridescent flakes. Of all the colors in this collection, you definitely get the most visible flakes on the nail with Plush Plum (and Lasting Lilac, below). Just like with Red Relic, this is like a matte glitter jelly sandwich in a bottle! It is a bit sheer on the first coat but better on the second coat (looking at this photo, I probably could have used a third coat but to the naked eye two coats is fine). Dry time is excellent like the rest. 

Lasting Lilac

As with Plush Plum, Lasting Lilac has more iridescent flakes than the other polishes in this collection. This is a purple-ish berry matte jelly that is just juicy, juicy, juicy when you apply a shiny top coat. But this is also the most sheer polish in the collection ad required three coats for the opacity you see above. The first coat is very sheer and watery, but it does get better once you hit three coats. Once again, this dries lightning fast.


A word about removal: I used the Target Dip-It to remove all of these polishes and not one of them stained my nails or my cuticles. The only issue I had was with Plush Plum and Lasting Lilac--a few bits of residual glitter clung to my nails in a few spots, but nothing major.

FINAL VERDICT: Textured polishes aren't for everyone, and I think that the Maybelline Vintage Leather collection is probably going to work best for those of you who are OK with irregularity in your nail looks. If you are a perfectionist who craves perfectly uniform nails, you might have a hard time reminding yourself that these polishes are supposed to look like vintage leather, which means weathered, aged, irregular leather. I think that Maybelline put the flakes in this formula not so much for color contrast as for textural contrast. For the most part, the flakes are sparse and create random bumps and spots on the nail. Anyone who owns aged leather knows it's filled with ripples, lines, bumps and spots, so I really appreciate what Maybelline did here to create this same effect in nail polish form. I also like that the matte texture dries and creates some lines and ridges (again, just like old leather). Shiny top coat can help even things out and transform the colors, but I think that part of the fun of this collection is the aged leather look that the flakes and matte texture help to create (although some of these polishes do look pretty amazing with clear top coat!). Long story short: if you can embrace imperfection, and you think the idea of aged, distressed leather on your nails sounds cool, then I think you're going to be REALLY pleased with this collection. My personal favorites are Red Relic (a matte jelly sandwich in a bottle!), Antique Teal, Mod Moss, Vintage Violet, Plush Plum and Lasting Lilac.

This collection is currently popping up in Bed Bath and Beyond stores that have an extended beauty department. I expect that we'll see the Fall 2013 Fashion Week displays appear at Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid (among other places) within the next week or two, so keep checking back.

The products featured in this post were purchased with personal funds. For more information, click here.

58 COMMENTS:

  1. I like some of these but not others. Thanks for the swatches! Helpful for when I find these.

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  2. I actually really really love this collection! I want about all of them...so thanks G ;) I wasn't sold until the swatches! Fall trends always get me. But then again I've been waiting for fall since I dunno..December :)

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    1. You're welcome. I think that if you like these based on my swatches, you might REALLY fall in love with some of them when you see them on the nail and the details in person.

      And I'm right there with you....fall collections are my fave too ;)

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  3. @nouveaucheap I like High Style Sienna, Mod Moss & Classic Camel, especially for Fall. I do prefer them with the top coat but I like having the option to keep the leather texture. Although red doesn't look good on me I think they did a really great job on Red Relic. It really looks like the texture of a red leather purse.

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  4. Thank you! I def want 5 of these, aaaack! My wallet is gonna hate this... my hot pink chrome PLEATHER wallet! Lol.

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  5. I like most of these. I feel like I haven't seen something quite like them yet.

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    1. I agree with you. I can't recall anything else quite like this...at least from the drugstore!

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  6. I bought Red Relic and the Olive, love them but I guess to get the effect we should wear them without a top coat. I wonder how the color will last, can you follow up on that? Putting a glossy topcoat on takes away the unique finish of this line.
    Thanks

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    1. I've had Vintage Violet on both hands since yesterday morning and so far no chips I only have a teeny bit of tip-wear on one index finger. I applied two coats with no base or top coat. Hope that helps a little.

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  7. I think these are a fun, affordable choice! I don't mind spending $2.99 on a "trend" versus some of these other polishes that are upwards of $10-12. Thanks for swatching all the colors, this is a great post, G! :D

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  8. Thanks for this post, G! I went to BB&B last night to find this collection and now I'm extra glad I picked up Mod Moss.

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    1. Nice choice. I'd love to know what you think of it when you try it, Florence!

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  9. Your swatches sold me! I want at least half of them ASAP! :)

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    1. Aaaaw, I'm glad I could help. :)

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  10. I was about to say a big no thanks to these until I came upon the purples. I am not crazy about them without top coat at all but with top coat I like them but do not plan on purchasing any of these unless they were to show up at Big Lots or Dollar Tree for $1. LOL

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    1. Give 'em about six months and they just might. ;)

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    2. I just got these at Target for 50% off! :) Wish i'd seen the purples! I got the red, olive and teal.

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  11. Looks gorgeous in the darker colors (mainly the greens, blue, and purple), but very meh in the rest.

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  12. I'm going to pass. Just too much going on all at once.

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    1. Understandable. They're not for everyone. :)

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  13. Ohh, some really nice ones! Favorites are Mod Moss, Plush Plum, and Lasting Lilac. I like them better topcoated though hah.

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    1. same here. I love the concept but they really grabbed me with the shine (except for the dark olive which is so nearly black I need it since I can't find a good dark/black matte polish to save my life and none of the matte top coats I've tried so far, having not found NYCs yet, are THAT matte) so thanks for that G :) I'd have been bummed to get them and not have figured that out on my own at first and returned them, which I always end up regretting with anything LE so now I know the trick. I will just call them "patent leather finishes" :P

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  14. Thanks so much for sharing! Looking forward to these hitting Walgreens soon!

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  15. Thanks for taking the time to do all these swatches, G! I like them all, but I think the must haves for me are the teal, purple and plum colors!

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    1. You're welcome! I like the ones you mentioned too. :)

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  16. Love Love Love Plush Plum!!! I gotta try to get my hands on that one. I think that Plush Plum, Vintage Violet and Antique Teal are the must haves for me :)

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  17. I was really excited to see the swatches, but now I'm left feeling very underwhelmed. These polishes are basically matte, but with flakies added to some of them.

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    1. There's actually flakes in all of them...some just have more than others. :)

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  18. ok I NEED plush plum &/or lasting lilac. Holy wow!

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  19. They are all gorgeous...nice swatches! My regular handbag is a lipstick red leather. LOL if I wore Red Relic with that! I want the teal, though. Purty.

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  20. Thanks so much for these swatches! I haven't seen these around here yet (but I haven't been to BB&B recently either).

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  21. I appreciate what Maybelline is doing here, really I am, usually drug stores are behind the trends and all... but honestly I don't really like the way this looks (hides)!!!

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  22. I really like Classic Camel! Thanks for the swatches, G, you rock.

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  23. I'm really surprised that I only like Mod Moss.

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  24. Esprit bags!! OMG - you are the best! And I will be picking up some of these, love them with the top coats especially!

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  25. Oh wow, I wasn't expecting any jelly polishes from this collection at all! But I really like them. I like them better when they're shiny though.

    Thanks for the great swatches! ^^

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  26. Mod Moss is soooo pretty shiny! Plush Plum, when shiny, reminds me of OPI Pepe's Purple Passion. Loving the jellies, with Lasting Lilac being my favorite!

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  27. Nice to see such a unique collection from a mainstream drugstore brand.
    I'm not sold on the cream polishes here, something with them is just not for me. The 2 shimmers, however, look really appealing!!

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  28. Thanks for these swatches, so helpful in figuring out purchases! I think I will have to pass on these. I'm just not digging the effect.

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  29. I only need one... Lasting Lilac. Thanks for these swatches!

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  30. Okay, I kind of love these...! =D But I think everyone can agree how AWESOME G is!!! =D I was SO excited to see these posted! And I'm quite surprised, to be honest, how I love I am with some, and how not pumped I am with a couple... I definitely don't think I would have made the right call on which ones I will be NEEDING to hunt down just from how they look in the bottle! Thank you G!! You're such a rockstar!!!

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  31. I love Mod Moss! Fall collections are definitely my favorite!

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  32. I just found this collection at Fred Meyers today!

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  33. These have shown up at HEB in the Houston area.

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  34. Picked up Mod Moss & Antique Teal. They were kind of weird going on, since they dried so fast, but I got the hang of it. Still, I might add a bit of thinner to them so they level out a bit better. After I put on the teal, I let it dry really well and then buffed the heck out with a buffing block and it gave the surface more of a leather look... dull in some spots and shiny in others. I think I like these polishes better that way, instead of plain matte.

    The teal started to chip on a couple of nails, so I fixed them with a fresh coat of polish and then put NYC Rock Muse Top Coat (the one without the glitter that you reviewed last year) on top and dang if it doesn't look really cool.

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  35. I just got Red Relic at Target for $1.48 or something like that. I didn't even realize they were supposed to be "leather"-ish till I tried it on and was like what the heck is going on here! I have to say, I'm not a huge fan of matte or the bumps. However they are without topcoat right now, I'll try a topcoat and see how I feel after that. At $1.48 still not bad though!

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  36. Like Mod Moss & Vintage Violet!

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