Sinful Colors Spring 2015 Citrus Twist Jelly Toppers
(retail: $1.99 each at Walgreens, Rite Aid and Kmart; 0.5 oz each)
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1513 Ring the Belini, 1514 Zest of Times, 1515 Horizon Shine
All three of these shades are jellies that contain small, iridescent flakes. These are not the large, shard-like, never-lay-flat types of flakes though. They're small and they are not bumpy to the touch. I've worn all three of these polishes without any top coat and I could not see or feel any bumps at all. Yay!
Macro of Ring the Belini
Above is a macro of Ring the Belini taken in low lighting so that you can better see the iridescent flakes.
Three coats of Ring the Belini, no top coat
Now I realize that these are technically toppers, but you know how much I love my jellies, and I don't care what anyone says. If they're jellies, I'm wearing them ALONE. As jellies. So that's how I'm showing them to you.
I love jellies because, not only do that look so beautiful and translucent on the nail, but they're also so forgiving when it comes to application. You don't have to worry about brush marks or lining up each coat perfectly on top of the other. Jellies basically applied themselves, no effort or skill required. The only thing you need is patience in between coats (to let each one dry) because you WILL need at least three coats with most jellies.
As for Ring the Belini, this is a gorgeous orange jelly with lots of small-to-medium flakes. These are NOT large shard-like flakes, but this polish contains the biggest flakes of all three shades. I had no issues at all with application, other than the fact that this polish required three coats for decent coverage. You're never going to really get 100% opacity with a jelly, but three coats gets it so that you don't have a lot of VNL (visible nail line), which is really all that I care about. Dry time was average for all three coats.
Macro of Zest of Times
Three coats of Zest of Times, no top coat
Zest of Times is another three-coater if you're going to wear this polish alone (not as a topper). The flakes in this hot pink/magenta jelly are a considerable amount smaller than the flakes in Ring the Belini. They're so small that they MAY appear as iridescent glitter from a distance. I had no issues with this polish at all in terms of application. Yes, it's sheer, and yes you'll need at least three coats if you're wearing it alone, but it's an easy three coats. Dry time was average for all three coats.
Macro of Horizon Shine
Three coats of Horizon Shine, no top coat
Horizon Shine is sort of a cross between tomato red and maraschino cherry red. Basically, it's a warm red that can look more like dark orange depending on the lighting. Regardless of the color, I love jellies like this and this is definitely a favorite of mine. The flakes in this polish are about the same size as the ones in Zest of Times (not as large as the flakes in Ring the Belini). This one only required two coats for decent coverage, but I slapped another one for this pic, just because. No application issues at all with this one and all three coats dried just like the others (average dry-time).
Additional thoughts: I love this collection, but you knew I would. If you love flakie jelly polishes, then I'm pretty sure you're going to love these too, since they're so easy to apply, and the flakes are very well-behaved. Yes, these are technically toppers, but I will probably never wear them that way, just because I love my jellies all by themselves. I'm sorry for not swatching them over a black creme or something like that, but I just can't bear to do it and interfere with that beautiful jelly finish!
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