August 24, 2013

Saturday Spam: Colors by Llarowe


Hi guys! Hope you're all having a good weekend so far! Anyone doing anything fun? I'm organizing and de-stashing nail polish...one of my favorite things to do! I think the girls at work are going to be excited soon when I bring all this stuff that needs a new home in for them to have haha!

Today I have a Saturday Spam post for you! It's been a while since I've had one, I think! The brand I'm showing you today is Colors by Llarowe. We all know Llarowe, she stocks a lot of indies and hard to find brands and now she's branching out with her own line of polish. The line features a lot of beautiful holos, duochromes and glitters! I have a bunch of the holos along with a couple duochromes and shimmers to share with you today! Check out all the swatches after the jump!





Behead The Drama Queen is dark teal  base with a beautiful green shimmer. This has a touch of blue to green duochrome to it that is more noticeable if you layer this over another shade. The formula was good, you can layer it or wear it opaque on it's own very easily. I used 2 coats on its own for the photos below. The first 2 photos are in natural sunlight, the last 2 are in the shade. 






Black Gold, Texas Tea is a black holo! The holo is stronger in person than it appears in photos, I promise! The formula was good, a little thick but easy to apply and super opaque. I used 1 coat for the photos below, all photos are in natural sunlight.



Burnt Sugar is a dark brown holo. This is also more holo in person, I'm a big lover of brown polish and I'm loving this one! The formula was good, it was very jelly like but nice and opaque. I used 2 coats for the photos below, all photos are in natural sunlight. 




Ebony and Emeralds is a green/black duochrome. The ducohrome was subtle on this but more noticeable in certain lighting. Under the lights of my nail desk it was all kinds of fantastical, though I'm not showing it that way since I don't feel it was a good representation of how it looked most of the time. In the sun the shimmer in this was flashing between gold and green which was gorgeous! The formula was good, it was easy to apply and super opaque! I used 2 coats for the photos below.The first photo below is in the shade, the others are in natural sunlight.





Gizmo is a dark dusty green holo. My favorite of the bunch (is anyone surprised lol)! I love the shade of green here and the holo was nice and strong! The formula was great, nice and smooth with good opacity. I used 2 coats for the photos below, all photos are in natural sunlight.





Good Fortune is a teal/aqua holo. The holo on this was super stone, much stronger than it appears in photos. The formula was good, it is jelly based and on the sheer side but it built easily. I used 3 coats for the photos below, all photos are in natural sunlight. 




In The Navy is a navy blue holo. Another favorite for me, this one leans a touch towards purple but not so much that it doesn't look navy. The formula was really nice, it was easy to apply and the opacity was great. I used 2 coats for the photos below, all photos are in natural sunlight.





Little Red Corvette is a red holo. This again, was much more holo in person. Something about the saturation of red holos makes them impossible to photograph :( The formula was good, it was a bit jelly like but very opaque. I used 2 coats for the photos below, all photos are in natural sunlight. 





Paradise Found is a blue jelly with blue shimmer. I really liked this one in the bottle but on the nail it was a bit to sheer for my taste, I think with the right base color it would probably be fantastic. The formula was not my favorite, it was very sheer and thick. I used 3 coats for the photos below, it would have been better with 4 coats but due to the thickness of the polish a 4th coat would just not work for me. All photos below are in natural sunlight. 



Purple Rain is a grape jelly with bright blue shimmer. I really like this one, if you like subtle hidden shimmers you'll like this one also! In low lighting this looked like a squishy dark purple but then out in the sun the shimmer came out and it was beautiful! The formula was ok, it was bit more watery than I personally prefer, it was also on the sheer side. This did build easily, I used 3 coats for full opacity. All photos below are in natural sunlight. 




Trouble is a medium blue holo. It's what I would call a denim blue, the holo was much stronger in person than in photos. The formula was really nice, it was easy to apply and the opacity was great. I used 2 coats for the photos below, all photos are in natural sunlight. 




True Colors is a purple holo. I don't know if this was Cyndi Lauper inspired but I'm sure going to pretend it was because that would be awesome haha! The formula was good but a bit on the sheer side due to the jelly-ish base. I used 3 coats for full opacity, all photos are in natural sunlight. 



Zipper is a light blue holo. This has a bit of a grey undertone to it which I quite like. This is another favorite for me, I love how soft it looks but the holo is still strong enough to be seen out in the sun. The formula was a bit on the sheer side but the consistency was nice and it was easily buildable. I used 3 coats for the photos below, all photos are in natural sunlight. 






Overall I really like what Llarowe has put together, I did however had some issues with the brushes in a few of the polishes. Some of the brushes were bent, like they were too long for the bottles. I also had a few that were cut at a very weird sharp angle that made application a bit tricky.

My favorites are Zipper, Gizmo, In The Navy and Behead The Drama Queen. Colors by Llarowe can be purchased at Llarowe.com, the price ranges from $10-12

11 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for your swatches! They look amazing on you! A quick note, the labels have changed since I sent these over as well as the brushes. Will send over some of the new ones for you to try. Thank you again!

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  2. Gillian from PlumeriaPaintedAugust 24, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    Great swatches!! I like how many holos there are, my favourites being good fortune, trouble and zipper :)

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  3. Those are all super gorgeous. I don't even know if I could pick a favorite.

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  4. Leah Ann was nice enough to send out some replacement brushes--great customer service!! I have a bunch of these, and I've ordered a bunch more, but you STILL managed to get me to add a couple to my wishlist, darn you!! XD It happens EVERY TIME i read your blog; it's still my absolute FAVE, though. ;)

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  5. Briana NailACollegeDropOutAugust 24, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    these CbL are gorg!!

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  6. Peace, Love, and Polish by BetAugust 24, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    I don't think I've ever seen a brown holo before. Burnt Sugar is a must have for me!

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  7. These are AMAZING!!! Looking for your website right now...

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  8. I think Purple Rain is my fav', but they all look great!

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