August 10, 2016

Serum No. 5 SS16 Collection Swatches & Review

Hi guys! Today I have the new Serum No. 5 SS16 Collection to share with you! This is a 5 piece collection that is full of different finishes and a nice range of colors, plus they all glow in the dark! Check out the swatches after the jump.

Lemonade is a pale yellow creme that glows bright green in the dark. The shade was freaking out my camera for some reason so thats why my skin looks a bit off in the photos. The formula was ok for a yellow, it was a good consistency and easy to apply but a bit streaky. I used 3 coats to completely even it out. Because of the glow pigment it does dry down a little bit textured and matte, but a coat of top coat smooths it out completely.

Palm, Pool, Collected is a turquoise base with silver flecks of shimmer, this glows aqua in the dark. This is my favorite of the collection, the shade is gorgeous and the shimmer is just the cherry on top with it. The formula was good, it was sheer but buildable and easy to apply. It dries down matte with some texture but again its easy to smooth out with top coat. I used 3 coats plus top coat for the photos below.

Precious Medals is a mix of gold, silver and bronze holographic micro glitter in a clear base that glows white in the dark. This is Olympics ready with those kinds of glitters in it! The formula was great, I was expecting it to be sheer but it was glitter packed without being thick, and it was easy to apply and build up. I only ended up needing 2 coats for this one. This dries down matte and with some texture, because of the micro glitter you'll probably need 2 coats of top coat. I used 2 coats plus top coat for the photos below.

Slaycation is a coral with pink shimmer and a sprinkle of holo, it also glows pink in the dark. This walks the line really nicely between pink and orange. Indoors it tended to lean more orange on me and outside it went more towards pink. The formula was good, it was a nice consistency and easy to apply with good opacity. It dries down matte with some texture, you'll only need 1 coat of top coat to smooth everything out and shine it up. I used 2 coats plus top coat for the photos below.

Apparently I did a fantastic job of cleaning up the previous glow before doing this mani, I couldn't see it IRL but ya know...macro sees all (even in the dark) haha!

Squad Goals is a baby pink with silver flecks of glitter, this glows yellow/green in the dark. The silver glitter is a little hard to pick up in my photos but it was apparent and easy to see in real life. The formula was ok, it was easy to apply and had good opacity but I did have some issues with it not wanting to level out. This dries down matte so you'll want to top coat it to bring it to life. I used 2 coats plus top coat for the photos below.

The SS16 Collection from Serum No. 5 is available now at, each polish retails for $13-$14!


  1. Precious medals is a stunning polish!!! it's lovely!!

  2. Lovely swatches! Palm, Cool, Collected looks like a slightly dusty turquoise to me. Would you agree, or do you think my browser is picking up more on the shimmer?

  3. I think its just a monitor thing, its not dusty in real life!


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