November 19, 2012

[Swatch] & [Review] Pomegranate Polishes


Today, I have four polishes to show you from indie brand Pomegranate Nail Lacquer.  I'm admittedly really picky about indies, but was pulled in by swatches of Curator and Blue Screen Of Death I kept seeing.  Also the bottles are so cute, I think!

These swatches were done before I cut my nails down.

First up is Pomegranate- Midnight Satellite,



Midnight Satellite is aptly named, and is a lovely teal-leaning green shot through with bright blue microshimmer and larger, sparser silver square microglitter.  The blue shimmer makes the overall shade look like a teal.

Artificial light, two coats:




Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, sun:




Outside, shade:


Up close!


Formula:  Two coats, full coverage, nice formula- the best formula out of the four polishes I tried.  It did want to spread around and stain nailbeds and cuticles as I was removing it.
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Next is Pomegranate- Blue Screen Of Death, a brilliant true blue with dense aqua microglitter/shimmer.



First of all, this is a genius name for a polish (it's from the "LCD" collection), and a gorgeous blue!  It reminds me a lot of Orly- Royal Navy, but the aqua shimmer doesn't settle to the bottom of the bottle.

Artificial light, three coats:


You can see there is still some VNL after three coats, especially visible when using flash.



Window-filtered daylight:




Outside, shade:


Sun:


I love this color!



Formula: On the thinner side; the first coat is a little patchy, and you need to be careful not to flood the cuticle.  The second coat is almost opaque, but for pictures I did three. It also had a strong smell.
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Next we have Pomegranate- Enchanted Lagoon, described as a "chic, Springy green."  I chose this one because I did not own a green like it.



It does remind me of a foggy, spooky swamp.

Artificial light, three coats:




Outside, shade:




Formula: Was a little disappointing: It was on the thicker side, but there was still VNL after two coats, and even after 3 coats, which, by then, was a pretty thick application of polish.  It might benefit from thinner, but you will still need many coats for opacity.   My least favorite formula out of the four, however it was really shiny!
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Lastly, I have the most famous shade, Pomegranate- Curator, a dark grey/light black jelly base with both silver and gold glitter:


The silver pieces are larger hexes, and the gold glitters are much smaller hexes.  I can't think of a black polish with both silver and gold glitter, so I think this one is special.

Artificial light, two coats:




Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:


Let's see it up close!


I love glitter within jelly bases- there's something about seeing the glitter at different 'depths' in the polish that gives it dimension and interest.  It's like Outer Space on your nails without the effort of "galaxy nails." 

Formula: The formula was thin, almost watery. It would be easy to flood cuticles. Also, the thinness combined with the jelly consistency made it difficult to wrap the nail tips. However, it builds well, and was pretty much opaque in two coats, with no scarcity of glitter! 

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Overall, I really like these polishes! These are some fairly unique colors, but the formulas need some work.  They aren't bad, but there's room for improvement.  


The colors seem deliberate and well-thought-out in comparison to a lot (let's face it- most) of indie brands.

About the bottles & brushes: The bottles hold .56 oz: a generous amount in a small bottle!  The question is whether the bottle glass is thin or what, since it holds so much, but is so small at the same time. (It feels thin to me...)  I do love the pomegranate logo printed on it though- very cute packaging. 

I'm not a fan of the cap/handle.  It's too small, short, & smooth, and feels like cheap plastic. The brush is fine, however: a typical small, round brush that fans easily, no problems.





Has anyone else tried Pomegranate Nail Lacquer?  What are you favorite shades?


2 comments:

  1. BEAUTIFUL photos. As usual:) I would love to try this brand of nail polish.

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  2. Amazing colors, is kinda hard to find nice swatches of Pomegranate on the web! I love Blue Screen of Death.
    Your pictures are great

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