Hey everyone! Today I've got four of the six ALIQUID Lacquer Gloss 48-exclusive polishes for you! If you're wondering about the polish names, this collection was inspired by lesser-known Roman goddesses!
I decided that these paired well into two sets of two, so that's how I'll be showing them! I had fun swatching them this way, and it was a little more efficient as well! So things don't get confusing, I'll be telling you about my experience with the formulas right under the polish descriptions. A little change-up in format, but I think it'll be clearer this way!
First up: Feronia & Egeria!
ALIQUID Lacquer- Feronia
Feronia is a warm-toned green creme filled with bronzey-gold microshimmer as well as small, gold flakie particles and copper flecks. This type of green falls somewhere between an Army green and an olive grassy green. Is there a name for that? I'm not sure!
Formula: It's thick in the best way possible! Seriously feels buttery and wonderful going on, and you can get this opaque in one coat if you have a heavier hand. I used two for swatches on my non-accent nails, although there is only one coat on the middle/ accent! Can you tell the difference?
ALIQUID Lacquer- Egeria
Egeria is a very green-leaning teal jelly base filled with holographic, magenta, & teal hexagonal glitters as well as sparser circle glitters.
Formula: It applies like a typical jelly/ glitter combo. You don't have to dab to place any of the glitter. During the first coat, you can accidentally create bald patches if you super overwork it, but in general it plays really nicely. I used two coats for swatches, and that was a nice level of opacity for me as well!
I didn't turn my bottle upside down prior to swatching, but I did notice that the circles were somewhat sunken to one lower side of the bottle. So, if you want more circle glitter on the nails, setting the bottle upside down for an hour or two prior will help with that! Still, the two that I managed to get on my swatch were not fished out!
Swatch time! Two coats each of Feronia (1 coat middle nail) & Egeria, artificial light:
The negative space was made with a chevron vinyl from NailVinyls, and the second coat of Egeria on that nail was just dabbed on afterwards, which worked out pretty okay. Like I said, that nail only has one coat of Feronia. Look how opaque it is!
Mmmm, I don't know- Feronia is pretty lovely up close! I know Egeria is supposed to steal the show, but I kind of love Feronia, guys!
Next up, I paired Carmenta & Angerona!
ALIQUID Lacquer- Carmenta
Carmenta is warm taupe with veins of reddish-orange shimmer as well as blue flecks and sparser holo microglitter! The way the microglitter twinkles in this is really special! I think Alison really perfected the density on it! I love how sparse, but noticeable it is! (Also blue flecks in a brownish polish- I'm sold!)
Formula: It's very, very nice! Applies smoothly, and opaque in two coats! There's really not much else to say! A+
ALIQUID Lacquer- Angerona
Angerona is an off-white/ eggshell crelly based filled with "brown, copper, gold and matte blue glitter, plus some "hidden" iridescent blue glitter and shimmer!"
Formula: For me, this is, by far, the hardest one to work with. The base is on the sheerer side but the viscosity is thicker. The first coat is streaky, but the second goes on much more smoothly. My second coat was a lot thicker, so I stuck with two, but I ended up with a lot of bubbling after about thirty minutes. I tried again, using thinner coats, which for me is harder to do with the texture of this polish, but I still had some bubbling issues.
So, these swatches show my third attempt with two thin coats of polish. It may be that these types of thicker crelly-based glitter polishes require some practice, and I definitely don't apply them as often as other finishes.
Swatch time! Two coats each of Carmenta & Angerona, artificial light:
I really don't think it comes through in photos the same way, but the smaller square copper glitters in Angerona can resemble bubbling when they're not directly reflecting light. It really threw me for a loop for a while. I think it's a function of some of them being buried under crelly base. When they are reflecting light, they're beautiful! But, when they aren't, they're just the right size and darkness to look like bubbles. It's hard to explain, and it applies to more than just this particular polish! It's like any pale crelly base with darker small glitters, I think. Am I just weird? :/
It's still so beautiful though- LOOK!
In Angerona's macro photo above, you can see the "hidden" iridescent glitter! In person, it's really crazy lovely because it twinkles with the light, and there's a sudden periwinkle flash!
Up close, Carmenta is more complex than it originally appears! Very, very lovely. I love these shades which are neutrals with a twist! And, by far, I have to say that Carmenta is my very favorite! I can see myself wearing it over and over again!
So, that's it! If you want to see swatches of the two holographic shades in this collection (one of which I'm regretting not picking up (aaagh!)), head over to The Mercurial Magpie's post! She shows all six!
I'd love to know what you think!