May 1, 2015

Superchic Lacquer Serendipity Polishes [Swatch] [Review]




Hello my nail friends! Happy Friday!

Today I have my picks- four polishes- from Superchic Lacquer's Spring 2015 collection, Serendipity, to share with you! These are my first ever Superchic polishes, and I'm pretty excited for them. I've been eyeing the brand for a while, and it was definitely the unique bottle shape that first got my attention. Anyway, I knew I needed to show at least a couple of these bright shimmery neon pastels on the blog!




The bottles are large, but the footprint is square, so they aren't as awkward to store as it first appears. The brush is nice: flat, large- but not too big- with bristles that spread widely very easily. I like it a lot, and feel like it gives a lot of control.

One thing is that the bottles aren't labelled anywhere with the volume contents, so I'm not sure how much they hold, exactly. I tried to sleuth it out, but came up empty-handed. Anyone know?


L to R: Nothing Ventured, Dumb Luck, Pleasant Surprise, Cause & Effect


Let's get started!

First up, Superchic Lacquer- Nothing Ventured:


Nothing Ventured is a pastel, neutral-toned dove grey with dense, ultrafine silver shimmer.

Artificial light, three coats:


Outside, shade:


I do love grey, but I was surprised by how much I loved this one! It's really gorgeous, looked nice on my skin, and was neutral but still very interesting!

Up close:



Formula: It's pretty nice, but will need three coats on most people for opacity. It does dry quickly to a satin-matte finish, so the speed at which you work matters: it is possible, technically, to get pulling and dragging with this, but I really didn't have much of an issue. No brushstrokiness, and it does dry down very quickly, so three coats seemed pretty painless.
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Next, here is Superchic Lacquer- Cause & Effect:


Cause & Effect is a bright, pastel coral-peach (very orange-leaning) filled with the same dense, silver shimmer.

Artificial light, three coats:


Outside, shade:


Up close:



Formula: For me, this one dries even faster than Nothing Ventured, and so is more prone to cuticle-drag. Doesn't really self-level at all, and my first two coats were streaky. If you can work very quickly, and avoid under-loading the brush, you can get a decent result with three coats. But, I'd still say this is a trickier formula, and not my favorite to work with.
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Next, Superchic Lacquer- Pleasant Surprise:


Pleasant Surprise is a bright pastel, green-leaning blue turquoise with the same silver shimmer. If that description confuses you, well, welcome to the club! It's one of those light, turquoise-y blues that's changeable, looking very green in artificial light, and a lot bluer under natural outdoor light.

Artificial light, three coats:


It's a purdy blue!

Outside, shade:


Up close:



Formula: It seems a bit thicker than the first two, but applies decently. It doesn't suffer as much from pulling or dragging issues as Cause & Effect does, but I still needed three coats to even out streakier areas.

You do have to be careful with these polishes when dipping the brush back into the bottle, because the formulas are prone to accumulate bubbles at that point if you do it too quickly.
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Finally, here is Superchic Lacquer- Dumb Luck:


Dumb Luck is a bright, pastel "retro" green: not yellow enough to be a grassy green, but also doesn't have nearly enough blue in it to be considered minty. Very interesting! It has the same silver shimmer as the rest.

Artificial light, two coats:


 Outside, shade:

Up close:



Formula: This one was a nice surprise! It's a lot more self-leveling than the others, and feels smoother going over the nail. You have much more play time, and generally don't have to worry about pulling/ dragging. I left this at two coats, since it was like 95% opaque for me!
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Overall: I like these! The grey, Nothing Ventured, is a bit of an unassuming dark horse in that it isn't neon like the others, but it ended up being my favorite. I mean, it's really, really lovely in person, and I can't wait to wear it again! Cause & Effect is the most flattering color on me, and probably will be for a lot of skin tones, I think.

These do dry satin-matte, and I've shown them with top coat because that's probably how I'd wear them, and it also does bring out the shimmer. Formula-wise, aside from Dumb Luck, these weren't the best. Based on other reviews I'd read and heard, perhaps my expectations were too high. Don't get me wrong: they are definitely workable, and none were a real struggle, but they aren't creamy self-leveling perfection either. Are they neon? Well, maybe. That word is so tossed around lately, I'm not sure what it means anymore, but three of these are very bright. Cause & Effect is the most neon to me.

TLDR: I like them! Imperfect formulas, but worth it for the pretty colors!



Bonus macro of the watermarbled accent nail:


These polishes did spread very well in the water, and were nice to marble with! Since they're pastel, I would recommend a light-colored base, though. I used a white here: KBShimmer- Eyes White Open (are you shocked?!).




What do you think?
Have you tried Superchic Lacquer yet?
Are you into the whole neon pastel craze?

10 comments:

  1. So I didn't go for the pastel neons of this collection, but I have A Baker's Hunger for a Bun in the Oven and I just LOOOOVE it. And I swear by their Marco Liquid Macro top coat. It is shiny for daaaaaaays!

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  2. I love grays too. Especially those that are gray, not blue-gray or purple-gray. How does this compare to China Glaze Pelican Grey which is one of my favorites?

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  3. You picked some gorgeous ones! Your watermarble is exquisite!

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  4. Nice swatches! There all so pretty and soft.

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  5. Um, how did I not know about that one! Insta-lemming list polish, thanks! Haha! Good to know you like the top coat too!

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  6. Okay, I just pulled Pelican Gray to look and it's about a shade or two lighter and more "silver-toned" than Pelican Gray, if that makes any sense. Pelican Gray is neutral-toned, but in comparison it looks cooler. I like Nothing Ventured more!

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  7. It was hard to decide, but I'm pretty happy! And, thank you!!

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  8. They are, thank you! Kind of great for Spring/ Summer!

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  9. I LOVE the microshimmer in all of these

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  10. Me too! <3 Thanks! It's pretty prominent in person!

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