January 16, 2013

Rainbow Honey Sweet Talk Collection Swatch & Review

Rainbow Honey presents the Sweet Talk collection for Valentine's Day! I have Sweet Talk, the namesake of the collection, and XOXO to show you today. Sweet Talk is a "decadently sweet collection of pastel glitters in a white jelly with hidden shimmer" and I really love it so much. XOXO is a glitter topper and according to the official description is a "a ravishing blend of glitters and flakes in a clear base for easy use over any manicure" and would be perfect for a vampy Valentine's mani.

For this swatch of Sweet Talk I did two coats of Sweet Talk alone on my pointer and middle fingers, and one coat of Sweet Talk over two coats of an off-white creme, Urban Outfitters Virgin, on my ring and pinkie. I like the way this polish looks both layered over an opaque base and by itself. The hidden shimmer is really really pretty, but I only noticed it on the nails without an opaque base. The mix of glitters is really nice without being overly girly - red, aqua, and purples of different sizes makes this polish perfect year-round instead of just for Valentine's. Of course the effect of layering the polish by itself has a lot of beautiful depth. I was pleasantly surprised that this milky glitter was easy to apply and didn't drag at all!

Things I really like about this polish

  • easy to apply
  • fun pastel glitter colors that aren't specific to any holiday
  • hidden shimmer = beautiful
  • versatile layering
  • super easy to apply, no dragging

Things I don't love about this polish

  • hidden shimmer is impossible to photograph :(
  • need to get the first coat just right when applying (i.e. around the cuticle line), otherwise you'll get an uneven line when you build up the other layers

Now here are some semi-awkward photos of my thumb close-up!! 

I paired XOXO with Sweet Talk since they're from the same collection. I alternated between one swiped coat on pointer and ring fingers, and dabbled at the cuticle on my middle and pinkie nails. The shimmer in this topper definitely enhances the hidden shimmer in Sweet Talk! Over Sweet Talk, it looks super cutesy and yummy and a good contrast for the pastel and satiny glitters in the milky polish. I think XOXO would also look great over a vampy red or purple for a more sultry Valentine's date! Over China Glaze Concrete Catwalk I see two sizes of magenta hexes, some small holographic silver glitters, and the same flakie shimmer in Sweet Talk. 

Things I really like about this polish

  • crazy pretty shimmer
  • easy to apply
  • versatile

Things I don't love about this polish

  • Sort of wish there were more magenta hex glitters; they can look sparse sometimes - but if I applied more coats, I feel like the shimmer would be overwhelming and mask too much of the base color?
  • I detect a very slight yellow cast when layered over Sweet Talk

Overall, I love these polishes; they are both super easy to work with and look stunning both in the bottle and on the nail. I would definitely recommend these two polishes to anyone that wants an easy to apply milky glitter or a girly topper.

The Sweet Talk Collection will be available for people in the USA and Canada through Fab.com starting today, January 16th. The private sale (with tons of great deals!) will run through 11 AM January 19th. Not a member of Fab? It's free to sign up! The Sweet Talk Collection will be available again on RainbowHoney.com and through their retail partners starting on January 25th.

To sweeten the deal, use the promo code SWEETTALK$5 (code expires 2/28) to get $5 off any Rainbow Honey purchase!

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*Product(s) in this post were provided for my honest review.


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