November 21, 2013

Polish Alcoholic Cheer Bear - Swatch & Review (lil bit pic heavy)


Polish Alcoholic is an indie brand from the Netherlands created by fellow nail blogger Sabrina. Today I've got one stunning linear holographic polish to share with you named Cheer Bear from her upcoming Care Bears Collection! This post is a wee bit pic heavy because I really wanted to show you this polish in different lighting.

Manicurity | Polish Alcoholic Cheer Bear - Swatch & Review
flash 
Manicurity | Polish Alcoholic Cheer Bear - Swatch & Review
indirect OTT 'natural' sunlight, slight holo bends
Manicurity | Polish Alcoholic Cheer Bear - Swatch & Review
real full-on sunlight
Manicurity | Polish Alcoholic Cheer Bear - Swatch & Review
indirect natural sunlight, outdoors


Cheer Bear is a baby pink linear holographic polish, which also looked a wee bit coral indoors under different lighting. I used 3 coats for photos but I found 2 to be enough in person because the holographic-ness sort of masks VNL. Most photos are taken without top coat, and then at the end of my photo session I added top coat to two of my nails to see if it would change the linear qualities. I feel like top coat does change the 'flame' shape of the linear rainbow stuff a little, but not drastically - you'd really have to stare at two nails with and without topcoat to be like "I guess this one is different?" ((see the comparison of with and without tc later in the post)). It dries quickly without topcoat and has a nice finish with or without it :)


Manicurity | Polish Alcoholic Cheer Bear - Swatch & Review
indirect natural sunlight, outdoors
Manicurity | Polish Alcoholic Cheer Bear - Swatch & Review
real full-on sunlight
Manicurity | Polish Alcoholic Cheer Bear - Swatch & Review
indirect sunlight, indoors
Indoors I feel like Cheer Bear is sort of between a scattered and linear holo - I can spot some bands of full-on rainbows, but not nearly as linear as it is in direct sunlight. The formula was easy to use, and dried quickly. I did use 3 coats for these swatches and I see some slight VNL peeking out in brighter light situations (as evidenced in some of my flash and sunlight photos). This is the sort of 'visible nail line' I don't mind because the rainbowy particles sort of reflect and distract from the usual "Oh bah, I can see the VNL!" feeling I get. Hopefully this post gives you a good understanding of what Cheer Bear looks like in person :)

Topcoat vs. No Topcoat Comparison

Can you tell which nails in the following photos have top coat and which don't? 
Manicurity | Polish Alcoholic Cheer Bear - Swatch & Review

Manicurity | Polish Alcoholic Cheer Bear - Swatch & Review

The pointer and ring have top coat; the middle finger does not. I think it makes the 'flame' shape of the linear holo part a weee bit shorter, as in the photo above, but not so much so that I feel like you have to avoid top coat when using the polish (in person this difference in distance is incredibly minimal, this photo is showing my nails at at least 5x larger than they are in real life).

Pricing & Availability

Cheer Bear and the rest of the Care Bears collection will be available starting November 25th!
Polish Alcoholic ships worldwide from their Etsy store (10mL, $10.30USD)

For more Polish Alcoholic check out their blogFacebookInstagram, Pinterest, and Twitter!

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Are you a fan of linear holographic polishes? Have you tried any polishes from Polish Alcoholic? I think the little bottles are so cute!

*I received a press sample for my honest review and swatching purposes. If you'd like to know more about my disclosure policies, please check out my disclosure page

10 comments:

  1. Love the colour! Reminds me of MACs eyeshadow in Cranberry, super gorgeous x

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  2. I love this colour and how much it shimmers in the light. And it looks fabulous on you xx

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  3. This is such a gorgeous color! Pink polishes are my favorite. I love the shimmer too and the name of the color is so cute. xox

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  4. This shade is so beautiful!!! Really love the sparks on it ^^

    xoxo

    Novelstyle

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  5. This one looks like a winner - lovely shade and I like gentle sparkles in it

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  6. such a lovely color...i love this unsual pink!

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  7. I love pic heavy posts especially for nail polish swatches, so you're doing the right thing girl. It's so hard sometimes to see the shade so this definitely helps with different lighting. And yay for Cheer Bear - I've always loved Sabrina's 'nail polish work' & art and she's done very well with this brand :) x Donah
    GiG

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  8. Nice colors :) I love your swatches as well. Great post! #giglove http://rosalietangonan.wordpress.com/

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  9. This is super pretty!! I love a good pink holo! GIGLOVE

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  10. Oh, I love Cheer Bear now! I am not really into dark polish so this one suits my sunny and cheerful style. gig

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