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Bundle Monster Night Fall | Thermal Colour-Changing Gel Polish

This beauty is Bundle Monster Night Fall, a thermal, colour-changing gel polish.

It’s quite thick, as with all Bundle Monster gel polishes that I have used – so it needs a little care when applying. But it’s not hard to apply, it just requires more attention at the cuticle and along the sides to get an even line and a smooth application.

Bundle Monster Night Fall thermal colour-changing gel polish
Bundle Monster Night Fall thermal colour-changing gel polish

The colour-changing effect is wonderful. Night Fall is purple when cool and a pink/magenta when warm. It has tiny flakies in it that give a purple and blue shimmer effect. My nails are really quite long at the moment, so the thermal effect is easily evident where the free edge is obviously the cooler part of my nails.

My application skills are lacking here a bit. I don’t think I wrapped the tips well enough, as it is a little thin there. (Who’d have thought I was gel polish qualified, eh?! It’s a good thing I don’t have paying clients!) It lasted well enough though, so I got away with it.

Night Fall is part of the Enchanted collection. You can buy it on its own; it’s currently $7.99. Or you can buy the full three piece Enchanted collection for $22.99.

I know that normal nail polish thermals degrade after about six months. I’m not so sure about gel polish.  Does anyone know if it degrades as well?

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Bundle Monster Night Fall
  • Gel top coat: W7 2 in 1 top coat / base coat (gel polish)


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Bundle Monster Night fall was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Laquerdaisical Purple Phase

I have another Laquerdaisical polish on today. This is Purple Phase, a thermal, colour-changing polish that goes from blue/grey when warm to dark purple when cold.

The formula was again quite thick, and tended to drag if you went over the same spot, so I had to ensure I did the manicure carefully.  Some thinner should sort it out though.

I applied the polish while my hands were cold, so it wasn’t until they warmed up that I realised I had some spots of unmixed pigment on my nails. I need to make sure I shake the polish up well before wearing it next time.

The polish dries to a matte finish, but a coat of top coat brings out the lovely pink shimmer. It’s a bit more evident when it’s purple, but you can still see it when it’s light blue/grey too.

Purple Phase is best worn over a base colour, as it’s quite sheer and would need three or more coats to be opaque. I used a light grey, Collection 2000 Angel Wings.

Laquerdaisical Purple Phase
Laquerdaisical Purple Phase
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Undies: one coat of Collection 2000 Angel Wings
  • Colour: two coats of Laquerdaisical Purple Phase
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri

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Purple Phase was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

Lacquerdaisical Jaffa Fake

Jaffa Fake comes from a new(ish) UK indie called Laquerdaisical, run by Alexia and sold through her Facebook page. She invited me to review some of her polishes and this is the first of three that I received.

Jaffa Fake is a thermal colour-changing polish that’s orange when warm and chocolate brown when cold. I love that Alexia has chosen to name her polish after one of my favourite biscuits (yes, I know, Jaffa Cakes are cakes … technically … I’ve seen that episode of QI too!)

It has a subtle magenta and orangey-gold shimmer to it, and this is especially evident when the polish is brown.

It was quite thick in application, yet the pigmentation is quite sheer. I used three coats, but you can still see through the polish in its warm (orange) state. Thankfully it’s winter, so my hands were rarely warm when I wore this, but I think orange or peach undies might be in order next time.

The polish dried matte, but a top coat made it shine and really brought out the shimmer.

Laquerdaisical Jaffa Fake
Laquerdaisical Jaffa Fake

Here you can see the different effects that I managed with it. While the standard transition look would be orange with brown tips, I did manage to get it brown with orange tips by blowing onto my nail tips while my hands were cold.

Laquerdaisical Jaffa Fake colour change transitions
Laquerdaisical Jaffa Fake colour change transitions, from left to right: cool with warm tips, warm, warm with cool tips, cool

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of Laquerdaisical Jaffa Fake
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri

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Products shown in this post were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

 

Polish Me Silly Grape Intentions

I was only really just about getting into indie polishes when the Royal Mail started destroying incoming nail polish parcels. At that stage, I think I’d only ordered from abroad once or twice. That was some time ago now, and since then I’ve been ogling lots of gorgeous polishes that I want from the US, Australia, Russia, etc., etc.

But I love thermal polish so much that I caved in and risked buying from abroad. I bought three wonderful thermals from Polish Me Silly (previously Lush Lacquers). Just minutes after I’d placed the order, I mentally wrote it off, just in case it never arrived. But I was ecstatic when it turned up a couple of weeks later, unharmed by the Royal Mail.

The first one to make it to my fingernails is Grape Expectations, a glitter infused jelly that’s purple when cold and bright pink when hot.

I didn’t know whether pink or purple or something in between would be best as undies, so I dispensed with them entirely and instead used 3 thin coats. The polish dried a little matte, but not too rough, so a coat of Gelous and then a coat of my normal top coat smoothed it out to a glass-like shiny finish.

Polish Me Silly Grape Expectations thermal
Polish Me Silly Grape Expectations thermal colour-changing polish

My son and husband are quite taken with thermal polish. As am I. We’ve all had fun watching it change colour as my hands warm up or cool down.  I even had one scenario where my hands were cold, so the polish was purple, but then I was hanging washing over the radiators and because the tips were getting the heat first, they turned pink – so I had purple but with pink tips, which was the opposite effect to what I was typically seeing.

Polish Me Silly Grape Expectations colour changing montage
Polish Me Silly Grape Expectations – pink when hot, purple when cold

I really do think that thermal polishes will be the next big thing on the high street this year. I bet the the mainstream brands already have thermals in testing and are fighting to see the process though as quickly as possible so that they can get to market first. I predict an exciting summer of colour-changing polish.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of Polish Me Sily Grape Expectations
  • First top coat: Gelous Advanced Nail Gel Coat
  • Final top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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