It's my inaugural swatch post! Well, technically that was yesterday. But that was a disaster, so let's have some selective amnesia and focus on the actually good swatches!
Allow me to introduce you to Perfect Chic, another domestically-produced brand. It's actually manufactured here too, which cannot be said for Jade (or Life, which I'll get to in another post). A large portion of my collection is composed of Perfect Chic polish, for a couple of reasons. One- they're affordable, without being crappy quality. Two- they have a really nice range of basic colors. I've had to fill out the basics a bit with some other brands, but for a long time after I started collecting polishes, it was almost entirely Chic.
This particular set is from a line which they call "Chic Metallix", although that might be a slight misnomer- they're not so much metallic as densely packed glass flecks (I'm going to say "microglitter" for the rest of the post, but I think they're really glass flecks), with varying levels of frosty finish. The end result is rarely metallic, although it is quite shiny. So far I only have four from this collection, although I plan to eventually get all of them, even the pinks! I think there are ten in total, although it could be a couple more.
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904- Citrine Gold
Unfortunately I didn't get a good indoor pic of this color, so these are all in sunlight. the last one is a little blurry, so you can see the multicolored glitter a bit better.
This one is a fairly run-of-the-mill yellow gold- I bought it as filler, once again. I generally don't wear plain gold, although it finds its way into my nail art frequently. Yellows in general make my skin tone look terrible, so I stay away from them as a rule both in clothes and polish. For what it is, I like it, but this is the kind of color that would probably work better on a darker skin tone. This is opaque in two coats.
905- Green Olive
This is an occult, witchy sort of green. At the right angles it flashes yellow, although it's more pronounced in the bottle. I like the subdued tone of it. Of all of the four Chic Metallix I have, this one has the worst formula- kind of runny, and very sheer. It builds ok, these pictures are three coats. It also takes the longest to dry. The color is very pretty though, so I'm willing to put up with its flaws.
Aha! And now we have come to my favorite color of this group. Actually, my favorite color altogether- I have always had a huge weakness for things on the blue-green spectrum. The polish is actually a bit greener-toned than it's showing in the pictures, I encounter this every time I try to photograph it- I don't know why! This color was what prompted me to start buying the Metallix collection in general, it was too pretty to leave on the shelf. It has a juicy jelly finish, more so than the other colors in this set. And paradoxically, it's also the most opaque! I could get away with one coat of this for most nails, although I usually do two anyway. This one also borders on a duochrome- I don't think it's properly duochromatic, but it's distinctly greener at some angles and distinctly bluer at others.
The one downside to this polish is that it's a touch intense to wear in a formal setting, which limits my options (assuming I care to follow social norms that day, heh.) This is solved easily enough by putting on a matte topcoat, which I've done on occasion. Also, this would look BADASS under a black crackle. I hopefully should be getting some in a couple of weeks, and yes there will definitely be pictures!
- As a rule, I like the brush on Chic, it's just the right width to be comfortable while still having pretty good control over where the polish goes.
- Decent formulas. A touch to the runny side, but overall very easy to manipulate.
- Fast drying (most of the time).
- Well pigmented, pretty opaque for a glitter!
- No staining.
- Fairly easy to remove considering it's glitter.
- For the entire collection, if you look closely in bright sunlight each color has a tiny bit of multicolored flecks interspersed with the main color. It's not enough to really notice, but it does add a subtle emphasis to the polish that makes it that much more interesting.
- Really pretty spread of colors, there's something for everyone.
- They have names! This wouldn't seem so exciting, except many Israeli polishes don't. Even within Chic, not all of their polishes have names.
- They're more pricy than regular Perfect Chic polishes. Still not expensive, but no longer a thoughtless purchase.
- The shape of the bottle is stubby and blah. I like my bottles graceful, or funky, or interesting. They're functional, sure, but seriously boring.
- MetalliX? X? What are we, 1993? The only time I use "x" to replace "cs" or "z" to replace "s" is when I'm being silly on the internet. Dated name is dated.
- This makes me giggle a bit- you can just TELL that the person who came up with these names was both A- not a native English speaker, and B- not overly creative. Green Olive, really? What is preventing you from giving these Hebrew names? You're making them in Israel, and you're marketing them to a predominantly Hebrew speaking crowd, what's the shame of using your own language? Ah well, I should be happy that they have names at all.
- The wear on these isn't so great- I get tipwear in two days, and sometimes lifting around the cuticle as soon as three days in. You have to take that with a grain of salt, since I'm VERY hard on my hands- even OPI only lasts me about a week with care. Still- two days is a bit soon, even for me. Honestly though, for the price I'm paying I don't expect it to last forever.