Have you ever looked at a collection of nail polishes and said that you need to buy them all? If you’re reading this blog, the chances are pretty high that you have! I was absolutely mesmerized by the holographic effect in Born Pretty’s Black Datura Series that I couldn’t resist the opportunity to snag all three polishes in the collection!
These nail lacquers are not colors per se but are holographic top coats that you can apply over any kind of nail polish to transform it into something even more gorgeous! The glitters in these vary in size and amount depending on the polish as you will see in the swatches later in this post.
When they arrive, you will first notice its cute packaging. The box is pretty standard for all of Born Pretty’s nail polishes now. Each one is shrink wrapped in plastic, making it suitable for commercial resale.
The back of the box lists the ingredients, but I have found that this list is the same regardless of the polish that you buy from Born Pretty. They literally use the same packaging for all of their nail polishes to keep their costs down, although a sticker is placed on the bottom and/or side of the box to identify the color of the polish inside. Another identifying sticker is placed on the bottom of each bottle.
For the swatches, I used one coat of the holographic topper over 2 coats of black gel polish from Aimeili for contrast. This way you can see the glitter type and distribution better.
Now for the showcase!
Out of the 3, Lady Vengeance has the most subtle effect due to the fineness of the glitter used in the formula. In the pictures on the website and even comparing both bottles in person, Lady Vengeance and La Vierge de Fer look nearly identical, but from the swatches, you can see that La Vierge de Fer appears more brilliant with slightly more glitter content and slightly larger glitter particles. Portrait of a Lady is the most distinctive having the largest glitter particles of the polishes and is reminiscent of space junk.
All three have highly reflective and brilliant holographic effects and produce a shimmery galaxy look with just one coat. The polish dries relatively quickly and has no harsh odor, and the glitter stays remarkably well suspended in the formula so you won’t feel like you have to fish for pieces in the bottle.
I would recommend the use of an additional layer of top coat, particularly for Portrait of a Lady because the chunky glitter makes the surface a little bumpy, but they all have a shiny finish even without a separate top coat added.
The only downside is that the bottles are small with their 6 mL capacity. You’ll get quite a few manicures out of this (honestly, when was the last time you finished a complete bottle of polish?), but you’ll definitely wish you had more once it’s gone!
Do you have a favorite out of the 3? Let me know in the comments!
Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)
If you are interested in purchasing this polish (retail price is $4.99 USD a bottle, $9.98 USD for the set of all three), the link for the item is shown below. Using code RSSPX31 will get you 10% off the regular priced items your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping. Happy polishing!