Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collection Swatches

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Hello!  I'm a bit late to the party on these polishes as I've been away for a few days, but today I've got swatches of the new Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collection.  Again, exciting to see a brand that is pretty easy to get hold of in the UK venturing into creating "indie" style polishes.  These polishes were a bargain too, retailing at £2.99, but at the moment Boots are offering a buy one get one half price deal, so I picked up the whole lot for under a tenner. 

There are four polishes in this collection; Speckled Pink, Shooting Stars, Rain Forest Canopy and Chalk Dust.  Three of the polishes are a coloured jelly base with different sized black and white glitter, and one is a clear base, with the same type of glitter in also.

Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collection Swatches

First up is Speckled Pink.  This is pink base packed full of black and white matte glitter.  As this is a jelly base, the colour is quite sheer, so this is four coats.  I couldn't find a base colour in my collection that was similar that wouldn't take away from the colour of this polish, however I'd probably use white in future.  Unfortunately my nails are so manky and stained when naked, that I don't want that peeping through my manicure!  So four coats, but I reckon you'd get away with two or three over a white base.  Lovely colour.

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Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collection Swatches Speckled PinkMaybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collection Swatches Speckled Pink

Next we have Shooting Stars.  Again a coloured base and chunks of black and white matte glitter.  This time, I put a white base underneath to help the electric blue of the polish pop out, and this worked a treat.  This is three thin coats over a white base coat.  I'm always struggling to find that perfect electric blue and this is a great shade.

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Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collection Swatches Shooting StarsMaybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collection Swatches Shooting Stars
Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collection Swatches Shooting StarsMaybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collection Swatches Shooting Stars

Here we have Rain Forest Canopy.  This is a teal/green base colour, again chock-full of glitter.  I also put a white base coat under this, and this was three coats.  Again, I really like that it is quite an unusual colour.

Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collection Swatches Rain Forest CanopyMaybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collection Swatches Rain Forest Canopy
Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collection Swatches Rain Forest CanopyMaybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collection Swatches Rain Forest Canopy
Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collection Swatches Rain Forest CanopyMaybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collection Swatches Rain Forest Canopy

Finally, we have Chalk Dust.  LOVE IT.  I've got a similar polish from Lush Lacquer that is a great polish for just layering over a colour or a gradient to give it a bit of jazz, so it's great that Maybelline have recreated a similar polish that is much easier to source!  Just to give you an idea of the versatility of this topper, I've whacked it over pink, orange, yellow, green and blue.  It's jam-packed with glitter so this is only one coat over my base colours.  I think this is going to look freaking ace over a gradient too.

Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collection Swatches Chalk DustMaybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collection Swatches Chalk Dust
Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collection Swatches Chalk DustMaybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collection Swatches Chalk Dust
Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collection Swatches Chalk DustMaybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collection Swatches Chalk Dust

So; overall (so I don't say the same thing four times!).  These polishes are pretty fast drying which is great, and they are absolutely chocka with glitter so you get great coverage.  I didn't really have to do much placement of the glitter as it spreads out pretty well.

One thing to bear in mind is that you might get the odd bit of chunky glitter sticking over the edge of your nail, so just give those bits a poke upwards before the polish dries.  Removal, I wont lie; you need to get involved with the tin foil trick here as it is quite labour intensive to remove otherwise (says she, who discovered there was no tin foil in the house last night!) and you will end up with glitter all over you.
Obviously, these polishes are a complete BARGAIN, but if you are only going to get one, it's got to be Chalk Dust, as you can use that bad boy over pretty much any colour.  I'm definitely going to be putting it over some gradients in the future, and I think it'll look really nice over a bright pink.

28 comments:

  1. Love every single one of them! Now I'm going to be looking around for them everywhere, like a crazy lady ;) haha
    See what your swatches make people do? :D

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  2. Great reveiw as always Claire :). I am definitely going to buy Chalk Dust as a result of seeing your pictures xx

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  3. I really like Rain forest canopy! Think I'll be heading to the shops later :)

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  4. I like Speckled Pink! If only I had the patience for glitter removal though, haha!

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    1. It shouldn't be so bad with the tin foil trick, you should try it. x

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  5. Definitely going to be buying Chalk Dust and Shooting Stars (as I a little bit obsessed with anything blue) after seeing this review. They all look amazing though. x

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    1. It's a lovely bright blue isn't it, I think you definitely need it. xx

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  6. Must comment here to make it final that I WILL BUY THE TEAL/GREENY ONE!! :D xx Great swatches as always ;)

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  7. Your reviews are great. Claire,I love your blog. My favorite is Rain Forest Canopy.xxx

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  8. These look great!

    Have you tried using those rubber finger ends (used for turning paper etc; you can get a set of 10 for a couple of £ on amazon) instead of foil for removal - it saves having to tear and twist foil up and they last forever so you never find yourself unable to remove a glitterbomb when you run out of foil!

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    1. No I haven't, and you have actually told me before, so I am a bad person, I am going to buy some RIGHT NOW! Thank you. It would make sense, rather than the crying heap I was reduced to the other night upon the WHAT?! NO TIN FOIL?! discovery... lol.

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  9. Damn it, I want these now!! Beautiful swatches x

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  10. i love these - i actually have shooting stars and i love it! I also like to use it over mavala 'deep blue' and that looks really pretty :)

    sara x

    www.essayelle.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. If you're looking for an electric blue 'Ocean Blue' from the colour show line is gorgeous.. looks a bit dark in the bottle but once its on its the perfect electric blue :)

    I got the chalk dust one today, was debating between that and rainforest canopy but I'm glad I went with chalk dust :)

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    1. Thanks Lisa... have you seen the new Barry M Gelly's (I've reveiwed them today), Blue Grape from that collection is pretty immense!

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  12. Hey :)
    Wow, your swatches look so good. I now might have to go and get one. Or twot...
    Some friends asked me if I could bring one or two for them after seeing them on your blog.
    I'll definitely follow you, because your blog is just super nice :) Maybe I'll even find some more polishes I need to get :D
    Have a good day,
    Nadine x

    Oh and if you have some time maybe you could head over to my blog?
    http://another-polish-blog.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Ah thank you! Yes, I will take a lookie! xxx

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  13. Hello from Louisville, KY USA. Currently wearing the blue one which here in the States is called Blue Marks the Spot. Very seldom paint my nails but I love the look of this nail polish so much that I plan to wear it for the next few weeks and have bought two more bottles of it.

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  14. those looks gorgeous,might pick up one or two, but I am intrigued, what is the yellow polish in the swatches? :)

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    1. The yellow polish I've used is Barry M Yellow x

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