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Nail Noir: Color Club Alter Ego Collection: Swatches and Review Part 1

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Color Club Alter Ego Collection: Swatches and Review Part 1

Today I'm reviewing the Reveal Your Mystery part of the Spring 2011 Color Club Alter Ego collection. You can find my review of the Keep it Undercover portion here.

I can't lie...swatching these was quite an endeavor. Why? Because these shades are not my style at all. This collection, like the new Misa 9 to 5 collection, is perfect for ladies who like demure, work appropriate shades. Nothing wrong with that at all, but it's just not me. Ok, here goes. None of these have a topcoat:

Secret Rendezvous, a lilac creme. Three coats.

Incognito. This is a nude creme. It's the sheerest of the bunch; this is three coats, but I probably could have used a fourth.

Revealed. This is my favorite from the collection. Pale peach with subtle pink shimmer (click to enlarge). This is three coats.

Give Me a Hint. A taupe creme. It looks similar to Below Deck, China Glaze's re-release of Channelesque. They aren't dupes, but they are definitely cousins. This is two coats (the only two-coater out of the bunch).

Get a Clue. A baby pink creme. Three coats.

Sheer Disguise. Light grey creme with blue undertones. This is my second favorite of the collection because for me, it's unique. I have other light greys, but none of them have the same kind of blue cast to them. Three coats, except for the index finger. Please excuse my application. I messed up that nail right before I took the pic, so I globbed some polish on to cover the mess).

Formula-wise, I'd say they were ok. These weren't nearly as streaky as I thought they'd be, and they weren't chalky at all. That's unusual for polishes like this. Some people may be able to get away with two coats on some of these, but my application always left me with sparse areas, even after coat number two. Thankfully, the consistency was good on all these...none were too thick or too runny.

I picked up this collection at Ross*, on sale for $7.99. Would I pay full price for it? No, because again, not my style. For the ladies who wear shades like this (I know my friend Candace will like these ;-)), it's nice to have all these shades in one collection. Unlike one company that shall remain nameless, Color Club didn't release a collection full of polishes that look almost exactly like one another. Each of these shades offers something a little different.

Final Verdict: Boring and not unique, but pretty and work appropriate. What do you think?

Part 2 is forthcoming in the near future...

Happy painting!

*None of the bottles have names on them. I've heard about this with the Ross sets. Just an FYI in case anyone decides to get a set from there.

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At February 26, 2011 at 7:13 AM , Blogger marox79 said...

Wow, 7 bottles of 15 ml polishes for $7.99 is indeed a bargain. I wish we had those nice offers over here!!

At February 26, 2011 at 11:32 AM , Blogger Lacquer Ware for Tips and Toes said...

I'm so disappointed in CC. I LOVE so many of their lacquers and wish they would have been on their game for this whole series. Thanks for your hard work swatching and I'm looking forward to seeing your thoughts on the other half of the collection. Those other half colors are more my thing.

At February 26, 2011 at 12:22 PM , Blogger Nail Noir said...

@marox79, where do you live?

@Lacquerware, I agree with you. I see what they were trying to do with the theme, but I think the colors for this part could have been a lot more inspired. They could have at least added shimmer to most of them without taking away the subtlety of the shades.

At February 26, 2011 at 4:06 PM , Blogger rmcandlelight (nailsbeautiqued) said...

Now I love this set don't have it yet but sometimes I appreciate pastel light colors. They will go fabulous with my crackles. :)

At March 1, 2011 at 12:41 PM , Blogger Nail Noir said...

rmcandlelight, I can definitely see using these with crackles. The shades themselves are very pretty.

At March 1, 2011 at 7:17 PM , Blogger marox79 said...

@Nail Noir: I'm from Spain.

At March 1, 2011 at 11:23 PM , Blogger Nail Noir said...

@marox79: I hope you get some great offers there soon. I hope to make it to Spain one day. My best friend did a study abroad there one semester and she absolutely loved it. :-)

At March 2, 2011 at 7:09 AM , Blogger marox79 said...

@Nail Noir: I wish!! Our drugstores suck. They sell drugstore brands like French L'Oreal at nearly the price of high-end brands. We never get those amazing B1G2 offers that I read about on some foreign blogs. The only offers you may find are on high-end brands like Dior, Chanel, etc, like 25% off or something. All you get when you buy low-cost brands like NYC or Essence are odd looks but no samples.
Some stores have started carrying OPI or China Glaze at 15€ a bottle! That's about 3 times what you pay in the US! Until a few months ago, I had never ordered any cosmetics online but for some of us Ebay and the like are our only chance of getting those gorgeous goodies without being ripped off.
Hope you get to visit Spain one day -you did visit France, didn't you?-. but you know, don't expect too much from our stores.
I'll be going to Berlin this weekend -Carnival- and hopefully will come back with lots of low-cost German goodies: the new Essence stuff, Catrice, P2... I'm counting off the hours, LOL

At March 5, 2011 at 11:50 AM , Blogger Nail Noir said...

@marox, that really sucks. I can't believe you guys have to pay so much for polish! What are these companies thinking?

I did visit France but I didn't get to see as much as I wanted because my trip was so short. My plan is to go back and spend a week there, a week in Spain, and a week in Italy. I've got some planning to do, clearly LOL.

Have fun in Berlin! I can't wait to see what you get...


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