Monday, December 6, 2010

Swatches and Review: Ginger + Liz Big Daddy Cane and Take a Chill Pill

So look what landed in my mailbox on Friday: Samples of Ginger + Liz's new Holiday Limited Edition Polishes: Big Daddy Cane and Take a Chill Pill.

Pardon the cuticles please... the change in weather has been rough to say the least. 

Take a Chill Pill


Big chunky "holo-type" glitter in a clear base. I really wasn't sure how this would turn out upon application of first coat because of the clear base. The holo effect does not show very well because the glitter is so large.

Easy. 2 coats over Qtica Nail Growth Stimulator and topped with Seche Vite. You will need more than one coat of top coat to make this polish smooth. It is gritty.

Alone, this performs excellent. And any chips and tip wear are not very visible due to the nature of the color.

Bottom Line
Layering fanatics may want to pick this up - I suspect it could add some interesting bling at one coat. But it's still pretty at two coats by itself. Between the two polishes, I was surprised to find this one being my favorite.

Big Daddy Cane

More pink than red, this polish has the same chunky holo glitter as Take a Chill Pill, only it doesn't show up quite as well. I know we were all hoping for a true red holo - I think we'll have to wait.

Again this is 2 coats. You might want 3 to be on the safe side.

On top of Qtica Nail Growth Stimulator and topped with Seche Vite  I started to get chips the same night I put it on. So I don't feel it performed as well as Take a Chill Pill, which is odd. But other than the first big chips (which I repaired for this pic) the polish has been wearing fine.

Bottom Line
I wish it were a deeper true red. I'd call this "Big Momma Cane". It feels like this polish is a draft for a truly awesome red-holo polish.

Thoughts on Overall Holo Formula and Ginger + Liz
When I think "holo" I usually think something more smooth, smaller holo particles than what these polishes contain. I would hope that the next time Ginger  + Liz decide to release holo polishes they try for something more smooth and that really highlights the rainbow effect. I think the larger particles may have lent these polishes more of  trippy-glittery effect than holo. I was hoping for something else.  If you were hoping for the same as I, then you might consider the $12 price tag a bit high.

Full Disclosure
The products in this review was furnished to me by Ginger + Liz not only for my use but for review. Other than the product mentioned above I will not be compensated in any other way by Ginger + Liz and will provided my honest opinion of the product. I don't sell Ginger + Liz products, nor am I affiliated with Ginger + Liz in any way.
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