Friday, May 10, 2013

Tough As Nails Lacquer: Come and See Collection

Hi all!  I know I've been slacking on posting lately, I'm just so swamped with finishing up high school and rehearsals for our year-end shows, as well as a steadily-growing pile of polishes to swatch.  I do have a post for you today though, with four beautiful polishes from the Tough As Nails Lacquer "Come and See" collection!  


This collection is inspired by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, how cool is that?? This post is pretty picture-heavy, so I'll put the full review and lots of photos after the jump!  :)
Conquest: The White Horse is described as s "stone gray base with lots of tiny holo glitters and holo pigment, as well as some fine white glitter that gives the polish a slightly sand-like effect." 


I used three coats here, although you could do with two if you're careful.  As mentioned in the description, it did dry to a bit of a gritty finish but I added one coat of LaCC 2013 top coat for the photos.  The formula was easy to work with, but it doesn't self-level at all so you have to be very careful when applying, or it dries kind of lumpy.  


"From The Book of Revelations 6:1-2 -- I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, "Come and see!" I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest." 


My photos don't do this one justice, but here's a close-up shot, in an attempt to show this amazingly complex and beautiful polish!! 


Famine: The Black Horse is a "black jelly base with caramel, wine, gold, and bronze hexes, as well as gold dots, dispersed throughout."


I used two coats over black for these swatches, but I've seen it opaque alone in three.  The formula was delightfully easy to work with, and the glitter spread very nicely without too much work.  One coat of LaCC 2013 top coat here!  


"From The Book of Revelations 6:5-6 -- When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come and see!" I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, "A quart of wheat for a day's wages, and three quarts of barley for a day's wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!""


Honestly, this one says peanut butter and jelly to me, because of the colours of the glitter.  Nothing wrong with that though, I love me a good PB&J!  :P


Death: The Pale Horse is a "sheer, pale minty-green base with white, green, lime, and iridescent glitter dispersed throughout."


I used one coat over black in an attempt to show the complexity of this polish, but I personally prefer the way it looks over a lighter colour, like in Accio Lacquer's post.  Formula was easy to work with, but if you're layering over a darker colour you need to be careful about getting an even coating of the lighter jelly base, as it can be a little patchy.  I can't remember if I top-coated this one (forgot to write it in my swatch notes) but if I did, it's one coat of LaCC 2013 top coat.  


"From The Book of Revelations 6:7-8 -- When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, "Come and see!" I looked and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine, and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth."


Close-up shot of this one too to show the intricacy of this beauty!!  


War: The Red Horse is a "jelly red base with lots of red holo goodness. It's so bright, it glows from within."


It also looks like there's some orange/gold glitter in there, and it definitely glows!  I used two coats over Essie Macks, and one coat of LaCC 2013 top coat.  Formula was, once again, pleasantly easy!  


"From The Book of Revelations 6:3-4 -- When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, "Come and see!" Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword."


Wearing this one brings out my inner Gryffindor, haha!  :)  


These and other Tough As Nails Lacquers can be purchased through Etsy; to keep updated, you can like the Facebook page and follow her blog

My personal favourites would be War and Conquest, although the other two are lovely as well!  Which ones would you pick?  :)


Disclaimer: The products in this post were sent to me for review and my honest opinion.  

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