Earlier this week, I gushed and fawned over a $1.97 polish (Draped) by Pure Ice. Pure Ice just released 55 new shades in 5 new collections…all with high-end finishes. I wanted to see if Draped was a fluke or if, in fact, I’ve hit paydirt. So today I’m going to show you one polish from each of the five collections:
Just like the name implies, these polishes have a matte, velvety finish. Ruffled Sheets is a metallic silver…which is pretty cool with a matte treatment. The formula was good. Easy control with a smaller brush (my small nailbeds are biased toward small brushes). I had some drag at the cuticle on the second coat, but I think I was just being impatient. All was well with the third coat. No topcoat. I’m really just as impressed with this one as I was with Draped.
In this collection, I chose a sparkly fuschia called Lost in Vegas. Wow. This polish is gorgeous. It has dark fuschia and gold shimmer. Very complex and very pretty! My swatch is two coats of Lost in Vegas and a coat of Seche Vite. My photo does not do this shimmer bomb justice!
These all appear to be cremes. There are some interesting colors here (e.g., a mustardy yellow)…but nothing we haven’t seen before. I opted for French Love Affair. It’s your basic medium purple. The formula was a little more runny on this one, but not too bad. My swatch is two coats plus Seche Vite.
This is one of two chunky glitter lines. All contain a combination of a fine microglitter and larger shaped glitters (hexes, diamonds, etc.) I chose Pardon My French because I’m on a lifelong quest for a good brown glitter polish. Pardon My French is a dark brown, slightly purple-toned jelly base with brown…almost pink glitter. I had to use a light hand with this one and sort of hover the brush over my nail or else the glitter pulled away with the brush. But surprisingly, it was completely opaque in two coats. I sound like a broken record…but this does NOT look like a $2 bottle of polish. It looks expensive.
Velour Finish was my favorite collection until I got to these glitter bombs. As the name implies…polishes in this collection all have a sparkly, glamorous party look to them. I’m wearing Booty Call (I didn’t realize that was the name until I got it home!). It’s a clear base with bright purple/berry microglitter and large silver hex glitters. I skipped the underwear with this one, so it required three coats. Once again, I was really pleasantly surprised. I don’t know how they manage to pack all that awesomeness in a polish for only $2.
There were three different Pure Ice displays at the Super Walmart where I purchased these polishes. The five new collections were on an end cap by the shampoo…so don’t despair if you don’t see them where you expect them to be. For $1.97 I am super impressed. Remember, I change my polish often, so I don’t test for wear time. Maybe that’s where the cost savings are really noticeable. My only complaint is totally petty and doesn’t have anything to do with the polish at all…it’s the ridiculously photoshopped photos in the display. It looks like the hand model is wearing computer generated press-on nails. Why polish companies won’t just take good pics of people ACTUALLY wearing the polish is beyond me! Sometimes it’s just plain comical!
Leave me a comment if you have some experience wearing any of these for more than a day. I’d love to hear how these fared over time.
Disclosure: I have no material connection to the products used in this post.
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