Rainbow Honey is an indie brand, relatively new but you would guess the opposite looking at their polishes and professional packaging. These are my first Rainbow Honey polishes, although I have eyed many of them in the past. After receiving the Yokai Collection, I went to the Rainbow Honey site and ordered minis of Hoof Wrassle, 20% Cooler and A Little Kindness.
The Yokai Collection polishes are limited edition for Autumn 2012 and were released only days ago on October 13, 2012. The polishes are available on Rainbow Honey's website for $10 each. These are good sized bottles at a half ounce each, and $10 is a very reasonable price for these indies that are so professionally produced and look like little mini works of art.
The first of the Yokai Collection that I wore was Kitsune. I wore Kitsune all of last week as my manicure.
Kitsune is referred to as the Magical White Fox on Rainbow Honey's website. The base is a gorgeous cream color, like the color of French vanilla ice cream or like eggnog. With its golden microflakes and its small sparkling holo and red-orange glitter, this creation looks like a beautiful stone. It is amazing to me that the polish has so much depth and that the microflakes and small glitters don't just sink into the polish but show right at the top of the manicure. It's like someone cut a slab of perfect natural stone.
You can wear multiple coats of this polish, but I preferred the look of just one coat, so I wore "underwear" underneath it.
I have read other reviews where other bloggers describe the formula as thick and perhaps in need of a small amount of thinner. I don't have really great manicure skills, though, and my hands shake a little, so I really *loved* this formula and didn't find that I wanted to add thinner to it. I liked that it didn't pool or flood my cuticles, and I liked that where I put it, that's where it went and stayed. I basically didn't need to do much cleanup, and I had no balding or dragging, even though I didn't wait between applying the underwear coat of polish and the coat of Kitsune. The brush is great, round but a nice size and not too thin. It was a very fast and easy mani, and I got so much payoff in terms of the beauty and complexity of the polish. With a look that rich, you would think that I had put together layer after layer of this and that to make up the final look, but you get an amazing look in just one coat of Kitsune.
I found the formula top-coat hungry. I like my manicures glassy smooth, and this mani didn't get that way until about Thursday. I do my manicures on Sunday nights, so by Thursday I had the initial Seche Vite top coat plus another four coats (one per day) of Sally Hansen Quick Dry Top Coat.
The manicure wore extremely well for an entire week.
The polish reminds me of eggnog, and with the holo glitters and red-orange glitters and the very reflective gold mini flakes, it is very festive. So, while it looks like shades of fall, I think it would also be a nice holiday polish.
You can count on Rainbow Honey polishes to be unique and unlike any other polishes out there. I definitely don't have anything like Kitsune in my collection of polish.
In the pictures below, I have on a base coat, one coat of Sally Hansen Persistent Peony as "underwear," one coat of Kitsune, and one 1 coat of Seche Vite.
You can see the small and very reflective gold flakes in the polish.
|See the holo glitters?|
|Indoors, not 100% color-accurate, but the color does look a little different in different lighting.|
|In this blurred picture you can see the golden shimmer effect.|