XOXO is a gorgeous glitter top coat. It has red glitters in medium and small sizes. Sometimes they came together to form a heart-like shape here and there on my nails. There is also a gold shimmer or gold microflakes like tiny little pieces of gold leaf, and there is holo glitter in the polish. The holo glitter is what I call the "pastel" holo glitter. I've seen holo glitters that flash in pastel colors and holo glitters that flash in brighter primary colors. The holo glitter in XOXO flashes appropriately in pastel shades. The base of the polish is clear and not too thick but just right so that it goes on smooth and shiny, although even with one coat of Seche Vite and another of Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat, it's still not perfectly smooth, but it's very smooth without any jagged edges to the glitter. It's not top-coat hungry, it's just that top coat doesn't sit perfectly smooth over the glitter, similar to but much less pronounced than the effect of top coat over flakies. The red glitter flashes a gorgeous purple at times. I used two very thin coats. I tried to be subtle for work and used only one thin coat at first. One coat provided enough coverage, but then I wanted more glitter! There was no shrinkage from either top coat; I love that about Rainbow Honey polishes.
I have seen a couple of other reviews of this gorgeous top coat on other blogs. On the Galactic Lacquer blog, there are gorgeous pictures of XOXO over a strong pink polish. I don't own a lot of pink polishes, so I didn't have many to choose from in my stash. The result on Galactic Lacquer's post is what my ideal would have been if I had the "right" pink polish. The Lacquerologist also shows XOXO over a perfect pink polish and also has pictures of Sweet Talk. On the Nails in Nippon blog, there are pictures of both XOXO and Sweet Talk, and she has a picture of XOXO over black polish that is AMAZING!
In addition to being perfect for Valentine's Day, I think XOXO would also work nicely during the Christmas holidays, and I wonder what it would like over other colors like maybe a medium blue polish.
Here are some pictures of my XOXO mani:
Even in very low light conditions, this polish magically sparkles.
Didn't use this hand to scrub after the doggie accident,
but I did wash both hands and with that washed a lot of my prior moisturizing efforts away.
|Seldom seen right hand|
Sparkly even in low light
This picture comes closest to showing the true color of the pink "underwear" polish; the sunlight washed it out in other pictures.
Seldom seen right hand
Camera was too dazzled by this polish indoors to take a better picture
I used Sally Hansen's Satin as "underwear" for XOXO. Satin is a very pale pink with a peachy tone from the Smooth and Perfect Color and Care line. I had wanted those pastel polishes ever since last Easter, and around Christmas they went on clearance at CVS, and I bought the pastel pink, orange, green, blue and purple polishes. Now I'm all set for Easter this year! I used two coats of Satin, and I still had visible nail line, but it looks nice. I had heard other bloggers complain about the formula in the Smooth and Perfect Color and Care line pastel colors, saying that the formula was thick or difficult to work with or dragged or left bald patches. I didn't have any of those problems. The only issue I had was a couple of small bubbles, but I had just shaken the bottle before applying the polish, and you couldn't see the bubbles after I applied the XOXO top coat. I thought the formula was good, not too thin or thick, and it didn't pool or flood my cuticles, and I barely had any need for cleanup. There is a bit of a frosty shimmer to the finish, but it's not too brushstrokey. The brush is wide and the end is curved like my cuticles, although that curved end is trimmed unevenly in places and looks like it has jagged edges, but the brush worked well with the formula, and the polish went exactly where I wanted it to go. Below are some pictures I took of Satin while I was doing my nails, so it's pre-cleanup, and it's very poor quality indoor lighting:
|Very poor indoor lighting -- left hand -- one coat of Satin|
Pre-cleanup, manicure in process
The pale pink polish has a bit of pearly shimmer to it.
|Very poor indoor lighting -- right hand -- one coat of Satin|
|Very poor indoor lighting -- left hand -- two coats of Satin|
Pre-cleanup, manicure in progress
Very poor indoor lighting -- right hand -- two coats of Satin
You can see one of the small bubbles on my pointer finger, on the far right.
The Sweet Talk Collection will be sold in a private sale at fab.com from January 16, 2013 through January 19, 2013. The Collection will be officially released on January 25, 2013 at 12:01 AM EST at rainbowhoney.com and participating Retail Partners around the world. Rainbow Honey generously shared a promo code for $5.00 off a purchase on their website. PROMO CODE = SWEETTALK$5 (promo code expires 2/28/2013). Thank you Rainbow Honey for the promo code and for letting me review these lovely polishes!
I should have a review post of Sweet Talk by next weekend.
Note: I received a free bottle of XOXO polish from Rainbow Honey and was asked for my honest and unpaid review of XOXO. I am not affiliated in any other way with Rainbow Honey other than as a regular customer because I do buy, love and use their products.
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