My husband asked me yesterday what polish I was wearing on my nails. I answered "Yoshimi," not thinking that it would mean anything to him. He immediately responded: "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots!" I asked him how he knew that I was wearing Rainbow Honey's Robot Collection. I actually had Femme Bot, the pink metallic foil polish, underneath Yoshimi, a clear top coat with black and white square matte glitter along with small black and white square glitter plus some small holo sparkle glitter scattered throughout. Both polishes look appropriately reminiscent of robots, the Femme Bot because of its metallic foil finish and Yoshimi because of the mod sci-fi look of the pieces. Anyway, back to Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. My husband asked me to use that for the name of this post. Turns out it's a Flaming Lips album, their tenth album specifically, released in 2002. It's electronic-influenced music with sci-fi themes, so again, a perfect reference for this collection.
Officially, though, the Robot Collection is a collaboration between Rainbow Honey and illustrator Mary Winkler with inspiration from "anime, video games, super cheesy B films, and the work of Mary Winkler, illustrator, jewelry and textile designer." Here is the official promo picture for the collection:
I had no idea I was receiving any of the polishes in this collection for review, so it was a complete surprise when I opened my mailbox a couple of weeks ago and found an adorable package from Rainbow Honey with the entire collection in their new tall mini-bottles for review. The new mini bottles allow for a longer brush which is great for easier application.
Here are some pictures that show that even down to the packaging, Rainbow Honey is always both visually appealing and high-quality:
|Front of the box of mini bottles that I received, nicely plastic-wrapped.|
|Back of the box.|
|The art on top of the front of the box folded out to a larger sheet with this information on the back about the collection.|
|It's such a pretty mini-poster!|
|Inside the box, Rainbow Honey's signature classy and cute touches with packaging.|
|Here's what was inside once I broke the heart-shaped seal on the wrapping paper.|
I had just done my manicure the day before when I received these samples for review. I had on Pretty & Polished's Day Trippin', a temperature-reactive, color-changing polish. I immediately put Yoshimi on top of that. I will post pictures at some point. But as soon as last weekend came around, I put on Femme Bot. I had a lot of court hearings this past week, so I didn't want to go with the blue or green polishes, and when I read the names of the polishes out loud to my husband, he predictably said, "I like Femme Bot," just based on the name alone. ;-)
All the colors in the collection are really pretty. They are spring-like, but just a little edgy, so not the routine overdone pastel cream-finish spring colors. The polishes are made with aluminum flakes, which, according to Rainbow Honey's website, makes "the metallic lacquers of the Robot Collection simultaneously sparkly, reflective and smooth." The finish on Femme Bot, the pink metallic polish, is definitely both reflective like a foil and also sparkly, especially in sunlight, and the finish is definitely smooth. The formula was excellent on this polish. It went on extremely easily, and I do not have great skills at polishing my nails, so that's saying a lot. I was stunned to find IT WAS A ONE-COATER!!! I was able to finish my mani very quickly, and the polish dried quickly as well, and I had no cleanup other than evening out the area around my cuticles. The best part was that even though I only used one coat of Femme Bot, the polish has lasted an entire week with just a bit of tip wear. I only applied Yoshimi after wearing Femme Bot the entire week by itself, and because I had to go to court so many times, I didn't have time for my usual morning routing which includes adding a coat of quick-dry top coat to my mani, so this one-coat mani lasted a week pretty much on its own. I did add a coat of Seche Vite on top of the one coat of Femme Bot immediately after applying Femme Bot, and in the pictures below, I had a coat of Gelous and another coat of Seche Vite on top of Yoshimi. Femme Bot didn't seem brushstrokey to me. I think it might stamp well, being so opaque and being metallic. Yoshimi applied very easily in one coat with no "fishing" required to get all the different glitters on the nail, although I did have to separate a duo of square glitters that had ended up together on my nail. The glitters in Yoshimi were flat on my curved nails and didn't stick out, and although my nails aren't glassy-smooth with top coat, they are very smooth. Removal of Yoshimi was also easy. I did that last week when I removed Yoshimi which was then over Pretty & Polished's Day Trippin'. Removal of Yoshimi required very minor scrubbing, and I only used one very small cotton ball per finger.
Now for a few pictures:
You can see the little holo/iridescent glitters in Yoshimi.
|Left hand, indirect sunlight.|
I still can't believe that I just had a bit of tip wear after a full week of wearing Femme Bot.
I highly recommend you click through to Manicurity's blog post on the Robot Collection. She has some amazing photos including some with a matte top coat over Yoshimi and some with Yoshimi over a solid grey polish that really shows you all the glitters in Yoshimi including the small holo glitters, and she really goes into detail to show you how great these new tall mini bottles with full-size brushes are.
The Rainbow Honey Robot Collection is available at Rainbow Honey's website and at worldwide retailers. Rainbow Honey is offering free shipping on orders over $50 on their website as well as giving you a free special polish with orders over $50 on their website. April's special polish is Bubble Beam! You can see photos of Bubble Beam on Rainbow Honey's Facebook page.
**PR sample provided by company representative**
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