Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sparitual: Quest Swatches, Topcoat Review.


Good Evening! I have a few colors from SpaRitual's Quest Collection to share with you all. These were provided by SpaRitual for an honest review.

Go on an unexpected adventure. Six dramatic and highly textured nail lacquers offer a complex though optimistic view of what we might find as we head out into the world. Multiple layers of glitter & color reflect the emotions we face as we set out on our own personal journey to find abundance, knowledge & acceptance.


Pioneer: A pink glitter cream. This one reminds me of L.A. Girl Birthday Cake. Though the pink base in Pioneer is a bit lighter. I used 3 coats. Formula was thin but build-able.


I also used the SpaRitual Mattify Topcoat. I like Pioneer matte, rather than shiny.


Beyond: is so pretty! It reminds me of an Indie nail polish. It's a black sheer cream with silver hex glitter, red, pink glitters, and pink circle glitter. That said, the formula was very thick! Too thick, so I had to add some nail polish thinner so I could work with it. Once I added the thinner, it was perfect. This is 2 coats, over black polish. You will have to fish around for the pink circle glitters.


Here is Beyond, with the Mattify topcoat:


Summit: reminds me of frost on a mountain. It has holographic sparkles, and white & blue circle glitters. I can see myself using this in the winter, and stamping snowflakes over it. I do wish the base was a cream instead of a shimmer. I think the glitter would have stood out better that way. I feel like with the shimmer base, it's got too much going on. You will have to fish around for the blue circle glitters. I used two coats over Blue Lagoon.


Here it is with the Mattify Topcoat:


Thoughts: You will want to use a thick-ish topcoat for these glitters, otherwise you'll end up with a very bumpy look. I used Seche Vite Dry Fast topcoat on all of the above photos. The reason I layered Beyond and Summit over colors, is because they are sheer, and too many coats looked clumpy. It's better with 1-2 coats layered over a similar color. Pioneer was fine by itself, no undies.

Removal: You will want to either do the foil method, or use a base like Glitter-A-Peel for easy removal.

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Now... The SpaRitual Mattify Topcoat versus NYC Matte Me Crazy.

Coats needed to get a matte look:

SpaRitual Mattify: 2
NYC Matte Me Crazy: 1

Vegan, 5 free?

SpaRitual Mattify: Yes.
NYC Matte Me Crazy: No.

Price:


Personally, I think the NYC Matte Me Crazy performs better overall. But if you are conscious about the chemicals you put in or on your body, the SpaRitual Mattify Topcoat is the better choice for you.

I also wanted to test out the wear time on SpaRitual Multi-Tasker Base & Topcoat. I am comparing this against Orly Bonder Base Coat & Seche Vite Topcoat, which is what I usually wear. I used 2 coats of Blue Lagoon, and dabbed on On The Dunes.

Note: I'm no longer seeing this Base & Topcoat on their website anymore, so I'm not sure if it is available or discontinued. 

Day One:

I had bubbling with the SpaRitual topcoat. (I used 1 coat of each topcoat). It's more noticeable in the photo, then it is in person. It also takes longer to dry, as it's not a quick dry topcoat. Believe me... I really put both these topcoats through the wringer... I even scrubbed my shower/tub. ;-)

Day Four:

So... okay. There's definitely a lot of tip wear after four days. The SpaRitual Topcoat was the first to chip on me, on my index nail. But you can see it still held up pretty good against Seche Vite. The main issue for me is the bubbling. You may have to use thinner coats of the SpaRitual Base & Topcoat to prevent that.

What it really comes down to again is, SpaRitual is Vegan & 5 Free. Seche Vite is not. If you're consious about that, SpaRitual is the better choice for you.

SpaRitual products are vegan. You can read more about SpaRitual's philosophy here.

We formulate our body care products with vegan ingredients from around the world, including many specially sourced and selected plant essences that are Certified Organic and Fair Trade. Our nail lacquers and nail care essentials are vegan and formulated without DBP, toulene, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin. 

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