Happy Monday! Maybe? End of Monday at this point….whoops. I have to admit that I’ve been super tired today, but I think some swatches of Parallax Polish’s The Secrets of the 7 Seas collection will wake us all up! I always get so excited when Erin lets me know about her new collections, because I love learning about the Science inspirations behind each polish. It helps that the polishes are gorgeous too 😛 Enough of me rambling though, let’s get to the nails!
**Photo heavy warning**
*All swatches shown with one coat of Rica’s Glossy Glam unless otherwise noted.
Erin always sends over little facts about the polish inspiration, so I’ll include those for you guys. First up is Biomimicry, which “is a form of protection that many ocean creatures use to blend in with their background. This polish changes colors depending on the way you look at it.”
Oh, I love how well the inspiration fits with the polish! This duochrome polish features a teal to purple shift, with some red-ish coloring thrown in there when viewed at an extreme angle. My swatches are showing you guys three coats plus topcoat. This polish was a little too sheer for my liking, but this could easily be remedied by layering it over black. Other than that, this polish was easy to work with!
Next up is Coral Reef!
“This polish is inspired by coral bleaching – where coral loses it’s color because of too warm or cold water – which is represented by the solar changing of the polish.”
Coral Reef is a purple glitter filled, solar polish that while indoors has a clear base and in the sunlight it turns purple. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get a sunlight picture of this, because the sun hasn’t really been shining much here but I’ll make sure to keep this polish on my desk so I can post an updated review. But, I do still think this is a really cool looking polish! I ended up layering two coats of a coat of SinfulShine’s Wisp, because it won’t reach opacity while indoors but each coat had really great glitter payoff. I’m excited to see what this one looks like in the sun!
Bonus cat photo to make up for my lack of sunlight photo 😛
Onto Challenger Deep!
“Challenger Deep is the deepest part of the ocean, in Mariana’s Trench. The matte black matches the color of the ocean, with a glow in the dark to represent bioluminescence of deep living creatures.”
This polish actually ended up being a surprise for me, because I’m usually not one for texture polishes and tend to reach for bright, glitter-y polishes. But, this polish seriously dried so fast that I think it’s become my new go-to “I’m in a rush” polish! I used two coats for these swatches (no topcoat to preserve the finish,) and each one dried (enough to touch) almost instantly. Now, I don’t recommend attempting to go hardcore clean (or whatever floats your boat) immediately after putting this on, but I was able to hold a pen and write in under five minutes which I normally can’t do. You do have to work quickly and not play around with too many brushstrokes, but I was able to get the application down after painting a nail or two. This one is also supposed to glow purple in the dark, but I was a bad blogger and forgot…..sorry guys /:
Next is Arctic Ice!
“Represents the ice sheets that help cool the ocean, give polar animals places to live.”
Arctic Ice is described as a blueish, silver holographic polish but I feel that the shade pulled a little more lavender-y on me. Maybe? I’m pale so pale shades are hard for me to pull off, but this one didn’t give me lobster hands which I’m stoked about! This polish is a bit sheer and takes three coats to reach opacity, but the holo flame is really lovely and totally worth the three coats to me. Each one applied easily as well, so it wasn’t even an issue.
Direct light shot to show off the flame a bit better:
Onto Sea Foam!
“Algae breaks down in the ocean, which then gets thrown against the shore in waves on the beach. This agitation creates sea foam, the bubbles you see at the beach.”
This polish is one of my favorites from the collection! I love teals and this one has a lovely, golden shimmer running through it. My photos are showing it slightly more blue than in real life but I promise that it’s still gorgeous. The formula on this was easy to apply, but it was definitely the sheerest of the bunch. My swatches are showing you guys three coats, but I definitely could have used a fourth. If you’re worried about this getting too thick, just remember to apply thin coats.
Next is 3.5 Degrees!
“The average ocean temperature is 3.5 degrees!”
I know I’ve said in the past that holos aren’t my thing, but this one is seriously stunning! This blue polish not only features a decent holo flame but it also has a gold shimmer/sheen to it. I used three coats for my swatches because I liked that the color got deeper, but if you have shorter nails you could most likely get away with two coats. I really like this one!
Direct light to show off the holo:
Last up is Gulf Stream!
“The Gulf Stream is a current that runs from Florida up the Atlantic that helps control temperature and is being explored for renewable power energy.”
Guys, guys, guys! This one is my absolute favorite from the whole collection! I feel like I’ve said that for every polish in this post, but seriously, look! It’s almost a more saturated, teal leaning version of 3.5 Degrees with just a touch less gold shimmer. Again, I did use three coats for my swatches, but people with shorter nails could get away with two coats. I expect that I’ll be getting a lot of wear out of this one 😀
Direct light shot:
Now for some bottle macros:
Now the super exciting part about this post is that this collection launches today! Like you can go and place your order right now…..I’ll wait, no worries 😛 It looks to me that you can order the entire collection in three different sizes for either $23 (small,) $46 (medium,) or $70 (large.) Or you can order any of the polishes individually with full sizes ranging from $8-$12. Make sure to check out the following links for more information:
press samples // some products in this post were previously provided in exchange for an honest review