Happy Monday! Hopefully you guys are enjoying a nice day off from work like I am. Good thing too because temperatures have dropped even further here in Jersey and now we have the added wind factor. Definitely no fun times being had here. But there is always a plus side and that's what I'll be showing you all. Today I have swatches of the Downtown Collection by Bundle Monster, that consists of six beautiful creamy shades. This collection was originally released back in Fall 2014, but the shades are true classics for all year-round.
The Downtown by Bundle Monster is inspired by the beauty of London, England. Everything from the classic gothic architecture, the bustling comings, and goings of Tower Bridge, and the iconic gong of Big Ben. The Downtown Collection is available for purchase at www.bundlemonster.com in a 6-piece master set or by individual color. Now let's take a look at the swatches!
Bristol can be described as a deep maroon creme color. It definitely feels more like a berry type of red, which is a nice change from the classic we are used to seeing. A bit streaky in one coat, this ends up evening out quite nicely with two solid coats. The consistency was better than I expected and did not flood my cuticles. For these swatches, I used two thin coats and sealed with a glossy top coat.
Redhill can be described as a deep shade of burgundy. This is the only one out of the six that has a bit of a metallic finish. I wish I could of captured the beautiful shimmer better on camera. Unfortunately, I did experience some staining with this one around my cuticles and a bit on my nail beds as well. The formula is a little bit runny, which didn't help control the staining. Although the staining itself is nothing too serious (I did use a base coat), I did have to soak my nails in Bubble White to get it fully removed. For these swatches, I used two thin coats and sealed with a glossy top coat. Also another note for this particular one, it has a strange odor to it as well. Not too powerful, but definitely noticeable and different than the typical polish smell.
Harlow can be described as a smokey navy blue creme. I'm completely in love with this shade, my second favorite in this whole collection. The navy blue is perfect for nautical nail art and stamping! Believe it or not, I didn't actually own a perfect navy blue like this before this one. Someone cue Rihanna's, "Where have you been... all my lifeeee!" The formula is extremely opaque and only need one coat for a full finish. There was a bit of staining to the my cuticles with this one. Very minimal and only affected the skin not the actual nail beds. For these swatches, I used one thin coat and sealed with a glossy top coat.
Eaton can be described as a dark teal creme. Can you guess which is my number one pick for favorite now? This dark teal is so striking and down-right gorgeous. Very opaque that you could get away with one coat, but I preferred to use a second for a lush finish. Great and easy to work with formula, not too thin consistency so there was no cuticle flooding. For these swatches, I used two thin coats and sealed with a glossy top coat.
Crowley can be described as a cool deep cream purple. I apologize for the slightly blurry photos for this one, for whatever reason my camera did not want to focus. Maybe it was too awe-struck by the rich purple shade, haha. Out of all the shades, however, it is my personal least favorite due to the formula. This one also managed to stain my cuticles and nail beds, the same way that Redhill did. The formula itself was a streaky and needed three full coats to even out. For these swatches, I used three thin coats and sealed with a glossy top coat.
Oxford can be described as a neutral taupe creme. I'm a huge fan of neutral shades, but I was on the fence about this one. It's a very unique shade that you don't see too often, so that's a definite plus. In comparison to the others, this one was a lot more sheer in a single coat. The formula was good, but was a little too thin. I did experience cuticle flooding a lot more often than the others in this collection. For these swatches, I used three thin coats and sealed with a glossy top coat.
Overall I'm in a love and hate relationship with these shades. While I love the colors, the staining was a bit of a turn off when I did experience it. Those that don't stain at all, however, are definitely worth purchasing for your collection. My top three must-haves being Harlow, Oxford, and Eaton - in no particular order. I know you guys are probably as curious as I am about whether or not these stamp.. Don't worry, I'll be doing another post next week with the verdict on that!
Tell me guys, which one was your favorite shade from the collection? Have you tried any Bundle Monster polishes out before?