Hiya guys, how's it going today? It's so beautiful outside, I can actually go out in just a t-shirt! Okay, maybe that's a bit of a stretch but I think you know what I mean haha. Anyway, if you were a 90s kid like me, then you are about to have your mind blown away. It's a blast from the past! Today I have swatches for the much anticipated Buffy the Vampire Slayer inspired Collection by CDB Lacquer. This is a unique six-piece set inspired by the main cast of the beloved show. Let's get to the swatches!
Apocalypse Averted Collection by CDB Lacquer will be releasing Friday, March 13th at noon EST. The collection will be available for individual purchase in both full and mini sized bottles.
A Monsters Nightmare
A Monsters Nightmare is a deep blood red with tiny gold flakies throughout. Classic beauty! If you guys saw my nail art post yesterday, then this particular polish may seem familiar. As soon as I received it, I knew I had to use it for my Red Coat Tuesday segment. The formula was a little bit on the thick side, but the consistency is not unworkable. The rich color is very opaque and only needs two coats for a full finish. I sealed in the two thin coats with a glossy topcoat.
Inspired by Buffy herself, "I'm the thing that monsters have nightmares about."
Powerful Magics is a deep plum purple with tiny gold flakies as well as a hint of red/gold flakies. I think the macro of this polish can speak for itself. Gorgeous! The gold flakes are perfect against the richness of the purple. Formula and consistency were great, not too thick or too thin. I was able to apply each layer with ease and had an opaque finish in two coats. The polish dries a bit on the matte side, but for these swatches I used a glossy topcoat to seal it off.
Inspired by Buffy's best friend and witch, Willow. "The magics I use are very powerful. I'm very powerful."
He Sees All
He Sees All is a deep forest green with ultrafine silver glitter. Normally, you guys know that I don't tend to like green against my skin complexion. This lush color is the exception to that rule! I'm definitely going to be coming back to this one quite a few times throughout the year. Like A Monsters Nightmare, I found the formula of this one to be a bit on the thicker side. Although it's thick, it does not clump up or leave an odd texture. It's very manageable, especially if you use careful thin layers like I did. For these swatches, I used two thin coats and finished it off with a glossy topcoat.
It should also be noted that for both A Monsters Nightmare and He Sees All the maker has addressed the thickness issue and the batches for release will have a thinner formula.
Inspired by Buffy's other best friend, Xander. "Seven years, working with the Slayer. Seeing my friends get more and more powerful, all of them. And I'm the guy who fixes the windows. They'll never know how tough it is, Dawnie. To be the one who isn't chosen, to live so near to the spotlight and never step in it. But I know. I see more than anybody realizes because nobody's watching me."
Apocalypse Averted is a glitter-bomb that contains red, purple, green, blue, silver and gold micro glitters. I firmly believe that glitter-bombs are the staple of CDB Lacquer at this point. The namesake of the collection, this polish is absolutely stunning and has a good glitter combination for a fun look. Great formula and consistency, I did not have to dab on any of the layers. I was able to achieve full coverage in three thin layers. You'll definitely will need a thick glossy topcoat to smooth down all the glitters and avoid a textured finish.
Inspired by the several events that almost caused an apocalypse and were averted thanks to Buffy and her friends aka the Scooby Gang.
Bloody Hell is a dark chocolate brown with micro red and gold glitters throughout. The micro glitters in this particular polish give it such a nice touch. Not too distracting, so that it still appears to be office appropriate. I'll admit that I'll probably end up opting for this shade more during the end of summer than right now. The formula is identical to Powerful Magics and applies very smoothly without any unevenness. For these swatches, I applied two thin coats and sealed it off with a glossy topcoat.
Inspired by "William the Bloody" aka Spike, A vampire who fights for his soul. Spike sacrificed his life in the final battle against the First Evil, permanently closing the Hellmouth.
Angelic Demon is a jelly thermal polish with tiny silver flakies throughout. There was so much thought-process behind this particular polish, let me explain. Based on the character of Angel, this was made to represent the 2 sides of him: the good and evil. The thermal shifts from dark blue when cool to a brighter blue when warm. I don't think it will come as much of a surprise to say that this beauty is my favorite from the whole collection. Flawless formula and color transitioning, each layer applies like a dream. For these swatches, I used two thin coats and sealed it off with a topcoat.
Inspired by Buffy's true love, Angel aka Angelus. Angelus was cursed as vengeance for killing a member of a gypsy clan. They returned his soul, forcing him to live eternally in guilt over the countless crimes he had committed as a soulless vampire.
Overall I think the entire collection is a must-have and I believe that's a first time I have felt this way about a set from CDB Lacquer. Maybe it's the nostalgia, but I cannot tear myself away from any of these. Of course, there is always one that stands above the rest and that for me is the thermal Angelic Demon. The 90s child in me still harboring major crushes on both Angel and Spike, so uh Netflix binge anyone? But regardless of whether you were a fan of the show or not, these polishes are extremely beautiful and a great variation from all the pastels this season.
Apocalypse Averted Collection by CDB Lacquer will be releasing Friday, March 13th at noon EST.
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