Monday, January 21, 2013

Catrice SpectaculART Gold Leaf Topcoat

Gold Leaf topcoats are all the rage at the moment! It kick started with OPIs 18k Gold Leaf topcoat, which they brought out as part of their Bond Collection, but seeing as it’s 30 odd Euro and I’d barely even pay that much on a dress let alone nail varnish, I decided I’d have to give this trend a skip. Until Catrice announced they were bringing out their own version and I thought ‘I bloody better get my hands on this!’.

So when I saw it in the shops I leapt at the chance at buying it. It looked so pretty in the bottle. But even then I could see it wasn’t very ‘gold leafy’. And this was only confirmed once I’d applied it on my fingers.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a lovely topcoat but it’s not gold leaf. Which is a shame. All the same, it’s beautiful and there’s a lovely sparkle off it! I said I’d test it out on both a dark base and a lighter base (that’s dedication for you!).

For the dark, I chose Nails Inc. in Motcomb St, a beautiful dark inky navy.

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Natural light, no flash

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With flash

For the lighter shade, a chose by Rimmel Lycra Pro Professional in Peppermint, a pastel minty green.

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Natural light, no flash

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With flash

Overall, I preferred it with the dark base, I just think it sparkled a lot more (my boyfriend was entranced by them!). It’s certainly different than other sparkly topcoats but if it’s real gold leaf you’re looking for, then you’ll have to look elsewhere!

8 comments:

  1. Love how many different looks you can create with a good topcoat!

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    1. I'm addicted to topcoats!! My most popular post is on Essence Top Coats, I actually have to do the second half of the that post as I have loads more of those toppers to show off!

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  2. I think this looks so pretty! I prefer it over the dark polish too xo

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    1. it's so so pretty, with the dark polish it reminded me of stars in the night sky or something!

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  3. Great swatches B! I like how you tried it over a bright colour, I must try that - I was disgusted it wasn't gold leaf too but it's still a pretty nice topper.

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    1. This went into spam for some strange reason, hence why I'm replying now! Ya, I wanted to see what it looked like on both light and dark. I was so disappointed it wasn't actual gold leaf!

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