It is obvious the Marketing Department was on a corporate retreat the day Icing named this collection. The titles have the creativity and flair of a rock on a rainy day. Fortunately for us, the polishes themselves are a lot more interesting than their names!
This collection was unique due to the finish. Without a topcoat, it dries a flat matte color with the shimmer giving it a dusty look rather than a sparkle. With a topcoat, it has a has a finish similar to a glass flecked, but not as glittery. This is the first time I’ve seen this type of finish. Let’s start off with “Lime” so I can show you the difference.
I don’t think I have anything similar to this shade of green, which strikes me more as olive than lime. So I’m especially glad it was included in this collection. Not quite sure if I’m a fan of the matte look for these particular polishes, but as we all have different tastes, I’m sure it will appeal to some of you. Regardless, it’s nice to have the choice.
I think that the berries were my favorites from this collection. These two would have ranked high based on color alone, but Blackberry and Blue Razeberry also showcased the unique finish best with Lime running a close third.
The last two colors really surprised me. I’d have bet big money the yellow would look horrid on me. But surprise, surprise, I really liked it. Enough to know that I’ll be sporting this color a few times this summer. I think that it’s probably because there’s just a hint of mustard, making it more compatible with my skin tone. Lemon, however, shows the shimmer the least. You really need to study it to see it. Orange is actually more neon in real life than the photo depicts. For a person that normally skirts away from both yellows and oranges, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked these on.
To those that believe in thin coats, abandon that concept when applying this polish. As much as thin coats might work for other finishes, this really does require 2 thick coats to prevent streaking and drag. Otherwise, you’ll be applying up to 4 coats to touch up the bald spots. Yes, I figured this out the hard way.