I'm gonna cheat a bit here... I know Face Of Australia's new Carnivale Nail Collection isn't 100% pink, but there's a pink shade! :P I just can't wait to share my thoughts on these with ya!
The limited edition collection only launched recently, so you should be able to find these at your local Big W, Priceline and other Face Of Australia stockists by now!
The range consists of 8 shades, 4 of which are supposed to be reminiscent of the summer sunset sky, and the other four [glittering] shades are inspired by "elaborate masks worn during the great Carnivales of Europe"!
This collection really did caught me by surprise! I never expected any drugstore brands to have a go at sandy-textured lacquers so soon (besides Sally Hansen, I guess), so I skipped the press release that was attached and gave these a go without knowing what to really expect.
They dry to a matte finish, with a sandy-texture, like OPI's Liquid Sand lacquers. If you haven't tried any similar sandy-textured varnishes before, they apply just like any other regular varnishes, but dries to a gritty, matte texture. Careful though, they are surely hard to remove!
To cheat that 15-20 minutes of your life that you'd be spending to remove these gritty lacquers, check out my post on DIY Peel Off Base Coat. It's what I always use for stubborn glittery nail polishes, or when I'm doing some mass-swatching! ;)
Bird Of Paradise is a summery, light pink. It has that sweet tint of coral to it, which makes it perfect for Spring and Summer! A bit irrelevant, but I think it'd also make an absolutely amazing lip colour.. x_x
Mango Slurpee, a bright, creme orange, which reminds me much of rockmelons! Quite flattering on the nails, methinks! Such a cute colour to have in this sandy-texture!
Between The Flags is one of the four glittering shades. It's a red colour with a golden sheen. Reminds me much of Rimmel London's varnish in Hot Rock, but the golden sheen of Between The Flags isn't really visible when applied. A tad bummed about that..... A tad only~
Ferris Wheel is another one of the four glittering shades. This one contains additional [reflective] silver glitters, so even with the matte finish, it still sparkles like crazy! Looks amaaaaaaazing on the nails! Reminds me of their Let's Go Scuba Diving lacquer from their previous Barbados collection, but much more oomph'ed up.
That's all for the four shades. I'm in the process of saving up for my holiday trip at the moment, so let me share with you my plan of attack:
- Wait until there's a sale on the brand and attack FOA counters! <-- Highlight!
Your two cents on this collection?Yay or nay for sandy-textured lacquers?
Face Of Australia Carnivale Nail Collection, 8 shades, $5.95, available at Priceline, K-Mart, Target and Fashion Addict.
Disclaimer: These products were provided to me for review consideration only. My opinions on these products remains to be uninfluenced.