Thursday, August 14, 2014

Swatch and Review of Island Girl Trio

So a while ago I created a Neon Tribal Print design with these three Island Girl polishes that I received from a good friend (hi Hollie!). I just realized that I never did a full swatch and review for you! I can't believe I didn't realize this earlier because I love these colors! Unfortunately I don't have names of these polishes, but they come in a set and are sold wherever Island Girl is sold- predominately in Hawaii and Las Vegas as far as I know. I did hear from a reader that they are sold in Guam as well. So, for this post I will call them pink, coral and teal. 




Pink is up first and is a beautiful neon. This one screams Barbie! I have said other pinks are Barbie pinks, but this is what Barbie would wear to the beach! I used three coats here, the polish formula isn't the best, but it isn't terrible either. It is a bit chalky and doesn't completely level itself. I didn't add top coat so you can see how it isn't completely even, but isn't bumpy either.

**Update- a reader informed me that she thinks this pink is Molokai Dream, I haven't been able to confirm, but from her photo of the bottle, she seems correct. So, I will tentatively say this is Molokai Dream! Thanks Tricia for the information!**





Next is Coral, wow, I had a difficult time photographing this one. It is definitely eye searing! Sorry if it looks crazy on your computer. This really reminds me of China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy. I would say this one is a little more orange than pink, but it is definitely a coral. Same application issues as Pink, but this one dries to a matte finish. I also used three coats here, and one thing I forgot to mention is that the polish is somewhat thin, so it does have a tendency to want to pool in your cuticles.





Teal is my favorite, but probably only because I love all the teals! This one was also three coats, it was the closest to being able to use two, but I went for three just in case. It dries glossier, but does still have the pooling issue, streakiness and all the other issues mentioned above.




Despite all of the application issues, I love these colors! Seriously the pastel quality of these neons is so beautiful. This is one of those collections that I can completely accept its shortcomings because of the colors. If I travel to destinations with Island Girl, I will definitely be picking up some more of their beautiful colors! I have been eyeing a few really unique ones. Now, I just have to plan that trip to Hawaii. Do you have and Island Girl? What is your favorite shade? Let me know in the comments!

13 comments:

  1. !!! I love all three of these!!! They are freakin' beautiful, and yes, eye-searing! LOL

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  2. Beautiful polishes. Bummer that there were application issues. Does it drive you nuts where there are no names? I hate having a bottle of polish without a name on it, goes against every OCD fiber in my body. ;)

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  3. That is the thing that bothered me the most!! I've tried to google for names, but I think they were left unnamed. I kind of want to write to them to see if they can give them names!

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  4. The Dalai Lama's NailsAugust 14, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    nice swatches! The colors look pretty! Too bad about the pooling and streakiness :(

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  5. I think Disqus ate my first comment! LOL! Anywho...I really think these are all so pretty and you did a great job swatching them despite sub-par formulas. I will have to say the pink is my favorite, simply because I've been lusting after Barbie pinks lately for some reason (Zoya Kitridge is currently on mah toes). I love the blue too though.

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  6. If these had a nice formula, they would be perfect. Thank you!

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  7. Thank you! I was specifically thinking of Kitridge when I said Barbie pinks. This is brighter!

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  8. These are all lovely! They remind me of the shades in the Julep Resort Collection (which is a good thing)! I've never tried Island Girl, but in my hometown (super small) I remember going into a tourist store and seeing a small display with some of their polishes on it... At the time I wasn't in to polish and I was only mildly intrigued by the fact they transitioned with the temperature so I left them. But now when I look back I get annoyed at myself for not picking a few of them up!! Haha.

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  9. Your swatches look effortless! The formula sounds like maybe the pastel China Glaze neons? Hmm, I have to wonder if China Glaze is also Island Girl and Salon Perfect... I'll put up with a finnicky formula for these lovely colors though.

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  10. Thank you! They actually were worse than the China Glaze pastel neons (Grass is Lime Greener and At Vase Value), but totally worth it!

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  11. Aw, missed opportunity! I haven't gotten my Julep box in quite a while, maybe I should have!

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  12. Great swatches! I'm always intrigued by this brand because it seems like it's so hard to find them since they're only offered in a few places. These colors are all really pretty and the teal one is my favorite!

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