Friday, 19 October 2012

Killer Colours nail polish - A review of two halves!


Usually when I don't review something for a bit, there's something I'm not happy with and I need to make absolutely sure that I'm not going to give off a false impression.  I feel like with all the PR samples flying around on blogs these days, my integrity is everything - which is one of the reasons I don't accept pre-written paid content on here, and the reason why I'm always honest about things.  This review reflects that, because the launch date was actually the beginning of September - but I can't review something accurately without being absolutely sure - and that's why I waited.

Killer Colours' unique selling point is that they are at the cutting edge of fashion trends, releasing only small, curated  and limited edition collections of colours inspired by the catwalk - and once they're gone, that's it.  My interest was piqued by this because it's not something I've seen done in an overt fashion - beauty brands tend to mirror what's hot, but not as their mission statement.  I was sent two polishes to try out - and one was really great.  And one was just… not so much.

Gunmetal. Actually, it looks way more true in the colour than in my swatch! I apologise for the smudges, I'm no manicurist.
Gunmetal* is a colour I didn't expect.  I was expecting a deep-hued grey, but it turned out to be a black with silver micro-shimmers in it, the colour inspired by the pewter greys seen Burberry, McQueen and Chanel.  I love the colour, because it's black without being too black, which tends to leech life from my fingers and make me look even paler than it should be possible to be.  The opacity and intensity of colour on this was excellent - and it was good in one coat, although I always apply 3 because I'm stubborn.  Wear time was good, chips minimal and all in all this was a decent polish - one that I think will get loads of wear throughout autumn and winter because I love those smudgy greys.

Twisted Silk.  4 coats and still not opaque for me :(
Twisted Silk* was a huge let-down for me.  Other bloggers seem to have had luck with this shade but from the first coat for me, this was streaky and messy and the resulting 4 coats made my nails look all thick and bubbly and just awful.  This chalky pink was inspired by Jil Sander, but I feel like this polish wasn't executed very well, unfortunately.  I was interested to try a light, pale shade from this brand because I feel like pastels are very difficult to do well, and I wanted to review a range of colours that would be evocative of the quality.  Unfortunately this polish really let me down, but the colour was pretty (even if my gym coach said I had Pepto Bismol hands - I had to remind him it's fashion, darling).

All polishes from Killer Colours are free from the Big 3 chemicals - toluene, DPB and formaldehyde and are manufactured in the UK, and the brushes are not too big and easy to use, although the square lid is chunky and a bit awkward to grip.  They cost £9 - which I feel is on the pricey side - but the P&P is free, so if you see a colour you like then maybe it might be worth your while grabbing it, because these are limited edition to the biggest degree, and once they're gone, that's it.

All in all, I'm curious to see what Killer Colours have in store for next season and how their plan to keep up with fashion pans out - but it's been an experience of 2 halves for me.

Are chemical-free polishes important to you, or is it all about shade?

* PR samples. Both of these were sent for review, and this is my honest opinion!

18 comments:

  1. As much as I like "free-froms", got to be the colour :p but I won't be buying from this brand, just because my girl-crush on Viola [Killer Colours] is too great. Totally in lesbians with her xx

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    1. I read something about that, but I do think that the brand's name of Killer Colours is not as big a deal as she made of it, in my opinion! Trademark is trademark and business is business, unfortunately - and I really don't think they set out to copy her when they formed their brand.

      Obviously that's a matter of opinion, but I don't think the name Killer Colours is so unique or creative that it was stolen from her. xx

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  2. Ooh I love the gunmetal colour! I actually really love twisted silk, it's one of the only pale pink shades that I've been able to work with!

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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    1. I wish I loved it, but my bottle was so streaky that I had to use a lot of thick coats - and then it bubbled too :( On me, I actually liked the shade though as it's tough finding a good pastel pink! x

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  3. I tried out a couple of these. Belladonna and Quicksand. I quite liked them but at the same time, they could be better. I really like the concept though like you. xo

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    1. I know. I just thought they could have executed the polishes better too - I wish I'd tried Belladonna though because the colour is just beautiful! xx

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  4. I really like both shades, but have yet to try Gunmetal, I did find Twisted silk a bit streaky but I normally find polishes that colour more streaky than others?
    Daniella x

    http://daniella-r.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I noted as much in my review - pastels are a difficult nail polish to NOT make streaky, but my bottle of Twisted Silk was just not good enough - if I can't get opacity after 3 coats on a pastel and it feels thick and bubbly then I just can't be impressed :( Pastels are usually a streaky polish and this one was no exception, but I've had better polishes than this, sadly! x

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  5. I have to say that you're blog is absolutely adorable. I can't wait to read your next blog.

    Meredith
    http://beautyoholic.blogspot.com

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  6. I love your blog!! Cant wait for more.
    Had to follow you! :)
    ♥,
    Shari
    The Misty Mom

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  7. It does not look as silver as I thought it would

    Thanks for sharing!
    http://theworkette.blogspot.com/

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    1. I kinda like it all murky though :)

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  8. Hi Cami, Both gunmetal and Twisted silk look wonderful winter colors, especially against your sweater :)

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    1. thanks Dovey! I especially love Gunmetal :)

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  9. Dont know if you care, buuut: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=py3Vt2VPTsQ

    :(

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    1. In the nicest possible way - I don't. I don't review something based on something like that, I review it based on its merits. I'll copy/paste you what I wrote to the other person that brought this up:

      'I read something about that, but I do think that the brand's name of Killer Colours is not as big a deal as she made of it, in my opinion! Trademark is trademark and business is business, unfortunately - and I really don't think they set out to copy her when they formed their brand.

      Obviously that's a matter of opinion, but I don't think the name Killer Colours is so unique or creative that it was stolen from her.'

      I don't think they intentionally stole from whoever this girl is - some the claims she makes as to their name theft are pretty outrageous. I don't think the name Killer Colours is particularly creative enough to have been stolen, if that makes sense. She has no right to her name bar her reputation, so unfortunately in law - that's it. She has no real leg to stand on. It's unfortunate that she feels upset, but I don't think the company chose their name to upset her.

      In any case, Killer Colours have rebranded to allow themselves to own the trademark in more companies, their name is now Headline Colors.

      Hope this helps explain my stance on the whole thing! x

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    2. meant to say countries, not companies!

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  10. Loove Burberry shadows, I have the taupe brown one and am heavily resisting the urge to buy more. Funnily enough our shopping lists are kind of similar

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