Femme Fatale Birth of Venus Collection Swatches & Review

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Femme Fatale Birth of Venus Collection Swatches & Review

It's that time of the month again - no, not that one - the time when Femme Fatale launch a new collection presale! Hooray! On August 1st, Femme Fatale are introducing Birth of Venus, a collection inspired by Botticelli's iconic painting of the same name. 

This collection comes in the standard white boxes and as usual, the prices are scaled to reflect the cost of the different ingredients. Femme Fatale have just launched a new US site, so the prices for that website are also listed for your reference. There are nine shades in total  in this collection and I have five of them to share with you today. The names and descriptions for the shades I don't have are:

Floral Rain - Pink multichrome sheen over a forest green jelly base, filled with silver holo glitters - $11 AUD/$10.50USD 
Golden-Wreathed & Beautiful РSoft coral cr̬me with strong yellow tones and turquoise overlay - $9 AUD/$9 USD
Horae Awaits – Sheer pale baby pink crelly with blue luminescent glow and scattered holo reflects - $9 AUD/$9 USD
Upon Seafoam – Soft turquoise blue (leans grey/blue/green depending on light) with scattered holo and pink glow - $11 AUD/$10.50 USD

Femme Fatale Birth of Venus Collection Swatches & Review

Swatch notes: I do not use base coat for my swatches and top coat is only used where noted. Everything was photographed using a three point lighting set up under daylight bulbs, except for the additional holo swatches done in sunlight.

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Arrival of Venus

Femme Fatale Birth of Venus Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Birth of Venus Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale - Arrival of Venus, 3 coats

Arrival of Venus ($12AUD/$11USD) is a rich burnt orange with a linear holo effect. I'm so excited to see some new holos from Femme Fatale, it feels like it's been such a long time. I don't actually think I've ever had an orange holo before either, so this is quite a treat. Arrival of Venus covered beautifully in three coats and the holo effect is nice and strong.

Femme Fatale Birth of Venus Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Birth of Venus Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Birth of Venus Swatches & Review

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Swept Across the Sea

Femme Fatale Swept Across the Sea Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Swept Across the Sea Swatches & Review
Mostly warm

Femme Fatale - Swept Across the Sea, 3 coats + Essie Good to Go

Swept Across the Sea ($11AUD/$10.50USD) is the thermal in this collection, a unique beauty which shifts from tan when warm to teal when cold, all the while overlaid with a green shimmery glow. You'll have to forgive me, my hands are naturally cold and our weather in New Zealand is even colder right now, so the thermal change isn't as clear as it could be, but I've done my best under the circumstances. Swept Across the Sea is opaque in three coats and dries to a satin finish (I've added top coat) and applies pretty smoothly. I did have a few lumps/spots that looked like unmixed pigment, but they seemed to disappear or even out by the time I was top coating, I'm not sure what that was about!

Femme Fatale Swept Across the Sea Swatches & Review
Transitioning

Femme Fatale Swept Across the Sea Swatches & Review
Mostly cold

Femme Fatale Swept Across the Sea Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Swept Across the Sea Swatches & Review

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Heavenly Raiment

Femme Fatale Heavenly Raiment Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Heavenly Raiment Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale - Heavenly Raiment, 3 coats + Essie Good to Go

Heavenly Raiment ($9AUD/$9USD) is a sheer rose pink with heavy blue shimmer and lots of silver holo glitter. It was mostly opaque in three coats - opaque enough for me to be happy with it - and dried with a small amount of texture, so I added top coat to smooth it out. I was initially reminded of Spangled Starlight from the Midsummer Night's Dream collection, but Heavenly Raiment is much pinker and has a jelly base.

Femme Fatale Heavenly Raiment Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Heavenly Raiment Swatches & Review

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Isle of Cythera

Femme Fatale Isle of Cythera Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Isle of Cythera Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale - Isle of Cythera, 3 coats

Isle of Cythera ($12AUD/$11USD) is a forest green holo with a smattering of chartreuse shimmer. The shimmer gives it a slightly foiled look in certain lights, it's a very nice addition that keeps Isle of Cythera interesting in lower light when the holo isn't so dominant. Application was a breeze in three smooth coats. 

Femme Fatale Isle of Cythera Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Isle of Cythera Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Isle of Cythera Swatches & Review

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Breath of Zephyros

Femme Fatale Breath of Zephyros Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Breath of Zephyros Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale - Breath of Zephyros, 3 coats + Essie Good to Go

Breath of Zephyros ($11AUD/$10.50USD) is my surprise favourite of the collection! It's described as a 'blue-toned grey linear holo with golden glitters' but seems to look almost lilac on me. The contrast between the cool and warm tones in the same polish is really cool and works surprisingly well. Breath of Zephyros does dry with some texture and needs top coat to smooth it out for best effect.

Femme Fatale Breath of Zephyros Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Breath of Zephyros Swatches & Review

The Femme Fatale Birth of Venus collection presale will run from August 1st until August 5th on the Femme Fatale Cosmetics website, which ships worldwide. They've also just launched a US based website which will come in handy for American & Canadian shoppers. Shades should also be available mid August onwards from their international stockists:
  • Shiro Cosmetics (USA)
  • Color4Nails (USA)
  • Live Love Polish (USA)
  • Beautometry (USA)
  • Rainbow Connection (UK) 
  • Hypnotic Polish (EU)
  • Beauty So Fly (SNG)
  • Dope Nails (Russia)
I'm really digging this collection! Breath of Zephyros is the stand out for me, but I love all of the ones I have and hope to pick up Horae Awaits and Upon Seafoam during the presale. Which ones do you have your eye on?

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Pretty Serious - Serious Business Collection Swatches & Review

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Pretty Serious - Serious Business Collection Swatches & Review

I have the new Serious Business collection by Pretty Serious to share with you today! If that collection title didn't have you humming 'it's business, it's business time!', well, I just don't know what to do with you. This collection has some rather excellent, tongue-in-cheek names that will be familiar lingo to my fellow nail polish addicts. For the uninitiated:

No Buy = A period in which you try not to buy any more nail polish (or whatever you're abstaining from). May or may not be broken for Pretty Serious haulage.
Dupe = A match for an existing nail polish.
HTF = Hard to find. 
Destash = The purging of the nail polish stash.
Free Sample = Self explanatory!
Epic Haul = A glorious volume of purchases.

Swatch notes:
Swatches are done without base coat or top coat unless otherwise noted and photographed under daylight bulbs.

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No Buy

Pretty Serious No Buy nail polish swatches & review

Pretty Serious No Buy nail polish swatches & review

Pretty Serious - No Buy, 2 coats

No Buy is a rich ruby red with gold glassfleck shimmer. Whether you're a fan of red nail polish or not, I have a feeling No Buy will capture your heart - who could resist such a classic beauty? Perfectly smooth and opaque in two coats.

Pretty Serious No Buy nail polish swatches & review

Pretty Serious No Buy nail polish swatches & review

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Dupe

Pretty Serious Dupe nail polish swatches & review

Pretty Serious Dupe nail polish swatches & review

Pretty Serious - Dupe, 3 coats + Essie Good to Go

Dupe is a dark teal jelly absolutely packed with glitter and purple shimmer. I spot purple, blue, gold, holo silver and green hexes of varying sizes, alongside a smattering of small green shards. Magical. Honestly, it looked opaque after two coats, but I added a third for more depth - I just love the jelly sandwiched glitter effect! As glitter-packed as it is, Dupe does dry with a bit of texture and is on the thicker side, though still manageable. I used Essie Good to Go top coat to make it shine, but Pretty Serious make a gel effect top coat called Plump Up The Volume which sounds ideal for sealing in thirsty or textured glitters. 

Pretty Serious Dupe nail polish swatches & review

Pretty Serious Dupe nail polish swatches & review

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HTF

Pretty Serious HTF nail polish swatches & review

Pretty Serious HTF nail polish swatches & review

Pretty Serious - HTF, 4 coats

HTF is a black jelly laden with green to orange flakies and a small amount of blue ones for good measure - you can see one just hanging out on my middle nail. It's definitely on the sheer side, which is usually a necessity to allow the flakies to show in these kinds of polishes so if that bothers you I'd recommend layering it over a black creme for a completely opaque look. I haven't yet tried it, but Pretty Serious offer a one coat black creme called Abscence which I've heard good things about.

Pretty Serious HTF nail polish swatches & review

Pretty Serious HTF nail polish swatches & review

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Destash

Pretty Serious Destash nail polish swatches & review

Pretty Serious Destash nail polish swatches & review

Pretty Serious - Destash, 2 coats

Destash is a vibrant pink with strong violet shimmer. It just goes to show, a polish doesn't have to be complicated to be drop dead gorgeous! I'm truly in love with this one. Wonderfully opaque and glossy in two coats. I saw it with a matte top coat in Instagram too and it looked beautiful - oddly I don't have a matte top coat, so will have to fix that!

Pretty Serious Destash nail polish swatches & review

Pretty Serious Destash nail polish swatches & review

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Free Sample

Pretty Serious Free Sample nail polish swatches & review

Pretty Serious Free Sample nail polish swatches & review

Pretty Serious - Free Sample, 4 coats

Free Sample is a soft marshmallow pink with fine blue and gold micro shimmer. Who doesn't love a free sample?! Especially one as pretty and delicate as this. I needed four coats to even it out, though I think it would fare better over a ridge filling base coat. It self leveled without any issues and wasn't thick on the nail.

Pretty Serious Free Sample nail polish swatches & review

Pretty Serious Free Sample nail polish swatches & review

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Epic Haul

Pretty Serious Epic Haul nail polish swatches & review

Pretty Serious Epic Haul nail polish swatches & review

Pretty Serious - Epic Haul, 2 coats

Saving my favourite for last! Epic Haul is a medium forest green shot through with pink shimmer that shifts to gold at certain angles - the shift was much more visible during day to day wear than my pictures show, especially in evening light. I swatched Epic Haul last and couldn't bring myself to take it off even to apply base coat for a full mani (tsk tsk!) but it actually held up great for the better part of a week with no staining whatsoever. Green lovers NEED this polish. You can see some visible nail line in my pictures at two coats, but this wasn't noticeable at all in person.

Pretty Serious Epic Haul nail polish swatches & review

Pretty Serious Epic Haul nail polish swatches & review

Pretty Serious polishes are $9.95AUD a piece. PS are cruelty free & vegan, they're based in Australia and are available on their website with international flat rate shipping (hell yeah!). PLUS they have a US warehouse for US & Canadian customers so they can get their polish quickly! For a full list of international stockists, check out their list here.

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