I’m such a sucker for Hare Polish, I just can’t help myself which showed when I had to reshuffle my Helmers earlier this week and I discovered that Hare now have half a drawer to themselves. I picked up a couple more the other week from Femme Fatale Cosmetics (damn it’s good to not get up at strange hours to battle half the world to buy them directly from Etsy or Llarowe!) and I’ve just got around to swatching them.
Star Tropics was previously slated to be released over a year ago when Hare Polish first returned from it’s hiatus but never made it to the final cut. Well this time round it has! This polish has me enchanted in the bottle – a deep inky blue jelly base with a mix of silver glitters. Unfortunately the base colour is a bit sheer and streaky on it’s own so this polish needs layering. I ended up pulling out China Glaze First Mate and using a generous coat of that as undies. Two coats of Star Tropics brought out the inky blue base colour and some depth but this probably needs 3 coats to get the true depth you see in the bottle.
Medusa Luminosa was a spur of the moment buy while browsing the Hares that I didn’t already own. I got a bit click happy that night and spent far too much! I have no idea why I didn’t buy this polish before. The swatches just never sung out to me until I saw it layered over a neon purple creme somewhere. Then I HAD to have it. Shown here with one coat over two coats of Ulta3 Spring Break. This polish really comes to life when worn this way but looks a little dull to me on its own. A purple jelly loaded with micro pink flakes and irridescent blue glitter – I’m starting to think I need irridescent glitter in every polish I buy, I just love the stuff!
Bisbee 2.0….we meet again! Bisbee was my biggest lemming ever and took me a good six months to get my hands on only to be hit with the curling glitter issues. So when Bisbee 2.0 was announced, I danced around the house and my poor boyfriend rolled his eyes when he heard the name “Bisbee”. Thankfully I easily grabbed a bottle first time round when it was stocked on Femme Fatale and the polish was in my hot little hands two days later (when my entire office heard the Bisbee saga and rolled their eyes too.) While the colour mix is the same, that is about all the comparisons you can draw between the original and 2.0. Shown here with 3 coats, 2.0 is a mix of yellow gold hexes and squares with some gold shimmer thrown in to the turquoise jelly base. The formula is excellent and easy to apply…but….
I did a comparison and it just isn’t the same (yes I did finally get a non curling original bottle of Bisbee too). The original has much larger hexes and no square glitter or shimmer. The formula isn’t as good, it’s not quite as opaque and the hexes get stuck together so it gets lumpy and needs a base colour really. I have three coats of both on in this photo and you can see my ring finger is quite uneven. Despite all this, I just like the overall effect better in the original. Wearing Bisbee 2.0, I was ok with it but after the comparison, it just doesn’t hit the spot for me.
So there we have it – I saw on instagram today that Nikole was getting ready to swatch some new colours…here we go again!