Yeah, so I’m late to the party with these swatches. I’m pretty sure every blogger, their mums, and their dogs have all posted the fan collection. I was pretty eager to get my hands on these babies. As soon as I saw the previews, I knew I had to have them, especially Aqua Lily. It’s pretty much my dream colour and everything I could ask for in a polish.
Right! On to the swatches!
IKB:2012 is a royal blue Jelly that seems to lean more blurple to me. This has to be one of the most pigmented polishes I’ve ever seen, and the colour is absolutely to die for. I wish I could say the same about the formula, though. I know that Ji has defended IKB:2012 to the death when it comes to it’s formula, saying that it’s due to the pure pigmentation, however, at the end of the day, the formula is still horrible. First coat? Abysmal. It was either way too thin and ineffective, or way too thick and lead to pulling on the second coat. Second coat? I ended up having to put a horrendously thick second coat to solve the issues I had with baldness or pulling, and at this point everything turned stringy. Most of my nails were given a third coat, where things started to even out, but I couldn’t believe how much work it took to get them to look smooth. It’s lucky that the colour is just so redeeming because it’s well worth struggling with the formula.
Halcyon is a stunning olive/muted green with a wonderful pink flecks. I really was so surprised by this one. I knew it was going to be beautiful, but I really didn’t expect just how much. I really like the way it looks against my skin too. This is two coats. Ideally, this mani could have used an extra coat.
Aqua Lily: Everybody’s favourite. Aqua Lily is a stunning turquoise blue with a subtle pink shift from the shimmer. This shift only shows in certain lights, and I seem to see it better in sunlight compared to indoors. AL had the best formula of the lot, and you could easily call this a one coater, provided it was a generous coat. This was two coats for good measure.
I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on some more RBL, particularly some of the soon-to-be-released collection. The only downside is the price. At close to $20USD per bottle, it’s definitely something to seriously think about (and perhaps find dupes for) before splurging. Worth it? Yes. But definitely not something I could justify doing frequently.
Have you had any experiences with RBL?