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Kleancolor recently released thirteen spring pastel shades.
In this collection there are six opaque shades and seven sheer shades.
Opaque shades include (and are in the order of the included pictures):
Pastel Teal, a tropical water pastel blue.
Pastel Blue, a true baby blue that turns to pastel periwinkle under certain light.
Pastel Pink, a light carnation pink.
Pastel Orange, just like a creamsicle! (think Lime Crimes Cosmo-Pop lipstick promo swatches)
Pastel Purple, a pretty straight forward true pastel purple.
Pastel Yellow, a beautiful buttery color.
*Pastel Teal Lacquer: In their bottles, I couldnt see a very substantial difference between Pastel Teal and Pastel Blue. On the nail, the differences are certainly amplified. Pastel Teal is what I would describe as a tropical water blue, only pastel-ified. The formula was tricky and left much to be desired. It was pretty thick, lumpy and streaky. It also had the longest drying time of all the colors. I would give it a 6/10 on the streak scale, also needing three thicker coats to even out. However the color is gorgeous and one of my favorites in this lot.
*Pastel Blue Lacquer: Pastel Blue is on the thinner side of these six shades. I would give it a 4/10 on the streak scale, needing three coats to even it out. It offers average drying time and is one of the easier colors of this collection to work with. What I love about this color is it turns pastel periwinkle-sque under certain lighting conditions:
*Pastel Pink Lacquer: Pastel Pink is what I would describe as a light carnation pink. It is the sheerest color of the lot aside from orange, however it only needed three normal coats to turn fully opaque. All around average on the formula and a pretty self-explanatory color.
*Pastel Orange Lacquer: Kleancolor Pastel Orange is pretty close to what you would have expected from Lime Crime`s promo images of their sherbet lipstick "Cosmopop"; beautiful, summery, creamsicle, push-pop, delight. Pastel Orange was pretty easy to work with and all around average on the formula.
One interesting point to mention is this particular colors smell. Kleancolor nail polishes in general are pretty notorious for olfactory searing (not literally, of course). They are much stronger than normal polish which actually doesnt bother me as: A. Theyre $1. B. The smell is only from the bottle, when the polish is still wet. C. Did I mention $1? D. They dont name their polishes under-age aardvark licker and other misc un-puny nonsense.
This orange polish smelledfruity. Super radioactive chemical soap fruit, mind-you, but fruitier none-the-less.
*Pastel Purple Lacquer: Pretty straightforward. The formula is thin but not sheer. There were no problem with streaks and its ease of application I would put around a 3/10 (10 being the worst).
*Pastel Yellow Lacquer: Pastel Yellow is another of my favorites from the bunch. Everyone that knows me knows the color yellow and I have never got along. I dont know, I just dont get it. I even left it for last so I could frown at it while swatching all the others first. However it turned out to be a smooth butter color. Surprisingly easier to wear and more complementary than I anticipated. Yellows tend to be streakfests and this one wasnt too bad. Using a light touch and minimal strokes, I found it to be pretty average as far as yellows go with the end product satisfactory.
Overall, I really love these polishes. Ill be honest and let you know Im also biased in that I really love pastel colors in general. Ive found the trick to Kleancolor is using a light touch and as minimal brush strokes as possible. With these six colors in particular, I would strongly advise having a good fast-dry top coat on hand as well.
Kleancolor nail lacquer can be found online for literally $1 (including shipping) with formulas and color that cant be beat for that price. Ive read many reviews in which customers have stated if it wasnt for the smell, these would be on par with China Glaze formula/color wise. I havent tried enough of them to make such a bold claim but I will say that I think its a fun brand and recommendable.
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Here is a listing I found on Amazon where you can pick and choose 24 different colors (I love when you can do that): http://www.amazon.com/Kleancolor-Nail-Lacquer-Pick-Colors/dp/B005TPNLV6/ref=as_li_tf_mfw?&linkCode=wey&tag=nail0e-20
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