Try it on Tuesday/Nail Mail: Rainbow Honey’s “Final Battle”

16 Oct

Sorry this is a super-late-nearly-Wednesday tiot, haha. I think I just need to accept the fact that my Tuesdays are too damn busy to fit a blog post into it. Therefore, from now on “Try it on Tuesday” will now be posted on Mondays! (Please do not attempt to apply logic to this but it will still be called Try it on Tuesday– don’t judge)

But it’s Tuesday now so let’s roll with it.

(Disclaimer: Press sample provided by Rainbow Honey. All opinions are, as always, my own)

Last week, I got a super exciting email from Rainbow Honey (I promise it contains no actual honey — that’s not a particualrly nail-polish-friendly ingredient haha) saying a press sample had arrived in my mailbox! Well, thanks! I had no idea it was coming, so it was a thrilling surprise (especially considering I’d had another terrible day, thanks for making my day 10x better, Rainbow Honey!) and then imagine my shock/pleasure to find out Rainbow Honey’s new collection is The Final Battle and is based on FINAL FANTASY VII!!! Best. Nail mail. EVER.

You may have noticed that I’m a bit of a (massive, unrepentant) nerd, so this really thrilled me. I love, love LOVE Final Fantasy games, especially VII and subsequent games/movies based off it and the characters within. I’m not going to lie to you, Crisis Core on PSP is kinda my jam. I pretty much refer to Zack exclusively as “my baby,” you feel me? Not to even get started with Kingdom Hearts, about which I’ve centered approx. 25% of my life.

Anyway, without further ado, let me introduce the collection:

As I mentioned, this collection is based on Final Fantasy VII, which was originally released for the original Playstation in 1997. And it changed everything. It was hours (actually days) worth of playable storyline, the whole release was like 4 discs and the storyline was brilliant and incomparable (so I’m not going to get into it). Rainbow Honey’s Final Battle Collection is comprised of 3 parts: The Battle, The Summons and The Weapons. Each “part” of the collection has 5 polishes within it. As my press sample, I received one from each part of the collection. The three I received were Lifestream from the Battle, Tera Flare from the Summons and Diamond Weapon from the Weapons.

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From Left to Right: Diamond Weapon, Lifestream, Tera Flare

I’m not going to lie to you, I didn’t get to try all three on my nails. Primarily because the non-profit I manage during the day (yes, before the copy shop, yes, I have 2 jobs, welcome to America) was broken into over the weekend and I was psychologically traumatized by cleaning all the blood the guy got on everything after he cut himself breaking through not one but two windows (yay my life, so much fun).

I did, however, get to swatch one on my nails, and the rest I swatched quickly on a color wheel.

Here is Diamond Weapon:

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Rainbow Honey describes Diamond Weapon as “a charcoal gray with gold and silver shimmer” which is mostly accurate. I’d probably call it a smokey bronze, but that’s really semantics. It looks pretty warm and coppery in the light but then reflects a gray-steel metallic tone in the shade.

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And here are the swatches for Lifestream, Tera Flare and Diamond Weapon together. From left to right:

  1. Lifestream over E.L.F. Bubblegum Pink (from the Disney Villains collection)
  2. Lifestream by itself
  3. Lifestream over Wet N Wild Caribbean Frost
  4. Lifestream over E.L.F. Mint Cream (from the Disney Villains collection)
  5. Lifestream over Beauty Concepts Silver
  6. Tera Flare by itself
  7. Diamond Weapon by itself

As you can see, I had a little bit of fun with Lifestream over different base colors. Rainbow Honey describes Lifestream as “the pale green and white glitters of the lifestream flow in this shimmer, clear base” and, well, that’s pretty accurate. It’s a clear base with greenish-white chunky glitters. It looks a lot like that tinsel for Easter baskets, if that makes any sense. You know, the kind that isn’t really a “color” but reflects like engine oil in a puddle, sort of rainbow-y sheer. I don’t know if that even means anything, but that’s what it reminds me of. I basically loved it over every color I could think of, but I wouldn’t wear it by itself.

Rainbow Honey describes Tera Flare as “a strong violet flash hides in a blackened base beaming with holographic teal, blue and silver glitters” which… is a little theatrical, but accurate. It’s a black base with very chunky glitters. The image above doesn’t capture it well, so here it is again, much closer up:

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You can see the glitter pretty clear there. It’s a lot of square and hexagonal pieces, and the overall effect of the polish is very dark.

Of the three, Diamond Weapon was by far my favorite (hence why I swatched it on my nails). It’s not like any other color in my collection, and it’s really eye catching and well pigmented. Lifestream is an excellent glitter topper, and I’ll probably use it quite frequently, especially over dark colors, I loved it over Caribbean Frost in the image above. I’ve got to admit, Tera Flare wasn’t really my style. I find glitter polishes like this one to be a little too “cluttered” with glitter sometimes. It makes the polish chunky, difficult to distribute and rough to the touch. I really liked the color, just not the implementation.

Alright, it’s a little into Wednesday now that I’ve finished writing this, but it’s still Tuesday somewhere, right? Goodnight everyone 🙂

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One Response to “Try it on Tuesday/Nail Mail: Rainbow Honey’s “Final Battle””

  1. thebookishmanicurist October 17, 2013 at 12:47 am #

    So sparkly! And I love their collection image!

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