So after all the excitement of finding yet ANOTHER limited edition range from Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish, I snapped up all four in a buy one get one half price deal (seems rude not to!) and I shared my new findings on Twitter. You may have noticed, I popped up on Nouveau Cheap (exciting!) and so have picked up a few new readers – so hello if you are new to my blog and welcome to my world!
This was the one from the range that had me smitten first, and I knew I would have it on my nails before the night was out. And I did! This is Red Excess.
Right, I know what you are thinking – that looks just like Countess from Barry M or Stay the Night Liquid Sand. I did initially too! However, this is a dark brown with COPPER glitter accents. Not red as in Stay the Night or in the same shade as the base colour in Countess. No no. This is just GORGEOUS! No idea why they have used Red in the title because frankly its a bit misleading. Towards the end of the slideshow you will see comparisons with a nail stick with Countess on. It has a different base colour, so its not a dupe, but it is close than any others I have found.
Anyway, formula was good. Drying time was longer than some other textured shades I have – care needed if you do two coats close together as you can ding the underlying layer. Occupational hazard however. Once dry, its a bit like cooled sugar. Slightly rough to the touch, but not exceptionally bumpy. Bit of a pain to remove as that copper glitter welds itself onto your nail bed.
What do you think of the Crystallize Polish range – are you over texture yet because I am so not! Let me know what you think in the comments
EDIT – I did some Googling, these are other shades in the range according the Maybelline French website here, other shades include Silver Touch (pale lavender silver akin to P2 Strict) and Green Depth (looks a lot like L’Oreal Hidden Gems or a glittered up Rimmel Space Dust in Total Eclipse).