First off, Layla claims not to need a base or top coat with its polishes - they keep it simple. Instead, they provide a nail file with the holographic polish that has 2 sides. The pink side is to file the ridges down, the white side buffs your nails. Then you have a smooth surface to apply your Hologram Effect polish on. I buffed my index and ring fingers but left my middle and pinkie finger unbuffed.
Can you see the difference in the shine and amount of ridges on my nails?
Next I applied 3 coats of polish to all my nails. Warning, lots of nail spam coming now!
nom nom nom. Nail LOVE. This color is a lot like China Glaze Octa Gone Wild except this has way more holographic goodness in my opinion. Again, this is without a top coat.
Okay, downside in the shade. You can see that I had a bit of patching on both my non-filed middle finger and my filed ring finger. Boo. :|
Next, I wanted to try some top coat. Layla makes a top coat called Brilliant Due Nail Polish Protector ($19 at Zappos for 0.33 fl oz). It has a bit of a "glass effect" that will prove useful in upcoming Layla collections (but that's all I can say about that for now) so I wanted to check it out.
Now, normally top coat dulls the holographic finish of polishes. I wanted to test polishes so on my index finger I have Layla Brilliant Due, middle finger - CND Air Dry, ring finger - Seche Vite and pinkie finger - Sephora by OPI top coat. Check this out.
The holographic polish is definitely dulled by CND and Sephora by OPI but Seche Vite holds up a bit and Layla obviously looks the best. Here's a comparison of just Layla and Seche Vite.
Okay, now for the bad news. First, Layla Hologram Effect polish won't be available until May. :| At that time it will be available in Ulta and possibly more stores online but Ulta is the only confirmed. The second piece of bad news is that it's a bit pricey at $15.50 for a 10 ml bottle. To compare, Glitter Gal's old bottles were 9 ml for $14.00. a-england is priced at $12.00 for 13 ml. OPI is ~$8 for 15 ml... so yes, it's expensive but it will be available and that's sometimes half the battle.
I cannot WAIT to get my hands on more of these. Check this out!
|Photo courtesy of Layla Cosmetics Facebook page|
Must... have... all... of... them... Formula wise, the polish was just slightly thick but not nearly as bad as GOSH Holographic. A tiny bit of thinner would probably make this perfect.
Again, this line will be available in May at Ulta for $15.50 a bottle.
Layla Cosmetics is distributed to the US through the Luxcon Group who has a Facebook Page to several online websites including Zappos, AVEYOU, Brigette's Boutique, Amazon, and Drugstore.
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