Monday, September 16, 2013

Elevation Echinops

When Lulu started making holos, I was pretty excited.  I'm not going to lie - I love me some Elevations, which is obvious if you look at my stash.  I probably have more Elevations than any other indie except Lynnderellas.  I love the variety of finishes and colors she offers, so I was definitely intrigued when I saw her foray into holos, Muztagh Ata.  Sadly, it's still in my untrieds.  However, I do have my second Elevation holo on the blog tonight.  Let's take a look at the delicate and subtle beauty that is Echinops.

*I was not financially compensated for this post.  All items in this review were purchased by me for my own use.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  For more information, please see my Disclosure Policy in the tab above.*

Color: Soft lavender base with scattered holo.
Finish: Holographic – pigment gives polish a rainbow in the sunshine.  Keep in mind, this is a different kind of pigment than what you normally see in holos.  It's a looser rainbow due to the pigment's large particle size that isn't as in your face as other holos.

Bottle / Brush: Rectangle bottle – ribbed cap that is a little hard on the hands to open if you have sensitive skin.  The wand is the standard length, but the brush is a little too thin to pick up large / shaped glitter without fishing.  The brush's width is also an issue for spreading.  It doesn't fan out and pretty much requires you to dab polishes that are densely packed with glitter.

Opacity: Medium – achieves opacity at three to four coats.
Glitter Application: N/A

Under the light of my ice maker...  Always the best lighting to show shifts and holos.
Consistency: Medium – applies easily and doesn’t flood the cuticles.

Overall Ease of Application: Medium – applies well with minimal pooling, dragging, streaking, or balding.  Spreads well without much manipulation.
Stampability: Not tested for stamping.

Dry Time: Medium – dry to the touch with minimal smudging in 3-8 minutes.

Overall Thoughts: If you're looking for an in-your-face holo like the Color Club Halo Hues, you'll be quite disappointed.  HOWEVER, this large particle loose rainbow is still really pretty.  It doesn't come out to play easily, though, and definitely tried to play hide-and-seek with my camera, the little skamp.  I love that the color is definitely a different kind of purple than a lot of the other purple holos in my collection.  Lord knows I have a million purple holos!  This one leans periwinkle at times, which is really pretty, but it's not a straight up periwinkle.  I also feel like it's a more pigmented giving it a heartier look than the sometimes watery holo you typically see.  I'm a little disappointed with the prism, though, as I was definitely hoping it would be stronger.  It will be the perfect undies for a lot of my glitter toppers, which you'll see one combo tomorrow.  Echinops may not have much rainbow power, but I'm pretty sure that the new holos she just released have a much stronger effect.  I'm looking forward to grabbing one to test out.

You can purchase Elevation Polishes at Lulu's store.  Follow her blog for info on restocks and new additions to her line.

*I was not financially compensated for this post.  All items in this review were purchased by me for my own use.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  For more information, please see my Disclosure Policy in the tab above.*