Thursday, March 29, 2012

Barielle ~ Elle’s Spell and Blackened Bleu

Barielle ~ Elle’s Spell and Blackened Bleu
Red jelly with golden flakies, and light black base with blue micro flakies


So, I’ve been dying to try out Barielle polishes for a while. I bought four different colours, of which “Elle’s Spell” was one. It looked so interesting in the bottle. A nice shade of red packed with golden flakies!

What I wasn’t aware of was that the base is a jelly. I’m not very familiar with jellies, so I didn’t quite know what to expect. Formula was okay, I guess. Not too runny, not too thick. I applied the first coat and it looked absolutely horrible. I waited what seemed like forever before it was dry enough to apply the second coat, and then I waited again. Drying time of this polish seems very long indeed.

And this was so not what I was out for. I knew right away that this mani had to die this instant. I took a few pictures, of which I’m going to post one.

Here. Two coats, no top coat:


I removed it all after taking the pictures and tried it over both a black base and a bright red base, each only on one single nail. None of it looked as great as I expected, so I gave up on that polish for now. I’ll have another play with it on a day when I have more time and patience.

Instead I grabbed the “Blackened Bleu” and tried with that instead. I had the same experience as with “Elle’s Spell” – it looked absolutely horrible after the first coat. Damn! Drying time was just as bad too. Second coat didn’t help much, but since I didn’t want to spend the entire evening putting on nail polish, I applied a third coat, and that helped. Now I had a dark base with tiny blue micro flakies on. It looked pretty good.

Three coats, no top coat:
(It’s on purpose I don’t mention which top coat it is, it’s because it’s a mix of various top coats from nearly empty bottles that I’ve poured into a single bottle. Waste not, want not, right? :D )


I wasn’t finished though. This just wasn’t sparkly enough for my liking. I decided to go for a glitter today. I picked a topper from Essence called “Glorious Aquarius”, a clear base with light blue and orange glitters in it.

One coat over the Blackened Blue, plus a layer of top coat:


Elle’s Spell:
Opacity: 4/10
Colour, prettiness: 6/10
Durability: N/A/10
Value for money: 5/10
Overall: 5/10
Buy again: No


Blackened Bleu:
Opacity: 4/10
Colour, prettiness: 6/10
Durability: 5/10
Value for money: 5/10
Overall: 5/10
Buy again: No

16 comments:

  1. I bought Elle's spell and didn't really like it either. No matter what I put it over nothing wowed me. The best results I got was layering it over a deep red.

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    1. I have yet to try it over a deep red. I'll try that, thanks. :)

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  2. I like both of these polishes well enough, but they didn't blow me away either. However, that Essence glitter top coat is phenomenal!!

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  3. Aw, sorry to hear you were disappointed by these. I think they look nice though, especially with the glitter topcoat :-)

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    1. Thank you. Blackened Bleu was the best of the two, at least in my opinion, so that wasn't horrible. It'll probably go in a blog sale once I got that set up. :)

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  4. Århh det nederste billede er ynglings <3 <3 <3

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    1. Der er ikke noget som glitter til at redde en manicure! :) <3<3

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  5. Lovely colors! They remind me a lot of the flakies collection of nuf oh nail polish!

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    1. Yes! I struggled with a couple of those as well a while ago :D

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  6. I was going to suggest layering it over red too. This has been on my wishlist, but now I'm rethinking it. Thanks for the review! I love that Essence glitter!

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    1. I'll post it when I get to layer it over a dark red, so we can see if that actually works. :)

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  7. I absolutely love Aquarius layered, so beautiful! I feel a little the same about Elle's Spell, it's not as good as I wanted - layered over a medium to deep red works well though.

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    1. I'll definitely try to layer Elle's Spell over a dark red to see if it does anything for me. Otherwise I'll find another home for it. :)

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  8. I'm not a fan of Barielle-although I did just buy their set of browns from 2010 in a blog sale!

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    1. I'm somehow *not* surprised that you did :D

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