Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Catherine Arley ~ 677 - with flowers


Catherine Arley ~ 677
Berry coloured holo

I’ve been wanting to try the holo polishes from Catherine Arley for a while, so I was very happy to receive a bunch of them in a swap with my sweet friend Aylin from Posh Nail Art.

It’s been winter for so long that if feels as if I’ve forgotten what the sun looks like. At the same time I’ve been collecting holos throughout the winter, and they’ve been sitting in boxes, just waiting for spring, summer and sunshine! I’m not wasting precious holographic polish on a cloudy day, that’s for sure!

But anyway – back to the Catherine Arley. The formula was good, the polish applied easily. I just used my regular base coat, and had no problems with dragging or bald spots. It took two coats to make it opaque, and the drying time was pretty good. All pros and no cons :)

Here’s a picture of two coats, no top coat yet:


The colour is beautiful in the sunshine even though the holo isn’t the strongest I’ve seen.


I wanted to add a little bit of nail art to it, without drowning the prettiness. I stamped a couple of flowers on each nail, using my XL stamping plate H and a no name white stamping polish. Then I dotted the middle of the flowers with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri “Lightening”, which is a perfect yellow crème. I topped it all with a layer of Poshé top coat, which didn’t dull the holo effect at all:


This is an attempt of a more artistic picture – do you like it?



What I really like about this polish is that I also like the way it looks out of the sun. I think it’s because that the colour is relatively dark, so I can actually wear it. ‘Cause let face it: I’m not spending that much time in the sunshine, and I want my nails to look good all the time!


So – I’m really happy to own a bunch of Catherine Arley polishes, and I hope that we’ll have lots of sunshine over the next couple of months!

Have you also been letting your holos hibernate during the winter, or do you use them regardless?


Opacity: 8/10
Colour, prettiness: 9/10
Durability: 8/10
Value for money: 10/10
Overall: 8.5/10
Buy again: Yes

26 comments:

  1. Same here, I was waiting for the sun to come up.... :) But hey, we've got 3 months of holo time!!! And this one looks really good on you!

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    1. I shall be wearing holo every time the sun shines, that's for sure! :D And thank you, it means a lot! :)

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  2. Great color! I think I have one Arley to try at home. Maybe I should take it out from the drawer very soon.

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    1. I think you should - I would vote for it given the chance! :)

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  3. That't a stunning colour! From what I can tell red holos can be hard to come by as the holo sometimes make the red look a tad pink.

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    1. I don't mind pink so much, but I do mind salmon :) But this was a really cool colour to me.

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  4. Yeah no holo is meant to be wasted on a cloudy day :)
    Great looking polish!

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    1. We've had way too many cloudy days - now I want to see the sun every day! :)

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  5. WOOOWZER what a gorgeous red - and the flowers completes it so well - love it my friend!

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    1. Thank you, I'm so pleased to hear that! :)

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  6. I love this! The nail art was the perfect choice

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    1. Thank you - I really liked the flowers as well :)

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  7. great! very summer manicure, well done :)

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    1. Thank you - I'm pleased to wear my holos now! :)

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  8. oh wow! what a beauty! gorgeous holo

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    1. I'm so pleased with it myself too :)

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  9. So beautiful! Hope to see more holo manis from you in this sunny part of the year :). As for me I'm trying to use holos only in spring, summer and autumn :)

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    1. I've got stocked up with various holos so there should be to a lot of sunny days, yay!
      Autumn is too late for me, since I come home a bit late from work, and the sun would be gone by then :)

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  10. This is sooo pretty! I love the flowers you added to the mani too. Makes it seem very summer-y! :D

    ~ Yun

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    1. I've been longing for summer for so long, and I'm pleased that the sun finally shines :)

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  11. Hey that's really pretty! And I think I have it! Must try it soon :)

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    1. You definitely should, it is really nice! :)

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