Hi loves! Today I am showing you a polish I had been lusting after for a while, and recently I decided to go ahead and purchase Colors by Llarowe The Mighty Red Baron through Hypnotic Polish (hint: there's a sale going on right now and it ends November 2nd!). The reviews about this indie had been nothing but raving and since I love a good vampy red shade, this felt like an appropriate introduction.
Curious to see what I thought about this shade? Read on to find out.
Like I said this was my first experience with CbL and when it arrived, the packaging immediately appealed to me. Square bottle are easy to stash, and the brush cap isn't too small but not too large either compared to the size of the bottle. The brush is a bit wider and flat, easy to control and flexible without splaying all over the place. It picks up enough product but doesn't glob at all.
The shade is a tad deeper and darker than shown in my pictures, and it has a gorgeous linear holographic finish. While Llarowe recommends to intensify the holo effect with top coat, I did notice it got a bit weaker when I used my Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat.
The Mighty Red Baron has a lovely, buttery and opaque formula that almost applies itself. It doesn't take much effort at all to create a neat line at the cuticle and it dries down smooth.
But.. there's one MAJOR let down with this shade. It stained my nails like crazy. I had to seriously buff them to remove the gross red stain left behind and normally Duri Rejuvacote protects nicely against stainers. Wear a double or triple base coat if you wear this beauty!
Do I recommend this shade? Definitely. The depth and beauty of the color outweigh the staining problem. And in the end, aren't our nails always covered? Who cares about a stain, right ;-)?
Is this shade you'd wear? And what's the worst case of stains you've ever encountered?
Hypnotic Polish is a European based indie stockist that ships internationally. Besides Colors by Llarowe, they also carry Smitten Polish, El Corazon, LilypadLacquer, Contrary Polish and many others. For more information check out their Facebook page or follow them on Instagram!