16 October 2014

Shimmer Swatchathon! Recap, Review and Favourites!

Hi guys! As I promised you last Monday I have an extra post for you this week! I wanted to do a recap post about all the gorgeous Shimmer polishes I have been swatching for you. I've posted so many of these polishes now over such a long stretch of time that I thought it would be nice to do a final big post about them, recapping all the info about the brand, my swatching method, pros and cons of the polishes, and my favourites.
From left to right, top to bottom: Céline, Astrid, Cristina, Carol, Kim, Adrienne, Jacki, Vanessa, Karina, Karen

 So if you are curious and want to take a last look, don't hesitate to...


Cleo
First off I want to say I had so much fun swatching all these polishes for you! Shimmer has so many gorgeous polishes that it was truly a pleasure and totally worth it finding glitter in my house for the next couple of years lol. I also had a lot of trouble picking the polishes I liked best. I've added a whole bunch of pictures of my favourites to this post, but I liked so many of them that it was very hard to choose.

Julia
I think that, now I am done swatching these, Deborah and I have most, if not all, of the current Shimmer polishes on the blog! So if you are curious about all of these gorgeous polishes, or are looking for swatches of a specific one, you can use the little pull down menu on the right side of your screen to look for them!

Lucie
In case you are looking at these polishes and wondering just how I did my manicures with them I thought it would be nice to give you a little recap of the way I swatched them and which products I used: Even though most Shimmer polishes are dense enough to be worn on their own I prefer layering them over a similarly coloured base. I find that it saves me from having to apply an extra coat of the glitter, thus giving me a smoother and thinner result on the nails. With glitter I always use the Essence peel-off basecoat. I then do one or 2 thin coats of a base colour. Most of the time I don't bother making this base opaque because the Shimmer polishes are dense enough to cover most of it up. I just wanted to help the glitter along a bit. I always pick a base colour that is as close as possible to the glitter mix. I then use 2, maybe 3 thin coats of the glitter polish and finish up with a nice thick coat of Poshé, my go-to topcoat. Because I almost always use a base colour in my pictures I make sure to include a bottle shot of the polish as well, so you can see it as it is, without another base polish. These are the small square pictures I am showing you here today and in all my swatch posts :)

Liana
I would like to give you a small list of good and bad things about these polishes. Please keep in mind that this is all my personal opinion and you may or may not agree with some or all of these points. But if you are looking to purchase these pretties you might find it useful to read.

 Pros:
  • A very large selection of different colours to choose from and multiple different polishes of the same colour so you can pick exactly what you like 
  • Gorgeously complex mixes, there are a lot of different sizes, colours and shapes of glitter in one bottle 
  • Insanely sparkly! 
  • Most polishes are very dense, these aren't glitter toppers, they are stand/wear alone polishes 
  • Some have coloured bases, making them even easier to wear on their own 
  • These polishes are just immensely beautiful, the amount of compliments I got while wearing them was insane 
  • These polishes do not dry as bumpy as a lot of glitters tend to do. Especially the ones with smaller glitter dry quite smooth 
  • Stephanie
  • Great quality, I didn't have a single one that gave me trouble with the application
 Cons: 
  • Removal is a pita. This goes for all glitter polishes and Shimmer is no exception. Be prepared to scrub long and hard when removing these polishes or use a peel-off basecoat or the foil removal method. You will find glitter everywhere later. 
  • Some colours are extremely similar, I did one comparison for you a while back and I could have done a couple more if I had the whole collection myself 
  • You will need topcoat. Even though these polishes dry quite smooth as far as glitters go, they will not look their best if you do not use a nice thick coat of topcoat to even things out and bring out the sparkle
Taylor
Overall Shimmer polishes are a very big winner in my book! I adored 95% of the polishes I swatched and the ones that I didn't like just didn't appeal to me colour-wise, they were all of the same great quality. 

I really hope you guys had as much fun as I had with this Shimmer Swatchathon and that I didn't put you off with an overkill of glitter or this long essay! Please let me know in the comments if you already have Shimmer polishes yourself or plan on getting some and which ones are your favourites! I hope you guys enjoyed this post and see you on Monday!



Shimmer is an indie brand based in the United States. The polishes are made with high quality ingredients that mix well and do not degrade over time. All polishes are available at the Shimmer website or Etsy for 12$. You can also connect with them on facebook.

38 comments :

  1. The Dalai Lama's Nails16 October, 2014 16:50

    I love Shimmer! They are all so pretty! You did such fantastic swatches!

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  2. Cleo and Taylor are so pretty. Your swatches and reviews of these were great Loqi!!

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  3. I agree 100% on your summation of Shimmer polishes. They're some of the prettiest, most well behaved glitters out there... a few are pretty similar. Favorites-- Carol was the one that really made me sit up and take notice. I really like Cleo, Celine, and Tracy, too.

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  4. Living for these shimmers, they make me smile :)

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  5. Such gorgeous combos. I think I like Taylor best!

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  6. What a great recap post...I love the macro shots!!

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  7. The Polished Mommy16 October, 2014 21:43

    So much pretty for one post!! These are all stunning.

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  8. I have loved seeing all of your Shimmer polish posts! All of them are beautiful!

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  9. Thank you Kerry! I am glad you enjoyed them!

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  10. Thank you! It was so hard to pick my favourites! I could have put 10 more in there if I wanted to!

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  11. Glad you like em! Any favourites? :)

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  12. Thank you! I'm happy you liked the pictures :D

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  13. Taylor is in my top 3 I think! That teal shimmer!

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  14. They really are, even better in real life!

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  15. :D It's the little things right?

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  16. They really are great aren't they? I'm glad you agree :D

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  17. Thanks so much Emily :D I am glad you enjoyed them!

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  18. Thanks so much! You are always so kind <3

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  19. MyBeautyJunction17 October, 2014 01:36

    I can't decide which one I love best... Stephanie, I think!

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  20. omg all the pretty glitters.... so happy

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  21. I've been seeing swatches of Shimmer polishes lately and want to get a few, of course deciding which shades is tough but this post is so helpful! :)

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  22. May have just ordered some Shimmer to my to-buy list!! Thanks :)

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  23. I really like Shimmer. I have a few of their polishes and I've always been very pleased!

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  24. Great recap! I love my Shimmer polishes, although I will admit that some look very similar.

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  25. Stephanie really is pretty! I can't get over how awesome that little bit of red glitter looks!

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  26. They are very happy polishes yes! :D

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  27. Yay, I am very glad this post was helpful :D

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  28. They really are great quality! Which ones do you have?

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  29. Thanks Meghan!
    Some do indeed look very similar, that's their biggest flaw for me, the other 'bad' things are just inherent to glitter polishes

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  30. Those are some serious glitter bombs!

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  31. Thanks for the fabulous reviews!!! :)
    I have enjoyed seeing them all!

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  32. Just being honest, these are awesome polishes!
    Thank you for giving me a chance to try them!

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  33. Great review and thanks for mentioning the texture of the polishes once they dry down.

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  34. Thank you and you are welcome :D

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