07 January 2016

Swatches & Review // Madam Glam Soak Off Gel Back to Cali, Clean Slate & What a Night

Hi loves! Just like the last 2 months, I'm sharing 3 soak off gel shades from Madam Glam with you. It's so much fun to pick out new shades every month and I try to grab those that both fit my style and don't have a swatch picture yet, so you can better judge any future purchases you might be planning (also, there's a discount code at the bottom of this post ;-)).

Madam Glam Back to Cali

Madam Glam Clean Slate

Madam Glam What a Night


Let's see what I chose this round!

Madam Glam soak off gel is normally paired with a base gel and top gel. For these swatches I used a clear liquid latex base, color and top gel.


All pictures are taken under artificial lighting which highlights a holographic or sparkly finish and slightly washes out smaller details like glitter.

Madam Glam Back to Cali

Madam Glam Back to Cali

Madam Glam Back to Cali


Madam Glam Back to Cali is a muted, porcelain like pink shade. On the website it's described as a creamy pastel lavender but I think it's definitely more pink than lavender toned, kinda in line with OPI Don't Bossa Nova Me Around (which is a lighter tint). The formula was perfectly opaque in 2 thin coats, no bald patches and no shrinkage on the tips. It also didn't run before curing because it's rather thick, but not in a way you can't apply it thinly. Also, this color? Perfection! Great as a base for nail art, very appropriate to wear to the office and neutral enough to wear on a holiday and not be bored with it any time soon.

Madam Glam Clean Slate

Madam Glam Clean Slate

Madam Glam Clean Slate


Madam Glam Clean Slate is a bright blue-greenish shade with a pearly shimmer to it. The shimmer turned out to be more pearly than I hoped for, which isn't my favorite finish, but the color itself is very happy and cheery. Again, a 2 coat formula that didn't give me any trouble, though it did dry more dull - it comes to life after you apply your top coat.

Madam Glam What a Night

Madam Glam What a Night

Madam Glam What a Night


Madam Glam What a Night is a dark blue base filled with a super sparkly and fine sprinkling of shimmer. The name of this beauty is so fitting! Please keep in mind I take my pictures under bright, direct lighting which lightens up colors like these a bit, it's a bit deeper and less "flat" looking in reality. The formula of What a Night was a bit thinner compared to the other 2 shades, which did help with a thin application but also seemed to be more prone to running down my nails. A quick flash cure can help you here. It also shrunk a bit on my tips though it doesn't show in the pictures. Still, this color is so sparkly and pretty I don't even mind having to work this one a bit more!

Overall conclusion
I'm feeling repetitive here, but Madam Glam provides gorgeous gel colors with great formulas. My absolute favorite of these 3 is Back to Cali because it's the perfect gel version (not an exact match) of OPI Don't Bossa Nova Me Around, but What a Night is breathtaking as well! And if you don't mind a pearly finish, Clean Slate is the perfect cheery blue-greenish color for those warmer days.

What do you think of this months selection? See any shades you love? Tell me in the comments!
Madam Glam is based in New York City and besides soak off gel polish, they also sell regular nail polish and other make-up items. All polishes are 5-free, cruelty free and vegan. Worldwide shipping is available. And if you want to give them a try, be sure to use the code LV30 for a 30% discount!

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