Gelish Colors of Paradise Collection (Summer 2014) Swatches
Who’s ready for summer??!! I am! The new Gelish Colors of Paradise collection is full of fun, bright colors for the summer season. I know that many of you have been anticipating these swatches and to see how they compare with the All About the Glow collection. Many of the colors in this set are similar, but they are actually even brighter than the colors from last summer. The purple and dark blue are very unique and are colors that I think would be great to wear year-round. I’m going to work on some comparisons next, so keep an eye out for that post within the next day or two.
The formula of these polishes was good, though I found that I needed three coats for the best coverage. On the official Gelish FB page they posted a tip to apply a coat of white under these colors to make them pop even more, so in each of my swatches the pinky finger has a white base underneath and every finger has three coats of color. In many of them the difference is subtle, but the white base does enhance the colors a bit and it eliminates any visible nail line. The white that I used was Gelish Arctic Freeze since it’s the most opaque and the brightest white in the Gelish line.
I have only done a very basic fade test so far. I put all of my swatch sticks in a window with direct sunlight for a whole day. All of the colors look good after 1 day of exposure, but I think the orange color called Rockin’ the Reef may appear slightly darker (less neon). I’ll keep an eye on them for a couple more days and will report any further findings.
Tahiti Hottie is one of my two favorites from this collection. I was worried that this color would be too similar to You Glare I Glow, but I don’t think they’re alike at all. Tahiti Hottie is more of a reddish purple and reminds me of a vibrant orchid shade. It’s definitely the brightest purple in the Gelish line now. This color is what I imagined Carnival Hangover would look like, but mine turned out to be much more pink.
And this is my other favorite from this collection, Mali-Blu Me Away. It’s a perfect bright, medium royal blue. I can see myself wearing this color any time of year… it’s bright enough for spring and summer, yet dark enough for even fall and winter. Love it!
Rub Me the Sarong Way is a gorgeous, bright shade of teal. It’s similar to Radiance is My Middle Name but is lighter and brighter. It also has better coverage because I have visible nail line with Radiance.
Pacific Sunset is a VERY bright pink. This color reminds me of barbies and bubble gum! LOL You can see in this swatch that the white base on the pinky made the color much brighter. The formula of this polish was a little thinner than the others and I actually had a slight visible nail line though it doesn’t show in the picture. This color is brighter than Brights Have More Fun and a little more pink.
Rockin’ the Reef is a very bright orange that leans a little coral. This color is lighter than Tiki Tiki Laranga and much darker than I’m Brighter Than You. It also has better coverage than Tiki Tiki.