Sunday, December 11, 2011

Introducing Venique Nail Lacquer With Swatches and Polish Review

I'm so excited today to bring you a new nail polish that's just hitting the market. The brand name is Venique and it's made in the USA. What's different about Venique Nail Lacquer is that it is made with Sil-Tek which allows the polish to bend with the nail rather than to chip or fracture allowing for longer polish wear. I'm finding that to be true in my wear.

I was able to pick up the initial release of seven colors and I am told that in January, there will be an addititon of 78 different selections. Coming in summer are all kinds of nail products such as nail hardener, cuticle oil, superior shine top coat and a fast drying top coat. I can't wait to see the shine top coat!!! I'm all about the bling.

Before we get into pictures, I have to tell you that when you apply this polish, you will notice immediately that it is different. It is rich looking in a way that I can't even describe. But the look is something that people notice and will ask what kind of polish it is. My husband noticed and complimented me on my nails asking what kind of polish it was and why did it look different and nicer than other polishes. Read that sentance again. My husband noticed!!!!

This post could feel like picture overload to you as we get into it because the polish is so interesting that I took over a thousand pictures to try and give it justice. I don't have a superhero camera but I'll show you what I've got. Let's look at the color polishes first.

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The colors, from left to right are: Blue Suede Shoes, Skating On Thin Ice, Runway Sparkle, Stylish Spectator, and B-Ceen-B-Gorgeous. Blue Suede Shoes is a dusty denim color with micro-shimmers in it that are tone on tone. Skating On Thin Ice is a dusty light purple with tone-on-tone micro shimmers. Runway Sparkle is a deep red jelly with red glitter floating within. Stylish Spectator is a medium tone grey with micro shimmers. B-Seen-B-Gorgeous is a dusty medium pink with tone-on-tone microshimmers. The microshimmers in the colors give a gorgeous sheen and the super macro pictures almost betray the true beauty of the shine of these polishes.

And then there's two glitters, one of which is so different than any I've seen before that I swatched it as soon as I purchased so I could see what it looked like. Left to right they are Twinkling Snow and Twinkling Glitter.

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Look at how milky looking Twinkling Snow is. Isn't that wild? I couldn't imagine what it was going to look like but the milkiness is actually little teeny glitters that mix in with the holographic hex glitters you see. It is totally crazy awesome! Twinkling Glitter is full on Holographic glitter. Both glitters are pure silver glitters that reflect every color of the rainbow.

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Here's a super close-up of Twinkling Glitter since I've shown you close-ups of Twinkling Snow.

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I initially swatched all the colors and had planned to wear B-Ceen-B-Gorgeous with Twinkling Glitter on top as my test manicure. I had purchased those in a set and thought I should try them together. Then, when I swatched Blue Suede Shoes, I immediately knew it would be an exact match to the color I was wearing for my anniversary so I applied that instead. More about that in a minute.

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Let me quickly tell you a few things about this polish. It applies with perfection with NO streaking. The only reason you see streaking in the purple is because I dripped an extra drop on it and smeared it some. The streaking is completely operator error and not at all due to the polish itself. They are completely smooth as satin, or dare I say...silk. The glitters are lightly bumpy but nothing a good top coat can't smooth. I did find that Runway Sparkle was completely holographic when wet but as it dried, it's harder to see the glitter within. I imagine it's something about how the Sil-Tek fibers dry.

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All swatches were done with two coats. Most colors could be one coaters, except for Stylish Spectator, Twinkling Snow and Twinkling Glitter, but I two coated everything because that's just how I roll.

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As I spoke of above, I changed my decision on what color to wear first when I saw the dusty denim blue of Blue Suede Shoes. I had a top I was going to wear for our anniversary dinner and I just knew these would match perfectly. At dinner, my husband marveled over how perfectly my nails matched my outfit. I couldn't have planned it if I'd tried. He normally hates blue on my nails but he loved this one and the richness of the finish. He noticed it and asked why it was different so I gave him a sales pitch. :)

Here is my Anniversary manicure and a comparison with my top:

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I know, right? Blue Suede Shoes was made for me!!! A few days later, I applied Twinkling Snow over it because I loved how it looked when I swatched it that way.

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I have received many compliments as I wore Blue Suede Shoes alone and as I wear it with Twinkling Snow over it. People have asked me what brand I'm wearing because it looks different and somehow a bit "fancier" than the average polish. Venique Nail Lacquer will be carried in salons, not mass markets, and the suggested retail price is $7.50. I would urge you to ask at your salon for them to carry the brand so that you might try it. It really is cool!

I have a ton of pictures showing off the colors, and you'll be likely to see more as I complete manicures with the other colors. I am going on six days at the time of this writing with ZERO tip wear. I put Seche Vite on top on my right hand to see if it affected the glitter, (which it didn't), but it did cause some shrinkage. Always wrap your tips people!!!

Please let me know any questions you might have that I haven't covered here or if you need to see more pictures, just let me know. Good to see everyone!!!

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19 comments:

  1. Oh wow! I hope I'll find these locally soon cause I am very curious to when you said it's different. Pretty shades too!

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  2. @MissMidnightBlueI believe that's exactly what I said when I saw them...well, after I squealed with delight.

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  3. I like the glitter polishes, but I'm not quite sure I like the other colors.

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  4. What pretty shades and so fun adding the bling!

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  5. I love adding a bling topccoat a few days after a manicure. It adds to the length I can wear it. I love these colors Polarbelle!
    Maybe I missed it but where did you buy these?

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  6. @MarciaF (Beauty Info Zone). Marcia, I got these at a beauty supply place. I wish I could convey in pictures the different kind of finish these have. The only way I can think to describe it is that it's rich looking.

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  7. I have had mine on for the past 8 days with no chips at all! Beautiful polish! Can't wait till they release more colors!

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  8. I bought the twinkling glitter today from cosmoprof after seeing the nails on the display chain. They were out of the base shade I wanted so I got bastille me heart by OPI. Tried the glitter along the sides of my big toenails (currently painted pompeii purple) and am in love!!!! Can't wait to do my NYE mani pedi.

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  9. I just got "Biker Couture" from Cosmoprof. A base coat or top coat was not available to me yet, so I used CND Sticky Base and Seche Vite top coat. I love the way this Venique polish feels! It's so smooth and the shine is amazing! Reminds me of Shellac. I just applied it yesterday, so I'm anxious to see the long term results! So far though, I'm lovin it!

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    1. I just got Biker Couture based on your recommendation. Plus about six or eight of the new regular stock, too. I think I picked well. Will be blogging them soon.

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  10. For those of you who have experimented with Venique, are you finding the drying times between coats uncomfortably long? Our manicurists played with a couple colors from CosmoProf this week. They loved the shine but took a good 10 minutes between coats to dry. Another blogger had written the same. A paying client at a salon/spa won't wish to wait around that much time between coats and another 10 after the final coat. For those of you who tried application at home, on your own nails, is that acceptable? I asked a representative from Venique who said she waits at least 5 minutes between coats. Most polishes, Orly, China Glaze, OPI, take just a couple minutes to dry. Anybody wish to provide some feedback? Thanks...extremely curious!!

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  11. Actually I found the drying time to be amazingly quick. painted and ran out the door to take kids to school. no smudges...

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  12. I love the application, but does anyone else have a problem with chiping and peeling? I'm not sure if I am applying it wrong, but I paint my nails in the morning and it has chiped/peeled by the evening. Wasn't a selling point that is wasn't suppose to chip

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    1. Hi Anon,

      What base and top coat did you use? yes, the Sil-Tek fibers are supposed to bend with the nail rather than chip. I haven't had problems. I have read two posts on a vendor page mentioning they had chipping with the top coat and they're reformulating it.

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    2. I had bad luck with this product. I bought the base and top coat, and 2 colors. I had chipping within 12 hours. I removed the polish and re applied and again,I got chipping the next morning. I tossed the base and top coats, but couldn't part with the colors. (I have 5 now.) I am still looking for a base and top that won't chip. I did also try with Sech base and Sech Vite, still got chipping the next day :o( Could it be my nails?? I always make sure they are clean & dry. Any suggestions??

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  13. (Here's an addition to my last post)
    In a previous post, Polarbelle said that the top coat is being reformulated. My experience with the topcoat was strange. After it dried (and I mean the next day, so it was really dry), I could scratch on the polished nail, and the topcoat would come right off. I wasn't pressing hard, just rubbing the tip of one nail across the plate of another one (as if I had an itch there). I was using all their products also, base, color and topcoat. I hope this is one issue that will be corrected.

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    1. I sure hope so too. I was on a trip out of state and bought two sets of the base and top coats...one for home; one to leave in my travel gear. Unfortunately, when I got home from that trip, I got the news about the poor result of the top coat and the reformulation. Boo. Anyway, I learned a trick from Pink Sith's blog that I use for every manicure. In between coats, I apply a coat of CND Sticky. I put it on top of the base and in between color coats. It makes everything last longer, so say a brand that lasts four days would last six or seven, and a brand like Venique that I can easily go seven days with will go ten. That's one tip that has extended my manicures. Now, beyond that, I don't know if it could be your nails, or humidity levels, or the temperature of your fingertips. I really wish I had an answer for you because I've had such great success with this brand...I wonder if it depends on thickness or thinness of color coats?

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    2. I think it really does depend on the thickness. When I wore Biker Couture in one thin coat, with their base and top, it lasted over a week. When I wore base, 2 coats of Biker, 1 coat Twinkle, and top coat, it chipped in a few days.

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