Friday, February 22, 2013

Pomegranate Lacquer: Book of Spells

This is why I love nail polish blogs — on their web site, Pomegranate Lacquers describes Book of Spells as "a rich bronze crème" but, as you can see by my photos, it's actually more of a metallic foil. If I had actually been looking for a bronze creme I would have been very disappointed to get a foil instead. It's a great color, no question, but it's not a creme unless by that you just mean it isn't a glitter. So now you know.
Pomegranate Lacquers Book of Spells
Book of Spells is from their Royal Fairy Tale Collection, as is Prince Charmer. This gorgeous metallic foil covered in two coats, but the formula was a bit thin, so I would avoid loading the brush so you don't get pooling. It didn't really need a top coat because it dried shiny enough, but I'm glad I applied one anyway because it brought out a galaxy of golden sparkles that weren't apparent before! As with any foil, I used a ridge filling base coat to minimize brush strokes, then two coats of Book of Spells, followed by one coat of Orly Sec 'n Dry. This is a new-to-me quick dry top coat that I got for free with a recent purchase at Sally Beauty Supply. It dries nice and shiny, but not as quickly as Seche Vite, so allow for a little more dry time if you use that.

Pros: great color, great formula. Next to no cleanup required and brush strokes are minimized if you use a ridge-filling base coat beforehand.

Cons: other than the inaccurate web site description, I really can't say anything bad about it other than that I'm not a big fan of foil finishes. So if you like foils, definitely go for it! It's a beautiful color and if you use a top coat you will see the extra shimmers.

Overall: I liked the bottle and brush, even though Erin didn't. The bottle is the same as the Milani polishes, but the cap and brush are different.

Pomegranate Lacquers are available at their website and retail for $8.50 (shipping is free on orders of $27 or more.) You can also follow them on Facebook.

**This polish was provided by the manufacturer for an unbiased review**

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