Yep, I totally fell for them when I saw the preview swatches on a few of the lucky bloggers who received them as a PR sample. I wasn't that lucky but I bought them all and I am thrilled to have them in my possession.
I received my Ultra Chromes a couple days ago. They were very nicely packaged and were also wrapped in these I <3 Nail Polish paper wrap, which I thought was really cute that I just had to add it as a background here.
Each of them come in their individual paper box. The boxes are also labeled and have that cute heart-shape cut out to show you the color in the bottle.
Underneath each polish bottle, there is a label sticker designed with the I <3 Nail Polish logo and the name of the polish. The logo is also printed on the polish bottle as well. I am very pleased with the packaging and the way the product is presented. For an indie brand, I am impressed.
Cygnus Loop is a shimmery purple/blue multi-chrome with a burgundy color shift visible at certain angle. I'm very pleased with the color shift and combination.
Mutagen is probably one of the most unique multi-chrome I've come across. It shifts from a muted silvery green to a vibrant shimmery emerald green and at certain angle it has a bit of blue and purple. This is one is a stunner and one of a kind with a strong color shift and a very glowy green. A must have if you are a nail polish collector. This is like wearing kryptonite on your nails, hehe. Its uniqueness makes it my favorite of the bunch.
My Little Glacier probably has the weaker color shift between the 4 of them but that doesn't mean that it's not visible. In bright light, you can certainly see it morph from a pale silvery blue to a bright teal blue and at certain angle you can spot a denim blue kind of shade.
Birefringence, what a clever name! I was concerned that it might be too close in color to Cygnus Loop but I think there is enough difference between the two. Birefringence has a purple and burgundy shift but it is certainly bluer and brighter whereas Cygnus Loop take on a darker and purplier appearance. The blue in Birefringence is almost electrifying and glowy.
The formula is pretty consistent in all of them,wasn't too thick or thin, just the perfect consistency. They lean on the sheer and need 2 or 3 coats for opaque coverage. They tend to be streaky and uneven at first but they do come out even as you layer them. There is some trail of brush stroke but they are mainly noticeable up close and don't bother me. The color shifts are amazing and strong for most of them. And lastly, they dry fairly quickly. In my personal opinion, these are a must have in every nail polish addicts collection.
Currently available on I Love Nail Polish website for $12.50 each.