Saturday, February 5, 2011

Color Club Alter Ego: Keep It Under Cover Set

Color Club's Alter Ego Spring 2011 Collection offer 12 shades, and they are available individually and in boxed sets. The boxed sets each include one bottle of treatment, Vivid Top Coat is with the Keep It Under Cover set, while the Reveal Your Mystery set contains the Milky White Base Coat. Today I have a look at the shades included in the Keep It Under Cover set, and I've got to admit, I'm feeling a little neutral about this collection. I think my neutrality is due in part to the difference in the way some of the polishes look in the promo photos and the way the look in real life. Another point about these that's giving me some degree of disappointment is that I needed 3 coats for decent coverage on all but one of these shades, when I've gotten used to a standard 2-coat application from most Color Clubs. However, sometimes disappointment in expectations can lead to acceptance of the unexpected, so it's not necessarily a bad thing!

Below: Ulterior Motive is one of my favorites from this set--it applied nicely (but using 3 coats), dried quickly, and is a bright fuchsia shade filled with deep pink and violet foil micro glitter. The finish on the base color is almost a jelly--very translucent, yet quite pigmented. Don't get me wrong, because with all of that glitter, you're not going to actually have a jelly finish! Depending on your lighting, you can glimpse a foil-like finish.


Below: Alias is an alias indeed! This shade looked more like a duo chrome in the promo pictures, and it is a duo chrome...when it decides it wants to be! For the most part, it looks like it does in this first photo. It's a grape shade with purple foil micro glitter, and there's a small amount of silver micro glitter mixed in as well.

Below: If you manipulate your hand around enough, and take it into different lighting until you find some that it likes, you can coax the duo chrome out. This photo was taken under my bathroom lighting (halogen). You can see the olive and purple colors, and I did notice a flash of darker blue with violet at times also. It's a little like Orly's Space Cadet when it shows its duo chrome side. This is a very stubborn duo chrome, and I'm hoping once the sun comes out, I can take a look at it outside and be amazed, but I'm not going to get my hopes up anymore.

Below: Alter Ego is the other polish that I thought was a duo chrome based on the promo pictures. I couldn't get any duo chrome out of this shade, no matter how hard I tried. That's not to say it isn't an interesting polish, because I actually think it's quite unique. This is a muted purple shade with a lot of silver micro glitter, giving it a foil finish in brighter lighting. Alter Ego is sparkly and elegant, bringing to mind the color of grapes on the vine covered in frost on a cool Fall morning.

Below: Here it is shown using just 2 coats, so you can get an idea of the "thin" coverage and why I think 3 coats is a better way to go. This photo, shown with a flash, reveals additional colors of glitter.

Below: Secret Agent is a vivid lavender shade, bordering on violet. This is a metallic finish and it has a bright pink iridescent flash to it which is more noticeable in the bottle than on the nail.

Below: Masquerading is another one that I really liked from this collection. This is the only one that covered perfectly using 2 coats. The metallic finish is relatively brush-stroke free on this silvery/mossy green shade with a hint of blue.

Below: Total Mystery is an inky cobalt blue with multi colored micro glitter. The glitter is more distinct on the base than I was able to capture with my photos. This reminded me of Orly's In the Navy and Orly's Lunar Eclipse.

Not that this is a bad collection, but I think had I not gotten so excited over the promo pictures and expected them to look more like those--particularly Alter Ego and Alias--I might be inclined to rave a little more about these. I will say that although some of them are not what I'd hoped for, I've still discovered much beauty in them. I wasn't overly excited about the other boxed set, Reveal Your Mystery, but now that I see that set in person, it looks much more appealing. I think I'm just a bad judge of polish character!

What do you think? Do you see anything you like from this collection?

18 comments:

  1. Beautiful colors :) and very good pictures <3

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  2. masquerading totally reminds me of chanel black pearl!

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  3. nice post/mani, keeping it alter ego? i was also hoping the the polish were pigmented like the promo pics.i'm thinking of wearing a coat of WnW black underneath for maximum color.

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  4. I got mine a couple of days ago and am in love with almost every single one! You show true beauty with them.

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  5. I´m a bit disappointed. I was especially looking forward to the duochromes. And I was sort of hoping for something close to Cosmetic Arts All The Trimmings, since they come from the same company. But overall it does look like a nice collection! And your swatches look pretty cool!

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  6. I love these, but Total Mystery is definitely my favorite! How does it compare to OPI DS Fantasty, I wonder?

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  7. OOO! I like Masquerading. The first polish reminds me of a color from the Sally Hansen HD's.

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  8. I hate to say it, but I really like alias and alter ego. Plus, your description, "is sparkly and elegant, bringing to mind the color of grapes on the vine covered in frost on a cool Fall morning." alone would be enough to make it me buy it.
    In short, very nicely put.

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  9. I love the collection! Total Mystery reminds me of OPI DS Magic without the holographic. :)

    I gave you the Versatile Blog Award here - http://necessary-nails.blogspot.com/2011/02/versatile-blogger-award.html

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  10. I want Ulterior Motive and Alias from this set!

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  11. It will be funny if Reveal Your Mystery blows you away, since you have lower expectations for it and here this one you had high expectations and got a bit of a disappointment. They do seem like okay colors but I think I will pass only because I just can't do 3 or more coats of polish. I have herniated discs that make polishing my nails tricky, between the pain and the meds my hands can be shaky. The more coats I need, the more likely I'm going to flub my manicure.

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  12. Gorgeous pics! I've been looking forward to swatches of these for a long time. Thanks :)

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  13. I don't see anything that knocks my socks off...but I love you're pictures!

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  14. I really liked these, especially Ulterior Motive. It's surprising that I like these as well as I do, considering that I really don't care for glitter...

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  15. Love Masquerading. Love all the greens I see. Ulterior Motive and Alter Ego are nice also. I'll just keep them on my list for awhile. I'm not going to rush to buy them. They might have to grow on me.

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  16. I'm a bit dissapointed too. My expectations were high, now that I've seen the swatches I don't know if I want to buy any of them.

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  17. Nice pictures!! Your review is really useful, thanks!!

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  18. thanks a lot for the pictures and your review! that was very helpful. I also just saw that not only does color club release the "alter ego" and "keep it under cover" set in march, but also one called "starry temptress" and "wicked sweet" :)
    they are showering us with nail polishes ;) I have to put money aside *gg*

    the wicked sweet looks nicer to me, though the colors might be dupes for the china glaze pool side collection, but who cares :) as long as they are vibrant, beautiful and somewhat opaque, I'm happy ;)

    I also tend to buy back-ups of the colors I like. Not necessarily because I think I might empty a bottle (I got about 500 nailpolishes so far, emptying those bottles might take a while ^^), but because I fear breaking one, dropping one, losing one, or in extreme cases, presenting one to a dear friend ;)

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