Well, in nailpolish world, at least (better not talk about everything else...).
In these days, Shaka released a LOT of new colours; I'd like to be able to show you all of them, unfortunately the site is poorly updated AND mantained - design and structure too are a true disaster, in my opinion - so you won't find the latest additions.
But here I am.
I picked some new colours, but now I introduce you the Shaka holos :>
There are six shades, not so original I must say (silver, light green, light blue, violet, rose, nude), but honestly they are very well made.
(clockwise from left: "Hologram Violet", "Hologram Green", "Hologram Sky")
(clockwise from left: "Hologram Rose", "Hologram Silver", "Hologram Nude")
First of all, they're €1,99 <3 Same price of other colours, good!
Second, I did some test and swatches, because I immediately realized they've INTENSE holo reflects, just look at the plastic cap-test:
- HV: Shaka "Hologram Violet" n. 03;
- HS: Shaka "Hologram Sky" n. 04;
- HG: Shaka "Hologram Green" n. 05;
- Pupa: "Holographic Emerald" n. 032.
I added the Pupa swatch in order to show you the differences; HV and HS have the strongest effect, look at the colour changes in the second portion of the above picture!
Then I tried a nail swatch of "Hologram Sky", always compared with one coat of Pupa Emerald.
Formula wise, Shakas behave like Gosh "Rainbow" (good sign): it's patchy and difficult to manage, so I applied it over the new 24/7 Essence base , which I've been told is somewhat similar to an aqua base (the ideal one for holos).
First coat of HS becomes completely mat because of this base; Pupa (one coat) wins:
I then applied a second coat of HS, but it became mat like the first one, so I added top coat.
A little patchy, Pupa still wins:
Lastly, I applied a third coat of HS: BAM! Hell yes :D
Picture speaks for itself:
(on ring nail, one coat of HS without base, just to show you how it looks)
I think you can agree with me, Shaka wins over Pupa, even if it has a troublesome formula, but I guess strongest holos must pay this toll.
Look, even an animation!!11
INSTRUCTIONS: in conclusion, Shaka holos are strong, but you need to apply them on a smooth surface, rather than on a sticky one: my third coat, which was applied on top coat, was the most even one, and later I tried using just my regular top coat as a base: I get the same result, so I strongly suggest you to apply them directly on top coat.
In this way, they will go on much easier (no dragging, less bald spots) and they'll be muh more glossy on their own - anyway, sandwich method is recommended.
Have a nice day/night/whatever and thanks for your attention ;¬)