Riding high on the success of his Chandelier Shine nail polishes, Napoleon Perdis, the internationally known Australian makeup artist, has introduced 12 Chandelier Shine Nail Polish and Lip Gloss sets. Each set contains lacquers with matching gloss. The glosses contain marine collagen, and the nail polishes are supposed to provide a “long lasting shine and amazing chip free technology.” Shine? I love shine! I received two sets containing Moroccan Velvet and Santorini Sunset, and here is my candid take on them.
The embossing of the Napoleon Perdis’ logo on the outside carton is beautiful and makes the set look luxurious. However, the logo has a reflective effect that causes a glare, making the text hard to read. The inside carton contains the polish and lip gloss. The lacquer bottles are slightly rounded, square bottles. I found the glass bottles to be extremely lightweight which is interesting, because it contradicts the impression the outer packaging conveys – luxury! I think a heavier glass should have been used for the lacquers.
Moroccan Velvet and Santorini Sunset are frost shades. Moroccan Velvet is a beautiful and tempting, dark chocolate frost, with a touch of bronze. The name Moroccan Velvet is perfect for this shade. It’s dark, rich, exotic and full of texture! This color works well with most skin tones, and looks great on short, manicured nails. Santorini Sunset reminds me of Sunkist Orange Soda — bubbly, fun, and full of sugar. Santorini Sunset is an orange frost with gold undertones. Orange frosted polishes look great on dark skin.
The formulation for these lacquers gives them a smooth consistency. Frost shades can be tricky. After applying the first stroke of nail polish, if you go over it again it with the brush, the polish can look clumpy. It’s important to polish with single, even strokes when painting with frost colors. I was able to achieve opaque coverage with two coats of Moroccan Velvet. Santorini Sunset is a light shade so I used three coats. Nail beds that have a dark tint will require a third coat with this color.
Napoleon Perdis Chandelier Shine lacquers are quality polishes, that are easy to apply and worth the try. While I did not find the lacquers to be shiner than other polish brands, Chandelier and Shine lacquers do give the nails a slick, glossy look. The Chandelier and Shine Nail Polish and Lip Gloss sets retail for $15 and can be purchased on Zappos.com
— Shara Stevenson (follow her on Twitter)
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