Exposed is the latest brand of nail polish to come to Singapore from the UK, and boy, for a cheap-and-cheery range, they sure have a lot of colours! In Singapore Exposed is carried by GlamoGirl (who by the way also carries a lot of other brands), and you can check out the full range there.
I've got a few of their nail polishes and I thought I'd swatch them for you :) For $12, some of these colours really rock!
First up, we have Cappuchin 18. I actually picked this because I thought it would be a chic nude. On my skintone, it's actually a little darker, but still tres chic. It's a soft coffee brown, and surprisingly actually really nice looking on my skintone! I don't always wear browns, but this is pretty and wearable. There's a nice shimmer too.
Next, we have Flirt 40. I have to tell you, the moment I saw this online in other people's swatches, I HAD to have it. It's a gorgeous pink-purple duochrome that sometimes leans gold, and reminds me of Max Factor's beloved Fantasy Fire, or that hard-to-get Orly Fantasea - the duochrome and base colour are really similar. If you're tired of hunting around for rare polishes, this is a good alternative. Like Fantasy Fire and Fantasea, this one is sheer, so you can layer it over other colours (purple, black, blue, pink, red - the possibilities are endless), but for the sake of swatching, 3 coats as shown below gives you full opacity. Nice!
Third is Dazzle 42. This is a gorgeous round holographic shimmer in a pinky-purple tinged base. I think this is best for layering since the base is sheer. Here I'm wearing it over Essie Footloose, and I'm loving the combo! What can I say - any polish with glitter gets automatic love in my book.
Next, we have Aruba 52. This is by far my favourite - and I think it's going to be hot for Spring. One of the Spring 2013 trend colours identified by Pantone is a faded, slightly pastel-looking jade shade called Greyed Jade, and Aruba falls squarely into this colour family, so it will be a great pick for carrying off the upcoming season's colour trends. This polish is very wearable even for people who aren't comfortable green, because it's a toned-down, slightly more sophisticated shade of jade green. I love this. Very chic, fashion-forward but still wearable. Normally I wouldn't expect a colour as subtle as this to come from a drugstore brand like Exposed, but it just goes to show you can get great colours for cheap.
I also have Aqua Baby 59, which is a bright, bright blue-leaning turquoise shade. You know I love turquoise shades, so this is definitely up my alley. It's actually surprised me by drying to a rubber-like finish, which I thought was pretty cool, as you can see in the pics below.
I also top coated over it, so you can see what it looks like with a glossy finish. Beautiful, ain't it? I love this colour - it's a bright shade, very Spring/Summer in feel. And it's also quite universally flattering - because it's got both green and blue tones in it, it will look good on a variety of skintones.
Last but certainly not least, Parisan Night 62. Oh la la, this is another gorgeous shade, and what a romantic name, too. This is another complex not-usually-found-in-drugstore-lines colour. It's a lovely greyed smokey blue, but there is a little bit of blue flash too. What I love about this shade is that it always looks smokey blue, even in low light conditions - it never looks black. And it's a really understated, chic colour, too.
Overall, I really like these polishes. Application-wise, these are good, but not spectacular - nothing made me go "Great application!" when I was painting, but nothing made me go "Yucks", either. Coverage is good, too - with the exception of Flirt and Dazzle, everything gives full opacity in 2 coats. Lastly, I definitely appreciate the colour range, and complexity of colours. In Singapore, drugstore lines don't really carry too many shades, so I totally feel spoiled for choice with Exposed. Exposed is available at the GlamoGirl website.
(Product was sent for review. Review is my complete and honest opinion. I am not affiliated with/compensated by the company.) Share | | |