Monday, June 22, 2015

Baroness X Tropic Heat Collection

promotional samples ahead


Summertime is the time of neons. They are everywhere. I'm not complaining, because I love neons. My blood is neon, thankyouverymuch. I am pretty sure everyone born between 1978 and 1988 has neon running through their veins whether they like it or not. But neon creams are practically normal now, it is time to find a new frontier. Baroness X has declared that the new frontier is jellied THERMAL neons. Oh yes. I am on board for this.



Aphelandra
Aphelandra is a warm toned pink-to-coral shade stuffed to the gills with purple and warm iridescent flakes. It is named after a beautiful plant also known as the Panama Queen. I used three thin coats (and no undies) plus a layer of Seche Vite for these swatches. Even though the flakies are ultra-dense, this was still pretty easy to work with...which surprised me honestly. I was expecting the "frothy/gummy" texture that polishes like Shine of the Times have. Happily these are easy peasy. 

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managed to get the mid-shift!
Maracaibo
Maracaibo is a cool toned violet-to-hot-pink filled with iridescent and green flakes. It is named after a city in Venezuela with a rich and colorful history. I used three coats plus Seche Vite for the pictures below and this shade was definitely easier to apply than Aphelandra...even though visually it seems to have more flakes. I dunno. I think this one is my favorite of the whole collection.

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Tayabak
Tayabak is a cool turquoise-to-jade green shade drowning in red-orange and iridescent flakes. It gets it's name from the local name for the Jade Vine, and I can definitely see why. In the cool state it definitely reminds me of jade. I needed three coats for this one and a layer of Seche Vite here. For some reason this screams "pedicure color" to me. 

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OrinthGoliath
OrinthGoliath is a lime-to-yellow with iridescent and blue flakes. This one is the most omgneon of the bunch. The name is inspired by the Goliath Birdwing butterfly, and you can definitely see the resemblance. I used three thin coats and a layer of SV for these pictures. I am really trying hard not to pick favorites here...but I kinda love this one. It is ridiculously bright. My camera really hates neons. I really love them...sorry camera.

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This collection is a little bit different than what Baroness X usually does. Let me explain:
  • Firstly, you can buy these as a single set. All four polishes in the "mini/8ml" size...which is what I used in the pictures above. These are unashamedly my favorite things. Smaller sized bottles but normal sized caps/brushes. I wish every single maker offered these instead of those wee bottles. If you still want the big bottles, you can drop the Baroness a line and I am sure she would hook you up. 
  • You can pick just two colors, and get a cuticle oil pen and a mani bomb in the Tropic Heat scent. I am a huge fan of her cuticle oil, and mani bombs are always fun. 
  • There is also a deluxe set: all four polishes, three scented mani bombs, a cuticle oil pen, and her brand-new Imperial Fizzies foot soak. 
Oh, and not one of these options is over $40. Fabulous and easy on the budget.



Isn't it hard to judge a thermal on pictures alone? You never really know if the change you see is enhanced with fancy lighting and photoshop. I know that the internet had made me trust very few things. BUT GUESS WHAT?! I have a terrible cell phone camera and access to youtube! I decided to make a quick video to show the change. I didn't apply top coat for this video so that I wouldn't have to make a two minute long video, but it does show that a) I can youtube a little and b) that these polishes really do change like I promise! Hooray!







26 comments:

  1. My blood is definitely neon as well. Neon pink, to be exact. I love pretty much all of the neons, but I really love that these aren't *just* neon cremes. They're so much more fun!

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    1. These really are everything & the kitchen sink!

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  2. I love that Demi comes up with these affordable options for her collections! Glad Very happy to see all of the swatches side by side, too. That jade is perfection on you.

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  3. Great swatches! I wish I'd gotten color transitions as well as you did :(

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    1. It was tricky. For the regular swatches, because I used top coat, it took me a while to get my hands warmed enough! (summer is chilly here) For that wee video, I didn't use topper at all.

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  4. Great swatches! My favorite is probably the lime-to-yellow. I can't get enough of yellow-toned greens! And the depth of these is just... Swoon! (By the way, your VNL is absolutely perfect. So jealous.)

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    1. <3 I let my nails grow for a while so I could have some good tips for the thermal magic!

      This season I am all about tennis ball greens/yellows.

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  5. These are so cool! Love the finish on them and Maracaibo is gorgeous!

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    1. :D Thanks! Demi really knocked these out of the park!

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  6. Oh goodness I need those. NEED. It's like technicolor shirts, another fave of the 80s-90s. YES!

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  7. Oh these are fun! Love a good neon!

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  8. Those flakies. They are the siren call of my people.

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  9. Really great shades and so bright! Not to mention those bottles, totally cute.

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    1. these are the best minis ever. I wish all the itty bitty ones could be replaced by these.

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  10. I just love the flakes on these (and the color and the shimmed and the etc etc)! I just wish they were a little more opaque and had a bit more of a color shift.

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    1. they are really pretty. @joyrserio on instagram wore one coat over white undies, and it was pretty impressive. Definitely more of a POP that way. The shifts are subtle, but that OrinthGoliath is impressive.

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  11. I've been meaning to pick these up and you've just convinced me to snag the last option soon!!! Gorgeous swatches as always. Oh, and I have neon blood too except mine has flakies that run through it

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    1. of course you have flakies. You are hard-core.

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  12. Damn, wishing I bought the whole collection now!

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