Friday, March 24, 2017

My Picks from KL Polish

KathleenLights, of YouTube fame, is kind of a big deal. I don't watch the channel (I'm old and its hard to relate) but I have a lot of internet friends who watch and love her channel. When she announced that she was releasing a nail polish collection in 2016, I had more than a few people messaging me about it. So, for science, I bought a couple. 




I purchased these back when it was a pre-order only. They were the only two shades that were still available (how does that even work?) so I snatched them up. I was given the usual "blah blah it'll ship on xxx date." Yeah, ok. Its a pre-order, I get it. A week or so later, the store opened for regular business...and then people started getting their polish. And tons of folks who pre-ordered had not. I was, sadly, one of the last to get my order. I admit it irked me a little, but this was the initial offering, there were bound to be bumps in the road.

Gumption!
This is a deep royal blue cream...ish. It isn't quite creamy, and its definitely not a jelly. I don't exactly know what to call it...It reminds me a bit of fingerpaint. But thinner. There is this slightly sheer, squishiness to it, but not enough to give it the depth on the nail. I was expecting a proper cream, as the description on the website says they are creme finish. Maybe indies have spoiled me? The formula was the best of the pair I bought and I used two coats here, though I can still see VNL, plus a layer of Seche Vite.

KL Polish Gumption!

KL Polish Gumption!

Snickerdoodle
Of course, I had to grab the nude. And this one isn't terrible...though it definitely isn't the best pale camel cream I have tried. The website calls this neutral, but it definitely feels warmer to me. This is a proper cream, and if I had a heavier hand I could have done a single coat for opacity. The second coat caused a few troughs that required a thicker layer of Seche Vite than I prefer. 

KL Polish Snickerdoodle

KL Polish Snickerdoodle

Overall Thoughts
I just don't know, guys. I am not a fan of KathleenLights, though I don't dislike her channel. The formulas are just ok. They will run you $8.50 +shipping, so they are on par with the salon brands price-wise...but cheaper than your average indie. I can't find anything that tells me definitively, but I am going to assume these are closer to private label than the traditional hand-mixed polish we are used to. The initial offering is very polished and clean, which further leads me to think they are private label. Which is ok...but in the vast ocean of indies, these don't really make much of a splash. 

The only serious complaint I have for these is about the brush. It is a small, flat brush...not unlike the Baroness X brushes. The difference is that it is shorter and far more stiff than any indie brush I have ever used. And for creams...it was really difficult to wrangle. Maybe it was the bristles in this initial batch? Or perhaps I just got a rough duo? I don't know...but it is just bad. Though for glitters, it might work out well.

 KL Polish


Tl;dr if you are a fan, buy them. You won't be disappointed. But if you are a polish addict like me, these won't do much for you.

Of course, regardless of my rather lukewarm feelings for these, I had to do some art. I present to you "the worlds fastest dotticure"!

KL Polish Dotticure

KL Polish Dotticure

28 comments:

  1. mega impressed with how straight you got those dots, and the two together look pretty adorable. i'm not interested in buying anything just because someone's name is on it (love, hate, or otherwise), what's in the bottle is the only thing that matters to me. less than fab formula + less than fab brush + way less than standard shipping courtesy = hard pass.

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    1. yeah, I think I will pass on any more of these...unless she makes something amazing. I just had to test them, for science!

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  2. wow that blue is gorgeous! I'm not familiar with KathleenLights though...will have to check her out!

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  3. I have no idea who KathleenLights is but that blue is pretty. I love how they look paired together.

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  4. I'm not in the know of YouTube peoples either...I watch a few channels, but not many. Bummer that these kind of missed the mark because that blue is amazing!

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  5. Gumption is... a crelly. You and I both know it is. Crelly crelly crelly! Did I make you twitch?

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  6. I love it when you added the dots. It seems to me that she's building on her name but too many of her other items aren't as high quality as they should be either. She wouldn't be the first YouTuber to come out with a line that gets publicity but doesn't come through with quality.

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  7. I want both of these! Such gorgeous colors!!

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  8. Yeah, this review definitely isn't winning me over towards the brand. I'll spend a fraction more for my indie creams from KBShimmer and be content.

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  9. The blue looks gorgeous, but I agree there really isn't anything that special here. Thanks for the review!

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  10. Gumption is my colour lol. Great dotty mani too ♡

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  11. Holy sneezus, you nailed those dots! While I am not a fan of Kathleen or her channel, I admire her hustle. Nothing against PL, as long as it's a good PL.

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  12. I have no idea who this YouTube person is but your dotticure makes me swoon

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  13. Your swatches are great but I feel really meh about these. I don't care for Kathleen's channel...and it looks like the same kinda stuff you can find in a drugstore brand for way cheaper. And she had that whole 7-Free thing which always irks me, cause there's no such thing.

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  14. That blue is absolutely gorgeous, but it sucks that the formula wasn't that great. Hopefully they will improve it.

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  15. Never heard of this brand but the nude creme is very pretty.

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  16. Meh, I feel no desire to get these. Love your dots though!

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  17. Oh wow, wow wow, that blue! And the nude is such a special one, and they look amazing together, wow wow!

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  18. These look really lovely, I love the nail art you created. The colours go really well together x

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  19. That dotticure tho, oh my gosh!! So so pretty!

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  20. Those are perfect together!!! I am a sucker for some good cremes!!!!

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  21. The dots are pretty! I like Kathleen, however, I don't tend to buy things created by YouTubers because from what I've seen in the past, they'll slap their name on anything to make a dollar. The colors look pretty, though.

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  22. That blue!!! <3 I want a couple of these...

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  23. I love that nude - and the name is perfect ;)

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  24. I love how even though they're kind of ho hum, you can make them look special.

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  25. I still love that kind of purple jelly!

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  26. They are pretty standard colors, but I like the dot art you did with them!

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  27. Those colors are lovely, and I'm a sucker for a good creme...but it has to be a good creme. I'll stay away. Thank you for the honest review.

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