I'm really excited to be able to show you the brand new polishes from the Models Own HyperGel collection today! I have swatches of all ten shades ahead!
Right. Well, what is HyperGel? Firstly, they are not the type of gel you cure under a UV lamp. They are regular polishes which you remove in the regular way. They are designed with a thicker formula than a normal nail polish to give a gel effect finish; think along the lines of the Barry M Gelly collection. My press release says they give a professional high-shine finish, and are enriched with lotus flower oil (fancy eh?) they also come complete with limited edition colour caps, which have a shiny swatch on top of them to assist in shade choosing.
How to they compare to the Barry M Gelly polishes? That comparison isn't really black and white! The formulas of both collections do vary ever so slightly from colour to colour. I would say that the HyperGels are generally a bit thicker than the Gellies. Application wise, they come up at pretty much the same, both easy to apply. As for shine, it honestly varies. Cerise Shine for example, is extremely shiny, possibly more so than any of my Gelly. But on the other hand, Red Lustre isn't as shiny as some Gellies. See what I mean by not black and white!?
On to the swatches then. I haven't used top coat in any of these pictures! If you want to see these polishes at their shiniest, direct light in the best. They take on an almost wet finish in that kind of light, although they're still nice and shiny in any kind of light! If you're interested in the drying time, they dry to the touch quite quickly, but if you're impatient (like me) and want them fully dry quickly, I would still suggest a coat of quick dry top coat.
Cerise Shine is a medium candy pink and one of the most gel-like of the collection. This was practically a 1-coater, but I used two to make it perfect. I had no issues applying this, it was like a dream despite the thickness of the formula. I can see these polishes being used a lot for nail art in the future!
Blue Glint is a beautiful rich sky blue. The formula was a tad more difficult than Cerise Shine, but evened out perfectly on the second coat. This may be in the running to take over my favourite ever blue creme (Barry M Cyan Blue!)
Red Lustre is quite a bright red, in some light it looks blue-toned, but in my bedroom light it looks orange-toned. I am pretty rubbish at describing reds (I hate them) but my hatred for them can't disguise how lovely this is. The finish for this one seems more jelly-like than gel, and is slightly sheer compared to the previous colours. I used 2 generous coats.
Coral Glaze is a perfect peachy coral. I used 2 coats.
Turquoise Gloss is a gorgeous bright turquoise. If you read my blog often you'll know I adore turquoise polishes! 2 coats here
Cornflower Gleam is a dusty cornflower blue. I used 2 coats here.
Pink Veneer is a classic baby pink (which does nothing for my skin tone!) As I moved on to the pastel shades, I noticed a bit of a difference in application; you may find yourself needing more than 2 coats. I used 3 coats to get it perfect.
Lilac Sheen is a pretty pale lilac. I adore this one! You'd think it would be sheer, but it's not. I used 3 coats for perfect coverage, but 2 may be enough. Personal preference!
Naked Glow is a classic soft beige. I thought I might need a few coats with this, but it was perfect in two!
Lastly, White Light is a basic plain white. The quest for the perfect white is never ending it seems, and I don't feel all that fulfilled with this! It's a decent formula but still needed 3 coats.
Lovely aren't they? Just as I was about to finish my review, I remembered that some people will be interested to know about the stamping capabilities, so I quickly grabbed some paper to show you. As you can see, they stamp pretty well! Please excuse the smudged red, that was my fault.
I am pretty pleased with these polishes! As I've said the formula varies slightly from shade to shade, you may find the pastels a little harder to apply than the brights, but generally they're lovely polishes that are great for stamping, nail art or just wearing alone. Maybe we'll also see some darker, wintery colours at some point in the future!
My picks: Turquoise Gloss, Lilac Sheen, Naked Glow and Blue Glint.
- The HyperGel collection will launch exclusively in all UK Bottleshops on Saturday, February 8th.
- An online launch will follow on February 12th at www.modelsownit.com
- They'll appear in Boots from February 19th, and Superdrug from March 12th.
*Cerise Shine, Blue Glint and Red Lustre sent for consideration. Others purchased by me.