Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Mentality: Bash & Fete

**I want to note that I am no longer affiliated with, or a supporter of, Mentality Nail Polish. Please see my post detailing my experiences with Mentality by clicking here for more information. In short, I would STRONGLY recommend not buying Mentality due to harmful effects that their polishes have had on some people. Even if you've been having an issue and you can't say for sure that it's Mentality polish that's causing it, discontinue use immediately. I didn't know what it was and by the time I realized, serious damage had been done to my nails. They are still not healed. Just don't take any chances. I will leave up my posts where I have reviewed or swatched Mentality polishes because I don't want to just delete them and pretend like nothing happened. I would also recommend reading these great, informative posts by Ashley is Polish Addicted and also The Mercurial Magpie who explain what's happened. Lab Muffin also offers some really interesting possibilities for what specifically about the polishes could be causing these effects.**

*Press sample*

Hello everyone! I am finally resurfacing after doing this a huge swatchfest, while adjusting to my new job, while house hunting! Phew. It’s been a busy month. I recently received some amazing new beauties from Mentality, and have been busy swatching and editing away to show them to you! I decided to break them up into several posts, because that is what made the most sense.
Tonight, I have two matte jellychromes to show you – Bash and Fete!

We’ll start with BashMentality describes it as “an orange matte jellychrome with glass flecks that shift blue, violet, red, to orange.” Personally, my eye sees it as more pink, but I think that’s a result of the red flecks maybe? Either way, it’s a lovely shade!

I used 3 coats here for full opacity, but most people would be able to get away with 2. These photos are shown without topcoat. Formula was lovely, no problems to report. I’ve noticed that these matte jellychromes tend to be a bit thicker than a typical polish, but I actually like that. The polish stays where you put it, instead of being runny, and that helps to give you a smooth, even application!

The matte effect on these is really nice, it really shows off the gorgeous shimmer nicely. The shimmer is what makes it, I think. It’s really unique and catches your eye!

I also took a photo with topcoat to show how the different glass flecks can give the polish such an amazing depth when topcoated. I used HK Girl here, but any thick topcoat will do, if you prefer a glossy look!

Bash is part of the Matte Jellychrome collection, and each polish retails for 8.25.

Next up for today is Fete – described by Mentality as “a purple matte jellychrome with glass flecks that shift yellow, yellow-green, green, to blue.”  This is a stunning purple! The color shift here is really dramatic as well.

I have used 3 coats here, without topcoat, but again, for shorter nails or less stained nails, 2 would be plenty. My nails seem to be permanently stained green from China Glaze Four Leaf Clover. L Again, the matte effect really brings this polish to life. It’s vibrant and bright while still feeling soft and feminine!

I really love all the different colored flecks in this polish. It seems to me like every time I look at it, it looks different, and I think those kinds of polishes are always so much fun! Formula was great, too. It was a tad on the thick side, but it didn’t bother me or cause me any problems. It’s actually very pigmented, and I think it would be great for stamping!

I also snapped a photo of Fete with topcoat as well (HK Girl again) to show off the depth and vibrance it gets when glossy. This one I think I actually preferred glossy, but it’s really pretty either way!

Fete is part of the Matte Jellychrome collection, and it retails for 8.25.

What do you think of these two polishes? Which is your favorite? I’d love to hear below! I think of these two, Bash is my favorite, because I love bright warm colors like that. The whole collection is stunning, though. As I've mentioned, each polish retails for $8.25, but if you purchase the entire collection together, you save a bit because you get all 7 polishes for $54!! It’s an amazing deal if you ask me. Because really, you need them all haha. And be sure to check out the Mentality shop for more pretties!

Thanks for reading! <3

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  1. Both are pretty and very shiny.

  2. You really must try Hoopla some day! That one is just.. Breathtaking! Although i really like


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