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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Liquid Sky Lacquer 24 Karat Rose (Pink Thermal) Review + Swatches

Hi guys!
Today I have another thermal polish for you, I present 24 Karat Rose! This is my second Liquid Sky Lacquer and I must say I do love this one, although it's not what I expected it to be.
Liquid Sky Lacquer 24 Karat Rose

I bought my Liquid Sky polishes from Femme Fatale Cosmetics during their 25% off sale, so I think this polish came to $14, still expensive but worth it because it's so unique. My only gripe with the Femme Fatale store is the way they show prices now. In Australia all prices are inclusive of GST (tax) so you don't get any surprises when you get to the register, however the polishes in the store are shown without the GST, so you need to add an extra 10% when you get to the checkout. I'm not a fan of this and I'm not sure why they've done it this way, but keep that in mind when you shop. 

Liquid Sky Lacquer 24 Karat Rose - Cold in Sun
Now onto the polish review. 24 Karat Rose is a thermal colour changer that goes from a bright magenta when cold to an ivory when warm, with a billion transitional colours/effects in between. I found the formula of this polish to be a bit tricky, it's very thick and the polish has a jelly like formula, so differences in the thickness of the coats between nails will definitely show up. Because I expected this polish to be a bit sheer, especially in the warm state, I used two coats of a nude polish (OPIs Glints of Glinda) underneath. I only planned to use 2 coats of 24 Karat rose but I couldn't deal with how sheer it was, so I used 3 coats instead. At 3 coats is pretty much opaque with a bit of VNL if you look hard enough. Because of the thickness of the formula your mani will feel quite thick afterwards. I don't have too much of an issue with this, but some people might.

Liquid Sky Lacquer 24 Karat Rose - Warm in Sun
Winter has finally hit Brisbane and the last few days have been the coldest so far. Because of that the cold colour was definitely most predominant on me and I needed to use hot water to get the warm colour to show up in my photos. When really warm, as in the warmest the polish will go, it's an ivory colour. The gold flakes are really visible when it's in this state, however the colour seems to be quite "corpsy" on me. A very interesting look. This polish goes to the warm colour pretty much instantly when you have your hands in hot water. So when I was doing the dishes or having a shower the warm colour was there. When I woke up this morning my nails were actually naturally warm enough to have the ivory colour, so it is possible do get that colour without hot water, it is just difficult in the middle of winter. 

Liquid Sky Lacquer 24 Karat Rose - Transition
In the transition photos you can see how the polishes changes colour. The bright pink fades off to a bubblegum pink and then to the ivory colour. In the sun the gold flecks are very visible and most prominent on the warm colour. I love watching the polish throughout the day to see what it's doing, it's quite fun :)

Liquid Sky Lacquer 24 Karat Rose - Cold in Sun
 Apart from the thickish formula (which is typical of thermal polishes), this polish was quite easy to handle. the colour changing properties do make it difficult to tell if you have even coats on all your nails though. The polish dried to a satiny finish  and I topped it with a coat of Poshé to add gloss as well as speed up the drying time. what I love about Liquid Sky Lacquer's polishes is that the thermals all have something interesting going on, whether it's the addition of holo or gold flecks, they really hit the mark and I'm quite a fan of the products, I just wish they didn't come from so far away! I have 4 thermals now and because of the limited shelf life (colour changing properties will only last 18 months before they start to deteriorate) I'm not sure how many more I'll invest in as I'd like to be able to use these before they stop working.

Liquid Sky Lacquer 24 Karat Rose - Warm in Sun
What do you think of thermal polishes? I'm a huge fan because they come in all sorts of finishes as normal polishes but with the added bonus of being able to change colour. If the shelf life concerns you, make sure you like the cold colour as that is what it will stay as after the thermal pigment has worn out.

If you have nay questions, leave them in the comments, I'd love to hear what you have to say about these polishes!

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