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LeChat Metallux Collection Review

LeChat Metallux Collection Review 0

I am so excited to introduce to you all the latest collection of Perfect Match from LeChat- Metallux, a color shift effect. 6 gorgeous and highly unique jewel toned metallic shades that change and shift color depending on how the light hits them- duo chromes.

The Metallux Collection consists of the following shades-

Mystique: blue to purple shift.

Mesmerize: cranberry to green/gold shift.  Reminds me of a beetle.  So gorgeous.

Infinity: Gold to green shift.  Reminds me of my most favorite discontinued Chanel shade Peridot.  Excellent shade to do the cut-away nail art designs with.

Paradox: a royal purple to gold shift.

Hypnotic: a green to purple shift.

Eternal: a bronze to gold shift.

(all swatches shown here are two coats, and are taken outdoors in natural light).

I absolutely Love this collection.  It is very unique and different from what is out on the market.  I have never seen duo chromes in gel polish before.

The quality was great.  Very easy to work with, and all painted on smoothly, evenly, and very easily.   

And I love that with the Perfect Match kits, you have both gel polish and nail lacquer, so clients can match their hands to their toes, or if they prefer one system over another they have options. 

The possibilities of what you can do nail art wise with these shades is endless. Do be sure to check out some of the designs I and LeChat educator Anastasiia Morozova (instagram @anastasiia_nails_lechat) created using the Metallux Collection

I definitely recommend you pick up some of the Metallux Collection out now.

For more info on LeChat, check them out online here: http://www.lechatnails.com/

LeChat Retro Remix Summer 2017 Collection Review

LeChat Retro Remix Summer 2017 Collection Review 0

I am excited to present to you all the Perfect Match Retro Remix Collection for Summer 2017 from LeChat Nails.  These 6 gorgeous bright and bold cream shades that come in both gel polish and regular nail lacquer.

The colors comprising the Retro Remix Collection include-

Peach Blast: a bright peach cream.

High-Voltage: a shocking purple cream.

Flashback: a bold grass green cream. Almost a one coat wonder.

Heartthrob: a deep rich magenta cream.

Blazin' Sun: it's like a yellow nacho-cheese cream.  I know that sounds bizarre, but it's really cool.  

Dive In: a rich aqua blue cream. Almost a one coat wonder.

(all photos shown here are 2 coats and are taken outdoors in natural sunlight). 

I really like this collection.  I think the colors are fun, bright and bold, yet remain very tasteful and wearable.  I was pleasantly surprised to discover you don't need a white base coat in order to make these colors pop; they are beautiful all on their own!  This is a major plus and huge time saver for the tech and the client.

Previously I have never worked with LeChat's polishes or gels, I mainly have experience with their powders and chrome pigments.  I must admit I was very impressed, the quality was fantastic.  The colors were very richly saturated and highly pigmented.  Smooth ez painting, and the gel polish self- leveled nicely.  What I like about the Dare to Wear lacquers is the squared off bristles on the application brush, and the bottle's lid- the grooves added both comfort and good grip.   

I also greatly appreciate that both the Dare to Ware Lacquer and Perfect Match Gel Polish are bundled together.  Some client don't necessarily want to commit to gel, and to have options on hand is always a great thing. No muss no fuss. And some brands make these even more difficult and confusing by naming the gel polishes differently from the nail lacquers.  Here there is no guessing to do.

I highly recommend you give some of these Perfect Match sets a try.

For more info on LeChat, check them out online here: www.LeChatNails.com

ISSE Long Beach 2017

ISSE Long Beach 2017 0

I had the best time this year at ISSE 2017.  The annual hair, beauty, makeup, nail, and spa show that takes place at the Long Beach Convention Center was held this year on January 28-30.  

This year was very different from years passed.  Primarily, almost all of the nail brands were situated near each other, making my life and job a whole lot easier.  In years passed, nail companies were mixed throughout the show so you kind of had to search high and low to find them.

Some of the nail brands in attendance included: Akzentz, Belava, Bio Sculpture Gel, China Glaze, Christrio, Color Club, Skyline Beauty Supply, ibd, Jessica Cosmetics, LeChat, Nail Labo, Orly, E Nail Couture, Sha-Nail Pro, Vetro, Young Nails, Gelish, Morgan Taylor, Entity Beauty, Artistic Nail Design, Famous Names, Bio Seaweed Gel, etc.  

Some nail brands that showed there for the first time included: Aora Nails, Kokoist, Joya Mia, Brillbird USA, and NCLA. 

Some of the nail brands not there this year: essie, CND, Light Elegance, INM, Crystal Nails, ENP, OPI, & Apres Nails. 

I loved meeting up with the various companies and catching up and seeing whats new.

I also enjoyed meeting with the newer brands showing for the first time at the convention.  Brillbird USA, for instance, is an awesome highly extensive product line from Hungary.  They offered so many cool things including one stroke art paint, 3-D sculpting gels, and flakey chrome pigments, which is soon to become all the rage.

Aora Nails, this was their first year at the show and they made quite a splash with their huge and highly impressive booth showcasing their chrome pigments and magnetic gel polishes. 

Kokoist, a fantastic brand from Japan, was there for the first time, showing their gorgeous highly pigmented potted gels and highly popular fine brushes.

NCLA was there to promote their new line of gel polishes, Gelous?, which I recently got to try and must say, I really Love the formula. They're all 7-free, highly pigmented, and last up to three weeks. 

As a whole, I would say this year was year of Chrome. Almost every brand was offering some sort of iteration of the trendy pigment powder, and performing many demos showing what can be achieved with it.  Some of the brands offering chrome included- Skyline Beauty Supply, Nail Labo, Aora Nails, Bio Seaweed Gel, Bio Structure Gel, LeChat Nails, and E Nail Couture. The most impressive and informational of all the brands I felt was LeChat.  They have a rather extensive offering of chromes, 12 colors, and one of their top educators, Anastasiia Morozova, showed me a few of her award winning design techniques. 

Some of the brands did things differently this year and combined booths creating an almost mega booth.  Hand and Nail Harmony, for instance,  partnered up with Skyline Beauty Supply and had one large booth representing many of their brands, including: Morgan Taylor, Gelish, Artistic Nail Design, and Entity Beauty. 

Skyline Beauty Supply probably had the biggest of all the companies booths, having 5 different segments all showcasing different things.  There was Whale Spa on one end,  Vetro in the middle,  Sha-Nail Pro on the other side of that wall, Chrome Pigments and matte top coats were in their own section, and then Hand and Nail Harmony section as mentioned previously.  So they definitely took up the most floor space at the show this year and had the largest booth.  

Nonetheless, I would have to say Nail Labo was yet again the busiest booth of the show.  Whether it's demos with famed celebrity nail artists, like Britney Tokyo or Miho Nails, looki-loos, or just shoppers stocking up on their favorite brand at a discount.  

I can't fail to mention I met one of my favorite YouTubers, Suzie Manko, from Suzie's Nail Career Education.  She was so sweet and lovely in person I adore her all the more. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTldDNXS4GeChcmwm55mXYQ

Like every year, I had each of my nails done by a different nail artist from around the world.  My absolute favorite this year goes to my left thumb which features a hand drawn portrait of my malti-poo BooBoz, by the highly talented Vu Nguyen.  It took him around ten minutes to do, and literally used just white and black gel polish in various mixed ratios.  The result is absolutely stunning and so life like.   

If you weren't able to make it to this years show, I highly suggest checking it out next year, there is already information up on the website.  Also, if you don't want to commit to a three day pass, you can always go for one day and still have an amazing experience.

For more info on ISSE, check out their website here: https://probeauty.org/isselb/