All Aglow is that vivid purple I'd mentioned.
I'd have loved this either way, sheer or not. It's an odd shade, but in a very cool way. The gold shift suggested by the bottle is there, but its real effect most of the time is to make it shift between a cool-toned purple and a much warmer red-violet. Photos could never do a shade like this any justice. The formula was great. Full opacity at 2-3 coats and crazy shine even without a top coat.
It was fun to play with too. I just got Tonight's Gonna Be A Good Night from Wet n Wild's Fergie line for a scantling. Mini review here, I think the two glitters in it are too different from one another to work well over a simple cream, which is why I threw it over All Aglow's flecked duochrome for a more interesting base. I was really happy with the result.
Ruby Ring shifts between a very bold hot pink and dayglow orange.
Personally, I don't like pink or orange, so Ruby Ring wasn't right for me at all. I bought it thinking it was sheer like some of the other shades, but it's as opaque as All Aglow, needing 2-3 coats to hide the nail line. If you love brights though, this shade is a MUST! The glowing orange shift is *strong*...it's outrageous and stunning and bold and just gorgeous.
Sparkling Rosé is my surprise favorite from this collection. I paired it with Sinful Colors Mesmerize, a dark, dusty indigo.
I couldn't possibly post fewer than two though.
Blue Frosting has flecks that shift from a bright teal to fuchsia, in a pale blue base. I layered it over Sinful Colors Rain Storm.
At one coat in very bright light, it adds just a little shimmer. Two coats of Blue Frosting are almost as magical as Sparkling Rosé.
Crystal Beading is the sheerest of any in this collection, essentially a fleck topcoat. They're very close to the flecks in Blue Frosting. I paired it with Sinful Colors Jungle Trail, a gray that looks slightly green on me.
...and mattified at one coat...
...that magical second coat...
Since Blue Frosting is a tinted sheer, it looks very different over light and dark shades.
At one coat over white, it's opalescent with the slightest hint of blue. Over black, it's a moderate dose of duochrome shimmer. As usual with these, the magic happens at two coats.
Sparkling Rosé performs like the pink equivalent. At one coat it's a tint or a sparkle.
Blue Frosting and Crystal beading are very different over light colors, when Blue Frosting's tinted base can show, but over black they're virtually identical.
|I- Crystal Beading x2, M- Blue Frosting x2, R- Crystal Beading x1, P- Blue Frosting x1|
So...overall? Well....I love these!! The formulas are terrific, the shimmer is brilliant, they shine like crazy on their own (though I use top coat), and that duochrome shift!! Dazzling! My recommendations would be Sparkling Rosé for everyone, because it's gorgeous. Ruby Ring is great for for pink-lovers. I'd call Crystal Beading a must-have, but I'd only recommend Blue Frosting too if you like layering over white and pastel. All Aglow is good and really interesting, but not essential.
[P.S., if you want to see a metric butt-ton of photos of these, go here and scroll to the bottom.]