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Saturday, 17 May 2014

Alter Ego Nail Enamel - New Releases for Summer 2014

Press Sample/Review

Hi everyone! Today I have swatches of the new collection from Alter Ego Nail Enamel to show you.

This is a lovely varied collection for summer drawn from a variety of inspirations. You can find useful links at the end of the post. Alter Egos dry to a satin-matte finish. I swatched some of these with and without topcoat. The topcoat I used is She Shines! also from Alter Ego (See notes on this at the end of the post). So here goes...

Perfect Panache is one of my favourites from this collection. This is a bright magenta-pink squishy jelly base full of blue iridescent glitter. This is one I definitely prefer with topcoat which reveals the blue. I used two coats and the formula was really good. 

Alter Ego Nail Enamel - Perfect Panache - With Topcoat

Well Read is a beautiful red jelly with a hint of holographic pigment.

Alter Ego Nail Enamel - Well Read - With Topcoat

I used 2 coats of Well Read. The formula and application are nice but this one does have a very strong smell (think monomer/acrylics). Other than that, this is a other of my faves from this collection. 

Curses! Foiled Again is a sparkly silver foil which looks great both with and without topcoat. The satin finish on a metallic is unexpected and subtle and topcoat brings out amazing sparkle! The formula and application were both really good. I think this may be the star of the collection for me. 

Alter Ego Nail Enamel - Curses! Foiled Again - No Topcoat

Alter Ego Nail Enamel - Curses! Foiled Again - With Topcoat

Loves Rock 'n' Roll is a tribute to Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. This is a creamy nude base with black heart glitters. 

Alter Ego Nail Enamel - Loves Rock 'n' Roll - No Topcoat

I used 2 coats of Loves Rock 'n' Roll. The black heart glitters are quite heavy but you can easily fish them out to apply them. I didn't have much trouble getting out 2 per nail. I love the perfect nude base colour of this one and the satin finish works so well here.

Does The Splits is a complex and original mix of glitters in a grey/beige (greige!) shimmered base. There are gold circles, small brown hexes with red, gold and white shard glitters.

Alter Ego Nail Enamel - Does The Splits - No Topcoat

I used two coats of Does The Splits. I like the finish without topcoat but I prefer this one shiny and smoother. 

Alter Ego Nail Enamel - Does The Splits - With Topcoat

Aussie Rock Hound is a blue jelly base filled with blue shard glitters. This polish is inspired by blue opals.  

Alter Ego Nail Enamel - Aussie Rock Hound - With Topcoat

I used 2 coats of Aussie Rock Hound. With the jelly base, there is obviously some visible nail line. I didn't have to fish for glitter at all. This would also be pretty over a blue polish. 

Alter Ego Nail Enamel - Aussie Rock Hound - Macro

In The Pink is a very girly pink based polish with 2 shades of pink glitter. I like how this one looks alone but will definitely try layering it as well. I used 3 coats. Application and formula are very good. I'm a big fan of girly polishes so this one appeals to me a lot. 

Alter Ego Nail Enamel - In The Pink - No Topcoat

Overall, I think this is a nice collection with something for everybody. My favouites are Perfect Panache, Well Read and Curses! Foiled Again. 

As I mentioned above, the topcoat I used for these photos is She Shines! also by Alter Ego. I was excited to try this one and it didn't disappoint. It dries quickly and to a very glossy finish. I will definitely continue to use and enjoy this one and I'm looking forward to seeing how it works with nail art. 

Alter Ego Nail Enamel can be purchased from the Alter Ego Storenvy site and Etsy
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The products in this post were provided for my honest review.   


  1. Thank you for your thorough and detailed review! Your manis & photos are spectacular as always, your work is always amazing! I very much appreciate your hard work <3

  2. There's some nice colors here. Great review and swatches. I like Curses! Foiled Again the most.

  3. Loves Rock 'n' Roll and does the splits are my fave, so pretty, great swatches as always xx