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Sunday, 9 November 2014

Alter Ego Nail Enamel - Home For The 2014 Holidays Collection - Swatches and Review

Press Sample/Review

Hi everyone! I have a swatch post for you today. This is the Home for the 2014 Holidays Collection from Alter Ego. 

This collection is a nice mix of glitter and shimmer polishes. Each polish, like all Alter Egos, dries to a satin matte finish so you can choose whether to wear them matte or add topcoat. 

So here goes! For each polish i'll provide Cynthia's description of the shade and then add my notes about it. 

Family Friend Forever
Mother Hen took this person under her wing before either one of them was old enough to remember meeting up! Family Friend Forever knows all the family secrets, but because of her loyalty, she doesn't tell a soul. She's at every gathering, every holiday table and no one in the family thinks there is anything wrong with her being in annual family photos! A true blue with a fabulous shimmer.

Alter Ego - Family Friend Forever - without topcoat

Alter Ego - Family Friend Forever - without topcoat

I used 2 coats of this one. It's a fabulous bright blue with lovely shimmer. No issues with formula or application.

Bosom Buddy 
If you weren't related by birth to this gal she'd be your Bosom Buddy anyway! She's always got your back, always taking your side, will go anywhere with you at the drop of a hat no matter where. A rusty red with a gorgeous shimmer.

Alter Ego - Bosom Buddy - without topcoat

Alter Ego - Bosom Buddy - with topcoat

I used 2 coats of Bosom Buddy. This is a gorgeous Rusty Red. No issues with formula or application. My favourite of the collection and perfect for autumn/winter. 

Big Sister
My only sibling, my Big Sister, came to visit recently, it's a 2+ hour drive. She has never been into enamels as much as I have but she said "I have a vision". I gave her some colors to look over & she shouted "these are it"! Bright, vibrant, colorful-just like she is:) Medium size gold & metallic fuschia hex glitters. Take note Colorants do settle upon standing. A high gloss topcoat can bring out subtleties and variants to the colorant.

Alter Ego - Big Sister - without topcoat

Alter Ego - Big Sister - with topcoat

I used 1 coat of Big Sister over 2 thin coats of Essie BBF (a transparent nude). This is pretty over a light colour but I think it would be lovely over a dark one too. Application was easy and I didn't have to fish for glitter at all. No issues with formula.

Mother Hen
Boy or girl, 2 feet, 4 feet or no feet, if Mother Hen takes you under her wing you're there for life! You can count on a hot meal, a place to sleep and while she may take your side she'll also smack you upside the head if the problem was your fault, then figure out a way to help you recitfy the situation! Pink and blue matte super fine glitter, you may get complete coverage with two or 3 coats. 

Alter Ego - Mother Hen - without topcoat

Alter Ego - Mother Hen - with topcoat

I used 3 thin coats of Mother Hen. This is a really unique polish with a glossy pink base and the tiniest glitter! It makes me think of babies and baby showers with the pink and blue combination. No issues with formula or application. 

Greatest Gramma
She's always adored you and is the best cook and baker in the world. She was as thrilled to receive your fistful of dandelions and construction paper valentines as if you purchased the finest roses and candy filled heart-this makes her the Greatest Gramma ever! The fine rainbow glitter in the base is the sparkle in her eye whenever she sees you. 

Alter Ego - Greatest Gramma - with topcoat

Cynthia recommends turning the bottle upside down before use to make it easier to get the large glitters out of this one as they are a little heavy and tend to sink a bit. 
I used one coat over 2 coats of Essie BBF. I fished out a few glitter pieces and placed them on my nails. I really like the sparkly base of this one and I think it would look nice over a variety of colours. I used topcoat with this one for a smoother finish.

Overall I think this is a cute collection with a fun idea behind it, as always with Alter Egos. My favourites are Family Friend Forever and Bosom Buddy. I just love the shimmer and richness of the colour in them. 

These will be released next Saturday November 15th! 

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The products in this post were provided for my honest review.


  1. Thank you so very much for your thorough and detailed review! Your manis & photos are amazing, I am very grateful for your hard work!

  2. Family Friend Forever is my favourite :)