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Thursday, 13 September 2018

STELLA CHROMA Fall Mattes Collection - Swatches & Review

Hi everyone! Today I have the upcoming fall collection from STELLA CHROMA to show you! I was super excited to see this collection in real life after hearing that it was a collection of mattes with shimmer and seeing the first quick photo. I wasn't disappointed. 

So without further ado... on to the swatches! Pam's colour descriptions are in italics with my comments after! Be sure to check out all the info you need and a discount code at the end of the post! I photographed each shade matte (without topcoat) and then added topcoat to show you how they look both ways. 

Cinnamon & Spice - 'Warm brown tones are complimented by copious amounts of pink shimmer in this matte beauty that reminds us of all of the delicious cinnamon treats that pop up in the fall! Apple dumpling, anyone?'

This is one of my favourites of the collection. The colour is so perfect for fall and exactly the kind of shade I gravitate towards for the season. I love a nice strong shimmer. I used 2 coats. The formula was fab, as I expect from Pam.



 
Perseids - 'The Perseids meteor shower occurs every fall, peaking in August. This matte navy harkens to the night sky and the holo flakies sparkle like stars on your nails'

My absolute favourite of this collection. The holo flakies in the matte base are just stunning and with topcoat they absolutely sparkle. Win win! This is the perfect night sky polish and so classy. I know I'll be wearing it a lot! I used 2 coats. Great formula.




Flannel & Boots - 'Our favorite flannel shirt is this gorgeous shade of teal. What says fall like flannel shirts, leggings, and boots? This lovely matte polish is highlighted with white and blue flakies

This is a beautiful shade and unique in my collection. Just bright enough but not too bright. I will enjoy wearing this for the autumn for sure. Again, stunning flakes in the matte base. I used 2 coats. Nothing to report formula-wise. 



Pumpkin Everything - 'What fall collection would be complete without a perfect pumpkin orange? This is a matte medium orange with a strong green shimmer as a nod to gorgeous pumpkin vines'

The most excellent fall colour. I am not an orange fan but Pam always does them well (The Leaky Cauldron from her Knight Bus collection is a favourite of mine). This one is super unique with the strong green shimmer. I love a good contrasting shimmer and this one is fun. I used 2 coats. Formula was perfect once again.



Gala - 'Apple picking is a traditional fall activity, and this matte red stunner is bright like the skin of the sweet Gala apple!'

This colour completely wowed me once I put it on my nails. You might know that I'm a big fan of red polish. But what really got me in this one is the pink flakes which pop against the red. In some lights they look like they're almost glowing! I felt like my hands and nails looked so pretty while wearing this and after swatching, I put it on immediately as a full manicure. Formula was lovely. I used 2 coats.



You Blockhead! - 'This shimmery yellow matte was named by Mr STELLA CHROMA himself. he looked at it and said, "That's the yellow of Charlie Brown's shirt. It should be called You Blockhead!" He's totally right, isn't he?'

This polish has the perfect name. I love the shimmer in this and it makes me like yellow. I'm not generally a fan of yellow but I do make exceptions for just the right shade or something unique like this. I was really happy this one didn't give me lobster hands which is quite a feat. I imagine this will be a yellow that will look good on so many skin tones. I used 3 coats to be sure to cover my slight ridges on my ring fingernail. Yellow can be iffy like that but you could almost definitely use just two coats. I especially loved this one with topcoat. What do you prefer?



Overall, I think this is a beautiful collection. The matte finish combined with the shimmers and flakes is beautiful, especially with some of the contrasting colours. Pam has outdone herself with this collection. I'm always the girl voting shiny when friends ask whether to wear a mani matte or with topcoat, but this collection is making me rethink that a little (especially Perseids, Cinnamon & Spice and Gala!)


 
The collection will release Saturday, Sept 22nd at noon EST. They will be $12 per 15 mL bottle. For the first two weeks after release (until Oct 5th), the full set of 6 will be available for $64.
A portion of sales through 9/30 will be donated to this quarter's STEM organization, Girls Who Code. 

You can use the code THEMANICAFE to get 15% off your order!

I also wanted to remind you again about the STELLA CHROMA fan group on Facebook called stella chromatics. We’d love to have you join if you haven’t already!

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The products in this post were provided for my honest review

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