I told this week was going to be a full one! I’m back again, this time with a new collection from Celestial Cosmetics. Inspired by the 1992 film, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Celestial this month have created a six piece collection based on the costume colours of the characters.
This release is a collaboration with one of the owner of Celestial, Nicki’s, closest friends, Maria, and boy oh boy, did Maria do a great job of setting the scene for Nicki this month. Each polish carries detailed inspiration behind it which I will touch on in this review.
First up is Oceans Of Time which is inspired by the pince-nez worn by Dracula in London. I had to google this, and I must say I was quite mesmerised by the images I found. Quite an attractive man I must say. But no time for that here…. Oceans Of Time has a slightly muted, but still vibrant royal blue coloured base and is filled with loads of silver flakes and blue shimmer. The layering of the blue base over the silver creates a lovely depth and the flakes are clearly visible in any light.
It applied very easily and smoothly. My swatches show two coats, but you may need three depending on your application style. I notice a slight bals area on my close-up, but that could be because I was careless with my application. I topped my swatches off with one coat of topcoat (Seche Vite).
Next up is Mina for which I did not have to google the inspiration! Inspired by Mina’s many lighter green costume colours, this shade is so perfect! It has a cool, light green base which leans blue in some light, brilliant white sparks and a good linear holographic effect.
This applied very easily, though appears a little sheer at first just because it is a lighter shade. My swatches show just two coats, but you may need three depending on how you apply. I have applied no topcoat for this swatch.
God’s Madmen is inspired by the dusky, grey outfits with golden highlight which are worn by many of the men in the film. I was super excited to try this polish by it’s appearance in the bottle, but on my nails, I’m still not too sure about it. I actually adore everything about it, it’s right up my ally with personal taste, apart from the golden glitters in it. It’s perhaps a little too much for me I think. The base of the polish itself is stunning. A dark metallic grey filled with the tiniest silver flakes and a nice splash of holo.
It applied easily, but I will recommend to make sure you apply nice, thin coats to avoid a streaky appearance with the strong silver in it. I applied two coats and no topcoat for my swatches. If you know me, you know I much prefer these finishes without topcoat.
You know I’m going to love this one right?! This is The Blood Is The Life and it is perfectly perfect in every way. It has this slight orange shift and a whole heap of depth which makes it look so liquid and just gorgeous on. I truly love that it makes me feel like I dipped my tips in the good stuff.
This applied like butter an is very pigmented. Just two thin coats for my swatches, but some people could even get away with one coat. I’ve photographed this one with no topcoat as it was super glossy already.
The next shade in this collection is The Brides. The inspiration for this shade comes from the aged white costumes of the brides of Dracula which had changed to a vintage amber shade over time. It contains tiny green-gold shifting flakes and a very slight green shimmer which was super pleasing and took away what otherwise might have been some harshness in the colour.
This shade also applied quite easily with no problem at all. I applied two thin coats, though may have been better with a third coat for extra oomph. I applied one coat of topcoat for my photographs.
The final shade in this collection is The Devil’s Concubine and it’s flipping cool as heck. This is a gorgeous, vibrant tangelo red shade with great linear holographic effect. Inspired by the fiery costumes and racy nature of Lucy Westenra of the film.
This one was smooth as silk to apply, highly pigmented and an abolsute pleasure. My swatches show two thin coats and no topoat.
Overall the collection has nailed the inspiration, I think, perfectly. My top picks are definitely The Blood Is The Life, Oceans Of Time and The Devil’s Concubine.
The Love Never Dies Collection will be releasing at Celestial Cosmetics Australian Store Wednesday August 24th at 10am ACST or Tuesday 23rd August at 5.30pm PDT in the US Store. For those who require shipping out of the US or Australia, the US site ships worldwide with a really good turn around time.
If you missed my post over the weekend, you’ll also be able to get your hands on the Augst LE- Gladiolus at this time. You NEED that shade for certain! You can check out my post HERE if you missed it.
To top off what is shaping up to be a busy week of great things, Celestial are having a HUGE SALE! Check out this image below and get bloody shopping guys! YES, this include these shades you’ve seen here today. I’ve also just learned that one of my collaboration shades with Celestial, Kirimvos has had to be discontinued due to ingredient supply issues. Good grief, if you don’t have it, you must grab it. It’s a fabulous polish, and I’m not even saying that because I created it, it really is. Truth.
Phew! Huge post! I made it.