Just awhile ago, I saw this post by The PolishAholic, which mentioned that Adele was wearing Ciate Paint Pots in Jewel on Grammy Award night, and I thought to myself... wait a minute, I have this exact same shade in my stash!
I bought Ciate Jewel a few months ago but haven't had the chance to wear it yet. I have swatched it on nail wheel as well as trying some layering experiment but gave up at the end as my bottle was fiercely THICK which made it extremely difficult to work with. Ciate Jewel has a sheer purple base densely packed with holographic bar glitter. Because the formula was so thick, the bar glitter simply clumped together and made it quite weird looking. I thought it was too much troubled putting it on and just let it sit in my helmer.
With Adele wearing it on Grammy, my curiosity has just been reignited and I am giving it a second chance. Before using it, I have given it a few generous squeeze of Seche Vite Restore and I think it now works like magic. So let's see the swatches. (Sorry ladies, I used nail wheel for the swatches as I just have my Valentine's mani done ^^) EDIT: You may now find swatches on real nails (my nails) here!!
First up is bottle shot.
Left: 1 coat of Jewel
Right: 3 coats of Jewel
I used Zoya Caitlin (smoky purple creme) and OPI Lady In Black (simple black creme) as the base for the left and right nail respectively. One coat of Ciate Jewel on each.
Three coats of Ciate Jewel below.
Blurred to show the holo effect.
- Jewel became so much easier to work with after thinning. Maybe it's just my bottle with this issue.
- Under magnification, the nail looks 'hairy' attributed to the rather long bar glitter, which may not be everybody's cup of tea. But looking from afar, you'll only see a very intense scattered holo rainbow.
- My preference is certainly to layer it over a similar color base. Zoya Caitlin, being a smoky grey purple is an excellent match.