Usually Thursdays are Fridays here but I'm continuing the week with more samples from Rainbow Honey's latest and greatest "The Summer of 199X" collection inspired by Earthbound for Super Nintendo. If you haven't been following their Facebook page, just get you to speed, here's a copypasta from the press release:
"Another video game that holds a special place in my heart! I wanted this collection to bring me back into the game, and I think each new lacquer takes me to a special moment or reminds me of a certain boss that resulted in one too many Game Over's... Part I is made up of 5 new glitterbombs bursting with shimmer and color - they all layer to opacity but can be used over other colors as well. Part II is 3 new shimmer-dusted cremes and 2 new glitter toppers that give each creme a bold or sweet look. I am so excited to add these all to our lineup!" – Dee
I'm excited too, so without much further adieu, I bring you Rainbow Honey Tessie!
In Earthbound, Tessie is a "friendly, long-necked monster which lets Jeff Andonuts and the Bubble Monkey ride on her back to cross Lake Tess in Winters; Tessie was inspired by Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster." (Source). From the press release, Rainbow Honey describes Tessie as: "No need to join the Tessie-Watching Club when you can have this dusty and shimmery periwinkle creme at your fingertips." I'm not actually sure if it would describe this polish as dusty, as usually that term means slightly desaturated, but I do think this polish is actually quite vibrant against my skin tone and leans into a pastel purple with a periwinkle shimmer spirit. That's my take on it, anyhoo.
Formula-wise, Tessie follows the same smooth, flat application as Apple Kid. No complaints whatsoever and covers beautifully in two coats. Rainbow Honey Tessie has a natural shine to it too. Here's my swatch in two coats with no top coat:
Rainbow Honey Tessie is beautiful on its own but it definitely is an invitation to play with glitter toppers. Here's the beautiful Rainbow Honey Magic Cake, which is also a part of The Summer of 199X collection. I thought this combination would look odd, but I actually ended up loving it - I am guessing it's due to Tessie lending another colour to the palette and letting the neon really POP! I used one coat of Seche Vite Top coat:
Here's what the combination looks matted with Essie Matte About You. I love it both ways:
And of course, my exploration of Rainbow Honey wouldn't be complete without exploring other past collections, so I decided to head back to where I first discovered Rainbow Honey - the Equestria collection. Here's one coat of The Worst Possible Thing over top of Rainbow Honey Tessie with a layer of Seche Vite top coat:
Here it is matte-fied and I really love it this way. Really gives a highlight to all the glitters, something I think Rarity would love:
Although I think I might already own a polish similar to this one, I really love the shimmer and the great formula is a huge selling feature. That natural shine is great and I'll personally be picking up and am more than happy to add it to my collection. If you're interested in this polish, here's some helpful copypasta information from the press release:
The Summer of 199X Collection will be officially released on 6/21/2013 at 12:01AM EST and it will be available at www.rainbowhoney.com and participating retail partners around the globe!
We’ll have an exclusive 24-hour pre-sale for rainbow honey customers on 6/14/2013, 12:01AM EST.
The Summer of 199X Collection will be available as:
- Complete full-size (15ml, $90) or mini-size (4ml, $40) collection
- Part I or Part II, full-size (15ml, $45ea) or mini-size (4ml, $20ea) sets
- and full-size bottles (15ml, $10ea)
Rainbow Honey will also be offering FREE Shipping and a FREE Limited Edition Lacquer on all orders of $50 or more (US & Canada only).
Isn't Tessie the cutest lochness monster ever? This polish does perfect justice to the source! Also, does anyone know where I can find the goddamn Nintendo 3DS XL Animal Crossing New Leaf bundle? I WANT IT AND IT'S SOLD OUT EVERYWHERE! What glitter topper do you think looks best over Tessie?
Full disclosure: This sample was provided for an unbiased review.