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Friday, 12 April 2013

Elevation Polish Haba Xueshan over B.Complete Piglet

Elevation Polish Haba Xueshan over B.Complete Piglet
Elevation Polish Haba Xueshan over B.Complete Piglet

Haba Xueshan is a mountain in Yunnan, China, and the name in translation means 'Snow Mountain'. It's a black and white glitter with lovely pale aqua glitter circles - I could imagine being on top of a snowy mountain against a bright blue sky looking at these colours!

I love black and white glitter, and they are so easy to use - they'll pair with just about anything. This is a little more difficult though, with the aqua in there, so I referred to my colour wheel for help. The complementary colour to aqua (blue-green) is orange-red; lighter versions of orange red are fleshy, nude tones and draker versions are brown. I think this polish would look great over orange or brown, but I really wanted a delicate, pastel look - and I had a great looking new nude I wanted to try out, so for this mani I went with B.Comlete Piglet as my base.

B. is a new range from Superdrug which launched a couple of months ago. Here's a Cosmetics Business article about the launch of this brand in February 2013. The polishes were on a 3 for 2 promotion in my local Superdrug this week, and there were a few interesting colours, so I couldn't resist! Here's Piglet on it's own:

B.Complete Piglet
B.Complete Piglet

In strong light it's very delicate peachy nude. This is three coats with Seche Vite topcoat - as you can see it applies quite evenly and there are no issues with streaking. In softer light the polish looks a warmer colour:

B.Complete Piglet

B.Complete Piglet

B.Complete Piglet
B.Complete Piglet

Not sure why my middle finger nail looks a bit darker here; I must have applied the polish more thickly, but this isn't noticeable in real life. Although I like the colour, I do have a couple of quibbles with the polish:

First, the brush is enormous! I like a bigger brush, such as OPI and some of the Bourjois ranges, but this is TOO big. If you're not careful, it's hard to get in back in the neck of the bottle without splaying the bristles and it makes application a bit messy - you certainly need to do a Megan Chair Clean-up to get a smart looking mani with this.

Second, and this very much a personal gripe of mine, the polish is made in China. I didn't realise this until I got it home and read the small print on the bottle. I have no issue with polishes made in other parts of the world, and I love to try out exotic brands from other countries............when they are sold as such. But this is a UK brand, offshoring production to increase their profits. Barry M and Boots can make polish in the UK and sell it at a similar price, and other brands sold in the UK such as Bourjois, Max Factor and the Tesco own brands are made in France - so it's not as if polish can't be made in this part of the world.

OK - rant over, I like the colour and after a day I applied a coat of Elevation Polish Haba Xueshan:

Elevation Polish Haba Xueshan over B.Complete Piglet

Elevation Polish Haba Xueshan over B.Complete Piglet
Elevation Polish Haba Xueshan over B.Complete Piglet

I love how the colours work together and how delicate the whole thing looks! Here are a couple of closer pictures to show the detail in the glitter

Elevation Polish Haba Xueshan over B.Complete Piglet

Elevation Polish Haba Xueshan over B.Complete Piglet
Elevation Polish Haba Xueshan over B.Complete Piglet

I used a coat of Gelous and a final coat of Seche Vite to smooth everything out. Elevation Haba Xueshan isn't too dense a glitter, and the base is quite jelly-like, so it's easy to apply and doesn't dry gritty.

Elevation Polish Haba Xueshan over B.Complete Piglet
Elevation Polish Haba Xueshan over B.Complete Piglet

I purchased B.Complete Piglet from Superdrug, and Elevation Haba Xueshan directly from the  Elevation Polish Website. At the time of writing, Haba Xueshan is sold out, but Lulu restocks the polishes regularly, usually twice a month.

11 comments:

  1. Lovely , a really cute mani. Delighted to have found your blog. Loving the format, layout and commentary. Emer (hopalong)

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    1. Hey you!! Great to see you! And thank you for the kind feedback :D

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  2. Complete Piglet is such a pretty shade, very nice for spring and it really does pair well with the glitter!

    I know what you mean about polish being made overseas, it is a shame when it can be done in the country in which it is to be sold, but I suppose some companies still see Asia as a place to get things made on the cheap :(

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  3. Oh how I love nudes. No streaking? That's a plus and it looks delicate. I love it with the glitter too, the blue round glitters gives it that extra pop of color. You have to matte it and I'm sure it will still look just as lovely :)

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    1. No streaking :D I thought about matting it, but it got a bit battered when I was swimming so I had to take it off, sadly!

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  4. What a fabulous combo! Your nails and photos are beautiful! New follower on Bloglovin here x x x

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  5. this is the best combo using that elevation i've seen yet! wowza!

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    1. Thank you! I want to try it over a rusty brown next I think.

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  6. I love this nude! It's perfect and looks fabulous with Haba on top.

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