Sunday, February 01, 2015

BeYu Swatch Spam

While recently surfing the internet and browsing the Douglas sale website, I stumbled across various BeYu nail polishes. I own only 2 colors from this brand, because they are quite pricey. During the sale, they cost only 3,99€ and 4,99€, respectively, and I still had a 10% off coupon, so I couldn't resist and ordered a few.

All swatches are over liquid latex as a base and without top coat. Unless noted otherwise, all polishes are shown with two coats.



No. 210 Green Splash from the Ultra Shine Nail Lacquer range is a bright sea green with a creme finish. The color is perfect for spring and summer. The formula is a bliss to work with and Green Splash dries down to a very shiny finish. 



No. 189 Blue Splash is a vivid true blue with a crelly finish. This one reminds me a lot of Blue Grape by Barry M. The formula is good and it dries to a very shiny finish.



Violet Illusion 996 is part of BeYu's Mystic Illusion collection that was released in Fall 2014. It is a purply berry shade. The formula is great, I only applied one coat and it covered perfectly. The holographic effect is very subtle, at least under artificial light. I might have to wear this one again when the sun is out to see if that brings out the holographic effect better.



From the Rock Romance collection comes 992 Grey Illusion, a pretty steel grey. I believe this collection already came out in winter 2013. This one was not as pigmented as the purple version and required two coats for full opacity. The holographic effect is even more subtle than in Violet Illusion. Nevertheless, it is a pretty shade.




I am still a huge fan of the textured finish, so I snagged two colors from the Underwater Elements collection for Summer 2014. The shade 809 Aquatic Salt is a light pastel green base with blue specks in it. It dries to a matte textured, but not gritty, finish. Like other pastels, this does not go well with my fair cool-toned skin tone, but still I like it.




From the same collection is 807 Dead Sea Salt. This one has a white base with blue, orange and brown specks. These remind me of the Kiko Cupcake nail polishes or the NOPI Roughless collection. The formula is good and dries fast.




The 990 Mystic Illusion Holographic top coat is a clear base with small holographic particles and small silver holographic particles. It is quite dense and shown here is one coat over Blue Splash. My camera swallowed quite a bit of the holographic effect, but still it is not as sparkly as other holo toppers I have tried.



I picked up the 811 Iced Crystal Sugar Shine top coat, because I was hoping it would be a dupe for the Dance Legend Saharah top coat. This turned out to be nothing like it. It adds only a very subtle textured finish to the nail polish. Also, the small silver (non-holographic) hexes look a bit out of place to me. Shown here is one coat over Green Splash.

Overall, I am quite happy with my spontaneous purchase. My favorites are Green Splash, Blue Splash and Violet Illusion. The toppers did not convince me and I am glad I did not buy them for full price (originally 6,95€). If you want to check out the BeYu range of nail polishes, they are available exclusively at Douglas perfumeries in Germany and Austria.


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