Saturday, April 4, 2015

Black Dahlia: Leaf by Leaf

The Leaf by Leaf collection from Black Dahlia launched Friday April 3, and is available now at their online shop!
I've used the color descriptions from the press release and made my notes below each of them. Let's take a look!

Dandelion Explosion: Bright coral red-orange jelly with matte mustard yellow and orange hexes in a variety of sizes and a splash of hot pink matte squares

I was pleasantly surprised with this one, as I wasn't expecting it to be so squishy and the formula was very nice. I wore two coats and topcoat in the photos below.

xoxoJen's swatch of Black Dahlia Dandelion Explosion
xoxoJen's swatch of Black Dahlia Dandelion Explosion
xoxoJen's swatch of Black Dahlia Dandelion Explosion

Glass Orchid: Bright blue-green jelly with holographic aqua and navy glitter in an assortment of sizes

I love a good blue/green combo, and this one is exceptional. It has a nice squishiness, and good formula. I wore three coats and the nail line is slightly visible under bright lighting. For a more opaque look you may want to wear a similar cream shade underneath.

xoxoJen's swatch of Black Dahlia Glass Orchid
xoxoJen's swatch of Black Dahlia Glass Orchid
xoxoJen's swatch of Black Dahlia Glass Orchid

Rose Petals: Raspberry pink crelly with glass flecks that shift from red to orange to yellow

What a fun bright pink to ring in the summer months! The shimmer is a nice touch for this polish and I don't think I've seen a pink that has orange shimmer/flakes in it until now! Three coats and topcoat for the photos, good formula.

xoxoJen's swatch of Black Dahlia Rose Petals
xoxoJen's swatch of Black Dahlia Rose Petals
xoxoJen's swatch of Black Dahlia Rose Petals

Striped Peonies: Plum crelly with gold, rose and blue flakies, and glass flecks that shift from turquoise to violet to red

Of course this is a favorite of mine, how could it not be? It's a bright violet shade with heaps of sparkle. Two coats and topcoat were worn, formula was good.

xoxoJen's swatch of Black Dahlia Striped Peonies
xoxoJen's swatch of Black Dahlia Striped Peonies
xoxoJen's swatch of Black Dahlia Striped Peonies

Teal Hydrangea: Mint teal crelly

What is there to say - let's just gaze at it instead, shall we!? It has a nice squish factor and is a lovely color! Two coats and topcoat, great formula.

xoxoJen's swatch of Black Dahlia Teal Hydrangea
xoxoJen's swatch of Black Dahlia Teal Hydrangea
xoxoJen's swatch of Black Dahlia Teal Hydrangea

Grape Hyacinth: Full coverage glitter in a violet jelly packed with blue, aqua and green holo glitter, with accents of purple, iridescent blue-purple and silver glitter, and lavender shimmer

Another favorite of mine from this collection - just look at that sparkle! And is it blue or purple?! She's a shifty gal with heaps of sparkle! Worn over Striped Peonies in these photos but is opaque in two coats.

xoxoJen's swatch of Black Dahlia Grape Hyacinth
xoxoJen's swatch of Black Dahlia Grape Hyacinth
xoxoJen's swatch of Black Dahlia Grape Hyacinth

Grey Twilight Organza: Medium grey crelly with large holo red and violet dots, and small and large holo silver hex glitter (Note that this polish is on the thick side to ensure large glitter remains
suspended.)

It really does look like organza to me! The sheen it gives off is pretty, and the glitters sprinkled throughout give it an interesting effect. As described, this one is fairly thick to ensure glitter suspension which means you'll need to work a little more quickly with application.

xoxoJen's swatch of Black Dahlia Grey Twilight Organza
xoxoJen's swatch of Black Dahlia Grey Twilight Organza
xoxoJen's swatch of Black Dahlia Grey Twilight Organza

Speckled Lilac: Pale lilac crelly with small matte mint hexes, light blue and aqua squares, periwinkle hexes and small metallic purple glitter

Beautiful polish and perfect for springtime! It reminds me a little bit of the speckled eggs we see around Easter time! The formula was really nice and was opaque in two coats.

xoxoJen's swatch of Black Dahlia Speckled Lilac
xoxoJen's swatch of Black Dahlia Speckled Lilac
xoxoJen's swatch of Black Dahlia Speckled Lilac

Overall, I have enjoyed this collection, the formula is good, especially the squish factor for those glitters! Three purple polishes makes for a happy Jen too. :)
Which are your favorites?

The Leaf by Leaf collection and other pretty polishes are available at http://www.blackdahlialacquer.com/

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