China Glaze Blonde Bombshell and Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow
With the Lunar New Year is just around the corner (after the weekend, the be precise), I decided to show you two gold glitter lacquers. Gold is an auspicious colour for the Chinese, and definitely a very festive colour.
The two gold glitters I want to show you are China Glaze Blonde Bombshell from last year’s Eye Candy collection, as well as Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow, which was from their 2010 Holiday collection.
When I was checking out the colours from the China Glaze 2011 Eye Candy collection, I was uncertain about Blonde Bombshell. At that time, I had Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow on the way and I wasn’t sure how similar the two might be. Still, the girls gave me a good price and the gold looks less yellow than Boom Boom Pow so I went ahead and got it.
Since I now have both, I decided to swatch them together to show how different they actually are. Just from the bottles alone, you can see they are not the same.
I wanted to see how both colours would look both with and without a base colour. For the base colour, I chose SpaRitual Light, a pearly shimmer. I figured a white base would show up the base colour of the glitters better.
I applied one coat of Light to two nails. Here’s what it looks like on its own. The shimmer helps prevent this polish from being streaky. Very nice for a simple mani.
Back to the main stars of this post. Here is a closer look at each in the bottle first.
Named after the Black Eyed Peas’ song, Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow is said to contain 24k gold dust! Now sure how much of it is in each bottle though.
I swatch each colour both just over base coat and over SpaRitual Light. I used two coats of Blonde Bombshell but I actually forgot to write down if I used one or two coats of Boom Boom Pow! Sorry about that, but I suspect I only used one coat because it feels too precious to use more of :p
A closer look at Blonde Bombshell. It is full of fine gold glitter and medium round ones. It dries a bit gritty but I didn’t use a top coat here. The base is a clear gold. I like it over SpaRitual Light a lot.
One more look with the light at a different angle.
The base in Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow seems a stronger tint than that of Blonde Bombshell. The gold glitter comes in different sizes, both round and hexagonal. The base is clear. You can see it’s one of those chunky glitters that need to be dabbed on or you’ll end up with more of the bigger glitter pieces near the nail tips, like mine.
Another look. I definitely won’t use it like that on its own for it will make the nails look yellow. It will either need more coats or a suitable base colour. I think it works well on SpaRitual Light. Looks like gold coins strewn on the ground! Definitely very apt for Lunar New Year!
Of course, if you want to get a more sparkly and golden look, just add more layers! So, will gold feature on your nails for Lunar New Year?