Thursday, 12 February 2015

Take a trip to outer space with KPT's Cosmic Xodus I Collection

Ooooh sparkly droppings from space! Nail polish > space travel anyways. Say haaayyy to Polished by KPT's Cosmic Xodus I collection! Polished by KPT is a new brand to me, and their formulas are so dynamic within the same collection - the application of each one was like unleashing a whole new bottle of wonder on mah nails every time! This collection is now available from Harlow & Co., an awesome indie polish stockist! This collection is not limited edition, which means you can restock your shelves with these space babies when they get abducted by aliens or whatever.

Polished by KPT - Cosmic Xodus I Collection
Polished by KPT - Cosmic Xodus I Collection

And how's about some bottle porn:

Polished by KPT - Cosmic Xodus I Collection

Polished by KPT - Cosmic Xodus I Collection

Polished by KPT - Cosmic Xodus I Collection

Polished by KPT - Cosmic Xodus I Collection

Polished by KPT - Cosmic Xodus I Collection

Polished by KPT - Cosmic Xodus I Collection

Polished by KPT - Cosmic Xodus I Collection

Brush porn of course...

Polished by KPT - Cosmic Xodus I Collection

Swatch conditions:
  • All shots were photographed indoors under 2x 5200k compact fluorescent bulbs, never with camera flash. 
  • I used UNT's new peel off base coat for easy removal after each swatch, and kept my cuticles nice and supple with my favourite cuticle and nail oil.
  • I applied three coats of polish for each swatch nail, no coloured base coat.
  • I used Cult Nails 'Nevermore' black creme as the base coat on my galaxy accent nails, along with iridescent hex glitters scattered across the 'galaxy' from Née Jolie.
  • One coat of HK Girl glossy top coat by Glisten & Glow on all nails.

Okay, get to the swatch porn already...!!

First up, Polished by KPT's Wave Function, a hot fuchsia pink scattered holo glitter and BAM it's in yo face. I'm not much of a pink lover but this one is so intense and obnoxious and sparkly so how can I not love it?! Three thin even coats and it's this rich and pigmented! Barbie is rolling in her grave. Wait is Barbie dead? Idk, well she should be by now.

Polished by KPT - Wave Function

Polished by KPT - Wave FunctionPolished by KPT - Wave Function

Polished by KPT - Wave Function

Next up, Bleeding Stars, a burnt copper/orange scattered holo glitter! This one has more of a fine micro-holo effect throughout than the pink above, which gives it even more of a blinding sparkly effect when the light hits it just right. I mean, look at that macro shot below, LOOK AT IT.

Polished by KPT - Bleeding Stars

Polished by KPT - Bleeding StarsPolished by KPT - Bleeding Stars

Polished by KPT - Bleeding Stars

Wreath for the Stars is a deep dark emerald green scattered holo, and it's actually a duo-chrome too!! Although this duo-chrome has a less powerful shift than my usual duo/multi-chrome favs, it was a sweet surprise to see it shift a teeny bit to a dark purple/indigo at a hard angle (see last pic).

Polished by KPT - Wreath for the Stars

Polished by KPT - Wreath for the StarsPolished by KPT - Wreath for the Stars

Polished by KPT - Wreath for the Stars

Polished by KPT - Wreath for the Stars

If this is what mars looks like, I would actually risk combusting in space or whatever happens for this magical 8th wonder of the world. Mars Escapade is one of three thermals in this collection. If you're not familiar with thermals, it means that that they change colours depending on the temperature. Even though they're super cool and fun to watch change colours (light reddish to dark purple?! WAT?!) , I realized I'm not a big fan of working with them because I spend a lot of time photographing my nails and the polish shifts back to its regular coloured state too soon while I'm trying to snap photos. Damn you chemistry!!

Polished by KPT - Mars Escapade

Polished by KPT - Mars EscapadePolished by KPT - Mars Escapade

Polished by KPT - Mars Escapade

Here's the second thermal of the batch, A Dream Within A Dream. It's a hot pink rich jelly with iridescent purple shimmer throughout. Really gorgeous just in its natural state! It shifts from hot pink to a very light sheer purple-pink. So purdy!

Polished by KPT - A Dream Within A Dream

Polished by KPT - A Dream Within A DreamPolished by KPT - A Dream Within A Dream

Polished by KPT - A Dream Within A Dream

The last of the thermals is Lambda Max 510, which I FAILED completely at capturing in its true colour-changing abilities. In fact you should prob just ignore my pics here and jump straight to KPT's page where you'll find pics of other nail bloggers actually capturing the colour shift. OOPS on me. Long story short I just couldn't snap a pic in time and since the colour change is less intense than the two above, I fail. Sorry thermals, but I guess we just weren't meant to be.

Polished by KPT - Lambda Max 510

Polished by KPT - Lambda Max 510Polished by KPT - Lambda Max 510

Polished by KPT - Lambda Max 510

How bout some silver holo glitter to lighten up that epic fail?! Here's Light-Years, a complex multi-shaped silver holo glitter that includes a mix of tiny hexes and tiny bar glitters. I sponged this one on using my glitter payoff technique to maximize its awesomeness.

Polished by KPT - Light Years

Polished by KPT - Light YearsPolished by KPT - Light Years

Polished by KPT - Light Years

Vacay to Venus is a pretty little baby pink intense holo, same in composition as it's copper/orange counterpart, Bleeding Stars (above). Baby pink holo is one of Menchie's fav colours, so she's definitely a fan.

Polished by KPT - Vacay to Venus

Polished by KPT - Vacay to VenusPolished by KPT - Vacay to Venus

Polished by KPT - Vacay to Venus

Underneath the Milky Way, much like Wreath for the Stars, is a jelly duo-chrome with scattered holo glitters that has an ever so slight colour shift. Its dominant colour is a vivd indigo and it shift to a burnt gold at a hard angle. 

Polished by KPT - Underneath the Milky Way

Polished by KPT - Underneath the Milky Way

Polished by KPT - Underneath the Milky Way

Polished by KPT - Underneath the Milky Way

And of course I saved my fav for last... Nalani! What a gorgeous intense royal blue jelly jam-packed with holo glitters. It's the same in formula as it's pink sister Wave Function, but I'm digging this blue even more.

Polished by KPT - Nalani

Polished by KPT - NalaniPolished by KPT - Nalani

Polished by KPT - Nalani

The whole 10-piece Polished by KPT Cosmic Xodus I collection in its macro collage glory:

Polished by KPT - Cosmic Xodus I

To create the five simple galaxy accent nails I paired with this collection, I randomly sponged on two polishes per nail with a ripped edge of a makeup sponge and then added a couple iridescent hex glitters from Née Jolie.



Polished by KPT - Cosmic Xodus I accent nails

You can get your outer space wonders today directly from Polished by KPT or from Harlow & Co., a stockist based in Canada (awesome, eh?) that ships to Canada and the US at great rates (pssst... they also offer international shipping!)

*Polishes were provided by Polished by KPT for my impartial review.

3 comments:

  1. These are all awesome. Thanks for the great brush and bottle porn, too. I look forward to your posts for those alone! Well, and the beautiful art as well. How do you make everything look so easy?! Love the galaxy art! :)

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  2. This is such a gorgeous sparkly post!!!!!!

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  3. For the Dream within a dream you said "so purdy!" My last name is Purdy!

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