Gelish After Hours Collection

Hi all. Here are my swatches of the latest Gelish autumn collection from Nail Harmony UK. There hasn’t been much lead up, pictures or content about this one so I hope you find this helpful when deciding colour choices. You will find the colours in different  lights (indoors, LED and outdoors) so you can get a truer reflection of the colour and there are no editing effects or smoothing, just my nails painted with the legitimate colours.  As this is the first of such posts I am doing please let me know if there is anything else you think I have missed in my initial quick review.

Sweater weather – 2 coats

Nail Harmony UK consider this to be a mellow charcoal grey. To me it is a cream mid to dark grey with a slight purple tone. It had a good application in just two coats.

Sweater Weather - Lighting Variance

Rhythm and Blues – 2 coats

A beautiful denim metallic blue completely different from any other Gelish colour. It had a great application in just two coats.

Rhythm & Blues - Lighting Variance

A Little Naughty – 3 coats

This is a on the darker side of a red / brown. It had a good application in 3 coats. *Nail Harmony have now updated their website and actually class it as a purple, so think it girl with a mortared / brown tone.

A Little Naughty - Lighting Variance

Last Call – 2 coats

This colour is awesome. It’s a copper / pink metallic and applies beautifully in 2 coats. If your you or your clients are a fan of oh what a knight this one is definitely for you.

Last Call - Lighting Variance

Give Me Gold – 2 coats

Another beautiful metallic gold which is quite light and fantastic to apply in just 2 coats.

Give Me Gold - Lighting Variance

A-Lister – 2 coats

Another silver following the success of chain reaction from the urban cowgirl collection. It’s not quite as good a consistency so instead of 1/2 coats this one is a 2/3 coats. Personally though I much prefer this colour it is a light bright metallic silver.

A Lister - Lighting Variance

Colour Comparisons

Copper and gold comparisons

Deep Red Comparisons

Silver Comparisons

 

I don’t have many greys at the moment so this is a picture I took at the recent Nail Harmony South West Road Show.

Grey Comparisons

I am so pleased with this collection, its offered me many new colours, I can’t but help think that I would have liked 6 metallic colours perhaps a green and a maybe a purple, but all in all I love this collection especially with the application and consistency  its great value for money. And if you grab it now then you actually get one polish free. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments below.

Colour in the spotlight – Plum tuckered out

Plum tuckered out - main

Name: plum and tuckered out

Collection & UK launch date: Urban Cowgirl, 4th August 2015 (singles 29th August 2015)

Description & personal opinion: a dark purple crème. Inside this colour can look almost black but outside you can see it’s true plum colour.

Matching nail polish: Yes, Morgan Taylor plum and tuckered out, UK release 1st September 2015

Viscosity: smooth and creamy, not to thick and not to thin. Gelish nailed this one.

Application: awesome! Perfect in two coats, as it’s a highly pigmented colour you need to keep to thin coats to avoid any wrinkling. But I confess I was a little heavy handed withy thumb nail and still ended up wrinkle free. So a great application with no sliding or shrinkage.

Plum tuckered out - application

Lighting variance: (indoors, led and outdoors)

Plum tuckered out - lighting

Sparkles & trends:

Plum tuckered out - trends

Longevity: no problems to report.

Fading: none

Removal: easy

Similar colours: Gelish diva is very similar, but again I don’t currently have this colour

Artwork:

Plum tuckered out - art1

Plum tuckered out - art7

Plum tuckered out - art6

Plum tuckered out - art5

Plum tuckered out - art4

Plum tuckered out - art3

Plum tuckered out - art2

My verdict: an awesome colour for the autumn and winter? which looks stunning in the sunshine and with 2 coats and a perfect consistency and coverage when applying, it’s a great colour to have even if you have similar as its application is awesome.

Next week: Texas me later

Colour in the spotlight – Pumps or cowboy boots

Pumps or cowgirl boots - main

Name: Pumps or cowboy boots

Collection & UK launch date: Urban Cowgirl, 4th August 2015 (singles 29th August 2015)

Description & personal opinion: a black brown crème colour. It has red tones as you can see from the first layer.

Matching nail polish: Yes, Morgan Taylor pumps or cowboy boots UK release 1st September 2015

Viscosity: a nice smooth application.

Application: This is a really highly pigmented colour and therefore thin layers and dry brushing are a must. I did find in slid a bit during application.

Pumps or cowgirl boots - application

Lighting variance: indoors, led and outdoors

Pumps or cowgirl boots - lightring

Sparkles & Trends:

Pumps or cowgirl boots - trends

Longevity: no problems

Fading: none

Pumps or cowgirl boots - fading

Removal: really easy, lifts off nicely.

Similar colours: Gelish love me like a vamp and black cherry berry are very very similar. It’s only in bright sunshine you see the brown tone as opposed to the red tone of the similar colours. As well as black shadow when lighting is not great.

Artwork:

Pumps or cowgirl boots - art 2

Pumps or cowgirl boots - art 3

Pumps or cowgirl boots - art 1

My verdict: I once again love this colour and as I do not own either if the two mentioned above it’s a good colour for me.

Next week: plum tuckered out

Colour in the spotlight – from rodeo to Rodeo Drive

Name: From Rodeo to Rodeo Drive

Rodeo Drive - Main Pic

Collection & UK launch date: Urban Cowgirl, 4th August 2015 (singles 29th August 2015)

Description & personal opinion: this is a Crème taupe. Personally I think it’s more grey with tones of purple and taupe. It has a beautiful subtle silver shimmer to it.

Matching nail polish: No, alas this particular colour has been replaced by Morgan Taylor with a touch of sass, a dark red crème, UK release 1st September 2015.

Viscosity: crème base so can run quite thick in the cold, I didn’t have any issues with this though.

Application: 2/3 coats with no shrinkage or running. As this is a crème colour, if you are in a cold salon you might wish to warm the bottle before application to keep the polish thin for easy application. You can do this by standing it on a warm wheat bag, placing in a bowl of warm water or any other method you prefer.

Rodeo Drive - Application

Lighting variance:

Rodeo Drive - Lighting

Sparkles & Trends:

Rodeo Drive - T&S

Top: lots of dots, escargo to Paris, June bride, grand jewels

Bottom: am I making you Gelish? Vegas nights, izzy whizzy and rough round the edges.

Longevity: no problems

Fading: I didn’t notice any fading, that being said I think in all 3 lights it looks lighter.

Rodeo Drive - Fading

Removal: 8 minutes of soak off and no problem.

Similar colours: I don’t have a similar colour to this in my Gelish collection. I really couldn’t find a similar colour to this one any where so no comparison to show.

Artwork: all the colours used are from the Urban Cowgirl collection and the glitters are from the nail space.

Rodeo Drive - Art 1

Rodeo Drive - Art 5

Rodeo Drive - Art 4

Rodeo Drive - Art 3

Rodeo Drive - Art 2

My verdict: a new colour with good application and so a good addition to your collection. Personally this is not a colour I would ever choose myself but actually I’ve quite enjoyed this colour, a lovely autumn shade.

Next week: pumps or cowboy boots

Colour in the spotlight – Holy cowgirl

Name: Holy Cow Girl

Holy Cowgirl - main

Collection & UK launch date: Urban Cowgirl, 4th August 2015 (singles 29th August 2015)

Description & personal opinion: this is a sage green crème with a beautiful subtle gold shimmer and grey tone, again it’s another brand new colour to Gelish and I love it for autumn.

Matching nail polish: yes, Morgan Taylor holy cow girl available in the UK 1st September 2015

Viscosity: crème base so can run quite thick in the cold.

Application: just 2 coats.

Holy Cowgirl - apllication

This applied like a dream, no shrinkage, wrinkling or running.

As this is a crème colour, if you are in a cold salon you might wish to warm the bottle before application to keep the polish thin for easy application. You can do this by standing on a warm wheat bag, placing in a bowl of warm water or any other method you prefer. 

Lighting variance:

Holy Cowgirl - lighting variance

Sparkles & trends:

Holy Cowgirl - Sparkles & Trends

Top: lots of dots, escargo to Paris, grand jewels, June bride,

Bottom: am I making you Gelish? Vegas nights, rough round the edges and izzy whizzy.

Longevity: this lasted really well. As you can see from the pictures I quite substantially broke my nails this week doing a big declutter and clean. Thankfully the Gelish held even with 2 coats and stayed strong even though my nails underneath had cracked.

Fading: none

Holy Cowgirl - Fading

Removal: easy removal on this one.

Similar colours: this is a really new colour for Gelish and I have struggled to find a similar gel polish. The nearest is possibly LeChat tranquility but this does not have the shimmer.

Artwork:

A dotty design using tan my hide, from rodeo to rodeo drive and pumps or cowboy boots

Holy Cowgirl - Art 1

My verdict: this colour is great, with 2 coats I was amazed at its strength and application. It’s a completely new colour from anything around and with its gold shimmer is just awesome for the colder months. You are definitely on to a winner with this one.

Next week: from rodeo to rodeo drive

Colour in the spotlight – Tan My Hide

Name: Tan My Hide

Tan my hide - main

Collection & UK launch date: Urban Cowgirl, 4th August 2015 (singles 29th August 2015)

Description & personal opinion: A light tan with pink tones in a crème consistency and a subtle shimmer. Personally I group it with my pinks. (For pictures see lighting variance.)

Matching nail polish: Yes, Morgan Taylor Tan My Hide launches 1st September 2015

Viscosity: It’s a crème based colour so applies a little more thickly. Simply keep the layers thin and smooth to avoid any wrinkling by warming before application. If your salon is cool you could do this by standing the bottle on a warm wheat bag, placing it in a bowl of warm water or any other warming method you may prefer. I didn’t have any problems.

Application: Good application in 3 coats.

Tan my hide - applications

Lighting variance:

I think it’s clear to see why there has been so many differing opinions on what colour this is, but hoping this helps a lot of you out.

Tan my hide - light variance

Sparkles & Trends:

Tan my hide - sparkles & trends

Top: lots of dots, escargo to Paris, grand jewels, June bride,

Bottom: Vegas nights, am I making you Gelish? Rough round the edges and izzy whizzy.

Longevity: I had no issues with any lifting, chipping or cracking with this polish

Fading: I have read that this colour is a fader, personally I do not think it is. Here are my nails after a week in the 3 different lights and you can make the decision for yourself.

Tan my hide fading

Removal: I did struggle a little with the removal of this colour, so re-wrapped for 5 minutes and it came away fine.

Similar colours: I think this is a new colour for Gelish and a must have. Closest non Gelish match is IBD I’m no damsel.

Tan my hide - similar colours

Artwork: Liquid stones using “holy cow girl” and “plum tuckered out” with nail space glitters.

Tan my hide - liquid stones

Gold french glitter tip fade.

Tan my hide - glitter fade

My verdict: You need this colour, it applies nicely and is unlike any other colour. I love it 🙂

Next week: Holy cowgirl

Colour in the spotlight plan

Hi everyone.

I will soon be starting my colour in the spotlight series, which will focus on one Gelish colour each week.

You will find the following covered and will hopefully be really useful for a lot of people:

  • colour description
  • application
  • pictures in different lighting so you can see how the colour changes
  • pictures after one week to assess fading
  • colour comparisons
  • and art design/s

I dont have the vastest range of colours so would really appreciate you guys getting involved with what colours you think are similar and if you want to send me a swatch even better. You can even share your favourite art designs using the colour.

I hope you find this blog helpful,  lets help and inspire each other. The first colour will be Tan my hide on Saturday 29th August 2015.

*This blog is my personal opinions and pictures and is not endorsed by Nail Harmony UK or Gelish.

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