Hello from the future again! I joke, but really I’m writing this from March 2021 as I finish up the last few posts just sitting in my backlog! Since these polishes are still available, I still want to get the posts up because yada yada yada lessons about still just finishing something even if it feels late. It’s really about just being able to fully cross of this box on my list, and who doesn’t love that.
Anyways, let’s just look at this collection, shall we? This is a new collection from Loud Lacquer, a smaller indie brand. This is the BABBs Holo collection, featuring 5 shades with a scattered and linear holographic finish. BABBs stands for “Bad Ass Boss Bitch” and you know, I feel that, I’m here for that. Feeling like a bad ass lady as I sit here blogging, influencing with my words. Okay, that might be too much, but you get the vibe.
These aren’t available as individual singles until later when Loud does another “catalog drop” but the full bundle of 5 polishes is still available for $60 on the Loud website.
Let’s get right into the swatches!
Up first we have ‘Mel’, which I know is named for the founder and CEO of Loud Lacquer, Melody Hammer. (All of these shades were curated by different creators, and they have a full list mentioned on their Instagram post of this collection). This is a black base with scattered holographic sparkles. This had a thicker formula, so it was smooth to paint on, though I do recommend making sure there is enough polish on the brush or it can skip a touch. Otherwise an easy two coats here!
I will say the holo is a touch more subtle on the nails than I expected from a “holographic” collection, so being nitpicky I do wish it was more apparently for a full black holographic shade. But I do enjoy the added sparkle to the shade on its own.
And with flash, where you can definitely see a little more of the sparkle. So it’ll still be a beautiful shade in the direct sunlight as well!
Next is ‘Amy’. This is a stunning aqua blue linear holographic shade, and more of the true holographic finish I was expecting. This had a more squishy 1st coat, with a touch of jelly-ness to the formula that made it a touch more sheer and uneven. It builds up well and is pretty well opaque in 2 coats, though you might need a 3rd depending on your preferences and application.
But just look how BEAUTIFUL, and you know it’ll just be dazzling in direct sunlight!
And of course, the flash photo gives us a little preview of this sparkle.
‘Alyssa’ is ‘Amy’s pink sister, in the same linear holographic finish but with a lovely pink base. And with the same formula as well – a more squishy 1st coat, builds up well in 2 and might need a 3rd depending on your preferences and painting.
‘Cassiopeia’ is a deeper berry purple base with scattered holographic sparkle. It had a smooth 1st coat, but will definitely need a 2nd to deepen up the base color to match the bottle, but overall an easy 2 coats.
Again, a little more subtle holographic finish to it, but the sparkle is still apparent and contrasts nicely against the darker base.
Last up we have ‘Tara’. This matches ‘Alyssa’ and ‘Amy’ and is the deep blue version of the holographic finish. I will say the finish is just a touch more scattered than fully linear with this one, but that’s all just nitpicking.
And of course, with the same formulas as the other two. A slightly uneven 1st coat, but builds up well in 2 coats, and might need a 3rd if you have a touch of nail line still showing through.
And that’s the collection! Of course, can you get “more intense” holos from other indie brands? Sure, but that’s not what I’m rating here. I don’t want to compare any holographic shade to every other holo that exists out there, I just want to talk about the individual polish on its own, and point out the formula. In the end, it’s always up to you whether the shade will catch your eye and make its way into your cart and home! I really didn’t have any issues with these shades and all were opaque in 2-3 coats.
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