Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Barielle High Steppin' Collection

Barielle High Steppin’ Collection for Summer 2010

For summer, Barielle is releasing six shades of summery shades in late April/early May. There are quite a few metallic finish shades in this collection, which made me a bit wary, as I cannot seem to minimize brushstrokes enough to feel good about wearing a metallic finish polish. Freestyle has only a slight metallic finish, so I was able to work with that one, but Passion Pirouette and Slow Motion are both distinctly metallic and were less easy for me to work with. Electric Boogie is absolutely divine and if you’re a fan of dark blues, you might just have to get this shade.

  • Passion Pirouette is a reddened fuchsia-purple with a metallic finish with a silver-ish overlay. If you take your time with this shade, I think you can bang out a pretty fun, metallic-look with minimal brush strokes. With metallic finishes, less is definitely more — you don’t want to have to go back over the same area, because you want to minimize the brush strokes as much as possible. It is an opaque shade, though, as it only requires two coats for a good, opaque color.
  • Slow Motion is a gray, lilac-tinged shade with a metallic finish. This shade takes about three coats to go opaque, but I found it was harder to disguise the brushstrokes, because the color itself is on the light side.
  • Belly Dance is a slightly grayed fleshy beige with champagne shimmer. This applied beautifully; it was easy to apply and went on smoothly. I found two coats was about right, though I applied three for good measure.
  • Night Moves is a silver with an almost pewter cast and a very glittery, more foil-like finish than a metallic-finish. Because the glitter is noticeable, it helps to disguise any brush stroke issues. This really did remind me of foil… but way, way more intense. It’s like foil met a disco ball and they had a glitter-tastic baby.
  • Electric Boogie is a rich, deep water blue with night sky sparkle. This is truly the standout shade of the six. This is a seriously lush color that looks kind of sexy on nails. It has sky blue shimmer and larger, more obvious blue-teal flecks of glitter. Beautiful!
  • Freestyle is a pastel mint green with champagne gold micro-glitter. This shade was the sheerest of the bunch and definitely needed three coats to look opaque, but three was good. It has a slightly metallic finish, so some brushstrokes are visible, but much less obvious than with Passion Pirouette and Slow Motion.

LOVE Electric Boogie, LIKE Freestyle and Night Moves, but would SKIP Passion Pirouette.

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  It’s not a solid collection, because not all shades are made equal, but there are some nice shades to be found within the collection as well.  If you do like metallic finishes and have no issues working with them, though, then you may enjoy the entire collection!

Availability: May 2010

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Barielle High Steppin' Collection

Barielle High Steppin' Collection
Passion Pirouette, Slow Motion, Belly Dance

Barielle High Steppin' Collection
Night Moves, Electric Boogie, Freestyle

Barielle High Steppin' Collection
Barielle Passion Pirouette Nail Lacquer

Barielle High Steppin' Collection
Barielle Passion Pirouette Nail Lacquer

Barielle High Steppin' Collection
Barielle Passion Pirouette Nail Lacquer

Barielle High Steppin' Collection
Barielle Slow Motion Nail Lacquer

Barielle High Steppin' Collection
Barielle Slow Motion Nail Lacquer

Barielle High Steppin' Collection
Barielle Slow Motion Nail Lacquer

Barielle High Steppin' Collection
Barielle Belly Dance Nail Lacquer

Barielle High Steppin' Collection
Barielle Belly Dance Nail Lacquer

Barielle High Steppin' Collection
Barielle Belly Dance Nail Lacquer

Barielle High Steppin' Collection
Barielle Night Moves Nail Lacquer

Barielle High Steppin' Collection
Barielle Night Moves Nail Lacquer

Barielle High Steppin' Collection
Barielle Night Moves Nail Lacquer

Barielle High Steppin' Collection
Barielle Electric Boogie Nail Lacquer

Barielle High Steppin' Collection
Barielle Electric Boogie Nail Lacquer

Barielle High Steppin' Collection
Barielle Electric Boogie Nail Lacquer

Barielle High Steppin' Collection
Barielle Freestyle Nail Lacquer

Barielle High Steppin' Collection
Barielle Freestyle Nail Lacquer

Barielle High Steppin' Collection
Barielle Freestyle Nail Lacquer

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17 thoughts on “Barielle High Steppin’ Collection for Summer 2010 Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Hiromi

    admittedly i wasn’t expecting much at all, but electric boogie really caught my eye! the only worthy release from this collection.

  2. Barielle Belly Dance Nail Lacquer is the only color I do like..

  3. kristina

    these are a hot mess LOL

  4. yes Electric Boogie is definitely SEXY !! so electrifying !

  5. Alannah

    Ooh, Belly Dance looks fantastic!

  6. Tabi

    I just ordered these from Barielle’s website, so they’re already available. Love the blue!!

  7. Tiffany

    Electric Boogie is gorgeous!!!

  8. Helena

    Electric Boogie is freakin’ gorgeous! Wantwantwant.

  9. CeeBee

    Glitter-tastic baby! LOL!

    I like Belly Dance – looks totally bleh in the bottle but lovely on. Electric Boogie looks like a bit of fun too.

  10. alice

    The blue looks great on you, but I only really like Belly Dance for every day wear. The green reminds me of an Orly mini, which applies very, very well, and which I own. In fact, when it comes to splashes of color, there’s nothing like mini bottles of nail polish. Barielle is very inconsistent. Sometimes the formulas are great, but other times, they are really, really bad. But you applied them all so well…

  11. Sara

    electric boogie is gorgeous, though i do have a thing for blues. =P
    do you know how much these cost?

  12. i don’t really like this collection. electric boogie is the only one i *might* consider getting