Barielle has two new collection out for Fall/Winter and this is Runway Fever! As far as I can tell these aren't sold in a set on their website yet, but you can still buy them separately with the ever popular buy one get one 50% off sale.
One Shade of Gray is a medium/dark grey creme. I can see why they call this one shade of gray. If there could be such a thing as true gray, this would be it.
This is two coats. If you noticed, I had a wee bit of bubbling with with one on my second nail. BUT...
I got Barielle Ultra Speed Dry Manicure Extender recently and I have tried it more than once on top of bubbles with awesome results. Voila, no more bubbles! It's a great top coat that I have had absolutely zero issues with.
Ahhh my absolute favorite from this collection...Rusted Vintage Boots - This is a lovely russet brown rusty orange spice with a tinge of red. Overall it's mostly orange. It's sunset meets pumpkin spice meets crunchy fall leaves meets awesomeness. Or you could just call it Rusted Vintage Boots...lol.
I tried a little nail art with this collection and did a quick half moon mani with Rusted Vintage Boots and Erica's Pencil Skirt. This picture is the most color accurate for Rusted Vintage Boots as it's a bit more orange than the previous photos in most lights.
Alli's Lace Cover Up - Light fairy pale blue-toned pink creme with a slight touch of lavender. It's pretty pale for my skin tone, but surprisingly I don't think it looks bad on me! I'd love to see this on a nice tan person.
These swatches are 3 coats not for opacity so much as it didn't self-level perfectly. It wasn't thick, just not as self-leveling as it could be.
I love finding fun things that match my polish. My mother got a cherry blossom flower pot for us as a wedding gift and they look so cute together :D.
I tried more nail art again, this time a chevron french with Alli's Lace Cover Up and One Shade of Gray. Yeeeaa this might be a fail haha. I had never tried this and just broke some nails so had to nub them...This would look way better on longer nails. Definitely using tape next time, and it would have looked nicer with a topcoat to smooth things out.
I also started to get some bubbles with this one, as you can probably tell. I honestly thought it was my application when I had this issue with some previous polishes, hastily applying them for swatches and not waiting in between coats, so I haven't mentioned it before. I really waited in between coats this time and tried not to apply layers too thickly. I've only had this issue with some of their cremes, so I recommend following some bubble prevention tips when applying them. The topcoat probably would have fixed it. You know polishes and body chemistry though, who knows what's going to happen!
Jordana's Skinny Jeans - A medium/dark sapphire blue with a foil metallic shimmer that makes it sparkle a much brighter blue with any light. Truly a gem!
Erica's Pencil Skirt - A very dark maroon wine with a vampy brown side. Makes me think of Pinor Noir :). This polish is dark enough to look black at first glance and to the eyes of the average bystander (via a test with my husband lol). A glance from a polish connoisseur would see an extremely dark brown with a red tinge. You can really see the red jellyness in brighter light, and it does look more red on the nail vs the bottle. When I just looked at the bottle I thought it was a dark brown.
Here is the darker side. This one seems to be a jelly, but I'm not sure you could make a jelly sani with it considering how dark the color is. I had some issues with balding and patchiness, so this is three coats. It is a pain to remove from skin/cuticles, though most reds are sadly! Definitely a color for Fall and Winter. I think very dark colors like this are becoming more popular. The jelly finish makes it uber shiny as you can see in the pics (without a top coat).
You can buy Barielle polishes for $8 on their site, or $25 for this collection. You get %15 off for registering with your email, and they're pretty much always buy one get one 50% off! Ulta also sells them and you can use their coupons if you'd prefer to buy them in person. Don't forget to check out Barielle's Facebook page too!
These products were provided to me for my unbiased review.