Colors by Llarowe Winter 2015 Partial Collection Swatches & Review

Happy Monday everyone - an oxymoron if ever there was one, right? Today I have for you 4 polishes from the Colors by Llarowe Winter 2015 Collection. I have been on a self-imposed no buy/low buy for some months now and these polishes have been on my wish list for awhile. Now that I have released myself from the shackles that are the no buy I treated myself to them!



I used two coats for each polish with base coat. I also picked up the CbL PDQ Top Coat. I used one coat over each polish.

First up is Berries in the Snow, a rich blackened berry wine. If you follow me on Instagram (and if you don't you need to get on that, yo!) then you probably saw this polish. It was the first one I tried when they arrived. Can I just say that this polish is filled with awesome? Okay. I said it. Because it is. This is hands down one of my all-time favorite CbLs. The formula is fantastic. It was the easiest of the bunch to work with. I had no issues during application.


Next up is my second favorite polish from my picks, Hot Buttered Rum, a golden nude scattered holo. I am a sucker for golds like this one. The formula was on the thick side. I was able to achieve full opacity with just one coat. I used two out of force of habit but next I time I will skip the second coat since it really isn't needed. Despite the thicker consistency it was fairly easy to work with and I had no issues with application.


'Shroom With a View is a taupe brown scattered holo. I am on the fence with this one. While I love how it looks in other swatches I've seen, I don't really like it on myself. The formula was the thickest of the four and not as easy to work with. I had a few issues with streak and patchiness. I definitely needed two coats to smooth it out and cover patches. I might add as bit of thinner to it and see if that helps the application process.


Last is Santa Baby, the prerequisite nod to the holiday season in the collection. A cherry red linear holo. The formula is pretty identical to Berries in the Snow; very easy to apply with no issues. This is another color that I love on others and am pretty meh about on myself. I'm not a huge red polish person so that could be the reason. If you are a red polish girl this is definitely one to add to your collection.


Final thoughts:

The two standouts from my picks are Berries in the Snow and Hot Buttered Rum. There are a few other colors that I am thinking of picking up from the collection. And a few notes on the PDQ Top Coat. I was really impressed with how it did not dull the holo finish on any of the polishes. It dried quickly and left a nice glossy shine. Will definitely be purchasing again!

The Colors by Llarowe Winter collection is available via the Llarowe website and retail for $12 a bottle.