Saturday, 2 March 2013

Bad Apple Cosmetics - Review and swatches of polishes and Top & Base Coat

Hello lovelies,

I'd like to introduce you to a British brand called Bad Apple Cosmetics! I've discovered them just recently when I saw one of their pretty duochrome colours. I was fortunate enough to receive some samples for review so now I can show them to you!

Something about Bad Apple Cosmetics: 'The Bad Apple design was developed by Darren Woods who prides himself on being the sole designer of these exclusive colours. By drawing upon his extensive experience within the industry and from all the advice he has given to others about colours, he has finally been able to design and develop his own range of stunning nail varnishes. This Bad Apple range is based on 70s cars such as the TVR. Bad Apple nail varnishes are no drip, no chip and high gloss. Bad Apple Cosmetics do not contain Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP or Parabens.'

Lucy's Stash - Bad Apple Cosmetics


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3D Cape - grey shimmer base with pink and magenta duochrome shimmer. This polish is a part of the 3D collection full of duochrome shades. Although it doesn't look like it in the pictures, this polish has lovely duochrome effect. The colour changes from pinkish purple shimmer to olive green but it's not too strong. It applied very easily and I needed two coats for full coverage. I generally don't have any problem with this polish and I have used the Bad Apple Top & Base coat.

Lucy's Stash - Bad Apple Cosmetics 3D Cape
Lucy's Stash - Bad Apple Cosmetics 3D Cape
Lucy's Stash - Bad Apple Cosmetics 3D Cape



Alkmene - frosty cotton candy pink with glass fleck particles. This was my least favourite shade I must admit as the finish and the formula were not up to scratch. It was easy to apply but very streaky so I had to pay a lot of attention when painting nails. The pigmentation is slightly lower so I have applied three coats. There are small particles that look to me like glass flecks in the polish which cause the finish uneven and they look like imperfections. If this is intentional then I don't think it was a good choice.

Lucy's Stash - Bad Apple Cosmetics Alkmene
Lucy's Stash - Bad Apple Cosmetics Alkmene
Lucy's Stash - Bad Apple Cosmetics Alkmene
Lucy's Stash - Bad Apple Cosmetics Alkmene




Bad Bad - classic black creme. This is a good black polish that has good formula. I was happy with the pigmentation as one thick coat provided full coverage. It applied very easily and dried quite fast. It dries slightly satin so topcoat is needed if you want glossy look.

Lucy's Stash - Bad Apple Cosmetics Bad Bad
Lucy's Stash - Bad Apple Cosmetics Bad Bad
Lucy's Stash - Bad Apple Cosmetics Bad Bad




Barn - bright pink base with fuchsia shimmer. This is a really lovely summer polish and it is much brighter in real life! Its pigmentation is excellent, it is almost one coater. I have applied two coats just to ensure full coverage. It applied very easily and dried fast.

Lucy's Stash - Bad Apple Cosmetics Barn
Lucy's Stash - Bad Apple Cosmetics Barn
Lucy's Stash - Bad Apple Cosmetics Barn



Misty - dark blue-grey creme shade. It has really great formula that applies easily and dries fast. It is almost one-coater but I have applied second coat for perfect coverage. I've sealed the whole manicure with Bad Apple Top & Base Coat. 

Lucy's Stash - Bad Apple Cosmetics Misty
Lucy's Stash - Bad Apple Cosmetics Misty
Lucy's Stash - Bad Apple Cosmetics Misty



I have applied Bad Apple Top & Base Coat under and over each polish. It has thin formula that flows well. I always compare everything to Seche Vite topcoat as you know. The BA Top & Base Coat dries slower than Seche yet sufficiently fast for me to use over swatches or nail art. I will be using this topcoat when I don't need extra fast drying and thick coat. It dries very glossy which I liked a lot.

I was curious about how the 3D Red Cape and Alkmene look over black so I have layered them over Bad Bad.

Lucy's Stash - Bad Apple Cosmetics



Each nail polish bottle is round shape and has 14ml and good wide brush. It is not as wide as OPI brush but it still provides good nail coverage.

Lucy's Stash - Bad Apple Cosmetics


I liked some of the shades a lot, especially 3D Cape and Misty and I am really thinking about getting some of the other 3D duochrome shades. I was quite disappointed that the formulas weren't consistent and they changed from polish to polish. I would really like to see well-pigmented consistent formula in the future as I quite like the concept of this brand. I will however give Bad Apple another chance! Support British brands I say :)

You can purchase Bad Apple polishes at the Cheap Smells website for really good prices or directly at the Bad Apple Cosmetics website. They also sell nail wraps so if you're into them check them out too!



*These were provided for a review

15 comments:

  1. i love how 3D Red Cape looks layered over black! Great swatches :)

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  2. I was pretty confused the entire post because in the first line it says British Brand and for some reason I read it British Boy Band. I was looking at the polishes and expecting some sort of boy band to pop up until it dawned on me to go back and re read!

    I love the bottle shapes and Misty looks lovely on you!

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  3. 3D Cape and Barn are really pretty!

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  4. Oh wow!! Misty and 3D Cape are stunners! :)

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  5. I love the bottle shape and their name Bad Apple :D haha

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  6. The bottles are too cute! And amazing swatches! <3

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  7. Misty and Bad Bad are my faves. Great swatches!

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  8. Misty is stunning & your nails are perfection ☼

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  9. Your swatches are just divine! My favorite is Misty.

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  10. Misty is awesome. Great review!!!

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  11. Thank you for all the comments lovelies! xoxo

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  12. Want and need them all. Thanks for the review. Xxx

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