Guys, I'm super excited about today's post. I have a soft spot for this particular brand because, spoiler alert, Ashley is awesome and I'm lucky to consider her a friend. That said, our friendship does not influence my review, I just genuinely like her products.
The Photometry collection from Emerald & Ash is something that has been in the works for a long time and after extensive testing and tweaking (which is the norm for E&A) Ashley and Nate were ready to release it. It was worth the wait because, man, the results are stunning. Oh, did I mention that Emerald & Ash is a husband/wife team? One thing that is so great about this brand is that they are able to combine Nate's passion for physics and science with Ashley's passion for polish and come up with some truly unique and inspired collections; this one is no different. Here is the collection description directly from Ashley.
The Photometry Collection has actually been in the works since we created our line over a year ago. It was always our intention to bring Nate’s job into the mix as it is such a huge part of who he is and what he loves. In case you’re wondering what that job is and why he’d be drawn to this type of thing, he is a Quantum Physics major and is currently a teacher of core physics at a university. A lot of his studies have included light and optics, so we took that and created polishes based on the colors that different light phenomenon create. The thing that ties these polishes together is that they are filled with glass flakes and a touch of holo. We wanted them to dance and change in whatever light source they are seen in.The Photometry collection consists of five gorgeous polishes that are full of shimmer and flakes. They are simple and yet so lovely in their simplicity - the perfect balm for those suffering from glitter fatigue.
One note about my particular batch - when I was swatching these I noticed that the brushes were slightly bent or curved. It didn't affect the application of the polish but it was something I mentioned to Ashley. She wasn't sure what the issue was but offered to send new brushes to replace these ones. Ashley has always put customer service first and she stands behind her products. I checked the brushes again tonight and they are starting to self-correct. Ashley thinks it's possible that the coating that is on the brushes to prevent fraying hadn't been completely dissolved by the chemicals in the polish. Either way, she appreciated the feedback and I ALWAYS appreciate top-notch customer service.
Now, on to the polish. With all five I used one coat of CND Stickey base coat and one coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri top coat.
* All descriptions come directly from Ashley.
A charming softened green shimmer with pops of red and green micro flakies and a slight touch of holo. Full coverage at 2-3 coats depending on your application.
Shown here is three coats. This green is perfect for spring.
A brilliant bright blue jelly with aqua undertones and shimmer that is filled with glass flakes and a slight touch of holo. Full coverage at 2-3 coats depending on your application.
Shown here is three coats. This polish is STUNNING in person. Like I could not stop staring at my fingers.
A pure white crelly with white shimmer that is filled with micro flakies and a slight touch of holo. Can be worn alone with coverage in 3 coats or layered over a white base.
Shown here, starting with the index finger: index - one coat white (Revlon Spirited) and two coats Mie Scattering; middle and ring - four coats Mie Scattering; pinkie - two coats white and one coat Mie Scattering. As most white polish tends to be this is fairly sheer, but I think I prefer it with four coats on its own - I found that layering it over white took away from the flakes.
A yellow-orange shimmering stunner with copper flashes and a surprise red color shift once on the nail. It is filled with micro flakies and a slight touch of holo. Full coverage at 2-3 coats depending on your application.
Shown here is two coats. I'm a fan of orange polish when it's well done and this one definitely is.
A lovely lighter, yet vivid, purple crelly with violet flashes and a lot of shimmer that is filled with micro flakies and a slight touch of holo. Full coverage at 2-3 coats depending on your application.
Shown here is three coats. I had a hard time capturing how pretty this is. Just trust me, it's lovely in person.
They're great, right? I'm sure you picked up on it, but my favourite is definitely Cherenkov Radiation (I always want to type CherNEkov). I think it's one of the most brilliant and gorgeous blues I've ever seen.
Later this week I'll have another Emerald & Ash post - the Happy Primary Circumgyration collection!
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