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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Avon Nailwear Pro+ Petal Impressions Collection


I love Spring polish collections! The allure of soft, pastels and plenty of pinks and lavenders is almost irrepressible. Almost. After a while, it seems like every shade seems to have already been done, does it not?

While Avon's Petal Impressions collection is without a doubt, very Spring, it is just that little bit different from the standard pastels with the addition of a pearlized, shimmering finish. I love that the shades have names corresponding to impressionist art- most notably Van Gogh and Monet. Read on to take a closer look!

 Avon Nailwear Pro+ Sweet Pea Dreams*, Painted Peony*, and Inspired Iris* 12 ml/0.4 fl. oz $6.99

Avon Nailwear Pro+ Garden Green*, Blue Water Lilies*, Forget-Me-Not Blue* 12 ml/0.4 fl. oz $6.99*

'Introducing 6 new shades that capture the essence of impressionist art
  • Subtle sparkle-pearl finish resists dings, bangs, and nicks for 12 days of lasting color.
  • Custom precision flat brush allows a smooth, professional application.

When I first saw the promo images of this collection, these polishes didn't look that appealing; the shimmer looked quite frosty, and I imagined a lot of streaking. I'm not afraid to admit this: I was totally wrong! The 'sparkle-pearl' finish that these polishes have is stunning and gives each shade a glowy, lit from within look, and the formula, which did differ a bit from shade to shade, applied evenly and without fuss. No streaks! I do happen to love the brush Avon polishes have. It's a flattened brush, but it's not as wide as other brands, and it really does make application easier.

Most of these only required two coats, but some did have a thinner formula, but the even for a thin formula application was perfectly smooth and fuss free. The polish is incredibly shiny, even before topcoat and does wear well. I don't know about twelve days (I'm notoriously hard on polish) but I did find that these shades did resist chipping longer than others I've used in the past.


  Avon Nailwear Pro+ Sweet Pea Dreams*

Sweet Pea Dreams is a pale, shell type beige. I wasn't sold that this shade would look that great on me, but the shimmer/pearl finish gives it a glow, making it quite pretty. It ends up being a more feminine take on nude shades. The formula of Sweet Pea is the thinnest out of the bunch, but surprisingly it did build easier than I thought. I ended up needed three coats for full opacity.

 Avon Nailwear Pro+ Painted Peony*

Painted Peony is a pink kissed peach shade. The shimmer/pearl finish leans a golden shade in this polish, giving a bit more warmth than the cooler tones that make up the rest of the collection. This shade was one with a thinner consistency and required three thin coats.

 Avon Nailwear Pro+ Inspired Iris*

Inspired Iris is a cool pinky-purple with silvery-blue shimmer. The base shade reminds me of OPI Lucky, Lucky Lavender, which happens to be an all time favourite of mine. This shade does have a thinner formula, requiring three thin coats for perfection.

 Avon Nailwear Pro+ Garden Green*

Garden Green is a medium-deep, grassy green with shimmer that shifts through blue, silver, and gold. I seriously love this shade and the formula is pretty much perfect. This is two thin coats, but one thick would likely work just as nicely.

 Avon Nailwear Pro+ Blue Water Lilies* 

Blue Water Lilies is a medium blue that almost leans periwinkle, with silvery shimmer. This shade has a fantastic formula- two easy coats.

 Avon Nailwear Pro+ Forget-Me-Not Blue*

Forget-Me-Not Blue is a medium-deep cobalt-ish blue with silvery-blue shimmer. I say 'ish' as it's not quite, but close. I think that this is my favourite shade out of the bunch, it's just so.... perfect! On top of being a stand out colour, it's a one coater too! Not too shabby at all.

Overall, there are some pretty fantastic shades in this collection. I'm hard pressed to pick my favourites, but Forget-Me-Not Blue, Garden Green, and Painted Peony are pretty fantastic. Are you excited about Spring polish collections? What shades do you tend to go for?

Available as of March. Orders can be made through Avon Independent Sales Representatives, by calling 1-800-265-AVON or online at www.avon.ca