Because why not?

Maybelline - Colour Show Brocades.

8 March 2014
My current obsession with glitter polishes is still going strong and I have been scouring my local Priceline stores for the new Maybelline Brocade polishes for a few weeks now, I'm not sure if they are selling out because they are popular or my local stores just aren't stocking them yet but my efforts to find the range had been futile until I spotted some at my local Coles. The last time I bought something like this from Coles was the first of never, clearly I need to pay more attention to the potential of slipping some sneaky makeup items in to the weekly shopping.

I picked up 220 Knitted Gold & 223 Sapphire Stich (it's actually spelt that way on the bottle.. I dunno, maybe they are trying to be clever?).

I opted to wear Knitted Gold and my first major fuck up with this polish was not photographing it the instant after I'd finished applying it, instead I chose to go to sleep, shower after waking up and then photograph it only to discover that in the 10 or so hours of doing basically nothing since applying it, the polish had started to chip, even a long wear base coat and Seche Vite top coat couldn't help this polish to last the distance.

2 coats
These polishes are supposed to be a holographic base with small (round) and large (hexagon) accent glitters, I don't agree that they are true holographic bases, they do have some colour morphing ability in direct sunlight but it's nothing like what I've seen some holos manage when the sun strikes them. Knitted Gold is a heavy gold micro glitter base with pink accent glitter, this one almost looks like gold leaf has been applied to the nail, it's so intensely metallic in appearance. While I like it enough not to want to throw it in the bin I don't feel the need to keep it on my nails for the rest of my life, the accent glitter actually makes it difficult to get nice smooth lines near my cuticles and I don't generally tidy them up when I use glitter polishes because it's more trouble than it's worth.

The longevity is right up there on my crap-o-meter, the polish chipped while I slept and showered for Gods sake, I own some $2 polishes that will get me through almost a week. After applying Sapphire Stich (nup, it's not clever, it's just a spelling error that was put there to annoy the shit out of people like me), I did the dishes (with gloves) and it chipped slightly on my right hand. Sigh. I'll give Knitted Gold some credit as it's not glaringly obvious when it starts to chip.

Sapphire Stich is a purple base with heavy gold micro glitter and purple accent glitter, really pretty and I can see myself wearing this a lot in winter despite the shitty longevity.

1 coat and a photo that doesn't do it justice.
Both polishes are hard to remove but we all know you must sacrifice your sanity when wearing most heavy glitter based polishes.

As for the Brocades name.. Let me put it this way; these resemble a brocade fabric like a cat resembles a tree.

  • Pretty finish.
  • Inexpensive at $5.95 a bottle.

  • Longevity is shit.
  • Removal is difficult.

I won't be running out to buy the other colours in the range, they just aren't impressive enough for me, I'd prefer to buy more Sally Hansen Gem Crush colours.

Can you suggest an awesome Maybelline product to try next? Because they have been nothing but Disappointing Danny's for me recently.

All Products were purchased by myself and I'm in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying.

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10 comments on "Maybelline - Colour Show Brocades."
  1. These look so gorgeous in the bottle, its a shame that they aren't the best with lasting power. I might give them a miss now! Sally Hansen Gem Crush polishes are freakin awesome, I nearly have all of them now!

    1. The gem crush polishes played a big part in fueling the fire for my new polish addiction, I really need to own them all!

  2. Hailey hon, your honesty is a breath of fresh air, plus you make me laugh SO damn hard! Thanks for making my Saturday night doll :-) I've never tried MNY polishes and I never will now ha ha. But...the Colour Tattoos make brilliant bases, their little mini shadows for 3 bucks are pretty impressive. and I can't survive without MNY Master Precise Liquid Liner xxx

    1. Thank you for the kind words Kat! I have a colour tattoo and the liquid liner that I've not opened yet so I'll have to try them out, give the brand a chance to redeem its self!

  3. Your posts always make me laugh! Might give these a miss.

    1. Thanks Rose :) I can't say I'd recommend them! Hopefully their nude range they are releasing soon is a little better.

  4. What a shame!!! Sapphire Stich is very pretty indeed. I get awful stains on my nails when I remove my glitter nail polish grr

    LilynotLouise | Beauty and Food

    1. They are so difficult to remove!! I have to whip out the acetone and it drys out my nails so much!!

  5. Knitted Gold looks so pretty but isn't it annoying that it didn't even last one night?? Guess I won't be bothered with them now. I almost bought it!! Glad I read your review!!! I tried this the other day and I love it!! Last quite awhile too!! Maybe you should check it out.

  6. Thank you for the recommendation! I might give it a go, I'm sure they have some good polishes in their range it's just a matter of finding them :)