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More from the Linda Johansen Sugar Blossom Collection

A while ago I got a box with seven of the polishes from the new Sugar Blossom summer collection from Linda Johansen Nail Candy. I’ve already showed you Lilac Lilly and Key Lime, and today I have swatches of the remaining five colors I recieved.

 

Bikini Bottom
Greenish sky blue creme. Bright, but sometimes surprisingly dusty as well.

Blushing Bride
Light, soft pink with subtle golden shimmer.

Caribbean Breeze
Light blue with sparkly glassflecks.

Hot Blush
Bright pink with a hint of golden shimmer. The shimmer is visible in the bottle, but unfortunately very shy on the nails.

Sea Mint
Pastel mint creme.

The formula on these was excellent, the polish is neither too thick nor too thin, and it glides on the nails beautifully. Even Sea Mint was a dream to apply, which is very surprising for such a light pastel polish. All of these were opaque in two easy coats, except Caribbean Breeze, which needed four coats. These swatches are shown with a topcoat, again except Caribbean Breeze.

The colors are lovely, and very appropriate for spring and summer. The Sugar Blossom collection consists of fourteen polishes, mostly purples, pinks, blues and greens, so there should be something for everyone here. Linda Johansen Nail Candy can be purchased at Linda Johansen Beauty Shop, the price is NOK 139,- a bottle.

These products were sent to me for review.

The ABCs: L for Lilac Lilly

More from Linda Johansen’s Sugar Blossom collection today, with the refreshing creme called Linda Johansen Nail Candy Lilac Lilly. This is as the name suggests a lilac, but it’s a very pink and very bright lilac. When I saw it in the bottle, I was sure it was a dupe for OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender, but it turns out they’re not even close. Lilac Lilly is darker and brighter than LLL.
I couldn’t capture this color completely accurate, it’s actually less blue than these pictures show.

The polish is easy to apply, but as with Key Lime I suggest waiting between each coat to get an even application. I’ve used three coats plus Speedy Top coat here, and it’s even, smooth and shiny.

If you live in Norway, you can get these at Linda Johansen Beauty Shop where Nail Candy laquers cost NOK 139 a bottle.

This product was sent to me for review.

The ABCs: K for Key Lime

A week ago I was secretly freaking out about today’s post because it turns out I only have one polish starting with the letter K, and I’ve alreay posted about it. But suddenly an unexpected box containing seven Linda Johansen Nail Candy lacquers from the new Sugar Blossom collection appeared in my mailbox! Luckily for me, one of them started with K, so here’s Linda Johansen Nail Candy Key Lime!

Key Lime is a soft pastel spring green with fine shimmer. It’s very cute, and I don’t have anything like it in my stash. It looks more mint green in my pics than it is in real life, it’s really not that stark.

The formula was nice and easy to work with, and I needed 2-3 coats to get full, even coverage. I recommend waiting a few minutes between each coat to avoid bald spots. It dries a smidge dull on its own, but a coat of Linda Johansen’s Speedy Top Coat really brings out that beautiful shimmer.

Linda Johansen Nail Candy lacquers including the Sugar Blossom collection are available at Linda Johansen Beauty Shop, the price is NOK 139 a bottle.

This product was sent to me for review.

Linda Johansen Nail Candy Purple Haze & Star Gazer

The other day I got a message that a mystery package had arrived for me at the post office. I didn’t remember ordering anything from that sender, so I was super curious to find out what it was. Turns out it was a beautiful box of goodies from Linda Johansen Beauty Shop!

The box contained two Lip Spa lip balms, a bottle of Speedy Top Coat and two bottles of polish from the Winter Breeze collection.

I’ve reviewed the top coat earlier, along with the shade Mannequin, read more about it here. Today I will be showing you my swatches of the two winter colors, called Purple Haze and Star Gazer.

First out is Purple Haze, this is a purple taupe creme. It has a chameleon-like quality, sometimes it looks grey, sometimes brown and sometimes it leans more purple. Although it’s a creme, it looks very similar to Chanel Paradoxal, just without the violet shimmer. A very chic and edgy color.

Next we have Star Gazer, and I just have to say wow! What a stunner! It has the same base color as Purple Haze, but it’s packed with tiny glitter particles in gold and purple that really makes it sparkle. It kinda reminds me of a purple version of SpaRitual Sacred Ground, which I also love.

These were easy to apply, just a tad streaky on the first coat(s). I used one thin and one thicker coat for Purple Haze, and it really levels out beautifully on the nail. For Star Gazer I needed three coats, but you could also layer this one over Purple Haze, since the base colors are so similar. I’ve used the Speedy Top Coat over these swatches, and it’s a quality top coat with great shine.

These polishes, and other products from Linda Johansen’s line, can be purchased here. The price of the nail polishes is NOK 139 a bottle.

By the way, did you know that Karianne from Neglelakkmani is a color consultant for Linda Johansen’s nail polish line? I trust her to give Linda some insider tips on what we nail polish addicts really want to see more of! ;)

(These products were sent to me for review.)

Linda Johansen Nail Candy Mannequin & Speedy Top Coat

I have something quite unusual for you today, nail polish from Norway! Linda Johansen Nail Candy is a new Norwegian nail polish brand which is Big 3-free. The line was released this spring consisting of 12 different colors plus basecoat and topcoat. 4 times a year the palette will be updated with new colors, some which will be added to the core line and some which are limited edition.

I got the chance to try one of the polishes from the core line, along with the quick dry top coat. The color is called Mannequin and the topcoat is called Speedy Top Coat.

Mannequin is  a neutral beige opaque creme, described on the website as “Hands that are gorgeous and glossy, that look expensive and exclusive. This is the polish you’ll wear for that executive interview. A timeless and trendy color that’s always elegant!”. I would describe it as soft and work appropriate, and it lives up to its name by being a really flattering “mannequin hands” color.

The formula is really good, not too thin and not too thick. Pretty much perfect, I’d say, and that’s a big plus for me, because I always battle with these nude, “no effort” colors. I needed three coats to get it completely smooth and opaque without any bald spots. The only thing I didn’t like, to be nitpicky, is the round and quite stiff brush. I prefer a flat brush, so this one isn’t my favorite.

I used the Speedy Top Coat over this mani, and I’m quite pleased with it. It does what it says on the tin, dries quickly to a shiny, glossy finish. It’s not as fast drying as Seche Vite, more in the league of Poshé. I’m also impressed with the wear of the topcoat, I wore this mani for a night at work, and it’s still shiny and there are no chips.

Linda Johansen Nail Candy can be found here, and in select stores around Norway. The price is NOK 139,- a bottle (11 ml/0.37 fl.oz).  For my international readers, I’m happy to say that Linda Johansen does ship internationally. The website is just in Norwegian right now, but an English site is due to come up in November.

All in all, I have to say that I really like the formula of this line, and even though the selection of colors and finishes is a bit limited at the moment, I’m really curious to see what will be released in the seasonal collections. But I have to say, that unless they come up with something really unique, I wouldn’t personally be choosing this brand, just because of the steep pricetag. Though, if you’re looking for basic, classic colors and don’t mind the price, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this line.

What do you think of Linda Johansen Nail Candy?

(These products were sent to me for review.)

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