Thursday, August 23, 2012

H&M Urban Spirit

Hello my lovelies! I'm still in London so this is a scheduled post. I will be showing you an H&M polish that I wore a few weeks ago, so that's why my nails are shorter in these photos. I got this as a gift from a friend who returned from Italy and I was very excited because it looked great in the bottle. Unfortunately, it didn't turn out that great on the nails. 

H&M Urban Spirit indoors, artificial light
Urban Spirit is a medium purple jelly packed with tiny purple shimmer. I was very excited when I examined the bottle under a lamp. I saw some magenta shimmers and even a few light blue ones in there. Sadly, this isn't too evident on the nail, and was impossible to capture in photos. Here's a thumb macro where you can see a hint of what I'm talking about. 

I worked so hard to capture this better. But in the majority of the photos, the polish just falls flat on the nails. The sun pictures make it look like a foil, but I assure you that's not the case. You would probably need a macro lens to catch the tiny particles in this polish and my camera is not that sophisticated. 

H&M Urban Spirit in the sun
What I absolutely hated about this polish was the formula. It's actually pretty sheer and needed 3 thick coats to be opaque. Even so, there was still a hint of visible nail line. Now with 3 thick coats, I absolutely needed to add Seche Vite to make it dry. After that, it shrunk so bad that I almost wanted to remove it. I'm not sure if it was a reaction to Seche Vite. I've never had a polish shrink that bad before and I even wrapped the tips. But even with fast dry top coat, it was still dentable after a few hours. 

H&M Urban Spirit indoors, artificial direct light
I also tried to layer this on top of some cremes, and while that does help with opacity, it doesn't bring out the shimmers in it compared to these pictures. H&M polishes remain a hit or miss for me which makes me sad because the prices are pretty low and the colors are usually gorgeous. I will be returning from my holiday tomorrow so this is the last scheduled post. Stay tuned to see what polishes I brought back from London!


  1. Oh no, what a pity about the formula! I've never tried H&M so I don't know if this is normal or not. Still, I think it looks really pretty on your nails! Safe trip :)

  2. Well usually they are not that sheer but they have a thick formula. It looked do much prettier in real life than in pictures!


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