Last year I missed out on the Golden Girls quartet. I really kicked myself when I was visiting a friends house months ago, and saw them on her swatch sticks. She offered to let me use them, but I wanted to squirrel them away like the good polish obsessed that I am; so I patiently stalked resale groups to find them.
Imagine how excited I was when I saw that they were making a comeback to the multichrome madness facebook group for December. Usually every holiday season I buy myself a few presents because they’re group exclusives and such, and there’s no way my husband would figure out how to do all of that. This year, this Lady Santa bought the quartet for herself, and would you know it? All these others fell in her cart too during checkout! There’s a day or two left to order these pretties, so I figured I’d squeeze in a post about them in case anyone was on the fence. So, onward with the haul post!
*I’d like to note, that I pulled official descriptions from the Tonic site, as these were not pr’s.
Blanche. Official description: a sweet violet scattered holo with aqua multichrome shimmer that shifts to vibrant fuchsia.
Swatches show three coats with topcoat. Formula built nicely and everything is smooth with topcoat. I love the holo, there’s enough in there to give a full scattered effect and just sparkle like crazy. The shimmer is gorgeous and glowey throughout the nail. I think this was my favorite in the quartet. You can easily see the shift when tilting your fingers. As usual, I dimmed the lights so you can see the color roll on the last photo.
Dorothy. Official description: a blackened teal multichrome with tiny purple sparkles that shifts to deep purple.
Swatches show three coats with topcoat, easy build up and moderate thickness. This was the more ‘subtle’ in shift of the quartet. I say that mildly, titling your nails you’ll see the purple pop. In person, you can see the little purple sparks throughout. On the final shot, you can see them on my index nail.
Rose. Official description: a rose red scattered holo multichrome that shifts to orange and yellow.
Swatches show three coats with topcoat. The holo has a dense scattered effect and the inner copper glow is gorgeous. You’ll see rose red in dull lighting, and orange and gold creating depth in the center. On tilt, and shade you’ll see it just light up like a sunset. This reminds me of molten metal that’s trying to cool on the edges. Very pretty.
Sophia. Official description: a blue with strong pale green multichrome shimmer that shifts to lavender and pink with a subtle scattered holo sparkle.
Swatches show two coats with topcoat. The luminescent shift in Sophia is being a little shy in bright lights, but I promise it’s there! The holo is a little less packed than the previous two but still so perfect. On tilt, you’ll see the lovely purple and green come out to play. Stunning in all lighting. Bright lights will pick up the pale blue with a green shimmer throughout, and in shaded areas you’ll see how different it’ll look, like in the last two photos.
So that’s the quartet, now I’d like to share the new trio that released in December. I will say that the quartet seemed to be the thickest in formula out of all nine that I swatched. It doesn’t make them hard to use, but just be mindful of brush strokes.
Innocence. Official description: a blue-lilac base with sparkly pink-gold-green multichrome flash and scattered holo.
Swatches show three thin coats with topcoat. Formula was very easy to use and I feel like you could easily get away with two. The inner glow is just awesome on this one. The shimmer is bright pink in indoor lighting, and on tilt you can easily see the gold and green pop. Formula is nice and dense and very opaque.
Hush. Official description: a blue-green-purple multichrome with sparkly pink-gold-green shimmers.
Swatches show three coats with topcoat. At first look at the bottle, I thought it was pretty close to Peacock Parade but after applying, not really. Indoor lighting I see a deep emerald green, and in bright lights you’ll see the navy blue below. On tilt the purple gives an easy color roll. I love the shimmers here, they give a scattered sparkly effect to the nail.
Zeppo. Official description: a deep purpley fuchsia-gold-green magnetic multichrome in a dark base with glowy blue iridescent flakes.
Swatches show two coats with the magnet used on the second coat. I used the magnet that comes with the duo since I couldn’t find my favorite neodymium magnet (pretty sure my son played with it, and now it is lost in the land of toys). The contrasting colors all over the place remind me of a super nova. The magnetic shimmer easily shifts from orange and pink, while the blue flakes are scattered all over. After top coating, everything laid nice and flat too.
And finally, the duo that as far as I know, will be available after the deadline for the multichrome madness customs.
Superstar. Official description: A deep berry red with strong blue multichrome glow that shifts to vibrant red, with flaming orangey red iridescent flakes that shift a little green.
Swatches show three coats with topcoat. This one really freaking glows. I love it. You’ll see the berry with a glowing blue flame all over in any lighting, and just a slight tilt, the red shift just screams at you. The orange flakes in this one are larger, which I adore and easily pick up on your brush during application. Talk about royal camera freak out on this polish. It didn’t know where to focus lol!
Becoming. Official description: a dark blue base with magnetic green-purple shifting multichrome pigment and iridescent orangey-red flakes that shift green.
Swatches show two coats and topcoat, with the second coat using the magnet. I love this one so much, I did a more harsh design here, the base is a very dark navy and the flakies give a scattered rainbow all over. No fishing, and the magnetic shimmer easily shifts from a beautiful light emerald, to purple and blue. All flakies lay down nice and flat after topcoat. I was actually glad this was the last one I swatched, because I went ahead and painted the rest of my fingers.
WHEW. Gold star for making it all the way down here! The trio and quartet are available until the 31, and you must be a member of multichrome madness on facebook to order. As far as what I’ve seen posted, the Holiday duo will be sticking around a bit.
I’m assuming everyone and their mom already got theirs, but in case you haven’t and want to be extra naughty like me; get free shipping at $75 in the US with the code USFREESHIP. Canadian customers can use INTERNATIONAL10 for $10 off $50 or more. Overall, I’m very pleased with my gift to myself this year. My favorites would be Blanche, Becoming, Zeppo and Innocence.
Finally, I’d like to note that if you have trouble keeping the magnetic design on your nails, I’ve found the best success with holding the magnet as close as possible to your nails for ~20 seconds and waiting a minute or two before top coating. That was how I was able to keep the harsher design on Becoming. If you topcoat immediately after using the magnet it’ll look like my swatches for Zeppo. I’d also like to add that all of these had a stronger smell than most polishes I’ve swatched. I figured it was important for those that have sensitive noses. I don’t think it’d be a problem if you’re just doing a mani but be in a well ventilated area if you’re doing a marathon. These are so packed with pigments, I’m not surprised but thought it worth mentioning.
So, am I the last person on the planet to get my paws on these? I’m thinking so LOL. Thanks so much for reading! ❤