I’m pretty excited about this collection. And about my new lighting set up. You might notice the photos look different from past swatches. I got a photo tent and some daylight lamps, so I can stop chasing the sun from my windowsill, and hopefully take higher quality, color-accurate photos. Let me know what you think. Photography tips are always welcome.
On with the Wilde collection . . .
A deep copper metallic shimmer, Running with Wolves looks nearly black along the edges of the nails and glows in the middle. It makes me think of burnt caramel rather than a dirty penny. Highly recommended for those who have had trouble pulling off overly bright or orangey copper polishes. Rich, gorgeous and a bit spooky.
Spirit Child is a cool, sparkling crimson. In the bottle it looks to have some fiery shimmer mixed in, but on the nail it translates into just a flash of warmer toned red every now and again. While it’s a lovely color, Spirit Child isn’t totally my scene.
Instinct looked more interesting in the bottle than on the nail, missing the fuchsia reflections that flash from inside the bottle. It does have a wash of blue sparkle in the right light though. Instinct goes on watery and is the only polish of the collection requiring three coats to avoid bald spots at the base of the nails.
Rhythm of Life is a transformer. Under bright light, it is a perfect sparkling emerald and inside it’s more of a mermaid green. Similarly to Spirit Child, if you have deeply rounded nail beds you may be lucky enough to see some teal-blue shimmer along the edges of your nail. Be forewarned Rhythm of Life left behind major stains after spending a week on my toes, so double up on the base coat for this one.
Howl just might be the new black. Sunlight will pick up the coppery micro shimmer, but in low light the shimmer gives the black base a soft espresso sheen. Much easier to wear than the standard black crème.
Sacred Ground is the crowning glory of the collection. Teaming with irregular shaped glitter—some silver, and some gold-lavender duochrome, it’s a unique, prettied up take on this fall’s graphite trend. The finish reminds me of Zoya Julieanne, with glitter shifting from purple to gold in the blink of an eye.
Note: My top coat dulls the sparkle on Sacred Ground a bit, so it might be worth skipping that if you don’t mind the reduced wear time. You could also try “sandwiching” layers with your base coat.
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I’m glad SpaRitual put out such a gorgeous bold collection while most other brands seem to be pushing smokies and neutrals this season.
Sacred Ground is my absolute must-have out of the bunch, but Running with Wolves is also an unexpected stunner—luxurious and modern at the same time. Green fiends will appreciate Rhythm of Life’s vibrancy and versatility. And Howl is great for those looking for a fresh way to wear black polish.
SpaRitual polishes are vegan and big 4-free.
SpaRitual retails at $10 for .50 oz.
Who else is loving the Wilde collection polishes? How have you been feeling about the fall collections in general?