I posted the press release for this collection back in December. Many bloggers received samples of this shortly thereafter, so I figured I was out of luck, until Orly's PR firm asked me a few weeks ago if I'd be interested in trying some from the collection. As luck would have it, I'd already picked up Gumdrop and Snowcone, and I even posted about Snowcone last month.
Orly sent me another Snowcone as well as Lemonade and Cotton Candy. As I already had Gumdrop, I figured I'd include it as well. As I do not have the other 2, Lollipop and Pixie Stick, so this is 2/3rds of the Sweet Collection. :P
Here are the pics...
Lemonade - pale yellow. This is pretty close to ChG's new pale yellow, Lemon Fizz. the formulas are very similar as well. I compared both of them for an upcoming comp post and they were both streaky until 3 coats. It was also a little hard to control, but as was the ChG. If you want a pale lemon yellow, this one (or Lemon Fizz) would fit the bill.
Cotton Candy - pale peachy pink. This is a beautiful color in the bottle, and it's one that doesn't have any dupes in the Up and Away collection. Unfortunately, this didn't work with my skin. Most pinks look good on me, but if they have too much peach/orange in them, all they do is make my hands look dirty. This one was also problematic with formula and application. It too 3 coats to reach opacity and it was streaky and hard to handle.
Gumdrop - dusty pale turquoise. Another one with no dupes in U&A. Though, in the bottle it is very similar to Misa DSM, and IMO, more appropriate for spring than DSM. This one and Snowcone will have to duke it out for best of this collection. It's a gorgeous pale green-blue turquoise. It reminds me of seafoam green, but it's no where near mint green. Unlike the previous 2, this one had awesome formula and application. It was opaque in 2 coats and practically flowed on my nails. Someome remind me to do a comp with this one and DSM. I know many people are jonesing for DSM and this one may kill a lemming for some of you.
Snowcone - pale blue. Almost like a pale cornflower blue. This pic, like in my previous post is a little too vibrant to be true-to-life. The color on my index and pinky are the most accurate. Again, no dupes in U&A. Like Gumdrop, the formula and application were perfect... 2 coats and no issues.
I'm torn on this collection, well the 4 that I reviewed. Lemonade and Cotton Candy, while pretty, were frustrating. However, Gumdrop and Snowcone are both beautiful and effortless. If you like blues and greens, do not hesitate to pick up Gumdrop and Snowcone. If you are pale and pink like me, Cotton Candy should be a pass, and if you are looking for a pale yellow, check out ChG Lemon Fizz before Lemonade, though if you would rather get Lemonade, keep in mind that it's a lovely pale yellow, just hard to control.
Snowcone, Cotton Candy, and Lemonade were sent to me for review