Heavy Petal: Jessica Spring 2012

You may have noticed that yesterday I said that I have a hard time labeling a pink shade “unique” because pink is one of the most popular and manipulated polish colors.

But let me show you swatches of Jessica’s Heavy Petal Spring 2012 Collection. Pink and purple are both taken to a new level in this six-piece collection!

First, check out the funky art work Jessica is using for displays and marketing about the collection:

Immediately I got the impression that with a Rolling Stone-esque feel to the marketing, the polishes were going to be for the rocker chic, or at least pink with an edge!

Jessica describes Heavy Petal as inspired by Cavalli’s creative combinations – “a noteworthy mix of mood-elevating colors and pieces inspired by the 80s.” Think floral and leather, black and pink.

Let’s check out swatches!

Rolling Rose:

Rolling Rose is a soft pink with green, blue and pink shimmer. If you click on the photo above, you’ll see that green is the boldest of the shimmer colors – I could see pink and blue in the bottle but not as strong on the nail. But really, this is a gorgeous pink. I used three coats.

Born 2 Pansy:

Born 2 Pansy is a lavendar version of Rolling Rose. It’s a lavendar with green, and blue shimmer. Green again is the predominate shimmer color. Click to enlarge. I had trouble photographing this one the day I wore it, which is why there’s only one photo (and please excuse the angry red wound on my pinky!). It’s shown in three coats. Stunning!

Geranium Gypsy:

Geranium Gypsy is a pretty lavendar frost. It definitely had brush strokes when I applied it, but after a layer of top coat, the streaks practically went away. I was impressed, and pleased that I was able to wear such a frosty color so well!

Hotter than Hibiscus:

Hotter than Hibiscus is a pink version of Geranium Gypsy. Same application issues. Same payoff. I think the color is dupable, and this reminds me of my mother’s pink in the 80s, but I think that’s the point, to a point!

Dazed Dahlia:

Dazed Dahlia is a pink creme that I had trouble photographing. It’s not as bright pink as these photos show, it’s more of a dusty rose pink. It goes with the collection really well, but for me it was the most boring of the group.

Witchy Wisteria:

Witchy Wisteria is this amazing purple base with coppery pink glow of shimmer throughout. I was so happy that this translated so strongly on the nail! This is truly a gorgeous color! One of my favorites from this collection.

Color Thoughts

I LOVE this collection! The only color I was unenthused about was Dazed Dahlia, but that goes back to my whole issue with pinks as nonunique. It’s pretty amazing when I can love five out of six pieces in a collection. For color and finish!

Dupe Talk

While I feel they’ve done some unique things with the pinks and purples in this collection, I did find a couple recent dupes out there.

  • In the bottles, Rolling Rose looks like a dupe for Essie Pink-A-Boo.
  • In the bottles, Witchy Wisteria looks like a dupe for OPI Dutch ‘Ya Just Love OPI?

Application Issues

I had no application issues with these polishes, except for the frosts. These were prone to brush streaking that was minimized by top coat.

Additional Information

The Heavy Petal collection is available for $7.50 a piece on the Jessica website here. Each bottle contains 0.5 fl oz. of polish.

I have to say, this was my first experience using Jessica nail polish. It took me awhile to post the review for this collection because I wanted to really sample and try it out. I wore every one of the polishes.

I found that the formula wears on me so well and application was like butter. I am officially a fan of the Jessica brand. I can’t wait to see what they do next!

What about you – what do you think of Jessica? How about Heavy Petals? See any must-haves?

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