Saturday, August 24, 2013

Swatch Saturday: Alter Ego Moonlite Serenader and Traffic Lite Stopper!

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Good morning, readers! It's time for another Swatch Saturday and this week I'm featuring 2 polishes from Alter Ego Nail Enamel! You'll remember these other Alter Egos that I've previously reviewed below. One is on my top list of favorite indie polishes EVER: Beachcomber (which is sadly discontinued, but has a close sister polish if you missed out. That one is called Beachcomber Too).

Previous Alter Ego posts:

Today's polishes are called Moonlite Serenader and Traffic Lite Stopper:

Alter Ego polishes have a different base than other indie polishes so some settling can occur but some shaking mixes it right back up again. The base has been reformulated compared to some of my earlier posts and my newer polishes hadn't settled at all yet in the past few days that I've had them! Also, this awesome base makes everything dry to a satin matte finish so you get to wear the polish two ways: with or without a shiny top coat! 

Let's start with my favorite of the two, Moonlite Serenader! Below is Cynthia's description and inspiration behind the polish:

"This girl loves a great Moonlite Serenader! She has to work in the city but gets back to the country whenever she can. She goes out after dark on a clear nite, settles down and soon becomes calmed by the sounds of the dark…leaves rustling, owls hooting, frogs croaking...nothing settles her soul or reminds her of her roots like this! Darker royal blue base with iridescent fine glitter."

These polishes really grab onto the brush and come out a bit thick so I prefer to wipe a bit more off of the brush and work with less at a time. They dry really fast and that makes it easy to wait for the first coat to dry before adding a second. I was really happy with how quick, even, and flat these dried compared to how they looked when the polish was still wet! I'm told a few drops of isopropyl alcohol can thin them if that's your preference rather than regular polish thinner. I, however, just applied straight from the bottle with no changes and you can see from my photos it was easy to apply with hardly any clean up.

I'm showing two coats below of Moonlite Serenader alone and then with 2 coats of top coat for a shiny finish as well. The iridescent green glitter paired with the blue base is stunning!!

Look at that gorgeous, flat, matte finish. I find that hard to do with most matte polishes. 

And with 2 coats of top coat:

The iridescent glitters glow with added top coat!

Traffic Lite Tester is the other polish I've been sent to review for you. Here is the description:

"Traffic lites are the same as Christmas colors so you can't miss them! Usually very much needed just like our fingernails:) I have always appreciated traffic lites, even more these days since WI discovered these darn rotaries-I want my lites back!"

This is a full coverage glitter in a clear base that just screams "holiday time!" to me. I was going to layer it for you but you could barely see the base color because it was so dense! So, I am showing 2 coats below on my bare nail with and without shiny top coat. I can't wait to use this in some Christmas nail art! It's so dense that I think I'll be able to use it for striped and dots and other fun nail art designs! Again, as I said above, it's on the thicker side so wipe some off of the brush before applying and let dry before adding the next coat. 

And with top coat:

What do you think of these two polishes by Alter Ego Nail Enamel? Do you prefer them matte or shiny? 

You can purchase these at the Alter Ego Nail Enamel Etsy shop below! Don't forget to check her out on Facebook for upcoming...hint codes in the very near future! Thanks for reading!

*The polishes in this post were sent for me to review with my honest opinion.

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  1. Thank you so very much for your thorough detailed reviews! I am so happy to see that you point out the difference but also that while Alter Ego does have that distinction it also is comparable to any other brand :) Your photos are magnificient & your applications are flawless!

  2. These are both so pretty! I love Moonlite Serenader!

  3. Moonlite Serenader is stunning <3

  4. I am loving Traffic Lite Tester for the holidays but I think Moonlight Serenader is calling my name soon! I love it both ways!

  5. Beautiful swatches Jacki! I will be adding both of these to my Pinterest Polish Wish List. :)

  6. Those are so gorgeous! I definitely want Moonlight Serenader <3

  7. I love both of the color. having hard time to choose one (: