Swatch It Out: Rainbow Honey - The Yokai Collection

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Today I am discussing and showing swatches of the Limited Edition Yokai Collection from Rainbow Honey.

I had purchased these around holiday time when the company had a sale going, but I had had my eye on this collection for awhile before that.  What can I say?  My inner nerd couldn't resist a good coupon code.  Haha!

I don't know if all of these polishes are still available to purchase or if they will be restocked.  I thought I would go ahead and discuss them anyway since there are barely any reviews out there about the company or the polishes outside of their monthly description bag.

Let's get to the swatches!


Company Description:

The Malevolent Wild Demon
Oni are generally depicted as wicked and hideous and our "Oni" may be wicked and supernatural, but with its myriad of glass flecks and multi-chromatic shimmer it is hard to call it hideous

My Notes:

The swatch above is of 2 coats without a top coat.  I took it outside on a sunny day at about 3:30pm.

The formula is amazing!  It dried super smooth and glossy without a top coat.  It also dried very quickly.

It looks so much better on the nail than in the bottle.  This antique bronze may be a new obsession of mine.  It almost makes me want autumn to come back around. 

It also looks so much prettier on the nail than it does on the bottle.


Company Description:

The Mischievous River Child
"Kawako" is our interpretation of the Kappa, depicted as everything from a water sprite to a river demon. Erring on the gentler side, "Kawako" is full of gorgeous silver and ice blue shimmer.

My Notes:

The above picture is of 2 coats with no top coat.  I took it outside on a sunny day around 4:30pm.

The formula is great.  You could almost get away with one coat.  It was just so nice to apply.

It dried smooth and glossy without a top coat.

It may cause staining.  I was lucky because I always swatch with a layer or two of Yellow Stopper, but I could see it staining otherwise.


Company Description:

The Magical White Fox
"Kitsune" can refer to your ordinary red fox, but our "Kitsune" is a glorious nine-tailed creature: fiery, wise, and absolutely gorgeous. In a cream base full of gold shimmer and flecks you will find an array of glitter in a bonfire palette.

My Notes:

In the swatch above, there are 2 coats without a top coat.  I took the picture on a cloudy day at around 3pm.

The formula is just heaven on this one.  It just glided on the nail.  I didn't really want to remove it to do the other polishes.  Haha!

There are so many different glitters in there.  I also like that this one is completely different than all the others in the collection.  I think it will be perfect for fall.  (Or whenever I feel like wearing it.  Dang it.)


Company Description:

A Shinto God
“Tengu” is often depicted as a bird like goblin with a red face and long nose but our interpretation of tengu is a rich vampire dark red in a gold and silver shimmer base.

My Notes:

This one was opaque in just one coat.  Yay!  I took this photo outside on a sunny day at about 3pm.  I also didn't use a top coat.

The formula on this one was great.  It went on nice and dried very smooth and glossy.


Company Description:

The Snake
“Hebi” is a reptile with magical qualities captured by this dark reptilian green in a venomous base of shimmers.

My Notes:

The swatch above is one coat without a top coat.  Yes, one coat!  I always do a little dance for one coat polishes.  I took the picture on a cloudy day at about 3:30pm.

The formula was just awesome.  It dried smooth and glossy on its own.

The glitter also has more of a green tone than my camera was able to capture.

The only bummer was that it stains badly.  I had on 2 coats of yellow stopper and I still got a little staining. 


Company Description: 

The Changed Cat
“Bakeneko” is a cat that has changed into a Yokai. Our interpretation is the darkest cat of all, the infamous black cat. A deep black lacquer in a shimmery base

My Notes: 

The above swatch is of 2 coats with no top coat.

This polish had the worst formula of the collection.  It wasn't horrible or anything, but it didn't come close to the amazing formulas of the others.  It is a lot thicker, and the first coat went on very streaky.   It did dry very smooth and glossy and was opaque in 2 coats.

This one is also very similar to Tengu from this collection, but the shimmer is much more pronounced in this one.


Additional Thoughts:

I was very pleased with these polishes.  You never know with a small brand.  (Especially since many of them are falsely hyped up by sponsored bloggers and vloggers.  Any who...)

These were great, though!  Most of them had some of the best formulas I have come across.  So, I was very pleased. 

I hope to road test them more later instead of just swatching them so I can see what the wear time is like.  I like to get at least a week out of my manicures when I am not doing swatches.  Ain't nobody got time to paint their nails everyday.  (And if you do, I'm jealous.  Paint on, you amazing creature, paint on!)


I feel like not enough people talk about this aspect of ordering polish online especially from indie companies.  So, here we go...

Overall my experience was great! 

I ordered this collection plus a couple other things during a really great coupon code sale time.  Polishes were going fast!  I added everything to my cart, but the code wasn't working properly.  I went ahead and made the order anyway to ensure that I got the polishes that I wanted before they sold out.

I, then, wrote an email to Rainbow Honey with all the details and explained the amount that the code didn't take off but should have.  They responded back very quickly and agreed with everything that I had written including the amount the order overcharged.  (It was like 8 or 9 dollars.)  I was told that I would be refunded that amount.  Super!

Everything was great.  The lady with whom I was emailing was super nice, prompt, and very professional.  Fabulous!  Only...I never did get my money back.  So, that kinda sucked.  I'm not about to raise hell over 9 bucks, though.  I used to work customer service.  I dealt with crazies like that all day.  I'm not about to become one.

Besides that, everything else was absolute perfection.  The polishes came very quickly, well wrapped, and they even included some free gifts.  It was great!  I would totally order from them again.


Rainbow Honey's Website:

The Yokai Collection


This post is not sponsored in any way.  I paid for these with my own money and all that jazz.  All opinions are my own.  Yadda yadda yadda.

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