Those of you on Make-Up Alley might remember a lengthy product review for China Glaze’s Wireless Holographic topcoat that mentioned the various textures of the many holographic polishes as seen through the lens of a child’s toy called, “Eyeclops.”
This is a new and improved version of the one I used for the review, but the gist of the Eyeclops is that it magnifies anything at 100, 200 and 400 times. The original version, which I had purchased for one of the kids I watch, was hooked up to their 50-inch plasma television, displaying every minute detail in gorgeous clarity.
After the rocks, leaves and carpet fuzz had lost their novelty for the kids, I brought out my swatch wheels and was immediately transported into a tiny universe where holographic and prismatic are not interchangeable terms, and all glitter is not created equal.
This version, the Bionicam, is more like a super-magnifying digital camera with a video function, for capturing those pesky bugs without expecting them to hold still and USB memory stick, for transferring the photos and videos to the computer. It also has a nice large screen for previewing shots before taking the photo. (The previous version had no screen and no camera, video or otherwise.)
It still has a video-out port and cable for displaying the images on a television for a larger audience, but you are no longer tethered to the television by the cable.
If you are as curious about the world around us as I am, and would like to acquire an Eyeclops of your very own, I recommend amazon.com and if you are also as frugal as I am, wait until Christmastime when it the price goes down to a mere fraction of its MSRP.
And now for a little glitz and glam in gold…OPI Thrills in Beverly Hills at 100x:
OPI TiBH at 200x:
OPI TiBH at 400x:
I must apologize for the blurriness- when you are trying to hold a swatch wheel steady and a camera steady and use one of those fingers to push a button to take the picture at 400x magnification, even your pulse can cause enough movement to disrupt a clear shot.
These foil-y holographic shades are hard to capture, but this is a comparison of three I own.
Sally Hansen Nail Makeup in Crystal Ball at 400x:
China Glaze Sexagon at 400x:
And last, but certainly not least, OPI Paris Couture for Sure at 400x:
For those of us who propose that holographic colors should be called “prismatic,” I submit actual prismatic polish samples.
These have tiny little prisms that flash different colors independent of neighboring prisms, unlike the foil-finish polishes above, that have some color continuity from piece to piece. These prismatic polishes also usually have a rough finish due to the cubic nature of the light-refracting prisms, whereas the foil finish dries smooth.
Here we have OPI Text Me, Text You at 400x:
And Orly‘s aptly named, Prisma Gloss in silver at 400x:
(Siobhan at the Nailphile swatched this topcoat recently. It also comes in a gold version.)
I know I could look at swatches of my polish all day, but since this is about you, I would like to know what polishes you would like to see.
I have plenty to choose from, so if you have a request, leave me a comment with the polish you’d like to see and at what magnification, and I will let you know if I have it. This way, multiple requests for the same color will be avoided once you have checked the comments for your choice.
If I do not happen to have your request, and you do have it, the easiest way I can think of is to send me a swatch on a piece of clear tape, covered in another piece of clear tape. (once it has dried, of course)
This could be done on a postcard with a larger third piece of clear packing tape covering it all. I can give better instructions, as well as email you my address if the need arises, so leave me your swatch requests in the comment section and we’ll get started! Enjoy!