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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 the Eyeclops Bionicam:
eyeclops good

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.

eyeclops full front

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.

eyeclops usb

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.)

eyeclops video out

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.

On to the close-ups:
First, we have China Glaze OMG at 100x magnification:
OMG 100

OMG at 200x:
OMG 200

OMG at 400x:
OMG 400

And now for a little glitz and glam in gold…OPI Thrills in Beverly Hills at 100x:

TIBH 100

OPI TiBH at 200x:

TIBH 200

OPI TiBH at 400x:

TIBH 400

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:

Sally Hansen

China Glaze Sexagon at 400x:

sexagon 400

And last, but certainly not least, OPI Paris Couture for Sure at 400x:

PCFS 400

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:

TMTY 400

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.)

ORLY prismatic

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.

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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!

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14 Comments

  1. OMG, this is the coolest blog entry ever! (I’m so nerdy about science stuff!) I want to see all of my polishes under one of those things! I might have to get one! It’s so interesting!!!!

    How about something like ChG Flying Dragon?

    Or OOH! If you have them, I would love to see comparisons of OMG, Chanel Holographic and a Nfu Oh! I want to know why Nfu’s are so much more rainbow-y than the others!!!

  2. I have, and love, Flying Dragon, so that will be my first swatch- great idea! I’m guessing Blue Sparrow might be next!

    I would love to compare the Chanel to the Nfu-Oh, but unfortunately, I don’t have either…if someone can swatch it for me, I’d be glad to oblige…=]

  3. OH that is so COOL!!! :-)

  4. :O!!!! This is pretty much the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. I want to live in the world of microscopic glitter. lol.

  5. Omg, this is SO cool!!! I mainly just want to see some more shimmers and glitters!

  6. This. Is. Amazing.

    I want one of those things -RIGHT NOW- !

    Not just for nail polish but for everything… I just discovered macro-mode on my camera, and that absolutely amazed me~ But this thing is soooooo cool!

    Now I have a better clarification to prismatic and holographic, I was calling them both the same thing.

    Please, don’t give up blogging, I will be interested in any future posts (about anything you have to say, really,)

    I plan on writing about you on my blog today, hope that ‘s okay, with you, and a link to your page/ this post.

    • That’s more than fine with me- that’s awesome! I am truly honored. =]

      Your feedback means so much, especially from a fellow blogger. You totally understand what it takes to do this.

      Also, the whole prismatic/holographic debate is tricky depending on how you describe textures, etc- this is just based on what I observed at 400 times magnification!

      If you don’t mind my adding you to my blogroll, would it be possible to know your first name? I just give a short description with the blogger’s first name only.

  7. wow! that is so wild. ^^

  8. talk about being unique! hot daym!

  9. OMG these pictures are just beautiful.
    xoxo
    Valerie

  10. Wow, this is so cool. Where do you get one of these things?

    I have a good challenge for you. Get an original and new version of My Private Jet and let’s see the difference!

    • Thanks, Danica!
      I got mine on amazon.com for around $20, but my best advice is to wait for the holidays.
      (They went really low in price- under $15, and I waited too long, thinking they would come down further…)

      I will have to zoom in on the new and old formulation of My Private Jet- that’s a good idea!

  11. I so need one of those! I would drive DH nuts but that is so cool! Thank you! I would love to see the difference between ChG OMG, Kaleidescope and the OPI DS

  12. I just discovered you blog and I’m wowed…
    and seeing this post about the eyeclops 101 :o….
    I’d love to see Opi’s My Private Jet eyeclopsed(if there’s a proper name for that ^^) and then still dreaming about it owning the holo version one day….


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