Another blog post, another new nail brand for me to share with you all. This time I am talking all about Makear Gel Polishes.
This brand, originating from Poland recently came to Ireland and it has brought some fab nail goodies along with it.
Today I want to talk to you about their gel polish range. They have over 300 different colours, 10 collections and they are constantly expanding their range.
Let’s start with one of my faves. The Diamond Collection is a range of glitter gel polishes that consists of over 30 products. Honestly, these polish are packed with glitter and from what I can see you will get perfect, gap free application in 2 coats. This is great for glitter as we all know the struggle of getting a thin, even application.
The Lollipop Series is huge with over 100 polishes in the collection. This range is for your soft, pretty colours. There is so much to choose from here, from soft nudes to beautiful striking reds. There are also a range of different finishes including creams, shimmers and even some sparkles. I tried one shade from this range and although it is too hard to judge a whole collection based on one product I do have to say I was happy with the result. I got an even application in two coats. I’ve heard others say some of the pastel shades need 3 coats but my experience was that two coats would be sufficient.
The Glamour Series, again with a huge shade range is more for the sophisticated, sexy nail shades. This is where you will find the blacks, reds and even some yellows thrown in. I found this range to be pigmented and easy to work with. Two coats did the job here too.
The Cat Eye Series consists of 12 shades and these are basically a top coat that you apply on top of a colour. You then use a magnet before curing and the pigment in the top coat attracts to the magnet leaving a cat eye effect. I have to say, in general I am not a fan of the cat eye look except over black. I did try the red cat eye and it was very faint but the gold one did give a nice effect over black. I’ll definitely get use from this shade.
The Chameleon Series is a range of 12 colour changing polishes. These change from one colour to another depending on the temperature of the nail. Again, a trend I am not so fond of but if you are a fan then these Makear ones are a nice option. Some of them have drastic colour change while some go from a pink to a lighter pink, so not such a huge change.
The Illusion Series, again with 12 shades is a range of shimmer, almost holo effect shades that change depending on the lighting. I really enjoyed this range. It has beautiful darker, winter shades that I know will be very popular in the colder months.
Their latest launch from Makear was the Pastel Series (5 polishes). These are all milky pastel shades, I have to say they are so beautiful. Very delicate and girly. I did find though that I needed three coats of this to get opaque, full coverage. Just to be warned in advance.
The Neon Series is the last collection for today. This series consists of 24 shades and is full of bright, vivid shades. Like most neon shades they can have a watery consistency which makes them difficult to build up. I find the best way to deal with shades like this is to apply a white base and then do one or two thinner coats on top. These work great this way.
There is also a glow in the dark and limited edition collection available which I haven’t tried yet.
It is so hard to review an overall brand as, like every brand there are excellent and not so good products. The stand outs for me in the gel polish range are the Lollipop, Diamond and Glamour Series.
Overall, I think Makear is a very nice, competitive brand. There are similar products, with similar price tags on the market and I can honestly say that I feel Makear is as good as the rest. It just comes down the personal preference. I personally like to mix and match brands so I am happy to have them all in my collection. The best thing about Makear is the low prices. €9 for an 8ml bottle is not too bad in my opinion.
I love the packaging of these polishes. There is some very similar packaging on the market but Makear is set apart from the others as it has the beautiful added gold details making it easy to identify.
I also found the customer service from this brand to be fantatsic. The owner is so personable, yet professional and no question goes unanswered. 5 star customer service in my opinion.
They also have a full range of gels available and some 3d gels too. Oh, and their cuticle oils are delish! You need to try these, trust me. They recently launched a new painting gel range which I am currently testing out and will review soon. I do all my art with gel paint so I am very excited about this!!!
Makear products are manufactured in China but I was in contact directly with the Irish distributor Monika and she advised that none of the products are tested on animals, they are fully tested in Poland and not China. No child labour is involved in the making of these products. This is something important to me and something I am becoming more and more aware of.
Have you tried the range yet? What are your thoughts on the products?
I would give this brand an overall rating of 4 out of 5.
What would you rate these products/brand?
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