Sunday, 29 December 2013

Models Own - Limited Edition Midori Set

Hello again! I've had a bit of a break from the blog and from my nails over Christmas (I did paint them, but not with anything special) but now I'm home and raring to go with the nails for the new year. I hope you all had a good Christmas!  Today I'm very excited to share a new limited edition Models Own set of polishes, inspired by gorgeous Japanese melon liqueur Midori!

I love a good cocktail! There was a time when I was very much into making cocktails, and Midori was one of my favourite liqueurs to use - I absolutely adore the smell and flavour of melons. So when I saw this set, I thought it was right up my alley - they're melon scented!  The set consists of three different green polishes - a bright neon, a golden green duochrome, and a fabulous glitter. I decided to swatch them separately, and together.

My Midori is a sheer, bright green polish. It is very sheer - this is four coats - but the colour is SO bright and happy and juicy that I don't mind that. Some sheer polishes don't dry properly once they're built up to layers, but I didn't experience that at all with this one. This was a nice, even consistency, which dried very well. 

I added topcoat to this for extra shine. The melon scent is delicate and pleasant, unlike some scented polishes, which can be a bit overly synthetic.

Golden Green is my favourite of the set - it's an absolutely beautiful greeny gold metallic, with a duochrome edge to it. Quality is really good - it's smooth and even. This is two coats. 

Golden Green is so pretty in the sunshine (which we had some of today!) where it looks so shiny and bright and rich.  Isn't it lovely?

I then tried the glitter, Dancing Queen, over Golden Green. Dancing Queen is a bit like the Mirrorball glitters in that there are all sorts of different shapes in there, from rough shards, to tiny and medium hex glitter, to diamond shapes. There's a blend of green, blue, silver and gold, and this is SO shiny in the sunshine!

This glitter doesn't have the unpleasant smell of some of the glitter polishes out there. Like the other two in this set, as it dries, it has a lovely fresh melon scent. Because of its nature, the glitter isn't the type you can just paint on as you would a normal polish - it definitely benefits from a bit of dabbing and placing to get even coverage. 

Finally, I wanted to do a skittle using all three polishes. Because My Midori was so sheer, I thought I'd try it over white to see what that was like. I think it's interesting!  My Midori looks much more neon this way. I like it a lot - but I have to say, I think I prefer it on its own as in the first swatches, as it looks a bit juicier. But for that neon look, this is perfect.  

Here I have My Midori on my little and ring fingers, and Golden Green on my thumb and index.  I've got Dancing Queen over the little finger and thumb, and on its own over white (Essie Blanc) on the middle finger. 

I really like this set! I like that the greens are all different - I'm not sure that My Midori and Golden Green work so well together, but they both work really well with Dancing Queen, and I think that makes the set really interesting.   You can buy this set on the Models Own website here for £15, but it is a limited edition, so I don't know how long it will be there!  If you want more information about Midori (it's delicious!) then their website is here, so long as you are over 18. 

Wearing these has made me really want some Midori now! I haven't made cocktails in quite a while, so I think I may have to get a bottle for new year's eve.

Edit: a comment from Squeakymom below made me realise that I'd not thought of doing a jelly sandwich! And My Midori & Dancing Queen make a PERFECT jelly sandwich!

This is alternating coats of My Midori (first coat, one in the middle, and then as a last coat) and Dancing Queen (two coats, in between My Midori) and no topcoat. I love how this looks!  

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  1. I prefer My Midori without the white undies too, it's a totally different colour. Wonder how it would look as a jelly sandwich with Dancing Queen?

  2. Wow! I hadn't heard of this collection. I love My Midori, such a gorgeous green. The jelly sandwich is to die for!

    1. Thanks! It's a really lovely set, they're all so nice!

  3. These look super on you! I've just got around to reviewing them today - I really like them too. I thought about showing Dancing Queen over a white or cream, but to be honest I ran out steam - though it looks so good here I will definitely have to give it a try soon :)

    1. Thanks! I just saw yours too - wow! Your photos are gorgeous. I've just been making jewellery with these too - post coming soon.

      I'm assuming you're a Brit? I must add you to my British Blogs page!


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