JINsoon Tess Giberson F/W 2014 Swatches and Words

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JINsoon polishes are brand new to me -- I’ve heard the name, seen the bottles, and yet never tried ’em. That has now changed with the Jin Soon Tess Giberson collection for Fall/Winter 2014. I stuck my fingers in all five shades just for you.

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I’ve given you more than one shot of each polish because depending on how light hits the bottles and the finished polish coat, the metallic nuances may or may not reveal themselves.

JinSoon Pistache Tess Giberson Fall 2014_1

above: jinsoon pistache That’s two coats to an almost jelly-like shimmering apricot finish.

JinSoon Pistache Tess Giberson Fall 2014_2

above: jinsoon pistache If you tilt the bottle this way, there’s a subtle blue-ish shimmer that shows up. Pretty, right? Soft and simple.

JinSoon Melange Tess Giberson fall 2014_2

above jinsoon mélange This is two coats and it’s kind of an interesting polish. A chrome-ish finish with charcoal grey speckles. My index finger has three coats because I just wanted to see what would happen. Now we both know.

JinSoon Melange Tess Giberson fall 2014_1

above jinsoon mélange See? If you tilt the bottle this way, it looks silverly-grey, but not crazy shiny.

JinSoon Heirloom Tess Giberson fall 2014_1

above jinsoon heirloom You know I love this one the best, right? It’s a duochrome – how could I not. It’s also a metallic duochrome – bright and shiny in two solid coats.

JinSoon Heirloom Tess Giberson fall 2014_2

above jinsoon heirloom I had a little bit of trouble with this shade – it was thick and almost a touch gloopy which made it tricky to get down the sides of my nails without slapping it up on the sidewalls or right up close to the cuticle. The colour is still pretty fantastical though.

JinSoon Heirloom Tess Giberson fall 2014_3

above jinsoon heirloom Here, the peacock blue comes out to play more than that pearly metallic teal – it’s stunning and I’m keeping it forever.

JinSoon Farrago Tess Giberson fall winter 2014_1

above jinsoon farrago There’s something about this shade of eggplant that when paired with gold glitter that always makes me holidays.

JinSoon Farrago Tess Giberson fall winter 2014_2

above jinsoon farrago And if you turn the bottle this way, that hint of gold comes out and smacks you in the eye. Yay, golden sparkles!

JinSoon Nocturne Tess Giberson fall winter 2014_1

above jinsoon nocturne Oooh. Is that a charcoal black? Yes, yes it is. In fact, it’s a metallic charcoal black.

JinSoon Nocturne Tess Giberson fall winter 2014_2

above jinsoon nocturne See? Just a little tilt of the bottle, and you can totally see the charcoal.

JinSoon Nocturne Tess Giberson fall winter 2014_3

above jinsoon nocturne And in the absolute right light, at the perfect angle, you can see the grey, you can see the black, and you can see the metallic sheen. S’beautiful.

so what do i think?

I think it’s pretty great stuff. I admit to not reading the press release before painting (it helps to have no pre-conceptions) and on application, it’s actually quite easy to tell this isn’t your average drugstore polish. The pigments are fantastic. If I weren’t a skim-coater by nature, I’ll betcha I could have done most of these shades in one generous coat. The level is excellent in these here polishes, as is the shine. (There’s a new breed of polishes coming to market that have some kind of plasticized type of resin or polymer or sumthin’ in ’em that creates a flawless finish like this... The result is a wicked shine that almost begs you not to topcoat but topcoat it anyhow – it’ll last longer.)

JinSoon polish is all 5-free and vegan-friendly. The brush is also nice and flexible, and the square cap pops off to give you that nubby handle thing that I really like for control. I can’t find fault with it so I think JINsoon polish and I are going to be friends. Yep. It’s that good.

Have you given JinSoon polish a whirl? Do ya dig it?

JinSoon Tess Giberson Composite

The Jinsoon Tess Giberson fall winter collection is in-store as of August 2014. You can find Jin Soon polish online ($22CAN each) at sephora.combloomingdales.com, and spaceNK.com.

Manicures and photographs by Karen Falcon (she bought a much bigger inbox) ©2014 BEAUTYGEEKS/imabeautygeek.com