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Review- Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collection!

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Hi everyone!



How are all of you today? I’m so ready for the weekend, my birthday is Saturday and I’m ready to celebrate! Just tomorrow left, and then I’m free! What are you guys planning to do this Columbus Day Weekend?

I’ve been dying to try the Maybelline Color Show Polka Dot collection for the longest time now! It was launched in July 2013, so I realize I’m a little late on the jump, but better late than never! I picked up two of the bottles recently and decided it was time to try them out! The colors I got definitely spoke more fall to me, so in my opinion, I’m more fond of wearing them now than earlier in the year.


Left to right: Drops of Jade, Dotty, Clearly Spotted, Pretty in Polka, Blue Marks the Spot

The Polka Collection polishes are semi-sheer colored bases with black and white matte glitter mixed throughout. The black and white glitter trend is SOOO popular right now! China Glaze included one in their Cirque du Soleil collection this summer (the shade was called Whirled Away), Hard Candy has one, and dozens and dozens of indies (my favorite being Puttin’ on the Ritz by Dollish Polish). Maybelline originally released this collection in the UK, and then they migrated over here a few months later, with re-vamped names and color selection. The polishes themselves are on the thick side, and kind of hard to apply due to the glitter density. And if you’re impatient at removing glitter nail polish, save yourself the trouble and DO NOT use these. They are nearly impossible to get off, the glitter is so stubborn. But if you love the look of black and white hex glitters in multiple sizes, then this collection is for you! There are 5 colors to pick from (listed above), and I have the green and the blue to show for you. None of the pictures have topcoat. Let’s get started!

Drops of Jade is a dark seafoam green jam-packed with matte black and white hex glitters. Many bloggers have said that this is the most opaque color in the collection, and I agree completely! It gave pretty solid coverage in about 2 coats, and wasn’t all that streaky (the glitter covers up any problem spots). I used 2 coats for the pictures below!



Blue Marks the Spot is a bit of a dud for me. In the bottle, it looks like a gorgeous, somewhat greyed-out blue. But on the nails? It’s almost too sheer to identify as a blue. It took 3 coats to even be able to see the blue, and it still wasn’t opaque- it was super patchy :/ It was also a lot thinner than Drops of Jade. I used three coats for the photos below.



To amend the blue situation, I decided to use it as a topper. I first painted my nails 1 coat of e.l.f. Skinny Jeans, and then painted on 1 coat of Blue Marks the Spot. I like the way it looks, but I’m still disappointed, since the collection already features a clear glitter topper, so the other polishes are meant to be worn on their own. Oh well, at least I salvaged this one.



Overall, I’m intrigued by the collection. Blue Marks the Spot really let me down, but Drops of Jade promises so much. I really want to try the magenta, Pretty in Polka, as well as the orange, Dotty, especially since the orange shares the name of my dog! What do you think of the collection? Are you a fan of the black and white glitter trend?

Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots polishes are available for $2.99 a bottle, and can be found at drugstores, beauty supply stores, and on their website, here.





Author: The Polish Influenza

I'm a teenage nail blogger from Delaware who, among other things, loves science, music, fashion, and um, of course, nail polish! I use my blog as a means of de-stressing, but I also love that I get to share my adventures in lacquer with all of my amazing followers! Please follow me :-)

One thought on “Review- Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collection!

  1. Nice swatch :). I have 2 of the colours from this collection. I did write a swatch of them also :P. I have the green one and the black and white glitter. Have to say though the black and white glitter on it’s own is a bit annoying but it’s amazing on all kinds of colours and even on black or white 😀

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