Cinema Swatch Lacquers Memoirs of a Geisha Collection

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**The products in this post were provided to me by the manufacturer for my honest review. All opinions are my own. I was not compensated.**


I have a new (to me) indie to show you all today. Cinema Swatch Lacquers makes 5 free polishes with micas, pigments and solvent resistant glitters. They are movie lovers, like I am, so all their collections are inspired by movies. The collection I am showing you today is the Memoirs of a Geisha Collection. 

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Hatsumomo is described as "a black thermal polish with black holo, copper and red holo glitters". This is three coats of Hatsumomo. A black tinted jelly scattered with beautiful glitter, this polish captured the mysterious beauty of the character. The jelly is a bit thick, so doing multiple really thin coats is perfect (there was still some VNL after three thin coats). The red glitters were a bit difficult to get out of the bottle, and when trying to fish them out the brush wand fell out of the cap and into the bottle. The bottles are vintage and an odd shape so it was just foreign for me. I only had this issue with 2 of the bottles though. It does apply beautifully, as long as you do thin enough coats. I was informed about the thermal feature after I had already swatched Hatsumomo, so I didn't get to show it off, but when it gets hot it turns clear. $6

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Sayuri is described as "a vibrant spark of pink that glitters and shines in the light. Also the flower shaped glitters meant to mimic cherry blossoms". This is three coats of Sayuri. This creme based polish is beautiful. It was a tad bit streaky, but three coats evened everything out perfectly fine. If you've seen the movie, you think of cherry blossoms the second you hear Sayuri's name. A perfect inspiration for the character. This is the other polish I had issues with the wand falling out of the bottle when I was trying to fish for the flower shaped glitter. I was able to get one out, you can see it on my pinky. The application was difficult due to the state of the brush (see pic below), but the formula of the polish helped a lot. $6

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The other issue I had was that the brush wouldn't separate. It was stuck together and misshapen. It made the application a little difficult, but it came together in the end.

Mameha is described as "a cool metallic sage green with flecks of blue, metallic melon green dots and gold". This is three coats of Mameha. A sheer, calming shade of green is the perfect representation of the character. You could easily layer Mameha over a black or shade of green to get a completely different look. Applied well, despite having the same brush issues I had in the above polish. But that was the only issue I had with this beauty. $6

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Chiyo is described as "a blue thermal polish with blue, silver and gold micro flakies". This is three coats of Chiyo. Once again, I was told about the thermal feature after I had swatched it. Like the other, it disappears when hot. The shade of blue is meant to represent Chiyo's eyes. Beautiful. A little thick, once again, but do multiple thin coats and you're good. Still a little VNL after three coats, but I'm ok with that. If you aren't, do one or two more. I had no issues with the bottle or brush with this one. Very happy! $6

Pumpkin is described as "a buttery squash colored base with peach flakes and shards of tangerine". This is two coats of Pumpkin. A beautiful creme that is perfectly opaque after two coats, no streaking, beautiful application. The only small issue I had was that I couldn't get more shards out. It's a beautiful shade. It's gotta be orange with a name like Pumpkin. $6

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Sweet Ice is described as "a syrupy plum tone with lots of blue, lavender and silver flecks". This is three coats of Sweet Ice for full opacity. A perfectly sweet color for a perfectly sweet treat. Sweet Ice is my favorite from the collection. The color is amazing! It's a jelly but ends up opaque after three coats. Definitely a color for purple lovers! $6

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Despite the few hiccups, the colors are beautiful. Cinema Swatch Lacquers have been notified of my few problems and has assured me that she is already working on making sure the wands never fall out again. She has also said that there have never been any previous accounts of the brushes not behaving. Having to fish for glitter happens to the best of them, that doesn't bother me much. Knowing all that, I'd give them a shot again. The polishes are pretty. She takes care in that each one truly represents their inspiration. Being a movie lover, I'm all over movie inspired polishes. Let's just hope this was a one time thing. :o)

If you like all of these and want to give them a shot, you can get the entire Memoirs of a Geisha Collection for $35. The full set includes an added bonus, Powder Box, a matte white polish. If only a few caught your eye, they are $6 per bottle.

These swatches were topped with Magpie Shine top coat ($7) and I used Sweet Nectar cuticle oil ($6) to hydrate my cuticles. Both from A Girl Obsessed.

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**The products in this post were provided to me by the manufacturer for my honest review. All opinions are my own. I was not compensated.**

Happy Polishing!!

Becky   :o)

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