It’s the final set of Tribal Texture swatches! All these polishes are available from the Born Pretty Store and were bought by me.
As I mentioned in the previous posts, part one and part two, I had some formula issues with some of these polishes. Well, the issues were the WORST with the ones I’m showing today. However, because they were textured polishes, I found I could handle it without getting too frustrated. They were really thick – the worst was number 12. There was a little polish around the lid, so I suspect it wasn’t sealed quite properly during transit and it was completely unusable. The good news is, after just a few drops of thinner, everything was fine and it applied well. So don’t let the formula put you off if you like the colours – nothing a little thinner can’t solve!
I find the nature of these textures different to any other texture I’ve tried in the past. They seem less gritty, and less evenly textured – although you can still see the textured effect.
This colour was reminiscent of OPI’s What Wizardry is This? so of course, I did a comparison. The OPI is on my thumb and ring finger in the pictures below:I think the Tribal texture does a pretty impressive job at copying the colour of the OPI, although you can clearly see in the pictures that the nature of the texture is different. The OPI also has an incredible formula and dries a lot quicker. The golden sparkle of the OPI also seems to come through a lot more. Between all these small differences, the first time I wore the OPI, it had me mesmerised, while I did like the Tribal texture but not to the point of mesmerisation! Next up is Tribal texture 12. As I mentioned, this one was unworkably thick, but with a few drops of thinner it was fixed up.
This is a black texture filled with tiny holo glitters. Unique in the texture world, as far as I know. There was just one down-side – the holo glitters showed up a lot more in the bottle than they did on my nails! However, I still liked this one, and it did enough to break the black up to make this wearable to me (plain black on my nails becomes a bit too much for me). I’m sure this one will be a winner with some of you!With top coat (as shown on my thumb and ring finger), this one gains a ton of bonus points from me! I’ve told you time and time again that I prefer my textures textured, but in this case it brings out the holo particles more and that just makes it a winner for me. Next up is Tribal texture 17. It’s a deep, dark red texture with slightly lighter red glitter. Interestingly, this one applied almost like a jelly. The first coat was a bit sheer and as it was drying, it literally looked like I was painting raspberry jam on my fingernails. Another coat opacified it but I actually liked the jelly quality it had.
Sorry for the ding on my index finger – the photos I took at first were poorly lit so I redid them a couple of hours later and I’d managed to ding it. I wasn’t expecting to love this colour as much as I did. I don’t wear bright red polishes very often, but this was more of a vampy, dark oxblood colour, and I loved it. To my surprise, this one was a HUGE winner with Mr Boyfriend as well! He was looking at my nails way more than he usually does even with nail art!
These last two pics once again show top coat on the thumb and ring finger. Adding the top coat seemed to bring back some of the jelly-like quality of the polish. I really liked it both ways and this polish is completely unique to my collection!
The final polish I have to show you is Tribal texture 08. It’s a dark grey (almost black but not quite) base with red glitter. Below, it’s shown with top coat on the thumb and ring finger. Sorry for the fuzzy pictures, for some reason I just couldn’t get a decent picture. This looked pretty similar to OPI’s Stay the Night, so I did another comparison. Stay the Night is shown on my thumb and ring finger below. Stay the Night has a blacker, more opaque base, as well as more glitter. I hope you enjoyed the post – which of these textures do you like best?