This month Rimmel have three, yes THREE new nail collection releases. You might have seen some out in shops already. We were so excited when Rimmel sent out the press releases and have been eagerly awaiting our samples. The first collection, Sweetie Heart Matte Pastels, finally arrived (after being held hostage by the postman) this week and we got straight to swatching!
|L-R: Love Bug*, Cheeky Chap*, Chase Me*, Cheeky Girl*, You're Mine*|
The Sweetie Heart collection is made up of five soft sorbet shades which dry with a velvety matte finish. This is one of many new pastel releases this Spring so we were curious to see how Rimmel's efforts compared. First impressions were great, the bottles have been redesigned and look really cute, and the colours are gorgeous. Although it's a small collection it covers all the main pastel bases, the only shade we would have added is a purple. Let's have a closer look...
First up is Love Bug*, the yellow pastel shade. Yellow polishes are tricky and can often leave you with an odd looking skin tone but Rimmel have nailed it with this shade. It reminds me of fluffy chicks! They describe it as 'buttercup yellow' but we prefer fluffy chick!
The colour density is fairly good, but to get a fully even coverage I had to go for three coats. A bit annoying, but nothing that we can't forgive. I'm not sure this is a polish I would wear on it's own, but that's only because I don't wear much yellow. However, it's perfect for nail art so expect to see more of this shade with Easter coming up!
Next up is Cheeky Chap*, the boldest colour in the collection. It's a bright and fun cornflower blue shade. I love this polish as it really stands out, the colour is so rich and it's a great shade for Spring. As it's a slightly darker tone the coverage is better and I only needed two coats.
This is similar to one of my all time favourite polishes - Mind The Gap, Victoria, but the colour is slightly brighter and the matte formula gives it a gorgeous smooth finish.
I can't wait to try this as a base with some cute polka dots or maybe a white aztec design!
Chase Me* is a beautiful pistachio green shade and I think it just wins as my favourite from the collection. It's a lovely fresh colour and the perfect mix of blue and green. This is a true 'duck egg' shade and really wearable. You know how much we love mint polish but I find some shades difficult to match with my skin tone. This one is spot on, it's got a great dusty tone and is beautifully soft! Rimmel have definitely got on board with the grey undertone in pastel polishes that seems to be so prominent this season.
I know Emma will love the name of this polish, we're sure it's meant to sound more innocent than it does!
Cheeky Girl*, despite a name which reminds us of a very dodgy pop duo, is a lovely polish. It's a really pale soft ballerina pink which manages to avoid the perils of looking Barbie-esque. Rimmel have pulled off the difficult to achieve pastel pink that people over the age of 13 can get away with wearing! As with the yellow shade the pale colour means this is a three coater, but it's worth the extra effort.
It reminds me a little of Barry M's Rosehip, but the tone is slightly more grey. It's unusual to find cool toned pink polishes but I'm a sucker for them. I love how light it is too - great with a tan!
Last, but most definitely not least, is You're Mine*. This peachy polish is my second favourite of the bunch (it's a close call between the top two!) The shade is absolutely gorgeous and the colouring is really subtle making it almost a nude. Peach polish, although pretty, can be quite bright and orangey, even pastel versions, but this one is stunning. The colour is soft and girly and doesn't have that neon edge that lots do meaning you can get away with wearing it before you top up your tan!
I can see this polish being a staple for me this spring/summer as I like to wear softer colours for work.
The Sweetie Heart Matte pastels all dry really quickly with a lush matte finish. It's slightly different to other matte's I've used, but I think that's because I haven't really come across them in pastel shades before. I'm pretty convinced that they based the colour scheme on those boxes of giant chalk sticks you can get for drawing on the pavement. Can you still get those?! They were awesome! The matte finish, combined with cool pale tones gives the polish a chalky looking finish which I found really interesting. Usually I end up topping my matte polishes with a gloss polish but I couldn't bear to ruin the soft finish on these!
If you hadn't already worked it out, I'm a big fan of this collection, with special mention for Chase Me*, Cheeky Girl* and You're Mine*. If you've said goodbye to your teenage years don't let the cutsie packaging put you off, these shades are totally stylish and sophisticated. Ok, I'll admit that's maybe not the case with the blue and yellow but they're still super cute! We were expecting something similar to the last sweetie-inspired range by Rimmel, but these are a world apart.
These polishes are available online and in Boots stores across the UK now, RRP £3.99 each.
Which is your favourite Sweetie Heart shade?