Swatches & Review - Shades of Phoenix 'Sophisticated Simplicity'

Hi polish pals! Today I have some swatches of three recent additions to the Shades of Phoenix range to show you. I’ve been sitting on these for a while due to the hectic schedule of the 31 Day Challenge, but you may have seen me use them in some nail art during the challenge.

These lovely sparkling jellies are from the Sophisticated Simplicity collection, developed by Teneil as a gateway drug polish to the world of indies. This range has all the essentials for a nail newbie – the classic red, your-nails-but-better peach, an elegant grey, moody blue and the sweetest blush pink.

Image: Shades of Phoenix

I picked up Knight in Shining Armour and Midnight Sky because greys and blues make me weak at the knees, and the stunning red Rouge because it looked too perfect to pass up.

Knight in Shining Armour

Shades of Phoenix - Knight in Shining Armour

This was the one I had to have. I adore grey, and this soft jelly is elegant and understated. You could layer this over a grey or white base if you can't handle the sheer jelly look, but I found that three coats was enough to have no obvious VNL.

Shades of Phoenix - Knight in Shining Armour

Midnight Sky

Shades of Phoenix - Midnight Sky

If you've read my blog before you might have noticed my love of blue jellies. Midnight Sky is joining my favourites for sure. I've already used this multiple times since purchasing it, it's so perfectly dark but still quite clearly a jelly.

Shades of Phoenix - Midnight Sky

Rouge

Shades of Phoenix - Moulin Rouge

I really only bought Rouge as the third because I don't own a great deal of nice reds. I'm so glad I did because it's probably my favourite of the three I have! Usually red polish makes my hands look a bit off but this shade is that perfect red that manages to tone down the red in my skin.

Shades of Phoenix - Moulin Rouge


The formula on all three I tried was absolutely perfect. Because they are jellies they are sheer, but easily build to opacity in three coats. Best of all they are non-streaky and self-level wonderfully. You also have the option of jelly sandwiches and layering over other polish.

Jelly Sandwich with Knight in Shining Armour


Galaxy with Midnight Sky and Knight in Shining Armour


I think this whole collection is a must have – I’m ordering the peach and pink ASAP to complete my set!

You can purchase these individually via the Shades of Phoenix Bigcartel store here for $9.95 each.

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