Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Dr.'s Remedy BCA 2012 Swatches

Natural light, no flash
Left to right: Purity Pink, Nurture Nude Pink and Hopeful Hot Pink

Natural light, with flash
Left to right: Purity Pink, Nurture Nude Pink, and Hopeful Hot Pink

Before I get to the swatches, I want to share some details about this collection. This is the 2012 Breast Cancer Awareness collection.During the month of October, Dr.'s Remedy will donate 10% of the proceeds from the sales of these three nail polishes to Living Beyond Breast Cancer, an organization who ensures that women who are newly diagnosed, in treatment, beyond treatment, at high risk or living with metastatic disease are well cared for by providing educational resources and support services relevant to their age at and stage of diagnosis. You can purchase these (and other colors) colors online by visiting the Dr.'s Remedy web site at or you can order by phone by calling 1-877-323-NAIL.You can learn more about Living Beyond Breast Cancer by going to their web site

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Now, on to the swatches! I took pictures of each color in natural light - it was very cloudy at the time without any sunlight. I have provided pictures of the colors both with and without flash.

Up first is my favorite of the three colors, Purity Pink. This color is described as "a ballet slipper, sheer hue". It has the slightest hint of a peachy tone to it, and is a very sheer, soft, milky pink creme. I'm loving soft, sheer shades right now and this color fits into that group perfectly! It's a perfect color for French manicures - one coat is almost clear and two coats is ideal. I've swatched it at three coats though, to give a better look at the color.As you can see, even at three coats it is sheer.

Purity Pink, 3 coats shown with flash

Purity Pink, 3 coats shown without flash

Next up is Nurture Nude Pink. This color is described as "a damsel-in-distress, barely there beautiful". This color is a pretty soft salmon pink with subtle pink shimmer. This one starts off very sheer, and much like Purity Pink one coat offers up the slightest hint of color and it would be lovely to use for a French manicure. But in just three coats, it builds up to fully opaque coverage. The shimmer doesn't really show up in the shade unless you're really looking closely. In the sunlight, however, the shimmer is more noticeable but still a subtle touch. I did have some streaking issues with this one; at one coat it was not an issue but with a second coat the streaks were noticeable. The third coat evened it out beautifully though.

Nurture Nude Pink, 3 coats, shown with flash (It is not really this orange toned. The next picture, without flash, is a truer representation of the color.)

Nurture Nude Pink, 3 coats, shown without flash

Nurture Nude Pink, 3 coats, shown with flash. A closer look to show the subtle shimmer.

And last but not least, Hopeful Hot Pink. This shade is described, quite perfectly, as a Hello Kitty-meets bubble gum shade. I can't think of a better way to describe this one myself - Dr.'s Remedy described it beautifully themselves. Opaque coverage in just two coats, this is a gorgeous hot pink creme polish.

Hopeful Hot Pink, 2 coats, shown with flash
Hopeful Hot Pink, 2 coats, shown without flash

The formula for all three polishes is lovely. Each shade dries to a nice glossy finish. All the swatches shown above are the polishes without any top coat applied.

When I was done swatching, I decided to do a BCA manicure, and used Purity Pink and Hopeful Hot Pink. I didn't have a ton of free time to do anything too involved, so I opted for a very simple design:

3 coats Purity Pink with Hopeful Hot Pink tips/ribbon accent; shown with flash

I received these polishes for free to review.

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