Maybelline Color Show Holographic in Bold Gold: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

*leans in close to the monitor, eyes it, first with one eye, then the other, breathes on it, tap, tap, taps* "Hello! You do plan to have nail polish sometime on your Icy Nails blog?"

 Today I am sharing my review of Maybelline Color Show Holographic in Bold Gold. Now, I feared buying this polish. If you are a long time reader of this blog, you probably know why. The sad fact of the matter is, Maybelline polish and I just do not have a happy history. Recently I have been reading good reviews of the Maybelline Color Show line and, as I was on the lookout for a beautiful gold polish and I saw this one when I was in Walgreen's one day. I thought, what the heck, I'll give Maybelline one more shot.

Maybelline Color Show Holographic in Bold Gold is a warm, rich gold metallic. The finish is somewhat brushstroke-y but with top coat it looks quite smooth, soft, almost burnished. The name claims that this polish is holographic. Not even in Maybelline's wildest dreams is this polish holographic. The only thing holographic about this polish is the silver band on the cap, it's a little holographic.

Who turned that last paragraph into a drinking game?

This swatch is two coats and Seche Vite. As with most metallics, Maybelline Color Show Holographic in Bold Gold shows every flaw in my nails.

Maybelline Color Show Holographic in Bold Gold was a Grade A pain in my ass. I applied this polish three times to get a swatch that looked well enough to photograph and even then, I wasn't completely happy with the result. I actually had to airbrush these photographs a tiny bit. (Obviously I still need practice!) The formula on this polish is pure Maybelline hell on wheels. It was fussy to apply, it streaked, it dragged, it pulled bald spots, it bubbled. One thing I will say for it is that it dried quickly. Pffft! Another one bites the dust. You'd think I'd learn my lesson.

After I finished taking pictures, I decided to do a quick glitter gradient with China Glaze Cleopatra just for the fun of it. It looked pretty right after I applied the glitter and top coat but by the time I finished writing up some notes and took my photographs, the glitter had sunk into the polish below it and formed dimples all over the surface of my nails. They looked like sparkly gold golf balls. Not good.

Fore! (Is it "fore" or "four?")

It's a shame about the glitter dimpling the polish below because these two polishes do look great together.

Maybelline Color Show Holographic in Bold Gold was a fail for me. Not only is it not in the least bit holographic, the formula was a huge problem and the finish, while okay isn't stellar enough to make the formula worth it. Alas, my unhappy history with Maybelline polish continues.

Do you own Maybelline Color Show Holographic (does anyone else want to laugh every time they read or type that?) in Bold Gold? What do you think of it? Does it behave better for you than it did for me? Please do tell.

Thank you so much for popping in and reading and have a terrific day.