Polished by KPT Thermals & Holos: Review and Swatches

Thursday, April 11, 2013
Recently I had the chance to try out some of the incredible polishes made by Katherine of PolishedByKPT. I was really excited because her polishes included some really vibrant thermals and I'm such a sucker for new kinds of polish. I wanted to get these pictures up sooner but I'm afraid I was a bit of an idiot and accidentally melted one of the labels off by getting it wet.

I have four polishes in today's post, three of which are thermals and one is a neon holo. There's also four other polishes, but those will come soon in another post. I didn't want to overload your brain with polish awesomeness and be responsible for the resulting implosion.

First up is Hot Like Wasabi. A yellow holo thermal that transitions from a pale custard color when warm to a deeper mustard shade as it cools. The holo is fine and soft, giving it a more scattered look. Here, I'm wearing three thin coats over one coat of white.

Dipped in cool water, it changes immediately to that solid yellow.

Next is Camellia. Camellia changes from a bright sheer hot pink to a deep vivid fuchsia pink. This one had a very extreme thermal change. Three thin coats on top of white.

Dipped in cool water.

Fluorescein is the non thermal of the bunch that I'm showing you. It's a bright neon green holo. A bit on the sheer side, so I wore it on top of white, which really made it pop. The holo effect is stronger than it looks in my pictures. I guess my camera wanted to pick between capturing holo or neon, and neon won.

Kelvin Bleu. Ah, I wanted to end with my favorite. This blue is just simply glorious. Here it is, over white. It goes from a baby blue to a lovely bright blue. Three coats. I love how my fingers look like I've attempted the gradient effect, but without the actual work or mess.

The blue that it transitions to is just stunning.

Oh, I also wanted to mention that these thermals look great on their own, not just over white. I wore white so that you could see the transitions easier. Here's Kelvin Bleu, three coats on its own. I used Madam Luck (also Polished by KPT, will review soon) as accents near the cuticles.

I really, really enjoyed the thermal polishes. I kept running my hands under cool water or breathing on my hands to warm them up just so I could see the change over and over again. It was like having mood rings in elementary school all over again! At room temperature, mostly just my tips were the darker color. I think those with longer nails and more free edge will see more of the darker transition, just because the tips are a cooler temperature. This makes me wish my nails were longer.

The formulas on these polishes were great. They are more thin than your average polish but I prefer it that way. A thinner, more fluid formula makes it easier for me to get even, level coats and I'd rather do more thin coats than work with thick, gloopy polishes.

Overall, I really have to recommend these polishes. I love that Katherine has taken nails to the next level, I always appreciate new and different kinds of polishes. If you're like me, you'll have a blast playing around the thermals and enjoy the brightness of Fluorescein.

Polished by KPT cost between $9-12, depending on the shade and is sold here. Soon these polishes will also be available to international folks itching to get their hands on a bottle through Shoppe Eclecticco. For updates on restocks, additional pictures and other news, follow Katherine on Instagram (@polishedbykpt).

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