The JINsoon Tibi nail polish collection for Fall 2013 is, in a word, SPARK-TACULAR! Known for her high fashion, glossy cremes, Jin Soon Choi, took a different route with her eponymous line when she teamed up with tibi designer, Amy Smilovic.
Sticking to her simple, sophisticated roots, Jin created five sparkling shades that are refined and elegant. Yet, adding a layer of the new Matte Maker top coat brings out the urban, utilitarian feel of Tibi’s fall line. Named after minerals and rocks, these shades hit on the jewel tone and vampy nail trends that are shaping up to be the theme of Fall 2013.
Formula & Application: JINsoon nail polish is 5-Free and includes UV filters to prevent yellowing and fading of color. The bottles are tall, thin rectangles with shiny, black removable caps. Think of them as a thinner, more angular Chanel bottle shape. The brush is flat and wide with bristles that are shorter and stiffer than OPI’s Pro Wide Brush. They are still flexible enough to allow for fanning of the brush without any dragging though sometimes the firmness makes it a challenge to create a curve at the cuticle.
All the lacquers in this collection have a smooth, squishy consistency. They spread evenly on the nail and self-level. They are packed with pigment, providing full coverage with two coats.
This collection also introduces a Matte Maker top coat that will become part of the permanent line. It’s not a totally flat matte, like Essie Matte About You, yet it’s not super satin, like Barielle Matte-inee. Matte Maker dries with a velvety finish so, over the more glittery shades, it gives the appearance of frosted glass. Just make sure you apply a very thin coat so you don’t obscure the glitter.
JINsoon Azurite is a deep sapphire packed with silver, smooth micro-glitter. Like a starry sky on a moonlit night, this shade is reminiscent of an old, discontinued favorite, Essie Starry Starry Night. Though the shimmer in Azurite is more subdued.
JINsoon Epidote is a gem of a gold-laced, verdant green. Though hidden in that rich, tonal shimmer is a shade-shifter. At the right angle, a rusty, reddish-brown plays with the light. It’s hard to capture on film but it’s there.
JINsoon Jasper is a rich, burgundy with fiery red shimmer. The shimmer lights up like dancing fireflies and I love how it peeks through the Matte Maker top coat like slow burning embers.
JINsoon Mica is a graphite shimmer that has a granite-esque appearance indoors. Yet, as soon as I saw it, I had a feeling there may be some magic hidden in that smooth shimmer. Sure enough, once you take Mica for a walk in the sunlight, the holographic shimmer comes out. Now, it’s not dense enough to be a true linear, prismatic holo but it sure does light up with a rainbow of colors.
JINsoon Obsidian is a glossy black creme packed with irregularly shaped micas, in a variety of colors, including green and gold. The most predominant is a reddish purple that adds warmth to the cool base color. This one is my favorite to wear with Matte Maker as it makes the flecks look trapped in ice.
Bottom Line: I’m swooning over the depth of these lush, rich shades. The glitter in Obsidian raises black to a whole new level and the duochrome goodness of Epidote is not to be missed. Azurite is simply stunning and while Mica is cool, you won’t appreciate its holo qualities unless you’re in super direct sunlight. As pretty as Jasper is, reds don’t set my world on fire.
On another note, matte is back this season and I love that brands are giving us matte top coats instead of expecting us to buy a million matte polishes. I think they realized it’s not happening. The JINsoon matte is the perfect meld of satin and flat so it’s definitely worth checking out.
What do you think of these new JINsoon shades? Which ones do you plan to pick up? Are you happy to see matte making a comeback?