Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Models Own Icing Collection Swatches and Review

I have a pretty exciting post this evening, out of my normal morning posting schedule, because I wanted to get it up as soon as possible.  I've been really lucky to receive the new Models Own Icing Collection early - they haven't even been officially announced yet (don't worry, I'm not breaking any embargoes)!  (If you follow Superdrug on Instagram you may have seen a sneak preview of these a few weeks ago when Models Own did their takeover).  We've already seen two new collections from Models Own in the last month (the Colour Chromes and ten new HyperGels) and they are bringing out yet another on March 6th! Ah, they spoil us.

Pastels are the colours of the moment for all the polish releases recently, now that we're looking forward to spring and summer - and that is exactly the theme of the new Icing Collection.  Five colours, all in beautiful limited edition frosted bottles, somewhat reminiscent of ice cream: Lilac, Peach, Mint, Nude and Pink.  The formula of the polishes is the same across all five, and not unlike non-HyperGel Models Own polishes - it's thinner than a gel-like polish yet two coats still gives full opaque coverage.  They also dry nice and quickly.

I imagine you're here for swatches... so here we go:

Lilac Icing*

Lilac Icing is a bold pastel lilac (if that's not an oxymoron!) - quite an unusual colour and I love how it is quite a pinky purple, rather than a grey or blue one.  My second favourite in the collection!

Peach Icing*

Peach Icing is a pastel peach - not orange - at first glance I thought it might be like Peach Melba from the Fruit Pastels collection, but that was much more orange, where this is paler and less pink-toned.  Pretty for spring, but I didn't think it was great with my skin tone.

Mint Icing*

Mint Icing is a lovely minty pale green - but a bright one - a good dupe for Essie's Mint Candy Apple (probably the definitive mint green).  Definitely my favourite of the collection - it's just so gorgeous and fresh.

Nude Icing*

Nude Icing is a very light brown-toned nude polish.  Who knew there were so many different shades and tones of nude polishes around?  It's very different to the Naked Glow HyperGel which was more yellow and pale than this.  If I had to be sensible with my nail polish at work, this is one I'd choose (thankfully I can get away with all sorts of colours on my nails!)

Pink Icing*

Pink Icing is a traditional baby pink.  More pastel and less Barbie than Pink Veneer HyperGel (original collection) and warmer in tone than Paradise Pink HyperGel (Spring 2015 collection).  You can never have enough pastel pinks can you?

Overall another great release from Models Own.  Probably not the most groundbreaking, but a solid collection of lovely spring-appropriate polishes to get us ready for the warmer weather and longer days which are surely just around the corner.

Availability and price - £4.99 each, from www.modelsownit.com on 6th March, Models Own UK Bottleshops on 7th March and Superdrug stores nationwide on 11th March.

*PR samples


  1. Mint Icing <3 <3 I love the frosted bottles. Great swatches :)

  2. Fab! Thank you for putting this up early as I've been dying to know about these polishes after the sneak peak.
    Even though they're not groundbreaking colours, I really really like them. Love the purple, love the mint, love a nude. My kinda collection. I guess the only thing I'm wondering now is whether they're too similar to the Barry M speedys to warrant buying both?
    Amy || Hair Nails Etc