A non indie post?! What?!
I resisted buying these for a long time, because I didn't want to pay retail ($15.50). Lucky for me, my patience paid off and these showed up on Hautelook a few weeks ago for $9 a pop! Hooray! However, I ended up spending a lot more than I would have otherwise because I purchased all 8 of the newer holos. And after swatching them, I think I only want to keep one...
I used the Layla buffer thing instead of aqua base coat (I try to save it), so the surface is not that smooth looking in the macro pics. Sorry about that! I found the holo "flame" on these (other than Gold Idol) to be a little weaker than the first batch, but then again, the colours here are all a little bit darker and richer, so that's the tradeoff you get with linear holos. Oh, I did find that (with the exception of Gold Idol) these applied a lot easier than the first set of Layla holos. The pigment didn't seem to clump up the same way. So that's a bonus, right?
I didn't use topcoat for these swatches!
Layla Gold Idol - 3 coats. Not really a flattering colour on me, but a strong holo flame.
Layla Emerald Divine - 3 coats. My favourite!
Layla Shock Pink - 3 coats, but 2 was opaque. I thought a third might bring out some more holo-ness, but I can't tell.
Layla Red Taboo - 3 coats. Same comment as above about 2 being enough for opacity. Also, this is clearly pink, not red.
Layla Purple Illusion - 3 coats, but 2 would have been enough. It's rather plummy on me.
Layla Cloudy Violet - 3 coats, but 2 would have been enough as well. I quite like this, even though it's more grape to me than violet.
Layla Misty Blush - 3 coats, but 2 would have been enough also. I don't understand the name of this one and I don't know if I like it.
Layla Coffee Love - 3 coats, but 2 would have been enough. I like this. I think.
Anyways, my takeaway from my sale-induced haul, is that even if something is priced well, if you weren't going to buy it before, you shouldn't buy it when it's on sale.
Unless you are like me and want to swatch everything for your blog.
I am in Dallas right now, and tomorrow I am going to a shooting range for the first time. I suspect it will be an interesting experience, if not entirely frightening.