SWATCH & REVIEW: BIO SCULPTURE My Winter Garden Collection 2020

by - November 13, 2020

As I was looking at the new BIOSCULPTURE Gemini My Winter Garden Collection, I will admit I wasn't entirely sure what to think of the colour story, especially for a winter/holiday collection, but the more I really look at it, the more I sort of fall in love with the vibe of it and get on board with this vision of winter. I honestly think that winter collections are consistently getting more interesting and varied recently and I think this is a really solid example of that.

Anyway, without further ado, keep reading to check out my thoughts on the shades and this brand overall from this first impression!

This is actually my first time trying out the BIOSCUPTRE Gemini Nourishing Nail Polish and I have to say I'm really impressed. First off, they are cruelty free, vegan and 10 free, which means that they don't contain 10 of the more dangerous chemicals that can be found in nail polish formulas. They promise "double density" for really strong, often one coat coverage. And they contain hardening plant extract agents derived from Aloe Vera, Lemon and Ginseng. They promise to be fast drying, long lasting and to add strength to the nail. Sounds pretty dreamy, right?

Something that immediately struck me when I first started swatching these is the size of the bottles. These are absolutely the tallest nail polish bottles in my collection and as a result, have one of the longest caps and brushes that I've ever used. They do have my preferred wide, flat brush and, though it took a little bit of getting used to, I think that the length really does make for a comfortable and crisp application process. 

BIOSCULTPURE Gemini Nourishing Nail Polish 
in Berry Bush*
I have a feeling that this red is one of those perfect, universally flattering red shades that will work on literally just about anyone. In my notes, which I write while I'm in the process of swatching and photographing nail polish, I described this as a "smoky cranberry créme" and I'd say I stand by that. It's fairly neutral in undertone, not too cool or too warm, and definitely has a hint of ashiness that keeps it from being too bright even though it's super bold no matter how you slice it. On the first coat, I'd say this gives medium coverage and is just a little bit streaky, but really smooth and easy to apply. On the second coat, you're gonna get that perfect full coverage with a really smooth, even application. This shade was just a joy for me and one I'll definitely be reaching for during the holidays.

BIOSCULTPURE Gemini Nourishing Nail Polish 
in Blue Mushroom*
I feel like navy blue polishes are really a huge trend right now - and one that's perfect for winter, in my opinion. In my notes, I described thios shade as a "rich navy blue crelly." It's definitely one of those really deep shades that still manages to keep its colour and definitely doesn't at all skew towards just being black. On the first coat, this was a little bit sheer but surprisingly even and non-streaky. On the second coat, I really liked the coverage and thought it hid my visible nail line completely, but I wouldn't say it was fully opaque, if that makes sense. You could do three coats for full, full coverage but I was perfectly happy with the coverage that two coats gave me. This was a really easy application, though I could caution to be careful not to flood the cuticles with this one - it's quite pigmented and was a little bit tricky to clean up. 

BIOSCULTPURE Gemini Nourishing Nail Polish
in Chipped Bark*
When I got this on the nails, I was actually really surprised at how unique it is. I described it as an "ashy purple créme" and I think the balance of true purple with that ashiness makes for a really beautiful shade. As far as application, this one performed very much like Berry Bush - a little bit streaky with medium coverage on that first coat, but really smooth, even coverage on the second. It was really easy and smooth to apply and leveled really nicely. Honestly, I'm really, really impressed with this créme formula. I also think this is going to be a really widely loved shade - a little bit different, but in a tone that so many people love. Love this shade, definitely a favorite.

BIOSCULTPURE Gemini Nourishing Nail Polish 
in Clay Pathway*
This shade was sort of the wild card in this collection for me and I still sort of feel two ways about it. I described it in my notes as an "ashy peach créme" (there's a lot of ashiness in this collection, which I love) and I stand by that. This is another really, really unique shade and something that I definintely don't already have in my collection. On short nails, I'd say that this is almost certainly a two coater, but on my longer nails I did need that third coat for full coverage. This formula was really, really great though and I found that it leveled absolutely perfectly on me and really made doing three coats really easy. The thing for me with this one is that this shade is just not flattering on my skin tone. I really do think that someone with olive to deep skin would probably find this a lot more flattering, but on me it ended up looking kind of sickly. Great, unique shade but not as universal as some of the others in this collection. 

BIOSCULTPURE Gemini Nourishing Nail Polish 
in Ornamented Arch*
And finally the shade that is probably my personal favorite in this collection. In my notes, I described this as an "ashy grey/blue with subtle shimmer" and then later reiterated that the shimmer is really subtle and more of a glow than a true shimmer. The first coat applied really easily with smooth, even coverage and on that second coat I got the full coverage I was looking for and just a super smooth, even finish. Can't say a single bad thing about this shade, honestly. It really does walk that line between grey and blue really smoothly and I think it would actually be hard to say it was one or the other, because it's definitely both, and I think that added shimmer really keeps it from being dull at all. 

Overall, I have to say I'm really impressed with the BIOSCULPTURE Gemini formula and really enjoyed how it performed for me - I will definitely continue reaching for these shades. I also really enjoy the curation of this collection, which initially I really wasn't sure how I felt about. I think it offers a nice balance of some more traditional winter shades with some gorgeous and truly unique shades that I don't already own, despite the size of my nail polish collection. 

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