Swatches | California Bleach Collection by Virago Varnish



Hey guys! Today I am super excited to share the upcoming California Bleach collection releasing for pre-order on May 20th from Virago Varnish! This collection includes 5 bleached pastel neon shades in one gorgeously cohesive assortment that will be perfect for Summer! These all have fantastic formulas and dry down to a glossy finish. If you own (or lusted) after the Boardwalk collection you will love these as much or more! I feel like the formula on these is just a little bit easier to work with, so let’s get into the swatches! All of my swatches today are shown without topcoat. These were sent to me for review.


Malibu at 2 coats under artificial lighting.

First up is Malibu. Malibu is a coral,peachy pink shade that will instantly enhance any tan! This one has a really easy 2 coat formula that is a little on the thicker side and dries down fairly quickly to a glossy finish. This shade is such a must have for summer!

Malibu at an angle under artificial lighting.
Malibu macro.


Huntington at 2 coats under artificial lighting.

Next up is Huntington, Hunington is a bright and cheery pastel buttery neon yellow. This one has such a great formula especially for a yellow and was opaque for me in 2 coats.

Huntington at an angle under artificial lighting.
Huntington Macro.


Coronado at 2 coats under artificial lighting.

Next up is Coronado, and this one gets me right in the feels! Coronado is a gorgeous minty cool melon green that will be flattering on so many skin tones! This one, like the others, has a really great formula and was opaque for me at 2 coats.

Coronado at an angle under artificial lighting.
Coronado Macro.


Venice at 2 coats under artificial lighting.

Next up is Venice, Venice is a very bright light powder blue. I hate to pick any as my favorite from this collection since I loved them all so very much, but this one stood out to me! The formula is maybe a tad thinner than the others and was very easy for me to work with. Completely opaque at 2 coats.

Venice at an angle under artificial lighting.
Venice macro.


Laguna at 2 coats under artificial lighting.

Lastly I have Laguna. Laguna is a very bright pastel lavender, and this is another tentative favorite of mine! Opaque in 1-2 coats, this one is another that has a flawless formula!

Laguna at an angle under artificial lighting.
Laguna Macro.

So that rounds out my swatch and review of the California Bleach collection, in my opinion this is a great 5 piece set to have for Summer and will work well for next Spring as well! I feel like these tones are going to be so flattering across the spectrum of skin tones. I will be testing these for watermarbling (and perhaps stamping) in this Friday’s “But Do They Watermarble?” segment so stay tuned for that!

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15 comments on “Swatches | California Bleach Collection by Virago Varnish”

  1. Fabulous job with this. Your swatches make me even more excited to get these. I preordered them and am eagerly awaiting their arrival. Really glad to hear the polishes have excellent formulas all around.


  2. I like Venice and Laguna. I think the other colors are pretty common in a lot of neon collections, regular or pastel. But the pale blue and lavender are not usual neon colors.

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