Spring 2010: Milani’s 3D Holographic polishes

by Bionic Beauty on 24.Apr.2010 · 21 comments

Last week I showed you Milani’s new Neon nail polish collection, now I’ve got the swatches and reviews of their other Spring 2010 nail polish collection: 3D Holographic.

All of these polishes applied like a dream and wore incredibly well. Milani has a real competitor this year to the pricey “bigger” named polish collections. Smooth application, no cuticle drag, no tip buildup, and the glimmer is small enough that there’s no streaking. And the finish is such a high-gloss!! In these photos, I promise I am not wearing a top coat- absolutely incredible!

The Bionic Beauty blog swatches and reviews Milani's 3D Holographic nail polish collection

Milani Cosmetic's new 3D Holographic nail polish collection (Click image for a larger version!)

I can see these polishes becoming some of my favorites!

Hi-Tech – A translucent citrusy green with gold holo shimmer when light hits it. You can build the color with 2-3 coats (I’m wearing two coats in these photos). It even works for gals with cool-toned skin like me! And yes, I’m a sucker for green nail polish!

The Bionic Beauty blog reviews Milani's 3D Holo nail polish in Hi Tech

Milani's Holographic nail polish in Hi-Tech

3D – A classic bright gold. I was leery of this looking good on my nails since I typically shy away from gold (warms don’t look so great on me), but this one was fabulous! 3D would be perfect for a glamorous evening date; and it looked great layered over the Neon “Totally 80s” polish.

The Bionic Beauty blog reviews Milani's 3D Holo nail polish in 3D

Milani's Holographic nail polish in 3D

HD – Bright, true silver. In the sun there are pink, blue and an entire rainbow of shimmer! One coat gives a great translucent bling; two to three coats are full coverage. This polish looks awesome with jeans or dark dresses!

The Bionic Beauty blog reviews Milani's 3D Holo nail polish in HD

Milani's Holographic nail polish in HD

Digital – A medium bubblegum pink. Again, this polish is just gorgeous in the sun! Blue, pink, lavender shimmer really catch the eye.

The Bionic Beauty blog reviews Milani's 3D Holo nail polish in Digital

Milani's Holographic nail polish in Digital

Cyperspace – It’s kind of a denim blue mixed with silver and turquoise.  I can see it being great on top of dark, vampy colors; or as-is on my toes for summer. This is my favorite of the bunch… Even besides the name being cool, Cyberspace just makes me smile when I wear it!

The Bionic Beauty blog reviews Milani's 3D Holo nail polish in Cyberspace

Milani's Holographic nail polish in Cyberspace

Hi-Res – Another of my favorites, Hi-Res is a beautiful “slightly-darker-than-pastel” purple with rainbow shimmer. This is my second favorite… I can’t stop staring at my fingers!

The Bionic Beauty blog reviews Milani's 3D Holo nail polish in Hi Res

Milani's Holographic nail polish in Hi-Res

HD, Digital, Hi-Res, and Cyberspace are my favorites. I had a hard time just picking one as the front-runner. These will all have a special place in my mani/pedi rotation for a long-time to come!

The 3D Holographic nail polishes are priced affordably (around $5); and you can pick them up at most local drugstores or at MilaniCosmetics.com!

FTC Disclosure: This item was sent to me free of charge in return for an honest review. The opinion in this article is based on my personal experience and was not influenced by any source. I was not compensated for this article. Feel free to read my disclosure policy for more information.


1 Stacy April 24, 2010 at 8:46 am

Beautiful colors! Love the pink, blue, purple and green!

2 Bionic Beauty April 25, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Yep, it’s confirmed again. You and I have *very* similar tastes in our makeup, colors, and polish! 🙂

3 Tashi April 24, 2010 at 9:49 am

Oooh, pretty colors, indeed! 🙂 I particularly favor the pink, purple, blue, and gold. No top coat? Cool. And you can’t beat the price. I don’t understand why we don’t hear more about Milani. Geez, I didn’t know about them til I started reading your blog last year!

4 Bionic Beauty April 25, 2010 at 1:01 pm

You certainly don’t need a top coat with how glossy they are (and they are super smooth too- not gritty like most glitter polishes), but I would suggest a good top coat to help extend wear. I use Seche Vite pretty much all the time now. It’s a little thick, but dries quickly and makes my polish last much longer. Plus quite a few drugstores & Sally Beauty are carrying it now. I’ve even spotted it at a few Target stores! Another good one is INM’s Out the Door (available at all the same places). They are a little pricier than a normal topcoat (usually around $5-6, wait for them to go on sale at Sally!) but it’s totally worth it in my opinion!

5 Tashi April 26, 2010 at 7:03 am

Thanks for the info on Seche Vite and INM’s Out the Door. I’ve usually been too lazy to bother with a top coat. 🙂

6 Jess April 24, 2010 at 10:39 am

Yay! I am gonna hunt those down for sure!!

7 Bionic Beauty April 25, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Jess, Let me know which ones you get! They remind me a little of OPI’s Designer Series polishes that came out in 08-09. They had “diamond dust” to make them holographic. I’m not sure I buy the diamond-dust aspect, but I have 2 pinks and 2 blues and they are some of my favorites. I LOVE holographic polishes. I can happily gaze at my nails – it’s like a moth to a flame for me. Ha ha!

My other favorite polishes right behind holo’s would be any variety of gray. I don’t care if some people are saying gray polish is going out of trend/style- I’m gonna keep wearing them as long as I have bottles. And I *really* love the grays with a matte top coat!

8 Bionic Beauty April 25, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Jess, Here are some of my old swatches of OPI’s DS polishes: http://bionic-beauty.com/?s=OPI+Designer+Series+polish, just in case you want to see some pics. My fave is Glamour, a denim blue.

9 Jess April 26, 2010 at 1:19 pm

I am with ya on the grays ! I love the blue OPI ! I am going to hunt down the Milani polishes this week..

10 Bionic Beauty April 26, 2010 at 2:06 pm

I even bought a “backup” bottle of that OPI Glamour – I love it that much. But this collection is a close second. Even the gold, which I normally do not like, is pretty!

11 Lori Slone April 24, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Oh my! I saw these in the store and didn’t like them in the bottle, but now that I see them on, I love them! I can’t decide between purple and pink.

I can’t imagine how many bottles of nail polish you have and how you have them stored!

12 Bionic Beauty April 25, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Hey Lori, I can see how that would be… in the drugstore they just look like normal glitter polishes to me. I can’t believe how smooth they applied!

A few more notes that may help you decide- The pink would be more wearable as an everyday polish; the purple has much more of a rainbow-holographic nature. The pink throws silvers and golds in the sun/bright light with some other colors; the purple throws glimmers of every color. It’s stunning!

As for my polish collection… it’s always been one of my weaknesses! I guess because it’s so colorful and typically affordable. Here was my polish tote a few years ago: http://bionic-beauty.com/packing-my-makeup-and-skincare-a-photo-story/. It’s the old-style Caboodle.

Now, I’ve got that Caboodle packed full, plus the purple/tan tackle box has been converted to all nail polish. I also have a small tote of nail art polishes; and a box of ones to giveaway on here to readers or to use for this year’s upcoming charity auctions. I guess I should sit down and count them one day. 😀

(*stands up and waves*)
“Hi, I’m Jami. And I’m a nail polish addict!”

13 Tashi April 26, 2010 at 7:11 am

“(*stands up and waves*) ‘Hi, I’m Jami. And I’m a nail polish addict!'”?? 🙂 LOL Girl, yer funny. Perhaps your motivation behind it is true. But yer still fun-e!

14 Tashi April 24, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Lori, you have a great point! 🙂 I wonder, too. I don’t think you meant this part, but as for storage, I keep my few polishes in a small container in the fridge. I don’t know where I heard this tip, but apparently, it’s supposed to help keep the polishes from going bad, to help them have a longer shelf life. I don’t know if they actually *work* better, though, more than normally. If Jami uses this method, I do hope she never confuses her polishes for food in the wee hours of the night. 😀

15 Bionic Beauty April 25, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Hi Tashi! I’ll take some new photos of my collection. I really do need to organize it a bit better (see my link in my response to Lori above). Currently when I am looking for a certain color, I dig and dig and polish bottles end up across my bedroom floor. Although- I *do* keep my absolute favorite polishes in the upper “drawers” of the Caboodle and fishing-tackle box; plus my top coats, base coats and nail files are in those “easy to access” areas as well.

You know me all too well… my insomnia and digging through the fridge at 2am would be very bad if I had polish in there. “Oh look! A pink marshmallow peep!” /Crunch/ “oops, not a Peep…” 😉

My mom used to keep her polish in the fridge too. I’ve read people recommending both- I tried it for a bit, but it made my polishes a little too thick until it warmed to room temp. I bet it’s just personal preference. I have some Avon polishes that are 30 years old and they are still fine. They separate a LOT due to the older chemical-laden polish formulas, but they still work fine. It is funny seeing how far polish has come. Those are some smelly polishes, but the colors are fun and I like knowing how old they are (they were one of my Grandmom’s). I rarely pitch a polish anymore. I threw away an old bottle of CoverGirl’s black crackle polish a few years ago because it got thick. I don’t know WHAT I was thinking. I miss that polish like crazy!! A few drops of thinner would have fixed it right up. Grrrr.

I do make stacks of ones that I buy and they don’t work for my skin tone- those usually go to my friends, family or maybe I’ll start seeing if you ladies want them. I could post the ones I have, the fact that they have been swatched once for here on BB, and just send them out for the cost of shipping. Might be a good way for us all to trade colors that don’t work well for us… Or use them for the upcoming charity auctions.

Thoughts anyone?

16 Tashi April 26, 2010 at 7:23 am

“Oops, not a Peep.” LOL Too funny again! 😀

I forgot about the refrigerated polishes being a bit too thick, until warming to room temperature. But they still seem to do well. I did, however, trash some old polishes a while back. Maybe I should have still hung onto them. Oh well!

As for your polish idea…. I’m hesitant to accept the idea of “pre-loved” polish. Maybe it’s still fine, sanitary-wise (I wouldn’t know.). No offense, Jami. 🙂 I don’t even share my combs and hairbrushes with anyone, ever, not even my sisters. But I applaud you for seeking alternatives to just tossing them out. Unused ones, now, I may be game for.

17 Bionic Beauty April 26, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Tashi, Glad I made you laugh. 😀 And watch… it never fails… now that you threw away those polishes- you’ll go hunting for them in a few months and then remember you pitched them. At least that’s what happens to me. SO frustrating!

And now worries about not wanting “pre-loved” (love that term, by the way) nail polish. I know some people wouldn’t be okay with it, but others would are fine. People on Makeup Alley even trade used lip sticks and such. *That* is something I’d never trade unless it was with my sister or mom… definitely not a stranger! Eww.

18 Tashi April 26, 2010 at 2:48 pm

You’re welcome to make me laugh anytime! 😀 We all need it. (Wanna hear me sing “SpongeBob Squarepants” to reciprocate the favor?? ROFL Ok, maybe not today.)

I checked, and I have faaaar fewer polishes than I thought — TWO. Just two China Glazes. Dang, and I know I used to have some OPIs, and a really cool purple Cover Girl Nail Slicks one, too. Oh well. Again.

Thanks for liking the term I used. Hee-hee. Well, I was going to say “used”, as in used cars. I do hate how the term “Pre-owned” is used for cars. They’re USED. But bigger battles are needing to be fought, so fret, I will not. (Oh, goodness! I was just poetic by accident. 😀 What DID I have for breakfast, anyway? LOL) Moving on….

Btw, WHAT is “Makeup Alley”? It sounds like a dangerous, messy part of town where I wouldn’t want to go without a big strong dude named Jack Bauer. 😉 And people trade used lipsticks??? Ewwwww…. Like you, I think I’d only trade those with my sisters or mom. And even then, I may have to be convinced it was safe. Like, after being presented with extensive reports from the CDC or something.

19 hartley April 26, 2010 at 7:19 am

Attractive shades. I personally prefer the pink shade.

20 Musetica April 26, 2010 at 10:52 am

Nice colors but I am not that courageous 🙁 I could see the people in my office staring w/crazy eyes at my nails 🙂
I think sharing the bottles u don’t use with others is a very nice and sweet idea and I think ii is safe, nail polishes have way too many chemicals in them for any germs to survive in there( read this somewhere ) of course each one of us has her own “rules”/preferences 🙂

21 Bionic Beauty April 26, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Hi Musetica, It’s good to see you on here again. 🙂 Maybe you could wear them on the weekends?

Like I mentioned to Tashi, I don’t mind shareing polishes like you; but other makeup items would be different. I think of nail polish like you do – all those chemicals in there probably could kill MRSA. Ha ha. (Ok, I *am* jokeing people… please don’t try to use nail polish to cure a MRSA infection. I’m not a doctor.)

Have a good Monday!!

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