Holo Taco is a new nail polish brand founded by Cristine aka Simplynailogical, the Queen of anything Holographic. The brand launched with five nail polishes, three holographic top coats and two base colors available separately and bundled in a Limited Edition collectors box. I’m going to review and swatch the entire Holo Taco Launch Collection in today’s post.
The brands name, Holo Taco actually means Holo(graphic) Top Coat. Holo Top Coat is something that Cristine says often but is misheard as Holo Taco, which is now known as her signature pronunciation for such a nail polish and perfect as a brand name associated with Cristine.
The Holo Taco Launch Collection collectors box includes all five launch nail polishes and comes in a beautiful black and holographic box. Christine wanted to create a box that looks like a PR box that beauty influencers get. I can definitely tell you that this is the case, it looks really awesome! Since this is Limited Edition, I’m not sure if this will be available after a restock, but all polishes are definitely sold separately.
The five available nail polishes are Linear Holo Taco, Flakie Holo Taco, Scattered Holo Taco, One-Coat Black and Royal-Tea Blue. These come in a glass bottle with a black handle and holographic details. Each bottle holds 12 mL of product.
The brush of the nail polish is transparent, so you can enjoy looking at the holographic glitter throughout the brush. I love small details like that. However, the brush is cut straight and really narrow. I personally don’t like that kind of shape. I understand that Cristine has a lot of young followers but it is difficult for me to apply the nail polishes evenly on my entire nailbed and get close to my cuticle edge. I’d personally have a wider brush that has a curved tip.
Let’s discuss the two creme shades first. These can be used on their own but are also meant to wear under a holographic top coat. It is recommended to use a glossy top coat if used on their own.
One-Coat Black is as the name suggests, a black nail polish with a creme finish that is fully opaque in one coat. This is definitely my favorite black nail polish ever. It applies evenly and has a nice, thin consistency. I love to use black as a base for nail art and powders so I will definitely use this shade a lot.
Royal-Tea Blue is a royal blue nail polish with a creme finish that is fully opaque in two coats. I think this shade is absolutely beautiful but I really don’t like the formula, so much that I probably won’t use it anymore after this review. The consistency is very thick and goopy, applies uneven but is as described, fully opaque in two coats. Because it is so thick, it takes a long time to dry. I’ve seen other reviews of this shade and application looks nowhere near as thick as mine, so I don’t know if mine wasn’t properly closed but it was this consistency already during the first time of use.
Unfortunately, I’m not equipped to capture the full holographic effect in picture. The holographic effect is best seen in direct sunlight, halogen bulbs or with the flashlight on your phone. There was also no sunlight available when swatching the holographic top coats so I have to remind you that the holographic effect is much stronger in real life.
The first holographic top coat is Linear Holo Taco, swatched over One-Coat Black and Royal-Tea Blue in one and two layers with as recommended, a layer of glossy top coat.
A linear holographic effect has holographic pigments packed together forming a rainbow in shape of a line. I love linear holographic nail polishes. I own many different ones but I never had a linear holographic top coat before. I like this top coat using one layer. Two layers makes the base color a lot less visible and I then prefer to use one of my colored holographic nail polishes. It is an easy way to make any creme nail polish have a beautiful holographic finish.
The second holographic top coat is Flakie Holo Taco, swatched over One-Coat Black and Royal-Tea Blue in one and two layers with as recommended, a layer of glossy top coat.
This nail polish has asymmetrical holographic flakies in a clear base. I like this top coat in both one and two coats. The flakies have an awesome and playful look and have a strong holographic effect.
The third and final holographic top coat is Scattered Holo Taco, swatched over One-Coat Black and Royal-Tea Blue in one and two layers with as recommended, a layer of glossy top coat.
This nail polish has small holographic glitters in a clear base. This top coat is perfect to use over nail art because it doesn’t cover the design. I thought I wouldn’t like this finish as much but I really do enjoy it, it definitely looks like a galaxy!
Here is a comparison of all three holographic top coats, Linear Holo Taco (index finger), Flakie Holo Taco (middle finger) and Scatter Holo Taco, one layer over One-Coat Black finished off with a glossy top coat.
The fun thing is that you can also layer these holographic top coats over each other to create a unique effect. I’ve swatched one layer of Scatter Holo Taco and one layer of Flakie Holo Taco on my pinkie finger.
Finally, I’ve created a nail art design using a gradient of One-Coat Black and Royal-Tea Blue as a base, followed with one layer of Scatter Holo Taco and Flakie Holo Taco, finished with a glossy top coat.
I think the Holo Taco Launch Collection is a great beginning for Cristines brand. It is exactly what I would expect from a nail polish addict like her. I really can’t wait what the brand will offer in the future. I would highly recommend to check out the brand if you are a holosexual and love to do nail art. My favorite holographic top coat is Flakie Holo Taco. I also cannot live without One-Coat Black, which I will forever repurchase for my nail art designs.
The Holo Taco products are exclusively available at HoloTaco.com. The brand ships internationally.
The Holo Taco creme nail polishes are available for $11 USD each. The Holo Taco Holographic Top Coats are available for $13 USD each since these are more expensive to create. The Holo Taco Launch Collection Box is $60 USD but I’m unsure if this set will return. Shipping to The Netherlands was $20 USD for the box and was done by Fedex.
Are you excited about Holo Taco? Which Holo Top Coat is your favorite?