I’m sure at this point there are about a million swatches of the Holo Taco launch collection out there so I thought I would switch it up. As a fan of Cristine I knew I wanted the launch collection (was really jonesing for the flakie top coat and the one coat black) but I also was curious about how they stack up to the holo toppers I already own! For those of you who don’t know about Holo Taco, it was launched by YouTuber Simply Nailogical in late 2019. The launch collection consisted of 3 different holo tacos (holo top coats): linear, flakie, and scattered, as well as a royal blue and one-coat black polish. The toppers were of course the stars of the show, but are maybe not the most wildly unique concepts. After all, there are plenty of holographic top coats out there. We are specifically going to look at Scattered Holo Taco and compare it to the cult favorite China Glaze Fairy Dust and we’ll compare Linear Holo Taco to Starrily Eclipse, a fairly popular linear holographic top coat.
All swatches today are going to be over Ünt Ready for Takeoff base coat and topped with Seche Vite. Each holographic top coat will be shown over both Holo Taco Royal-Tea Blue and Holo Taco One Coat Black. Even I was able to get One Coat Black opaque in one coat and you all know I do thin coats! I love it.
Linear Holo Taco (index & ring) + Starrily Eclipse (middle & pinkie) over Royal-Tea Blue, 2 coats (index & middle) + One Coat Black, 1 coat (ring & pinkie) in natural light
None of my photos are going to show the holo in all its glory, but I think it is better this way because we can see the particles more easily! I have a really hard time differentiating between the Holo Taco and Eclipse here.
Linear Holo Taco (index & ring) + Starrily Eclipse (middle & pinkie) over Royal-Tea Blue, 2 coats (index & middle) + One Coat Black, 1 coat (ring & pinkie) in direct light
Both holo top coats pop more against the black, not surprising because linear holo top coats tend to be made of very fine particles. Again, I struggle to see a difference. I think they are both excellent choices!
Scattered Holo Taco (index & ring) + China Glaze Fairy Dust (middle & pinkie) over Royal-Tea Blue, 2 coats (index & middle) + One Coat Black, 1 coat (ring & pinkie) in natural light
I also have a hard time differentiating between Holo Taco and Fairy Dust. Both look excellent against the two base colors!
Scattered Holo Taco (index & ring) + China Glaze Fairy Dust (middle & pinkie) over Royal-Tea Blue, 2 coats (index & middle) + One Coat Black, 1 coat (ring & pinkie) in direct light
Maybe I am just reaching for something, but it looks to me like the particles in the Holo Taco might be a smidge bit bigger? I don’t know, I will let you decide!
Overall, I think if you already have some holographic top coats (especially the same ones as I do) you do not need Holo Taco. However, if you are a huge fan of Cristine and want to support her, you are definitely not going to be wasting your money! The packaging is very high quality and the brush is so easy to use with the polish. The bottles have a very chunky base which I love. If you do not have any holo top coats, these are a fantastic choice and you can one-stop shop for the three main kinds: scattered, linear, and flakie! I do have four of five of the Holiday collection polishes and those will be swatched some time soon.
Do you have any favorite holographic top coats? Have you tried Holo Taco?
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They look good and I have Fairy Dust. 🙂
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