I’ve posted a couple “Shades of Grey” collections so far, such as the OPI Fifty Shades of Grey collection and the L’Oreal Dark Sides of Grey collection. Here’s another one to join the lot. Maybelline has put out a new collection of black polishes with different finishes and textures called the “Black to Black” collection. These will all join their permanent collection, so no limited edition alerts here.
Out of the 5-piece release, I bought 3. I opted out of buying the smoky black top coat and the matte black. Smoky top coats are something you don’t need more than one of, and the one I have isn’t getting much use. They’re just not my thing. A matte black polish isn’t necessary when you can just add a matte top coat over any polish. Here are the 3 that were left. Read more for my honest opinion on these.
On the display art, Corrupted Black looked like a black polish with fine silver glitter. When I got home, I was displeased to see that in actually, it looks nothing like how the display made it look. Corrupted Black is a black with tiny silver glitter, but when painted, the glitter is completely covered by the black. Once dry, it looks simply like a textured black polish. If I had known this, I would not have bought it.
Corrupted Black- 2 coats, no top coat
The black base in Corrupted Black was so black and inky. The formula was so smooth and creamy that I went back to the store and bought the plain black polish from the collection named Patent Black.
Patent Black is the star of this collection. You would think there’s nothing exciting about another black nail polish, but you’re wrong. This is the blackest black I have ever used. The formula is on the thinner side, compared to OPI’s Black Onyx, my favorite black creme. Although it’s a thin formula, the pigmentation is very strong. It can be a 1 coater, but I do 2 just to be sure it’s the blackest black it can be. You need to see it to believe it.
I can take as many pictures of comparisons as I can, but the camera will never be able to capture the beauty of Patent Black. It’s like no other black polish I have ever used.
Patent Black- 2 coats, no top coat
Black Dust is a glitter polish with a clear base. There is silver, black, and white tiny glitter and also black hex glitter. It’s different from your normal black and white glitter polishes because of the varying sizes. It gives a different look.
I painted 1 coat of Black Dust over I Carol About You from OPI’s Holiday 2014 Gwen Stefani collection. I don’t love it. I don’t care for this one at all. If you want a black/white/silver glitter, there were tons in the Nail Effects portion of the Holiday 2014 Gwen Stefani collection.
Black Dust- 1 coat over I Carol About You
From the looks of it, the Black to Black collection was a ‘miss’ for me. The polishes didn’t wow me and I’m sure I’m not the only one. People will probably walk by this collection without taking a real look once they notice all they’re all black shades. In people’s minds, black is such a classic color/polish, that they don’t need another.
On a positive note, I had one major ‘hit’ from this! Patent Black is so gorgeous on the nails, it’s a diamond in the rough. At first glance, I assumed it would be just a normal black polish, but it’s not. It’s so much better! If you get anything from the Black to Black collection, give Patent Black a shot! If matte nails are your thing, I’d say to try Black Matte too.