Hello fireflies, how are you doing today? I am bright and glowing with the Scuba Loha :).So I have a picture heavy, words heavy and awesomeness heavy post for you . I have been eyeing this collection for a long time but always missed on laying hands on them. After a long wait today I finally have these babies to show you! It is a Set of 8 polishes out f which I got 7 (which are crèmes) and I let go the Rainbow colour glitter dot topper.
This set contains 7 pastel brights or pastel neons which all glow in dark!! It has ‘THE’ 2 things that make me Ga-ga over a collection: Bright Pastels and GID. Someone just heard me and made this. I will conclude my review about this collection after I have shown you the swatches.
About the Collection : Scubaloha is a portmanteau of scuba and aloha! This collection consists of seven gorgeous glow-in-the-dark pastel cremes and one rainbow glitter topper! These sizzling summer polishes are named after gorgeous indigenous Hawaiian reef fishes.
OMILU (As per the site), is a powder blue creme with a bright blue glow. It is named after the Bluefin Trevally (C. melampygus), which have identifying electric blue fins, tapered snout, and numerous black and blue spots on their sides. The Omilu is one of the two most prized fish from the Hawaiian islands.
It is a pleasant pastel blue which is very soothing to eyes. The finish of these polishes is a bit matte and gritty. The reason may be the glow in dark pigments.
In the dark the polish glows brilliant blue. I mean I was pleasantly surprised (read mesmerised) with the intensity of the glow. No doubt it is one of my favourites in the collection.
HINALEA LAUWILI (As per the Site), is a pastel spring green creme with a teal green glow. It is named after the Saddle Wrasse (T. duperrey), and while endemic, is one of the most numerous and most common species in the Hawaiian waters. Initial phase male and female adults have a blue-green head with an orange band that intensifies during spawning. The rest of the body is blue-green with narrow magenta vertical lines. The Hinalea Lauwili have an interesting social life! Successful supermales spawn with up to 20 females a day, while females spawn at most once a day with any male they fancy, often returning to the same partner.
This looked perfect bright pistachio colour to me, like someone just added neon element to a dull pistachio green.
It glows teal like in dark. I love the glow colour of this one, it’s so different. I haven’t come across a teal glowing polish yet.
LAU WILIWILI (As per the site), is a pastel creamsicle yellow creme with a neon yellow glow. It is named after the Milletseed (or Lemon) Butterflyfish (C. militaris), which is one of the most recognized butterflyfish in the Hawaiian waters. They have a beautiful yellow body with black dots arranged in vertical rows, and a black mask and black spot near the tail! This species is endemic to Hawaii.
The moment my husband saw me wearing this, he said it reminds him of a Mango Smoothie. That’s when I thought it looked more like a mango smoothie yellow than cream yellow. I would not say it is pure yellow because it has slight touch of pale orange.
It glows bright neon yellow in dark though, no touch of orange. This one is so bright that after charging it looks like my nails are emitting light.
LAU’I PALA (As per the site), is a pastel lemony yellow green creme, with a bright lime glow! It is named after the Yellow Tang (Z. flavescens), one of the top ten most popular marine aquarium species. It has a vibrant (almost neon) yellow body with a disk-shaped appearance, very curious and active all day. This species is commonly found and indigenous to Hawaii.
‘Neon Lime Green’: The best three words to describe this peppy polish. Just that it is a bit mellow and less harsh than proper neon because they are ‘pastels’. I like ‘Pastel neons’ over ‘neons’ any day because they are more wearable.
But the glow of this polish is truly loud and neon green. I so loved it. It is a full on neon parrot green in dark.
NOHU (As per the site), is a pastel peach/coral creme with an orange glow. It is named after the Titan Scorpionfish (S. cacopsis), which can either be cute or scary, depending on who’s looking. These are ambush predators that can camouflage to match their surroundings (their bellies remain orange), while they wait patiently for their prey. They have a broad tapering head, colored orange with ornate pattern of black lines and multicolored flecks. These spearheading fish species is endemic to Hawaii.
It is extremely pleasant peach neon in colour. A sweeter, softer and more peach version of the much raved about China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy. I really loved this color. I have 5 Pastel Peach neons of the season: Orly Push the Limit, Salon Perfect Flamingo Flair, Orly Freestyle, China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy and Colo Club Hot Hot Hot Pants. And Nohu wins them all with its sweetness and peachiness, if you can get what I am saying. It was the most difficult to photograph. The true colours just refuse to come in my camera.
It glowed more of Yellow peach than peach yellow. The glow was pale orange yellow in dark. However, the glow of Nohu and Kumu are different from the rest is what I cans say. They don’t glow in flat colors, they have some sparkles or micro particles along with that glow along. This effect is stronger in Kumu, it looks starry. I am not sure if I can explain correctly but may be the pictures will.
KUMU (As per the site), is a bright pastel pink creme with a peachy glow. It is named after the male White Saddle Goatfish (P. porphyreus), which are named for their two whisker-like projections on their jaw and the white spot at the base of their tail. Bright pink overall with a small white oval on each side of the caudal peduncle and dark stripes extending rearward from the eye, juveniles are greenish-brown above. Their body coloring changes depending on whether the fish is active or resting.
This is perfect pink neon which looks least pastel to me. It can easily match the phunk of a Neon Pink. Again like Nohu, it is very sweet yet bright. This makes your hand look tan instantly.
The glow of Kumu is peachy Orange. And as I said above it looks like some particles sparkle from within the polish in dark. It gives a different dimension to the polish when glowing.
UHU ULIULI (As per the site), is a lavender creme with a deep purple glow. It is named after the male Spectacled Parrotfish (C. perspicillatus), which are generally blue with a lavender belly, and have purple overlay in their scale margins. They are easily identified by their parrot beak like appearance, and are endemic to Hawaii! Like the rest of the Wrasse family, they show different color patterns depending on their age and sex.
This is a sweet lavender color which is again bright but pastel. I am not a purple/lavender person but this one is a rare one because it managed to impress me. It makes my hands look so delicate and classy. The usual lavenders that I have seen always seemed to be lifeless or bland. This one is so full of life and intense in color.
Well, as much I am impressed with this lavender in day light; I must say this is the only polish that disappointed me in dark. They are very good, don’t get me wrong. But it is not keeping up with its peers which glow brilliantly in little charging. It took longer charging time and the glow was not as bright. I give it that the glow is dark violet/purple so obviously it won’t glow as bright as others. But having swatched its siblings in dark, the expectation set from GID is quite high. I can tell you my next Glow in dark polish has to fight harder to impress me because Scuba Loha put the benchmark so high.
Overall I am extremely impressed with the collection. I found it worth every penny. They are amazing set of colors in day light and glow impressively in dark. Most of GID just glow neon green in dark but here each color glows differently. And the glow is quite intense. I have done some interesting nail art on this GID set ; which I will be sharing shortly on my blog.
You can own these polishes at http://doctorlacquer.storenvy.com/ . I hope you enjoyed the swatches and most definitely are impressed with it. Let me know your thoughts.