Swatch & Review: Alter Ego – Sweet Cremes


Good Morning 😃!! I hope you all had an amazing weekend. If you’re in an area that is impacted by daylights savings and your lagging this morning, please know that I am right there with you. It will be another month or more before I am totally adjusted.

For those who may have been following my crazy life from the last couple of posts, I just wanted to let you know that my sons basketball team lost their second playoff game ☹️. While we are sad, we are excited and looking forward to the upcoming All-Star game and then on to AAU.  As for my girls, more of the same, gymnastics and Girl on the Run which starts this week.

So now let’s get into today’s S&R! Today I have the Sweet Cremes Collection from Alter Ego. This collection was originally named Sweet Cremes Are Made With These, but that was entirely too long so it was shortened to Sweet Cremes. This collection is the interpretation of crème liquers, as they appear, after added to the recipe. They are called crème liquers because the abundance of sugar in them gives them a creamy consistency and some makers also add a touch of glyercin for extra body. They are fairly high in alcohol by volume (ABV), this means it won’t take nearly as much for the consumer to get tipsy compared to a glass of wine or a serving of beer. So take it easy if you are drinking these!

**All swatches are done using Commitment Issue Peel-off Base Coat by Vapid and Tonic Topper by Tonic (shiny) and Matte topcoat by Turtle Tootsie Polishes (matte). Swatch photos are taken using artificial lights.**

Crème de Noyaux

Crème de noyaux is almond flavored and can be made either from apricpot kernels or a kernel contained in peach pits! It is also mentioned that apricot kernels also are a flavoring agent in ameretto and similar in flavor. Those that drink both say creme de noyaux is far better than ameretto It has a 30% ABV. I also see it as being difficult to find, very expensive and ameretto is commonly substituted for it in blended drinks. Swatch shown in 3 coats

Crème de Cassis

Crème de cassis is commonly made with black currants although I do see it acceptable to use blackberries if black currants cannot be found. The color I made Is what I see in my mind’s eye after the fruit has been crushed and sugar added 🙂 It first appeared in its modern verison in 1841 and is considered a specialty of Burgundy, France. Nearly 16 million litres is produced annually in France! This was a favorite drink of fictional detective Hercule Poirot and is mentioned in some of Agatha Christie’s novels that feature this character. The only reference I found to ABV is 15%. Swatch shown in 2 coats.

Crème de Cocao

Crème de cacao obviously tastes like chocolate. It has been around for literally hundreds of years, there is mention of the French producing and selling it as early as 1666! There also are mentions of a “chocolate wine” in New England prior to the American Revolution, and there is a recipe for it in a cookbook published in 1825. It has a ABV of 20%-25%. When first created it is clear and then food coloring is added. It can be consumed as it is as an after dinner drink and while some recipes do call for it to be added to desserts a food writer notes that when mixed with melted chocolate it can cause the chocolate to seize. Swatch shown in 2 coats

Crème de Cerise

Crème de cerise is made with crushed dark and sour cherries, highly sugared and has a ABV of 16%-18%. I couldn’t find much information about its history I do see it can be mixed with white wine or champagne as well and is suggested it is just the beverage to drink while enjoying semi-sweet desserts. Swatch shown in 3 coats

Crème de Menthe

Crème de menthe is made primarily from either corsican mint or dried peppermint. Colorless is called white and the green version can be colored wither using the mint leaves or food coloring. It has an average of 25% ABV. It is popular in many drinks and can be added to desserts as a syrup and baked goods. Swatch shown in 2 coats

Crème de Banane

Some think of bananas as a bright yellow, but I see this color as more of a golden yellow. Crème de banane is sweet, usually 17%-25% ABV. While used mostly for alcoholic drinks, it also can be used in cooking and baking, particularly as a syrup for frozen desserts. Added to baked dishes it gives the finished product a strong banana flavor. Swatch shown in 4 coats

 Overall Thoughts

Formula / Application: This collection appears to be a crème to the naked eye, but upon further review they apply like a crelly. The first coat is sheer and thin but they build up nicely on subsequent layers. No issues to report.

Price: $9 full size / $4.50 minis

Availability: TBA – be sure to check out Alter Ego social media site for updates

Overall: This collection is amazing! While a couple of the colors did leave the slightest bit of VNL, I would recommend using a white or similar color for undies. I did do some playing around with these polishes and yes, they DO watermarble. I also absolutely loooooove the description of each color provided by Cynthia, so informative, yet fun!

So what do you think, will you be getting a little tippsy with these Sweet Cremes?

I mentioned in the beginning and was asked in the fan group if these polish watermarble?

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