Models Own Beetlejuice Nail Polish Swatches

When I first saw the promo photographs for the Models Own Beetlejuice collection, I KNEW it was love and I knew that I had to own these nail varnishes.  I am a sucker for glitter, holographic and two-tone polishes and this range seemed to tick all the boxes, so I patiently waited till the 1st November (when these babies were released) and bought the whole lot, plus a 3-in-1 top coat for £20. 


Judging from the photograph above, they all look stunning in the bottle.  I’ll give you the swatches and then read ahead for ‘what I really think’.

Emerald Black


I thought I’d love this colour because it reminded me of a scarab beetle’s shell & because I love dark green polishes, but in real life it looks really plain and boring – like in the sunlight swatch below.  The only time I’ve seen it shimmer and glisten like in the ‘flash’ image, is when there is literally a flash of light. 

I think this is a nice twist on the typical black nail, although I wouldn’t actually wear it to show off the green because I don’t think it looks green at all.


Aqua Violet

6 This polish is gorgeous, but I don’t think it suits me personally. 

This shimmers the most beautiful blue on the nails and then shines violet in certain positions (I’ve tried to capture this in the ‘sunlight’ photograph below!)

The formula of this polish is almost identical to the Golden Green polish (at the bottom of post); its easy to layer on and takes 2-3 coats to look perfect.


Pinky Brown

8 I think this is my favourite out of the bunch because it has the most noticeable change in colour and because it has glitter in it (two-tone & glitter = perfect!)

This polish needs two coats and looks mainly a pinky purple, but shines a rusty orange shade in the light.  This colour reminds me of autumn leaves so I can see myself wearing this right up until Christmas.

The ‘sunlight’ photograph below best represents how this polish looks IRL.


Purple Blue

10 Purple Blue is the same consistency of Pinky Brown – a two-tone glitter polish, which applies like a purple and turns a dark blue in the sun. 

I really love what the texture of the glitter adds to both this and Pinky Brown – they really do look like beetles shells!


Golden Green

11 This is my least favourite, it looks really ugly on my nails!

I think this is only lime green nail varnish I own and I now know why I haven’t ever bought one before.  This has a subtle gold shimmer running through it and is the same formula and consistency of Aqua Violet.


What I think –

I’m really sad to admit that I’m not overly impressed with this collection!  If I could travel back in time I wish I’d only bought perhaps 3 of them (Pinky Brown, Purple Blue and maybe Aqua Violet) and I can’t believe I spent £20 on them (technically I only spent £4 on them because I already had £16 in my PayPal account from selling on eBay but still…)

Each polish is £5 but Models Own have a few discounts if you buy a certain amount – 3 polishes for £12, 5 for £18 or 5 plus 3-in-1 topcoat for £20.

I already have too many nail polishes and I know for a fact that I’d never, ever wear Golden Green, so why did I cave in and buy the whole collection?

I also kind of wish that Models Own had popped some glitter in the non-glittery ones, I think Aqua Violet & Emerald Green would look incredible if they had glitter in them!

Will you be purchasing any of the Beetle Juice collection?  Which is your favourite?




  1. November 4, 2011 / 5:59 pm

    Brilliant, I've been scouring the internet for swatches for ages!

  2. November 4, 2011 / 6:03 pm

    Purple blue looks beautiful but I must admit, I did think they'd all be much prettier! Great review & swatches lovely! xo

  3. November 4, 2011 / 6:22 pm

    I must admit, I think these are actually really horrible!

  4. November 4, 2011 / 6:51 pm

    Ah fantastic post on them thankyou thankyou thankyou! Still a little disappointing 🙁 with the gorgeous monochrome shown in the bottle would fully translate! Xx

  5. November 4, 2011 / 7:33 pm

    Ah pinky brown does look lovely for Autumn, I'm going to have to get that one!

  6. November 4, 2011 / 7:40 pm

    I love them all personally XD

  7. November 4, 2011 / 7:42 pm

    These polishes are so pretty, I love the purple/blue one! x

  8. November 4, 2011 / 7:51 pm

    these are so pretty, I love the Aqua Violet!!

  9. November 4, 2011 / 7:53 pm

    They look great, do they sell them at Superdrug?

  10. November 4, 2011 / 8:02 pm

    Been looking for swatches everywhere! I'm not that keen on them but I might buy one to try out myself! xx

  11. November 4, 2011 / 8:36 pm

    Yay! Thanks for the swatches! You're one of the firsts I think – I couldn't wait to see swatches!

  12. November 4, 2011 / 9:02 pm

    So glad you've got swatches! I was going to buy all of these- now it wil be just the 3.

  13. November 4, 2011 / 9:08 pm

    I actually really like the dark green one the most! Great swatches 🙂 xx

  14. November 4, 2011 / 9:17 pm

    I bought Purple Blue yesterday, and thank god as it's my favourite one out of the swatches you've done. I don't see the two tone effect in emerald black, and in many pictures I've seen it really does just look like black. I think I may buy Pinky Brown in the future, but out of all of them I'm glad I bought Purple Blue. Totally agree about the lime green nail polish, I definitely won't be buying that one!x

  15. November 4, 2011 / 9:24 pm

    Thank you for the swatches, I think my favourites are Aqua Violet (looks sort of mermaid-y) and Purple Blue. I have bought so much nail polish lately I am trying to cut down. So tempted to get a couple of these.

  16. November 4, 2011 / 10:16 pm

    Golden Green looks so much like Peridot for Chanel!! :O

  17. November 4, 2011 / 11:05 pm

    I actually like all of them! Probably because I will never be able to own any of them….

  18. November 5, 2011 / 3:24 am

    I likme Purple Blue, but I don't think I'll be getting any of them. Thanks for the photos!

  19. November 5, 2011 / 10:55 am

    Great reviews! I agree that they haven't really lived up to the hype. I wouldn't probably only consider the pinky brown.

  20. November 5, 2011 / 11:06 am

    Purple blue is defiantly my favourite glad u swatches cause I was gonna buy some but now I think il just stick with purple blue.

  21. November 5, 2011 / 3:22 pm

    Great review, the colours look amazing in the bottles but arent so striking when painted. Definately think they could of added some more holographic glitter to make them pop a bit more.

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  22. November 5, 2011 / 3:35 pm

    I agree, the green isn't very nice but i love the pinky brown and purple blue, not sure i'd wear the rest!

  23. November 5, 2011 / 4:55 pm

    I was mainly interested in the Purple/Blue colour – something that your review has confirmed!
    Also have ato agree that my expectations were probably a little higher for this collection than what they appear to look like in reality.


  24. November 5, 2011 / 8:18 pm

    Shame you weren't a huge fan, but I'm glad you liked the purple/blue, that's my favourite!

  25. November 5, 2011 / 9:54 pm

    Great review! Very helpful as I was JUST looking at these on ASOS. They have a deal, 3 for £10 (Emerald black, Golden green and Pinky brown). I was considering buying but your review and swatches have made me rethink.


  26. November 6, 2011 / 1:58 am

    I love the Golden Green & Aqua Violett and the Emerald Black. Amazing.

  27. November 6, 2011 / 3:52 am

    Oh those are so amazing! It's the type of color that makes me want to go out and buy it now! 😀

  28. November 6, 2011 / 7:24 pm

    Funny that it's your least favourite because Golden Green would be the only one i'd be interested in! haha i have nail varnishes way too similar to the other shades.

  29. November 7, 2011 / 10:20 am

    I love the pinky brown. It's amazing and beautiful 🙂

  30. November 7, 2011 / 2:21 pm

    im not normally one for glittery nailpolishes buh these are just woweeee

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