Thursday, August 17, 2017

Polished For Days Atlas

Atlas was released at the end of March this year by California-based indie polish maker Polished For Days as part of the To the Moon and Back collection, a series of six polishes inspired by the Moonchild Glow Kit highlighter palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills and named with words from various cultures for the moon and its attributes. Atlas is named for Saturn's tiny smooth-surfaced inner satellite, itself officially named after Atlas of Greek mythology, because it "holds the rings on its shoulders" like the Titan Atlas held the sky up above the Earth.

Described by creator Jenna as "a periwinkle holographic with holo flakes and copper shimmer," the color is indeed a soft, translucent lavender blue or periwinkle, a light tint of blue with a lavender overtone and hints of silvery grey, probably from the holographic pigment. It seems to shift between a more lavender appearance in low light and shade to more blue in brighter light. Silver holographic flakes give it a delicious, dappled visual texture, and superfine copper shimmers create a subtle coppery-pink glow along the axis of light. In the sun, the holographic flakes blanket the look with a net of pasteled prismatic sparkle, and the pinkish glow develops into a fine mist of glistening coppery-pink particles. 

Application was fantastic. The consistency of Atlas is fluid, light and smooth with a thin-to-medium viscosity and an even, silky, self-leveling slip over the nail, a gorgeous, eminently-paintable formula that is a joy to work with. Pigmentation is very good, delivering evenly opaque coverage in two coats. I added a third to see if it would make a difference, but beyond adding a tiny bit more density to the base color it really didn't. Cleanup is easy. Atlas dries naturally in very good time to a smooth, shiny finish. Topcoat accentuates the presence and effects of the copper shimmers.

Photos show three coats of Atlas over basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite. 


Polished For Days Atlas


Polished For Days Atlas


Polished For Days Atlas


Polished For Days Atlas


Polished For Days Atlas


Polished For Days Atlas


Polished For Days Atlas


Polished For Days Atlas


Polished For Days Atlas


Polished For Days Atlas

I fell in love with this polish as I was applying it -- you can tell that it was formulated with paintability in mind, it goes on like a dream! The delicate, shimmery periwinkle color and careful construction give it a sophisticated indie flavor, and it has a beautiful, translucent kind of glow on the nail. Excellent!

love,
Liz

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Cupcake Polish Bat-chelor Pad

Bat-chelor Pad was released in September 2015 by Texas-based indie polish maker Cupcake Polish as part of the Modern Vampire collection. A deep blue linear holographic polish, the color is a very dark variation of blue along the lines of resolution blue with a whisper of green to it that gives it kind of a midnight blue vibe. Although dark, it is saturated as opposed to blackened, and rich and bold enough to read as blue even in very low light. Abundant finely-milled holographic pigment creates a delicious, delicately-grained visual texture and dimensionalizes the look with analogous hues of ultramarine, azurey denim and dark sapphire in ambient light. We're completely overcast here today, but from what I've seen of others' photos there's a beautiful, sparkly linear prismatic flare in the sun with bright arcs of azure and spring green.

The consistency of Bat-chelor Pad is fluid, full-bodied and smooth with a thicker viscosity -- too thick for my skills and I added polish thinner at the outset. Thinned, it still retained quite a bit of density, with a plush, self-leveling glide over the nail with some pull to it that went on most easily for me in medium coats from a well-loaded brush. If you prefer thicker rather than thinner formulas, this one will make you happy. Pigmentation is excellent, a one-coater for some. I used two like I always do, to finesse my cuticle and sidewall lines, which never seem to turn out perfectly enough to leave at one. Cleanup is straightforward with a bit of pigment travel but little to no trace staining. Bat-chelor Pad dries naturally in good time to a smooth, shiny finish. Topcoat does not in any way inhibit the holographic properties of this polish. 

Photos show two coats of Bat-chelor Pad over basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite. 


Cupcake Polish Bat-chelor Pad


Cupcake Polish Bat-chelor Pad


Cupcake Polish Bat-chelor Pad


Cupcake Polish Bat-chelor Pad


Cupcake Polish Bat-chelor Pad


Cupcake Polish Bat-chelor Pad


Cupcake Polish Bat-chelor Pad


Cupcake Polish Bat-chelor Pad


Cupcake Polish Bat-chelor Pad


Cupcake Polish Bat-chelor Pad

I always feel like I'm in my element with dark blue polish, especially dark blue holos, and this gorgeous shade is profoundly gratifying to my aesthetic. The color is clean and bold, with a sleek, elegant sensibility on the nail. Love!

xo,
Liz

Monday, August 14, 2017

Vapid Lacquer Fire Starter

Fire Starter was released last September by Texas-based indie polish maker Vapid Lacquer as part of the Fall 2016 collection. Described as a cool-leaning red shimmer, the color is a deep, voluptuous fire engine red within which smolder abundant ultrafine metallic shimmers. They give this polish a classic, dimensional "lit from within" look, brightening the color to a glowing pigment red along the axis of light that shades in a smooth gradient to an almost blackened appearance toward the edges of the nail, with a sleek, satiny, semi-metallic sheen overall. Breathtaking! 

Application was great! The consistency of Fire Starter is fluid, dense and very smooth with a medium-to-thicker viscosity and a lush, full-bodied, self-leveling glide over the nail that has a tiny bit of pull to it. The shimmers can show brushstrokes, but the depth of color and illuminative effects are such that they are just not that noticeable unless you are looking for them. Pigmentation is outstanding. Although I used two coats for this manicure, the polish displayed evenly opaque coverage and full bottle color on the first coat. Cleanup requires some care, with pigment travel and trace staining as you might expect from such a saturated, well-pigmented shade. Fire Starter dries naturally in good time to a smooth, shiny finish. Topcoat accentuates the ember-like glow of the shimmers. 

Photos show two coats of Fire Starter over KBShimmer Love You Strong Time treatment and KBShimmer Fillin' Groovy basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite.


Vapid Lacquer Fire Starter


Vapid Lacquer Fire Starter


Vapid Lacquer Fire Starter


Vapid Lacquer Fire Starter


Vapid Lacquer Fire Starter


Vapid Lacquer Fire Starter


Vapid Lacquer Fire Starter


Vapid Lacquer Fire Starter


Vapid Lacquer Fire Starter


Vapid Lacquer Fire Starter

Oh baby! Bold and unapologetically seductive, this sleek, shimmering lacquer is your consummate vampy red, with the kind of smoldering depth that any red-loving polish enthusiast would happily drown themselves in. Absolutely gorgeous!

love,
Liz

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Girly Bits Jive Talkin'

So I thought I'd gone through all of my Girly Bits Sequins and Satin Pants polishes. Not true! I just discovered one more, a mislaid beauty hiding out on a shelf in my (very cluttered) office -- Jive Talkin'. This is, of course, named for the BeeGee's 1975 comeback hit "Jive Talkin'." 

Described as a chartreuse jelly holo filled with holo microglitters, shimmers and holographic flakes, this polish happens to match the chartreuse linen pants I'm wearing. Must be fate! The color is inclined to the yellow end of chartreuse's yellow/green spectrum, a bright greenish-yellow hue with an edgy, modern vibe. Metallic shimmers read as golden green within the base, giving the polish a semi-metallic underlay irrepressibly spangled with sparks of turquoise, orange and gold from the microglitters, while abundant ultrafine holographic pigment dimensionalizes the base color with analogous hues of lemon and light olive. In the sun, it's a miniature prismatic glitterball on each nail. Perfect!

Application was fantastic. The consistency of Jive Talkin' is fluid and remarkably light and smooth for a component-laden polish, with a medium viscosity and a fluent, easy glide over the nail, a delightful formula that is super easy to control with Girly Bits' flexible flattened-style brush. Pigmentation is good. The base is sheer but the components help with the coverage. Still, I'd say three coats to be sure of most even opacity. I used two for this manicure, and there's a noticeable sheer patch on my middle finger nail. In person, it's not noticeable, but the camera picked it up clearly. Cleanup is best done as you go along, watch out for sticky glitters! Jive Talkin' dries naturally in very good time to a sandy-textured finish, reasonably smoothed by a gel-effect or dedicated glitter-smoothing topcoat.

Photos show two coats of Jive Talkin' over basecoat with a topcoat of Girly Bits Glitter Glaze.


Girly Bits Jive Talkin'


Girly Bits Jive Talkin'


Girly Bits Jive Talkin'


Girly Bits Jive Talkin'


Girly Bits Jive Talkin'


Girly Bits Jive Talkin'


Girly Bits Jive Talkin'


Girly Bits Jive Talkin'


Girly Bits Jive Talkin'

Like the other Sequins and Satin Pants polishes, Jive Talkin' is big fun and I love it. Such a wonderful, happy bunch of lacquers, mood-lifters, every one! If I didn't blog, I'd be wearing these all summer long. 

love,
Liz

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Colors by Llarowe City Streets

City Streets debuted at The Indie Shop event in San Franscisco on 29 July and was subsequently released on 1 August by Colorado-based indie polish maker Colors by Llarowe as part of the Late Summer 2017 collection. Officially described as "a charcoal grey based glowing holographic with pink, plum and blue shift," the base color begins as a dark medium grey and deepens to a sleek charcoal with topcoat. Finely-milled holographic pigment creates a subtle golden prismatic flush in ambient light, giving the look a lustrous, lit-from-within glow. This polish literally blooms in direct light, a stunning transformation! The colorshifting pigments serve to augment the natural colors of the prismatic display, creating a rich, vibrant gradated flare of shimmering rainbow hues with a noticeable purpley pink flash at the point of light impact. Changeling polish!

Application was fabulous. The consistency of City Streets if fluid, dense and smooth with a medium viscosity and an even, buttery, self-leveling slip over the nail that went on easily for me in thin to medium coats. Pigmentation is outstanding. This is a true one-coater. I added a second to fix some lines left wanting after the first coat, but it didn't affect the look. Cleanup is straightfoward with a bit of pigment travel. City Streets dries naturally in very good time to a smooth, flat finish. As I mentioned above, topcoat deepens the color fairly significantly and gives the polish a smoother, silkier look overall, but it does not inhibit the holographic properties.

Photos show two coats of City Streets over basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite. Sorry I don't have sun pics for you -- it clouded over as I begain photographing.


Colors by Llarowe City Streets


Colors by Llarowe City Streets


Colors by Llarowe City Streets


Colors by Llarowe City Streets


Colors by Llarowe City Streets


Colors by Llarowe City Streets


Colors by Llarowe City Streets


Colors by Llarowe City Streets


Colors by Llarowe City Streets


Colors by Llarowe City Streets

I love grey polish and this deep, dimensional charcoal is just fierce: sleek, graceful and devastatingly elegant, with a holographic display in direct light that is one of the lushest, most intensely-colored prismatic flares I've ever seen on a black or near-black holo. It really is marvelous. A fantastic polish, not to be missed!

love,
Liz

Friday, August 11, 2017

Different Dimension Purple Rain

I have one more polish from the Cocktails & Mocktails July 2017 edition of Polish Pickup for you today. Purple Rain was created by Missi of Indiana-based indie polish maker Different Dimension exclusively for this lineup. It's described as a "mulberry purple" holo with added colorshifting pigment and pink shimmers. The base color is an indigo shade bearing copious pink metallic shimmers that combine with the indigo base to create a rich royal purple with a gleaming, semi-metallic pink sheen and an effervescent visual texture. It's a powerfully holographic polish, displaying a shadowy prismatic flare even in ambient light that just explodes in the sun to a full contingent of vibrant rainbow colors in nicely delineated arcs framing a glistening central swath of semi-metallic pink.

Application required a healthy dose of polish thinner at the outset, but I believe that may have been particular to my bottle as no other reviewer has mentioned it. Thinned a bit, it was divine, with a fluid, smooth consistency and a luxurious, full-bodied, self-leveling glide over the nail. The shimmers may show brushstrokes while the polish is wet but these mostly disappear as it dries. Pigmentation is very good, with evenly opaque coverage achieved in two coats. Cleanup is straightforward -- the shimmers take a little extra care to remove cleanly from the nail. Purple Rain dries naturally in very good time to a smooth, shiny finish. Topcoat does not interfere in any way with the holographic properties.

Photos show two coats of Purple Rain over basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite. My pics skew a little blue -- it's more purple in person.


Different Dimension Purple Rain


Different Dimension Purple Rain


Different Dimension Purple Rain


Different Dimension Purple Rain


Different Dimension Purple Rain


Different Dimension Purple Rain


Different Dimension Purple Rain


Different Dimension Purple Rain


Different Dimension Purple Rain


Different Dimension Purple Rain


Different Dimension Purple Rain


Different Dimension Purple Rain

Loaded with holographic pigment and shimmers, this polish is a powerhouse of visual effects and if you like pink and purple together, it's the perfect polish for you! It was inspired by the Purple Rain cocktail, which I'd never heard of before (no surprise there) and I was keen to taste one. There seems to be a variety of gin and vodka-based recipes floating around out there. Here's the one I used:
1 oz blue curaçoa
1 1/2 oz vodka (from the freezer)
1 oz grenadine
1 oz cranberry juice
1 oz pineapple juice
fresh limes or key limes
Combine all ingredients except lime in a drink shaker. Shake well until mixed. Serve over ice, with a wedge of fresh lime squeezed into it. Strong and sweet, easy to drink! *lol* The pineapple gives it a kind of tropical vibe -- it reminds me of drinking Yellow Birds in the Bahamas.


One Purple Rain, coming up!

love,
Liz