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