Thursday, March 31, 2016

Top Shelf Lacquer Fireball

Another March 2016 Hella Holo Customs exclusive!

Fireball was released earlier this month by Ohio-based indie polish maker Top Shelf Lacquer as one of three custom polishes created by Amy exclusively for the members of the HHC facebook group. Officially described as "a linear holo in a crimson base with a chameleon gold shift," the base color is a translucent medium-light variation of crimson that is absolutely packed with golden microflake shimmers, so much so that they transform the color to something like a rich rosy terracotta pink or coppery tomato with a golden pearliness to it and a lustrous semi-metallic, almost foily finish. There's a whisper of violet in there too that keeps you guessing. Is it cool? Is it warm? It's as if you took the reddish salmony pink from a sunset and wove it into gold-shot silk brocade. Abundant finely milled holographic pigment explodes into a brilliant, fiery prismatic display on a bright cerise field in the sun, slightly scattered by the gleaming microflake shimmers but still clearly recognizable as linear, with a gorgeous glowing inner band of indigo, violet and blue surrounding a shimmering central lick of pale rose gold and edged by a thin corona of sparks in green, orange and red.

Application was fantastic. The consistency of Fireball is fluid, light and smooth with a medium viscosity and a silky slip over the nail that is easily manipulated with Top Shelf's flattened flexible brush. Self-leveling properties are very good as is pigmentation, delivering evenly opaque, wearable coverage in two coats, although I think it's worth adding a third as it gives the color a richer, denser look. Cleanup is easy and straightforward with stickiness on the part of the shimmers, not unexpected. Fireball dries naturally in very good time to a smooth shiny finish. Topcoat enhances the presence and effects of the shimmers and does not inhibit the holographic properties of the polish in any way. 

Photos show three coats of Fireball over treatment and basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite.


Top Shelf Lacquer Fireball


Top Shelf Lacquer Fireball


Top Shelf Lacquer Fireball


Top Shelf Lacquer Fireball


Top Shelf Lacquer Fireball


Top Shelf Lacquer Fireball


Top Shelf Lacquer Fireball


Top Shelf Lacquer Fireball


Top Shelf Lacquer Fireball


Top Shelf Lacquer Fireball


Top Shelf Lacquer Fireball

Stunningly photogenic, no? But for all its burnished incandescent beauty, this polish sits softly on the nail. It is eminently wearable and complementary. Even Fuzzy, notorious for her disavowal of all things pink, allowed that this is a shade she could get behind (I've alerted the media). A rare treasure!

Hella Holo Customs is a private facebook group that solicits two polish makers for custom polishes every month, which are then available only to HHC members via a special ordering code posted in the group. If you'd like to join, send an email to hellaholocustoms@gmail.com with “join” in the subject line and your facebook profile name in the message.

love, 
Liz

5 comments:

  1. Fuzzy doesn't like pink things? Interesting, though perhaps not wholly surprising. If I were to hazard a guess at Fuzzy's favorite color, I might say storm blue, British racing green, or perhaps, in the artistic way of an intellectual and critic, pure and unequivocal black. Am I even remotely close?? :)

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    1. Fuzzy's grandmother used to say "I don't care what color it is as long as it's blue." That's the gene pool.
      Fuzzy likes wood, glass, metal, all colors and mixtures of color, clear and murky, black as a clarifier. Pink? Maybe she doesn't like the name, "pink". Whatever. Who knows.

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    2. That's the Fuzz herself answering you there, Marisa. You see what I have to deal with here. ;)

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  2. Hahah, pink is one of the happiest and most carefree of colors! However, there are a couple of pink shades I can't get behind. This isn't one of them - that polish is da bomb!

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    1. It's a gorgeous polish, unique among my own own considerable stash of pinks. Recommend!

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