Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Lollipop Posse Lacquer Lock the Doors Tight

Karen of Ohio-based indie nail polish maker Lollipop Posse Lacquer has just released a sequel to her fabulous Christmas Kiki collection, my favorite holiday set from 2016! The new series, Kiki Vol. 2, featuring four shimmery colors in the same velvety matte finish as their predecessors, released on 14 April. I got all four and will be sharing them here beginning today with Lock the Doors Tight.

This is described as "a vibrant, grass green matte shade that is filled with shifting shimmer and on-tone green and gold micro flakies." The color is a bright, cool medium shade of green with a certain luminosity to it, the way that a polished piece of gemstone jade is luminous. It's not quite as weighty as a jade green, though, a little cleaner and brighter, more like an emerald or a Paris green. The luminous color is intensified by the microflake shimmers and the velvety matte/satin suede finish, which has a remarkable sense of being both organic and grounded and utterly luxurious.

Application was great! The consistency of Lock the Doors Tight is fluid, smooth and almost creamy, with a medium viscosity and a fluent, easy glide over the nail. Like most mattes, it sets up quickly and overworking will cause unevenness to the finish so it appreciates a deft hand using as few brushstrokes as possible. Self-leveling properties are very good as is pigmentation. Wearable opacity can be had in two coats, maybe three if you have a strongly demarcated smile line or ridges that need camouflaging. Cleanup is easy. Lock the Doors Tight dries naturally in good time to a smooth, matte finish. Subsequent coats take longer to dry and are very vulnerable to dings and marring until they dry completely. Cuidado!

Photos show three coats of Lock the Doors Tight over basecoat, no topcoat.


Lollipop Posse Lacquer Lock the Doors Tight


Lollipop Posse Lacquer Lock the Doors Tight


Lollipop Posse Lacquer Lock the Doors Tight


Lollipop Posse Lacquer Lock the Doors Tight


Lollipop Posse Lacquer Lock the Doors Tight


Lollipop Posse Lacquer Lock the Doors Tight


Lollipop Posse Lacquer Lock the Doors Tight


Lollipop Posse Lacquer Lock the Doors Tight


Lollipop Posse Lacquer Lock the Doors Tight


Lollipop Posse Lacquer Lock the Doors Tight


Lollipop Posse Lacquer Lock the Doors Tight

As with the Christmas Kiki polishes, the names of the Kiki Vol. 2 polishes come from lyrics of the 2012 song "Let's Have a Kiki" by the band Scissor Sisters.

This bright happy green was surprisingly difficult for my camera to capture for some reason, and the color in the photos has a washed out appearance compared to the polish in person, where it is more saturated and vibrant. The microflake shimmers are mainly noticeable upon close inspection but do create a soft cyanic glow along the axis of light at arm's length.

love,
Liz

Sunday, April 23, 2017

KBShimmer Got It Sandaled

Got It Sandaled was released in March this year by Indiana-based indie polish maker KBShimmer as part of the Nauti by Nature collection. Described as a deepened lavender with pinky violet shimmers, the color is a medium creamy floral lavender or amethyst with a slight blue lean and a certain dusky quality, a cloudy, soulful color that's kind of like a shadowy tropical indigo. Swimming within are abundant fine pink shimmers, which glow in a pink lavender hue through the base and give the polish a luminous transparent pink sheen. They brighten considerably in the sun, emerging from within the cloudy base as a plume of glistening pink particles along the axis of light. 

Application was great! The consistency of Got It Sandaled is fluid and creamy with a medium viscosity and a plush, fluent glide over the nail that self-levels like a dream. Pigmentation is very good, delivering evenly opaque coverage in two coats. Cleanup is easy. Got It Sandaled dries naturally in good time to a smooth, slightly flat finish. Topcoat adds a becoming gloss and accentuates the presence and effects of the shimmers.

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


KBShimmer Got It Sandaled


KBShimmer Got It Sandaled


KBShimmer Got It Sandaled


KBShimmer Got It Sandaled


KBShimmer Got It Sandaled


KBShimmer Got It Sandaled


KBShimmer Got It Sandaled


KBShimmer Got It Sandaled


KBShimmer Got It Sandaled


KBShimmer Got It Sandaled


KBShimmer Got It Sandaled


KBShimmer Got It Sandaled


KBShimmer Got It Sandaled

Though not as showy as some of the other polishes in the Nauti by Nature collection, I love this creamy, cloudy variation of violet with its glowing purpley-pink shimmers. Elegant and super flattering on the nail, it is a fantastic alternative to brighter shades and pastels for spring, and resonates beautifully with the seasonal purple colorway of wisteria, iris and azaleas. Very nice!

love,
Liz

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Il Était Un Vernis Mintastic

Like Radioactive Love and Girls Night Out, Mintastic was released in March this year by French boutique polish maker Il Était Un Vernis as part of the Juice Bar collection. It is described as a milky mint green enhanced by gold shimmers and silver microparticles, and wow, it's like, the prettiest, pearliest minty pastel EVER! To my eye, the base color is actually a silvery light cyan. Abundant glistening microflake shimmers in gold cast a greenish hue through the base, giving the polish a minty appearance that is similar to the way aero blue looks on a computer screen, but with a more delicate, silvery quality. I suspect that the silver microparticles are holographic, as they light up in a subtle, dainty pre-dawn flush of pale gold and pink at certain angles to the light. There's a delicate visual texture to this polish, a lustrous, finely-grained aspect that reminds me of silk chiffon. It's a remarkable effect, a completely updated, modern take on the pearly frosts of yesteryear.

Application was pure bliss. The consistency of Mintastic is fluid, light and super smooth with a medium viscosity and a buttery, self-leveling slip over the nail that goes right where you want it to and stays there, just superb! Pigmentation is very good. Evenly opaque coverage can be had in two coats, although three may be better at camouflaging ridges if you use very thin coats. Cleanup is easy. Mintastic dries naturally in very good time to a smooth, shiny finish. 

Photos show two coats of Mintastic over treatment and basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite. The polish color skews slightly to blue in these -- in person, there's a touch more green to it.


Il Était Un Vernis Mintastic


Il Était Un Vernis Mintastic


Il Était Un Vernis Mintastic


Il Était Un Vernis Mintastic


Il Était Un Vernis Mintastic


Il Était Un Vernis Mintastic


Il Était Un Vernis Mintastic


Il Était Un Vernis Mintastic


Il Était Un Vernis Mintastic


Il Était Un Vernis Mintastic


Il Était Un Vernis Mintastic


Il Était Un Vernis Mintastic

Mintastic, indeed! This is just so beautiful! Luminous and shimmering on the nail, the color is very clean and fresh and there's an unobtrusive semi-metallic aspect that adds a certain silky sleekness to the look. Holy moly. Bé and Stéphanie have completely outdone themselves. 

Minty polish enthusiasts out there (you know who you are!), you would absolutely adore this, it is unique among mints! I order directly from the brand's big cartel shop -- shipping to the US has always turned out to be less than the international shipping charge added in the shop, with overages promptly refunded to my paypal account. Totally doable! And while you're at it, you can pick up another polish or two or three (you won't be disappointed with anything from Il Était Un Vernis) to make the shipping even more reasonable. 

love,
Liz

Friday, April 21, 2017

Blush Lacquers Batter Up!

Like I'm No Clown, Batter Up was released in August 2016 by Indiana-based indie polish maker Blush Lacquers as part of the 'Sychotic Squad collection. 

Designed to be worn as a topper or on its own as you'll see here, it has a clear base in which are suspended about a bazillion of the teeniest, finest holographic glitters I've ever seen in black, gold and silver, along with beaucoup blue particulate shimmers in a medium azure hue. The shimmer color mixes with the black and metallic microglitters to give the polish the general appearance of a shadow blue with shimmering highlights of blue-grey, a stormy neutral sort of shade that with the abundance of sparkle is transformed to something much more dramatic and decorative. The prismatic sparkle is ubiquitous, twinkling like mad in even the lowest light and exploding into a field of pinpoint rainbow sparks in the sun. 

The consistency of Batter Up is fluid and dense with components, with a thicker viscosity that I added polish thinner to at the outset. It maintained a medium-to-thicker viscosity even so, but was easier for me to manipulate. I had some trouble getting it to go where I wanted it to, specifically to what I think of as the "shoulders" of my nails, those areas where the sidewall ends and free edge begins, an issue I often have with thicker polishes. Coverage is provided solely by the components, and I reached an opacity I was happy with in three coats without any undue bulkiness once the polish had dried down. Cleanup is a bear! Even though I did mine as I went along, those tiny microglitters like to scatter. Batter Up dries naturally in very good time to a flat, textured finish that honestly looks very like gravel until you get some topcoat on it. For a glassy smooth finish, I used a layer of gel-effect topcoat plus a layer of quick-dry.  

Note to self: Try harder to remember not to cuddle the cat if you're fixing to apply nail polish.

Question: Am I the only one who laments the absence of a stainless steel mixing ball or two in a polish? I realize that they take up space that would otherwise be filled with polish, but I like using the sound of them to gauge the thickness of the contents. Also, when they aren't there, I never quite trust that added polish thinner is properly distributed throughout. Maybe its just me, but I do miss them when they aren't included... ok, I'm done now!

Photos show three coats of Batter Up over ÜNT peel-off basecoat topped with a layer of Pretty Serious Plump Up the Volume gel-effect topcoat and finished with a layer of Seche Vite. This manicure does not win any prizes for precision -- bear with me!


Blush Lacquers Batter Up!


Blush Lacquers Batter Up!


Blush Lacquers Batter Up!


Blush Lacquers Batter Up!


Blush Lacquers Batter Up!


Blush Lacquers Batter Up!


Blush Lacquers Batter Up!


Blush Lacquers Batter Up!


Blush Lacquers Batter Up!


Blush Lacquers Batter Up!


Blush Lacquers Batter Up!


Blush Lacquers Batter Up!


Blush Lacquers Batter Up!

Although it doesn't translate all that well to a still image, I find this look deeply cool in person. I'm always up for a sparklefest and this polish delivers in style -- love those tiny twinkling holographic microglitters and the speckled blue-grey color is awesome. I doubt I'd ever have an even enough hand to use this properly as a topper (although I suspect it would be interesting to try it over black or grey), but that's ok because I much prefer the look on its own. Fun polish!

love,
Liz

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Broke Away from the Atmosphere

Broke Away from the Atmosphere by Georgia-based indie polish maker Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer (BEGL) is part of the We Saw the Stars collection, a series of twelve polishes that debuted at the Indie Polish Shop event in Atlanta on 12 March and was released for pre-order on the 27th. It's a beautiful medium hot pink with aspects of French rose. A moderate amount of finely-milled holographic pigment contributes a touch of dimensional interior illumination to the look, and superabundant tiny cyan/blue/red colorshifting microflake shimmers add a misty wash of pale cyan with luminous blue undertones that brightens and glistens along the axis of light. 

Application was wonderful. The consistency of Broke Away from the Atmosphere is fluid, light and creamy with a medium viscosity and a buttery, self-leveling slip over the nail that is a pleasure to work with. Pigmentation is very good, netting completely even, opaque coverage in two coats. Cleanup is easy. Broke Away from the Atmosphere dries naturally in very good time to a smooth, slightly flat finish that looks great with a glossy topcoat, which also intensifies the presence and effects of the shimmers.

Photos show two coats of Broke Away from the Atmosphere over treatment and basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite.


Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Broke Away from the Atmosphere


Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Broke Away from the Atmosphere


Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Broke Away from the Atmosphere


Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Broke Away from the Atmosphere


Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Broke Away from the Atmosphere


Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Broke Away from the Atmosphere


Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Broke Away from the Atmosphere


Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Broke Away from the Atmosphere


Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Broke Away from the Atmosphere

So pretty! We're overcast here today so no sun shots, but I imagine direct sun would throw a net of prismatic sparkle over the look.

I love the poetic name of this collection and the names that Julie has given to its polishes, which seem to mark the passage from dusk through the night to dawn, very evocative and romantic -- Broke Away from the Atmosphere most of all, and it's such a gorgeous lacquer. The mist of shimmering microflakes floating over that lush pink base gives it a certain tender, dewy quality that's very graceful and feminine. Beautifully formulated, too.

I like it! I like it very much!

love,
Liz