I swear you guys are watching my nails grow, then break and grow again lol! I actually broke my several month streak of no breaks this month! I had FOUR. FOUR. Anyways, here is the second installment of the August Polish Pickup series! Please see my previous post here for the first portion.
Delush Polish: Divas of Soul
Official description: a copper infused burgundy red multi chrome magnetic, featuring glowing aurora pigment, accented with holographic flakies that capture the spotlight when you apply any magnet.
Swatches show two coats with the magnet applied on the second coat. This one was crazy to me, in person the magnetic particles almost create what looks like two lines; one gold and one pink(ish). The base is a vampy red and the flakes give a little extra oomph to the parts that are not magnetized. The formula has a medium feel and applies very opaque. I can’t see most needing to go to three coats on this.
Dollish Polish: All You Need is Love
Official description: a periwinkle jelly, loaded with pink/green color-shifting shimmer, and packed with silver holo micro flakes, iridescent and chameleon chrome flakes in shades of pink, purple, magenta, indigo, turquoise, and green.
Inspiration: Across the Universe
Swatches show three thin coats with topcoat. This beauty is loaded with flakies of various sizes, in fact that giant one in my macro shot makes me incredibly happy. There is a green shift that was being totally stubborn and not showing up in my photos, so again just trust me. The main inner glow you’ll see is a lovely vibrant pink and this baby sparkles like crazy! Formula was medium feeling and applied fantastically for being so loaded with goodies. No texture after topcoat, either.
Dreamland Lacquer: You Look Like Seafood
Official description: a medium purple jelly base filled with holo flakes, pink iridescent flakes, and aurora shimmers
Swatches show two coats with topcoat. This polish was just… wow. It applied very dense and opaque on the nail (I wasn’t expecting that since it is SO loaded with goodies). There’s a green shift on extreme angles that I tried to capture in the second shot. Unfortunately my camera was content to just focus in on the holo and flakes. No texture after topcoat and there is just so much depth to this. The shade is a perfect Tomatoa purple and I think he’d be hoarding a few bottles of this on his back. (Does anyone else read the name of the polish in the tune of the song, or is it just me?)
Official description: a rich plum with vivid purple and hot pink shimmer plus metallic and multichrome flakes in shades of bright copper, bronze, and deep red.
Inspiration: Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Jesus Christ Superstar
Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula has a heavier feel to it, but is very easy to apply. This is another very opaque polish that gives that nice thick appearance in the final look. The shimmer warms up the base to give a violet glow. I had no issues with the flakes, it was like they adhered to the polish effortlessly.
Emily de Molly: Three Words, One Song
Official description: a pale purple with strong turquoise overlay, iridescent flakes and silver holographic micro glitters.
Swatches show two coats with topcoat. I’ve worked with a lot of Emily de Molly’s and I can safely say her formula is almost always two coaters if not close one coat wonders. Despite being loaded with shimmers and flakes, this is no different. I don’t think I captured everything that is going on here as this one has such a strong glow in person, almost reflective. The microglitters give a strong scattered holo effect and the flakes appear like a faceted crystal effect. Nails are smooth to the touch after topcoat. Yet another you’ll have to trust me on.
Ethereal Lacquer: Feed Me, Seymore
Official description: a navy base with green, copper, rose and red multichrome shimmer, chameleon flakes and holo
Inspiration: Little Shop of Horrors
Swatches show three coats with topcoat. It started off a little thin on the first coat but built easily by the second. This is one shifty little minx. You’ll see a dominant red shimmer against the dark base but on barely any tilt, a strong green comes to play. The flakes give a multichrome appearance on their own too. This is very complex and in your face. I really like how the holo gives a scattered sparkle too. I think any lighting situation will compliment this polish.
Ever After: Spellbound
Official description: a blackened charcoal base with green aurora shimmer, green sparks and green to pink UCC flakes.
Inspiration: Wicked: inspired by the relationship between Elphaba and Glinda in the Broadway show.
Swatches show three coats with topcoat. Due to timing issues I was not able to get video swatches for all of these, but Spellbound is on the list of colors that I wish you could see in action. The base is a dark charcoal, but the shimmers and flakes give a green shift. It’s not necessarily a multichrome but it has qualities of one. Bright lights you’ll see the green come to play and in darker indoor lighting it’ll take on a more vampy tone. You can see the pink sparks in person and the flakes behaved perfectly. There is a lovely golden glow as well; I’m thinking the aurora shimmers might be what’s giving me the shifty feel.
Fair Maiden: Come What May
Official description: a sultry red linear holo with fiery shifty depths and holo sparkle throughout.
Inspiration: Moulin Rouge
Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Remember in Post 1 that I mentioned Cameo was in my top three reds? Well, I’m a picky gal and have high expectations for the color and over the years I’ve always had a single holy grail red in my collection. Come What May is the other in the trio of top reds for me. I’m serious you guys, the formula on this one is insane too. From the first brush stroke it just yelled at me. I can safely say over two coats is overkill. This was satisfying to apply. You need both. Come What May is a touch darker than the Cameo and has a cooler appearance. There is a strong copper glow in person (see photo two) and the holo sparkle and linear holo are so strong. Very smooth, dense application and ultra glossy finish after topcoat.
Fanchromatic Nails: Let Me Be Surprised
Official description: a rusty orange/brown/copper with holo, blue & violet flakies
Inspiration: All Dogs Go To Heaven
Swatches show three thin coats with topcoat. The base is a warm brown to me and the flakes give an inner shine. You can easily see the contrasting effect of blue and purple over the blase. I’d recommend a glossy topcoat to get all those goodies to pop. I’ll admit I’m touched with the inspiration here, we lost our pup in January and she had the most intense green eyes and apricot fur. This one reminds me of her and it’s a gorgeous creation to boot. Despite being warm toned, I think it flattered me very well; like a blingy neutral on me.
Femme Fatale: Agrabah
Official description: a warm brown-ish base with violet glow and flakes.
Swatches show three coats with topcoat. Formula has a light feel that starts off sheer but built to opacity for me at three coats. The shimmer takes center stage here and has a strong violet glow. The flakes behaved wonderfully for me and create a gorgeous warm rainbow on my nails. My nails were smooth after topcoat. I love how the flakes come off mostly in yellows, golds and oranges against the strong shimmer.
Fiendish Fancies: All Souls Live Forever
Official description: a brushed chrome to gunmetal thermal with color shifting red and black flakes.
Inspiration: Phantom of the Paradise
Swatches show two coats with topcoat. This has a medium feel during application and applied very dense. I don’t really see anyone needing to go to three coats due to its opacity. The flakes gives a nice splash of color against the base, and there is a foiled appearance in the final look. Topcoat will smooth everything out and give that reflective quality (it does dry down semi matte). My transition shots are a bit subtle in these photos- but I’d agree with the description of chrome silver to gunmetal grey.
Grace-full: Magical Muses
Official description: a purple – red/pink thermal with aurora shimmer throughout adding depth to the purple and making the red/pink pop and flash between red and pink.
Swatches show two coats with topcoat. This thermal was so ornery and just kept transitioning- it’s very sensitive. This applied very opaque and is another I can’t see anyone needing to go to three coats. It’s a very close one coater. The shimmer is very strong in person and gives an inner glow. It dries down matte so I’d suggest a glossy topcoat to get the shimmers to really pop. The shimmers appear a strong red in the cold state, and a warm pink in the warm state.
Heather’s Hues: Lose Your Blues
Official description: a dark blue purple jelly base with a heavy blue to purple to pink shifting iridescent shimmer and flakes
Swatches show two coats with topcoat. This is another polish that I wish I could have demonstrated with video. There’s a strong glow and the flakes give you that sponged look (like when you have a full flakie polish and sponge it on to get it super in your face). In person it’s a mind boggling blurple, but I promise there is a purple to blue shift that you can see. Formula has a medium to heavy feel but no issues to report with application. I used a glossy topcoat here and it made all the pigments pop.
Illyrian Polish: The Hot Box
Official description: a blurple base packed with red to green aurora pigment, tiny holo sparkles with purple/blue, copper/orange/green & green/teal iridescent flakies.
Inspiration: Guys and Dolls
Swatches show three thin coats with topcoat. Another super sparkly creation that has lots going on. There is a strong pink glow in person with a green shift on tilt. The flakes laid down nicely, and the base compliments the shimmers and holo. With all the extras loaded in this one, there’s a ton of shifts to see that give a crushed gemstone appearance.
Jior Couture: We Built This
Official description: a blackened teal-blue-purple multichrome magnetic holo with multichrome flakes
Inspiration: Black-ish (Juneteeth: The Musical)
Swatches show three thin coats with the magnet applied on the third coat. For the sake of transparency I am used a ring magnet with this one as I thought given the finish it’ll compliment it best. The base is a deep grey with the magnetic particles appearing in a high contrasting teal. The flakes are small and can be seen in indoor lighting the best. Topcoat added a super glossy look that really made the holo pop. The blue shifts to purple on the magnetic parts and has a ton of movement when you wiggle your fingers.
J Reine Cosmetics: Love On The Bayou
Official description: a neon blue crelly loaded with crystal flakies, shimmer and just a touch of micro shifting glitter.
Inspiration: Disney’s The Princess and The Frog
Swatches show two coats with topcoat. This has a medium feel sort of leaning on the heavy side but applied easily. The base is so gorgeous. On my monitor it appears exactly how I’m seeing it. It’s a very bright sky blue. The shimmer and flakes are so pretty. Shimmer gives a pink glow while the flakes leave an opal-esque look. I really didn’t see a need to go to three coats on this one, I’d recommend a glossy topcoat to really make this one pop.
Kathleen and Co.: Colors of the Wind
Official description: an indigo with aurora shimmer, a shifty magnetic multichrome pigment, and packed with colorshifting iridescent flakies.
Inspiration: Disney’s Pocahontas
Price: $13 without magnet, $15 with magnet
Swatches show three thin coats with the magnet applied on the third coat. This beauty. I did not do her justice. The red flakes are very prominent in person and the magnetic effect takes on a purple, gold and green shift that is very strong. This beauty is packed with pigment you guys. The magnetic effect has a ton of movement to it to, and almost reminds me of a galaxy effect when you see the various shifts between the shimmers and flakes. Besides the shifty magnetic particles, the aurora pigment warms the base color up just enough to make it glow. There seems to be an additional line of gold after you use the magnet.
Official description: We loaded this Polish with a shimmer that shifts from the pink of sunset to the blue of the Danny’s eyes. Holo glow flakes give this nude polish a hint of Sparkle.
Inspiration: Grease- the beach scenes. At the start of the movie we instantly have all the feels for this young couple at the beach. Wave crashing, set setting, we see the love between the two. Only when we hear that Sandy is leaving do we know we are in for a not typical love story. Those beach scenes inspired this sandy colored shade, called Sandy.
Swatches show three thin coats with topcoat. Those with shorter nails can probably get away with two coats. This leans almost as a taupe like neutral on me. It’s definitely a sandy shade and the shimmer give an obvious indigo to pink shift. The flakes are densely scattered and applied easily on the nail. I’d recommend a good glossy topcoat to make everything pop.
Lantern and Wren: Laughing at Clouds
Official description: a sparkly blackened teal shimmer with lashings of purple peeping in the shadows. It is also lightly magnetic and can be used with or without a magnet for a different look. We used a strong bar magnet and got a beautiful line. However you decide to use it, it’s absolutely stunning in person and you must see it!
Every bottle comes with a surprise inside – one white umbrella glitter is floating around every bottle, just waiting to be discovered! Be sure to share a pic when you find yours! In the meantime, every bottle comes with a baggy of purple glitter umbrellas for you to use in your nail art.
Inspiration: Singin’ in the Rain
Swatches show two coats with topcoat. This is a rich formula, and I can’t see anyone really needing a third coat. the base is very dark and the shimmer is super strong. I see a shift of blues, green and purples on the nail. This was a fun one, I was in the midst of swatching about twenty shades that night and was totally on auto pilot mode. It just looked magnetic to me, so I applied it and went about my business. After submitting photos I was asked if I applied a magnet, as it was in fact, not a magnetic polish. Surprise! I guess I really am a sorceress at the end of the day LOL. So you can use a neodymium magnet of any shape to get the cat’s eye or wear it on its own (intended use). The last photo shows the shift when a magnet is applied.
Lemming Lacquer: Kidnap the Sandy Klaws
Official description: a blue/purple with red shimmer and red/gold/green iridescent flakes. When magnetized the blue is pulled from the base leaving black contrasted with red shimmer and accented with a blue arc.
Inspiration: Nightmare Before Christmas
Swatches show three very thin coats with topcoat. This one is super interesting in terms of magnetics (in the best way possible)! I think those that struggle to get a magnetic pattern to stick around after topcoat shouldn’t have a problem with this one. I’ve yet to work with a magnetic that works this way- When you apply the magnet, the particles actually separate rather than come together. There isn’t much movement in terms of the magnetic portion but it stays put. I used a ring magnet here, and the part revealed when you magnetize it is a deep blue, while the pigments that separated are a gorgeous shifty dark appearance with a strong red shimmer. The iridescent flakes appear mostly in greens and golds to me. This one is literally an entire color palette on its own. It is a bit thirsty for topcoat, so I’d recommend a quick dry that tends to be on the heavier side.
Level Up Lacquer: The Barber and His Wife
Official description: an off white tan leaning crelly with pink shimmer and Purple/Green/Blue Ultra Chrome flakies. This polish is made to be layered over itself for depth. 2 or more thin coats recommended.
Inspiration: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (the scene with his wife)
Swatches show three thin coats with topcoat. The flakes gave a lovely pond effect. You can see in my macro shot how it gives itself depth with the last layer of flakes appearing the most prominent. I had no texture after topcoat. The base is an off white, almost neutral tan. I can easily see the shifts in the flakes of purples, greens, and blues. I’d describe the finished look as a decorated neutral.
Lollipop Posse Lacquer: Songs From Sunnydale
Official description: a mustard crelly with a strong red/orange shift and holo flakes. A perfect shade for that upcoming transition to Fall!
Inspiration: Songs from Sunnydale was inspired by the musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, called “Once More, With Feeling”. The basic premise of “Once More, With Feeling” is that a demon has compelled the residents of Sunnydale to break out into song at random moments in order to reveal hidden truths.
Swatches show two coats with topcoat. This applied very dense for a crelly type. Yet another polish I’d love to have a swatch video for. The base is a rich mustard with the shimmer appearing very strong. The holo flakes laid down easily and I was just floored by the formula. Looking at it in the bottle I expected to need to build it up, but that was not the case. No texture after topcoat either.
Lucky 13 Lacquer: Secretly a Mermaid
Official description: Seafoam blue to deep ocean teal thermal with green/red color-shifting shimmer and a blend of red/gold/green and purple/blue/green color-shifting crystal flakes. The flakes look like sea glass when warm and mermaid scales when cold!
Inspiration: The Little Mermaid
This was actually opaque at two coats, I went for the third to even out my nails for photos. It has a heavy formula and applies easily- though be careful of brush strokes due to the flakes. This one was a very reactive thermal. The cold state is a nice deep teal and the hot is almost a light seafoam green. Shimmers compliment both states nicely and the flakes are obvious in person, creating an opalesque look.
Lyn B Designs: Walking Work of Art
Official description: a sky blue base with scattered shifting shimmer, scattered holo shimmer, and two different UCC flakies that shift to every color of the rainbow
Inspiration: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat
Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula was very smooth and buttery, it applied effortlessly despite being so loaded with flakes. The scattered holo is very dense and the flakes behaved easily on my nails. This gives you that lovely ‘thicker’ appearance on your nails (that I like so much). I can easily see shifts of greens, purples, light blues, golds and oranges on the flakes. No texture after topcoat.
That’s it for part II! Part III is up! If you’re ready to add more to your wish list (or join the Facebook group) I’ll link you right below:
Stay tuned for more! ❤