Welcome back to part III of the blogging madness! I invite you to partake in the second to last of this series, we’re almost there! At this point, my music playlist that I listen to while writing is getting to heavy metal LOL (who am I kidding, it’s old school Backstreet Boys). If this is the first click you’re on, I lovingly point you to part I and part II of this series.
Mckfresh Nail Attire: You Have No Power Over Me
Official description: a triphase thermal that switches from periwinkle blue/electric purple/blackened purple to almost black! Gorgeous glitters with pops of red shifting iridescence, this baby is stunning and glides on nice and easily
Inspiration: The Masquerade Ball scene from David Bowie’s movie The Labyrinth.
Swatches show three coats with topcoat. Formula has a jelly feel and on the warmest state, there’s just the tiniest bit of free edge still showing. I love how the glitters layered nicely in each layer and you can easily see them all in any of the color states. I used a heavier top coat and my nails were smooth. I was pretty warm during swatching the thermals this month, so I apologize that the ultra cold state was not showing up here. I use ice water for my shots and this one would shift to what you see below almost immediately so I can confirm it’s very reactive.
Moonflower Polish: Enchanted Rose
Official description: a reddish pink holographic stamping polish, featuring our signature formula that’s also wearable in 1-2 coats as regular polish.
Inspiration: Beauty and the Beast
Swatches show two very thin coats on its own and stamped over black and white. This has a rich, buttery formula when applying. For sure a one coater on it’s own that is super smooth. The base easily sits on a fence between leaning red and pink. The holo shows up strongly when stamped over black, and became just a touch subtle when stamped over white (you’ll see it more pink). I actually make a boo boo and forgot to use a latex barrier when I stamped it on my nails and can safely report no staining or struggling to get it off during removal or cleanup. Honestly, I was able to get crisp images from the first pickup on my stamping plate. I think this would make a great addition to a collectors arsenal if they are new to stamping.
My attempt at a stained glass for Beauty and the Beast:
Ms Sparkle: The Muppet Show
Official description: a vivid green crelly with aurora pigment and green micro holo glitters, different colors shreds, microflakies, ucc flakies and iridescent flakies.
Inspiration: The Muppet Show
Swatches show three thin coats with topcoat. Formula has a medium to heavier feel. The base is looking a touch brighter than what I’m seeing in person. It’s definitely a deep Kermit green! Be mindful of your brush strokes as this baby is loaded with flakes and glitters to avoid balding. I found gliding the brush over my nails gave me even application. This is another that is a bit thirsty for topcoat, so use a nice heavy one to avoid any texture in the final look. It was really cool that the multicolored goodies showed up so strongly in the final look even though the base is a rich color.
Music City Beauty: Moonlight Dance
Official description: a medium purple crelly with lavender-gold and silver holo micro flakies.
Inspiration: Liesl’s dress in the scene from The Sound of Music where she sings I Am Sixteen Going On Seventeen
Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula has a medium feel. I hesitate to say three coats on this one, I think this can definitely be a two coater for full opacity. The base is a lovely dusky purple to me, and the gold flakes really warm up the overall look. Its like the silver flakes take a slight backseat to the gold and creates a scattered appearance while the gold ones take center stage. No texture after topcoat.
My Indie Polish: Summer
Official description: a cobalt blue jelly with tons of holographic and silver flakes. It is opaque in 2-3 coats.
Inspiration: the Donna summer musical
Swatches show two coats with topcoat. The formula has a medium feel, applies easily and is opaque at two coats, anything over that might be overkill. This one is very holo, the silver flakes are hiding here, but you can see them easily indoors. The base is a velvety blue that is very intense/bright in person. I would describe it as a bright sapphire. No texture, no staining (yet another I accidentally got on my cuticles). This blue is so glowey and intense in the best way possible. Reminds me of crushed velvet fabric.
Nail Hoot: Gordon Won’t You Come Out and Play
Official description: a super bright, totally fun green that’s filled to the brim with stunning aurora shimmer and colorful mini flakies.
Inspiration: Mother Goose Rock ‘N Rhyme
Swatches show three coats with topcoat. Formula has a light feel, builds at three, though on me you can still see a little VNL. There is a foil effect that has a golden glow on tilt, very easy to see in person. The foil feeling gives a constant sparkle. The pigments have an inner glow of gold and green. I tried to really show off that glow in the second shot, it almost has a duochrome feel since its so strong. Super pretty, and the mini flakes give a pink twinkle up close.
Nailed it!: Thrill Me, Chill Me, Fulfill Me
Official description: a green to teal to violet multichrome polish with pink, gold, and blue UCC flakies, and finished off with a hint of holographic sparkle.
Inspiration: Rocky Horror Picture Show
Swatches show three very thin coats with topcoat. Yet another that I wish I had time to video swatch. Easily opaque in two coats depending on your application type. This is a unique to me multichrome, it easily shifts between a vivid teal, with an almost fuschia shift on tilt and dark purples in indoor lighting. In indoor lighting you’ll see how it appears in my macro shot, loads of teal warmth in the center with purple on the edges. I really wanted to do this justice, so refer to pics two and three to see the shifts I was seeing in person. This one dries down a bit satin like, so I’d recommend using a glossy topcoat to really make the holo and shimmer pop. Though I bet it would look great matted too.
Native War Paints: The Gleam in Your Eyes is so familair a Gleam
Official description: a light pink packed with scattered holo and cyan/blue/red shifting shimmer and holo flakes.
Inspiration: Sleeping Beauty, specifically the final scene where Aurora dances with Prince Phillip in the clouds and her dress changes from pink to blue.
Swatches show two normal coats with topcoat. I can see this one being opaque at 3 thin, or two heavier handed coats. Formula has an easy medium consistency to it that builds easily. The holo has a strong linear effect that makes for an interesting overall look. It’s very sparkly and I was like, am I looking at super shimmer or holo? There is an intense blue to deep pink shift in person. My second picture shows the glow, but it’s much stronger in person. The base is a dusky pink in my opinion. No texture after topcoat.
Night Owl Lacquer: Music of the Night
Official description: a blackened red base with a teal/blue/plum/burgundy multichrome shift, blue sparks, silver flakes and lots of crystal chameleon flakes that shift red/copper/gold.
Inspiration: Phantom of the Opera, specifically the song Music of the Night. I’ve loved this song since I was in middle school and learned to play it on the flute.
Swatches show three thin coats with topcoat. Formula has a heavy jelly feel. I’ll be honest, when I put this on I fretted a bit hoping I could catch the shifts in it. In person I see mostly that dark emerald green on the nail (crummy indoor lighting), with an easy plum shift and bright burgundy on extreme angles. The flakes in here give a warmed contrast, appearing in blues, oranges and pinks. There’s a lot going on here, and I think it all comes together to make this truly unique multichrome. It’s vampy and shifty. No texture after topcoat.
Noodles Nail Polish: What a Waste of a Lovely Night
Official description: a purple to blue color shifting sheer deep indigo base with UCC flakies that shift purple to blue, sapphire glitters, purple and blue flakies and a touch of fine silver flakes. This polish builds up best in 2-3 coats. Apply topcoat for smooth finish.
Inspiration: La La Land
Swatches show three thin coats with topcoat. This has a medium formula, applies nice and even. Be mindful of your brush strokes to avoid pulling as this beauty is fully loaded in the best way possible. It’s super sparkly and has a subtle shift that appears as an almost dark navy blue in indoor lighting with purple on tilt. I used a heavy topcoat and had no texture in the final look. I think it looks like a sponged flakie mani when I’m finished, minus the messy sponging (bonus!).
Northern Star: Come Hear the Music Play
Official description: a blackberry crème with iridescent flakes and micro glitter in gunmetal, red, holo, and color shifting green to blue
Inspiration: the musical Cabaret, and the dark, smokey, and glittery Kit Kat.
Swatches show two coats with topcoat. This is one of those linear holos that applies ultra glossy and rich. From the first brush stroke there was damn near full coverage on the nail. Be mindful of your brush strokes since this one is loaded with flakies. The formula is insanely rich and buttery. I think any topcoat will be fine with this. The base is a vampy burgundy to me that really compliments the contrasting blue, green and red flakes/glitters.
Pahlish: The Nightman Cometh
Official description: intense raspberry jelly with a mix of multicolored shifting flakes, pink to green shifting shimmer, and scattered holo flakes
Inspiration: “…It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia episode featuring our favorite musical of all time: The Nightman Cometh.”
Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula feels like a heavy jelly, but applies smooth and buttery. I was very impressed that it feels so squishy and jelly like, but applies very opaque. The base is a rich raspberry that allows all the flakes, shimmers and holos take the center stage. It super glows in person, and I think it’ll twinkle in any lighting situation. No texture after topcoat.
Painted Polish: Just One Look
Official description: a delicate periwinkle holo with a glowing purple shimmer and scattering of silver galaxy glitters!
Inspiration: The original ‘Mamma Mia!’ movie musical
Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula has a rich, buttery feel during application that is just so so smooth. The base is a dusky periwinkle in person, and though the shimmer is appearing shy here it is stronger in person as a purple glow. I really liked how the holo is just scattered enough to give a sparkle, but not overtake all that lovely shimmer. I think any topcoat will be find with this one as it’s so rich.
Pampered Polishes: Yes, I’ve Always Been Green
Official description: a bright neon green crelly with matte, metallic, & holo black glitter, black flakies, metallic & holo red glitter, silver holo flakies, silver holo glitter, & a couple sizes silver platinum flakes.
Swatches show three thin coats with topcoat. Formula has a very squishy-jelly feel to it, and I was impressed that a neon jelly completely covered my free edge in three thin coats. I didn’t have to fish for the glitters as they came up easily on their own. I think those with shorter nails can get away with two coats for full opacity.
Pepper Pot Polish: Hello! Official description: a black polish with strong copper shimmer, accented by subtle blue/violet shimmer and rainbow flakes.
Inspiration: “Book Of Mormon”, and more specifically the song “Hello!” that opens the show. “I saw this in NYC in June and absolutely loved it.”
Swatches show three coats with topcoat. Formula has an almost jelly feel during application but built to opacity for me at three. This was another difficult little minx to photograph. It has a black base, but the strong copper shimmer warms it up and almost makes it look like a dark chocolate. The blue and violet flakes pop in person and there’s a strong golden glow on tilt in dimmed lighting (see photo two). I’d recommend a glossy topcoat to get all the pigments to really pop.
Poetry Cowgirl: 525600 Minutes
Official description: a black base loaded with green shimmer, red/gold/green iridescent chameleon glitter, red/pink/gold chameleon glitter, navy micro flakies, and green/blue/violet iridescent color shifting flakies.
Swatches show three coats with topcoat. Remember, black polish is weakness over here lol. I think my macro really tells the true story of all that is going on here. The base is black, but there is so much color to be seen! The green shimmer is strong, with the glitters and flakes giving a rainbow all over. I didn’t have any issues picking them up and my nails were smooth after topping with a quick dry.
Polish ‘M: Red Hot Flash
Official description: a cherry red with shimmery gold micro flakes, gold holo galaxy micro glitter and flashy glowing purple/blue iridescent flakes.
Inspiration: Menopause The Musical (The Las Vegas version)
Swatches show two coats with topcoat. This applied so rich, you guys. It’s the type of formula that really stays where you put it and is ultra sparkly in any lighting. To me, this is a true cherry red- it’s warm and has just the tiniest undertone of pink to it. There was the smallest amount of texture here so I’d recommend a good glossy topcoat to smooth everything out.
Polished for Days: When I Grow Up
Official description: a navy base packed with rainbow shifting iridescent flakes, a sprinkle of pink to green iridescent micro flakes and holographic flakes.
Inspiration: Matilda the musical
Swatches show three thin coats with topcoat. I think you’ll get the best picture of this story in the macro shot. This is legit like someone popped a confetti popper on my nails and added some holo (in the best way). The base is rich and dark navy but PACKED with a rainbow of flakes. I found them easy to apply and it appeared like a densely sponged appearance in the end (good thing). I’d recommend a good glossy topcoat to smooth everything out.
Pretty Beautiful Unlimited: Evermore
Official description: a blue leaning gray holographic base with micro holo flakes, 2 types of crystal flakies and next generation unicorn pigment that shifts red/gold.
Inspiration: Live action Beauty and the Beast
Swatches show three thin coats with topcoat. I think most should be opaque at two coats. This is very, very sparkly. Has a medium feel during application, applies very smooth and builds easily. No texture after topcoat and has a gorgeous inner pink glow with a gold shift on tilt. Trust me when I say: what you’re seeing in these photos is exactly what I’m seeing in person. It’s a rich, diamond looking creation that has very strong shimmer.
Pretty Jelly: I See the Light
Official description: an eggplant jelly with gold holographic glitter, large silver hexes, pink and red shimmer, and blue to red multichrome flakies.
Inspiration: the floating lantern scene in Tangled.
Swatches show three coats with topcoat. This one is like Jello on my nails! Very squishy, very jelly and so fun with all the glitters in there. I forgot how much I like this type of look. The base is a dark burgundy (to me) and has a clever mix of glitters. It dries down glossy, but I’d recommend a quick dry to smooth everything out. For being so squishy I love the opacity level.
Quixotic Polish: Here’s to Failure
Official description: a lush multichrome that shifts between purple, fuchsia, gold and green decorated with holo micro flakes.
Inspiration: The Producers
Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Honestly, I think anything over that is over kill. The formula is rich and dense, and applies very smooth. This was super interesting to me, the base is an inky blue but the multichrome pigments make it very purple as the dominant color with an effortless shift to bright golds and greens. This is insanely shifty. The flakes are densely scattered and I had no texture after topcoat.
That’s is for part III! Part IV is up!
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