Polish Pickup October: Villain’s Theme

Hey there nail geeks! It’s that time! Polish Pickup is happening this weekend and the theme is villains! Yaaass!! This month I have ten offerings to show you guys that will be featuring this weekend only, and I have to say… I think this mix of polishes is some of my absolute favorite so far. There’s such a diverse amount of finishes and colors here so let’s get started!

Baroness X – Sharks with Frickin’ Laser Beams

  • Inspiration: Dr. Evil from Austen Powers
  • Description: a saltwater marine based scent with a mix of the following added: iced tea, coconut water, green apple, lemon and kiwi.
  • Cap: None
  • Price: $4.50

Baroness X is offering up this amazing acetone antidote in the scent Sharkes with Frickin’ Laser Beams and holy hell does it smell good! As a regular blogger for the brand, I have to say the scent combos that BX put’s out are always amazing but this month is one that I think will appease a good sized audience. It’s a fresh take on what smells to me like… almost freshwater taffy with subtle fruity notes on the sides. It’s very fresh, not super sweet and such a lovely scent. As always, I add one entire vial to roughly 6-7 ounces of  pure acetone and it gives a softening effect to my cuticles while preserving the removal power of acetone.

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Baroness X- Sharks with Frickin’ Laser Beams

  • Inspiration: Dr. Evil from Austen Powers
  • Description: a navy (almost black) jelly base with violet to green shifting magnetic pigment, indigo UP sister pigment and a sprinkle of metallic silver pigment
  • Cap: 250 bottles
  • Price: $15

Swatches show two coats with the magnet applied on the second coat. This one is so shifty, there’s shift to be seen in the base as well as the magnetic particles. The UP sibling pigments strongly appear as a sapphire in most lighting situations to me. I strongly urge you guys to check out the swatch video to see this one in action. No texture after topcoat, and the formula has a medium feel that applied very opaque by the second coat.

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Blush Lacquers- You Shall Not Go to the Ball

  • Inspiration: Cate Blanchett’s portrayal of the wicked stepmother in the live action version of Cinderella.
  • Description: a silvery champagne base with shifts of green and gold, multichrome flakes that shift gold-green-blue, holographic pigment and holo flakes.
  • Cap: None
  • Price: $12

Swatches show two coats with glossy topcoat. Formula has a mid-light feel but I had full opacity at two coats. The shimmer is very strong here, and I think you’ll see the strong shift between gold and green easily in most lighting situations. The holo is also super in your face and sparkles like crazy. I had no issues with the flakes picking up on the brush, and no texture after topcoat either.

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Cameo Colors- The Power of the Sun in the Palm of my Hand

  • Inspiration: Otto Octavius, a.k.a. Doctor Octopus/Doc Ock. Specifically, the catalyst for his transformation in Spiderman 2.
  • Description: a yellow-orange jelly base with a slight red/orange shimmer, packed with multi-size platinum silver flakes, red/orange/copper ultrachrome flakes, a dusting of holographic copper microglitter, and silver holo microflakes.
  • Cap: None
  • Price: $12.50

Swatches show two coats with glossy topcoat. Formula has a medium feel that applies very rich and buttery. The shimmer in this can make the base lean more yellow or orange toned (in my opinion). The flakes give a gorgeous foiled, almost reflective appearance in person. There’s a ton of sparkle and shimmer to be seen here! No texture after topcoat.

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Delush Polish- Slice of Life

  • Inspiration: Dexter
  • Description: a blood red thermal jelly that morphs into a killer cherry red, infused with our signature glitter mix and a splattering of aurora shimmer that’s bound to beckon to your inner dark passenger.
  • Cap: 400 bottles
  • Price: $12.50

Swatches show three coats with glossy topcoat. Formula has a squishy jelly feel and applies easily. I had no issues pickup up a multitude of glitters on the brush, and they behaved and laid down easily for me. I did go in heavy handed with topcoat and I found that I had barely any texture (which is amazing given how loaded this pretty is). The aurora shimmer gives a rich glow that picks up green to me in extreme angles. The transition is coming off subtle in my swatches, but in person you can tell there is a darker and lighter state. (PSST go check out the swatch video)

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Emily de Molly- Cheers to That

  • Inspiration: Patsy Stone from Absolutely Fabulous
  • Description: a black base with gold holographic micro glitters and a champagne coloured magnetic effect.
  • Cap: 200 bottles
  • Price: $11

Swatches show two coats with the magnet applied on the second coat. This one has a rich medium feel that applied very opaque from the first coat. The glitters came up easily with the brush, and gave no texture after top coating. The base is a rick inky black and the magnetic particles give a shift between champagne and gold to me. There’s lots of movement with the particles, and honestly I just kept thinking what a perfect new years polish this would be!

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Lemming Lacquer- Shake a Poor Sinner’s Hand

  • Inspiration: Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog
  • Description: a magenta jelly with green shimmer and violet/red/orange iridescent flakies.
  • Cap: 300 bottles
  • Price: $13

Swatches show two coats with glossy topcoat. The formula has a rich medium feel, that spread easily over my nails. The base is a gorgeous magenta that I feel strongly flirts with grape. The green shimmers are strong in person (though I feel like it is being shy in my swatches). The flakes picked up easily with the brush and laid down flat for me. I suggest a glossy topcoat to really make the overall look pop. I think the base is very flattering and I had no texture after topcoat.

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Moonflower Polish- The Grand Admiral

  • Inspiration: Star War’s Grand Admiral Thrawn. From Nadia: My love of sci-fi really became an obsession when I read the Heir to the Empire Trilogy (also known as the Thrawn Trilogy) by Timothy Zahn as a pre-teen. I consider them to be necessary reading for any Star Wars fan. For decades, the books, comics, and video games of the Star Wars Expanded Universe was all SW fans had until the prequels and new Episodes came out. Sadly, after Disney’s acquisition of SW, they re-branded all these materials as “Legends” and declared them non-cannon in April 2014. However, not all hope is lost as a few characters have made their way back, including Thrawn who was once again introduced as a villain in the Disney SW Rebels cartoon show. Thrawn is a humaniod alien in the Star Wars Universe, one of the few to rise the ranks in the Empire. He’s described as having blue skin with red eyes and black hair, and is known for his brilliant strategic mind and ruthlessness. My polish is inspired by his appearance and uniform.
  • Description: a bright cerulean blue creme with red shimmer, red/pink/gold aurora pigment, and gold, gunmetal and red microflakes with scattered holo
  • Cap: 75 bottles
  • Price: $13.50

Swatches show over black, and one coat underneath the black stamps. This type of blue is one of my favorite shades. It’s medium and bright, and full of shimmers and flakes. Formula has a rich, very opaque feel and stamped effortlessly for me. Once again nudging you guys to check out the swatch video to see the full (quickie) tutorial on how I got the stamps to work and wearing the polish on its own. This one does dry down a little matte, so if wearing on its own I’d suggest a glossy topcoat to get those flakes and shimmers to really pop.

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Night Owl Lacquer- That’d Be Great

  • Inspiration: Bill Lumbergh, the very annoying and passive aggressive boss from the movie Office Space.
  • Description: a dark taupe holographic base with a red/bronze/copper multichrome shift, blue/purple and burgundy/red/gold crystal chameleon flakes.
  • Cap: None
  • Price: $13

Swatches show two coats with topcoat. This one has a mid-light feel during application, but I found full opacity at two coats. The flakes behaved, and laid down flat during application and I had no issues picking them up with the brush. The base is a neutral taupe, but the multichrome shimmers give a burning ember glow that easily shifts between red, to bronze and copper on extreme angles. The flakes appeared mostly as red and purple in ‘normal’ lighting. No texture after topcoat.

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Pretty Beautiful Unlimited- Just One Bite

  • Inspiration: The Evil Queen
  • Description: a blackened purple base loaded with blue to purple shifting magnetic pigment,  with silver holographic micro flakies, 3 types of chameleon flakies.
  • Cap: 250 bottles
  • Price: $10 w/o magnet $12.50 with

Swatches show two coats with the magnet applied on the second coat. This one has a shifty base that appeared as purple or blue depending on my lighting and the magnetic particles complimented it perfectly. The flakes laid down flat, and I had no issues bringing them up on the brush. There’s a ton of depth to be seen here, and lots of movement to the magnetic particles. It’s like an exploded star on your hands here. No texture after topcoat.

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Polish Pickup opens this Friday, October 5th at 11 am EST and closes Monday October 8th at 11:59 pm EST. Get in there and make those wish lists as there are caps on quite a few of these! As usual, I’ll link you guys to the Facebook group as well as the shop for ease of use.

Thanks so much for reading! ❤

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