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Hello lovelies! It’s that time again! I swear this month felt like 800 weeks but also FLEW by… it’s a little unsettling considering how much work I have to do this semester. Anyone considering grad school… it’s the most rewarding and horrifying thing ever. Speaking of horrifying, this month Polish Pickup’s theme is Urban Legends and there are some really cool inspirations behind this month’s goodies. I’ve been binging true crime and other terrible podcasts to get myself into the Halloween spirit on my commutes, so this was very fitting in my whole -scare myself silly- vibe. Let’s get to the pretties!

Baroness X: Dark Side of Oz

  • Description: a dark (almost black) forest green tri-thermal that shifts to a medium green (warm) and then a lighter celery green color (hot). It has large particle holo sprinkled throughout and a rainbow of iridescent flakes
  • Inspiration: The urban legend that says if you play Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” album while watching “The Wizard of Oz,” there’s an incredible synchronicity.
  • Price: $12.50
  • Cap: None

Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula feels very squishy-jelly like and builds up quickly on the nail. This is a lovely tri thermal that gives a strong temperature reaction. The flakes behaved lovely for me and no texture after topcoat. 

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Baroness X: PSL of Doom Acetone Antidote

  • Description: mix of pumpkin spice, marshmallows, a mix of whipped cream/french vanilla/caramel, a light latte/coffee scent will come through on finish.
  • Inspiration: The Food Babe myth started in 2014 that pumpkin spice lattes are toxic.
  • Price: $4.25
  • Cap: None

This smells lovely. I get notes of pumpkin spice and caramel as top notes with an undertone of coffee and a light bakery background. Legit smells JUST like a pumpkin spice latte (YAS). I typically use one entire vial into an 8 ounce pump bottle of acetone and it gives me the removal power of acetone, but no harsh effects and my cuticles are moisturized and not dried out. It also leaves a lingering scent on my fingers after use. I recently have started using 2-3 drops into a dappen dish with acetone when I am swatching on the weekends because lately I have been swatching A LOT and I can still enjoy the scent and you guys don’t get to see my cuticles dry and haggard. Win, win I say!

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Blush Lacquers: The Blue Lady

  • Description: a silvery blue linear holographic nail polish with a shifting blue to purple shimmer, holographic flakes and small blue holographic glitters.
  • Inspiration: The Blue Lady is a local legend from Story Inn in Story, Indiana. It is rumored that she haunts one of the rooms at the inn and turns on a blue light.
  • Price: $11.00
  • Cap: None

Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula is smooth and buttery on application and builds up quickly. There’s a soft shimmer effect here that gives a strong blue glow, that on extreme angles will shift to purple. I tried catching it on my macros but it’s being a little shy. Loads of holo to see here and no texture after topcoat.

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Cameo Colours Lacquers: The Truth is Under There

  • Description: a sandy nude crelly, with green-champagne-blush shimmer, gold micro glitter, holographic micro flakes and gold metallic micro flakes. It also glows green in the dark.
  • Inspiration: The Bermuda Triangle or Shaman’s Gate of Oklahoma, Beaver Dunes Park. Legend says that Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, always in search of gold, ignored the warnings of his Native American guides to avoid the dunes, only to have a handful of his men disappear in what has been described by the accompanying friar as “flashes of green light” and, by Coronado himself as, “the work of the Devil.”. They say that anyone who discovers what is really beneath the sand disappears.
  • Price: $11.00
  • Cap: 95US/5UK

Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula is dense and buttery smooth on application. This one glows crazy bright green in the dark and literally scared the hell out of me when I wore it and went to the bathroom later that night. It’s VERY glow in the dark to say the least. The base color is warm toned, but I felt like it flattered my warm skin tone crazy well. The shimmer is very strong and gives off a strong green glow that shifts to pink at angles. This dries down very matte so I’d recommend a glossy topcoat.

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Crystal Knockout: Let’s Have a Chat

  • Description: a bright chartreuse with bronze micro flakies, iridescent red shimmer, red, green, and gold aurora, gold flakes, and iridescent color-shifting flakes in copper, green, and gold
  • Inspiration: The Devil’s Chair in Cassadega, Florida
  • Price: $12.00
  • Cap: 150 bottles

Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula is jelly like and easy to apply. The shimmer gives a soft reddish glow and the flakes behaved lovely for me. Those with longer nails might need that third coat for coverage. No texture after topcoat.

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Indie by Patty Lopes: Who’s At The Door

  • Description: as a dark red base, multichrome magnetic with flakies multichrome and scattered holo micro glitters.
  • Inspiration: Black Eyed Children
  • Price: $12.00
  • Cap: 75US/4UK

Swatches show two coats magnetized with topcoat. This is very sparkly and shifty in person with the magnetic pigment having lots of movement. For this one, I’d recommend a glossy topcoat to really make those sparkles pop.

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Lemming Lacquer: Humans Lick Too

  • Description: a red-violet/copper/gold/green multichrome magnetic flake base and purple/blue/green and purple/green/copper/pink color shifting flakes.
  • Inspiration: The licked hand legend
  • Price: $13.00
  • Cap: 250 bottles

Swatches show three magnetized coats with topcoat. Formula is jelly and squishy like on application and is very shifty with lots of sparkles. I’d classify this one in the family with her Galaxy trio that recently released. It’s got lots of movement to it, very shifty and sparkles like crazy too. No texture after topcoat.

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And here to show versatility, I wore one magnetized coat over a black base.

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Night Owl Lacquer: Leaf Peeping with Sasquatch

  • Description: a warm brown filled with copper/red/green/gold crystal chameleon flakes.
  • Inspiration: Sasquatch
  • Price: $12.50
  • Cap: None

Swatches show three coats with topcoat. Formula is very crelly like and builds to opacity between 2-3 coats depending on how you apply. I went for the third as I accidentally went in thin on another finger so to even everything out all of my nails got a third coat. The base is a chocolaty brown and the flakes are crazy shifty and warm everything up. No texture after topcoat.

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Pahlish: Haunted Crescent

  • Description: a warm lavender packed with spectral green/aqua flakes, bright green shimmer, very lightly scattered holographic sparks, and a soft purple/pink shift!
  • Inspiration: The Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs Arkansas which has a reputation for being one of the most haunted hotels in the country!
  • Price: $12.50
  • Cap: None

Swatches show three coats with topcoat. Formula is squishy-jelly like and can definitely be worn at two coats depending on preference. There’s so much iridescent effect to see here and that base color is so very flattering against the flakes. There’s a gorgeous purpley-pink shift at extreme angles and no texture after topcoat.

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Pretty Beautiful Unlimited: George!

  • Description: a green to yellow thermal with aurora pigment, gold and copper holographic micro glitters and a mix of UCC and crystal chameleon flakies.
  • Inspiration: Looney Tunes – Abominable Snowman
  • Price: $11.50
  • Cap: 150US/15UK

Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula feels very crelly like and builds up quickly on the nail. The shimmer is strong here and gives a coppery glow and no issues with the plethora of flakes and glitters here. I’d recommend a glossy topcoat to make it pop, and this one is crazy sensitive to temperatures. No texture after topcoat.

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Pretty Beautiful Unlimited: Wax block in Welcome to the Himalayas!

  • Description: Notes of sweet citrus, caramelized sugar and freshly baked cake combined with the effervescent notes of bergamot, frosted ivy and wild berries and topped off with creamy vanilla musk, oak moss, and wood accord.
  • Inspiration: Disney’s Abominable Snowman
  • Price: $5.00
  • Cap: 35US/5UK

This one smells SO SO good. At the forefront I get a sweet citrus scent that is equally tied in with a bakery cake scent. There’s a fresh, clean undertone too that is so very pleasant. If you enjoy bakery scents this is a must have. The throw is wonderful too and I got my entire living room smelling so damn good from it. My husband even like it and he’s always nagging me to melt masculine/extreme earthy scents. 😛

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Scofflaw Nail Varnish: Greetings From the Bermuda Triangle

  • Description: a minty-blue crelly base, with glitters in aquamarine, turquoise, copper, orange, and white, and finished off with an aqua shimmer.
  • Inspiration: The Bermuda Triangle
  • Price: $12.50
  • Cap: None

Swatches show two coats with topcoat. Formula is heavy and dense on application and easy applies on the nail. I had no problems with the glitters applying evenly on my nail. This is a bit on the thirsty side, and dries down very matte so I’d recommend a good glossy topcoat to really seal everything in.

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Supernatural Lacquer: The Watchman

  • Description: a deep blue jelly with twinkling orange/gold/green iridescent glitters and aurora sparkle.
  • Inspiration: The Watchman of Lake Hope Furnace! This legend says that one rainy night a worker slipped and fell into the bubbling ore of an iron furnace during his watch. He is said to still roam the area keeping watch with his lantern nearly 200 years later.
  • Price: $11.50
  • Cap: None

Swatches show three coats with topcoat. Formula is squishy-jelly like and can definitely be worn with an undie if you have a prominent free edge. I was so mad that my swatches did not do this one justice. The base color is a gorgeous midnight blue and the iridescent glitters are so super unique. They are strongly iridescent and give a densely scattered iridescent twinkle. I don’t think I’ve seen this type of finish before, so I recommend peeking at my swatch video to get a better idea. No texture after topcoat.

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Polish Pickup opens October 4th at 11am EST and will close October 7th at 11:59pm EST. Wish listing should be opening soon so get in there and wish list your favs! Be sure to check out my swatch video to see these pretties in action and hear my thoughts on audio 😉

Thanks so much for reading! ❤