I’m giddy for Indigo Bananas Fall ’15 Holos

I’m super excited to present my first swatches and review for Indigo Bananas! I have three of the seven new Holo 2015 collection, available today, Aug. 19. Go order now 🙂 Here is a little background first on the founder, Andrea.

Los Angeles based handmade indie nail polish brand Indigo Bananas was founded by Andrea in 2013. She is a trained biologist with prestigious backgrounds such as UCLA and Princeton! In a word, Andrea truly IS the brain behind the science of Indigo Bananas. She may be a science chick, but holy cow, she’s got this lacquer thing nailed down. Oh, and IB also sells cuticle balms. Brilliant!

Without further ado, here are the three beauties I have to show you today.

I have three of the seven Fall holos for 2015 available for order now! From left, Polish of Unusual Quality (P.O.U.Q.), Synonym Bun, and Rhythm & Booze.

I have three of the seven Fall holos for 2015 available for order now! From left, Polish of Unusual Quality (P.O.U.Q.), Synonym Bun, and Rhythm & Booze.

First up is Polish of Unusual Quality (P.O.U.Q.).
IB describes Polish of Unusual Quality (P.O.U.Q.) as, “This is a Polish of Unusual Quality (P.O.U.Q.), a red of unusual shine, a color you were pretty sure didn’t exist…until it launched itself at your nails. Top coat optional.

**Slightly brighter flame with most top coats** Multiple thinner coats tend to give stronger and deeper holographic effects.”

Base color: magenta / dark fuschia
Finish: linear holographic
Roughness: smooth
# coats: two medium, two-three thin
Top Coat: optional, a bit more holo flash with top coat
Staining: should not stain – base coat recommended
Size: 15ml or 8ml (pulldown menu options)
Vegan & cruelty free: yes
3-Free (formaldehyde, toluene, DBP free): yes

Polish of Unusual Quality (R.O.U.Q.) Two coats, no flash here, no topcoat but wowza is she shiny!

Polish of Unusual Qualty (R.O.U.Q.) Two coats, no flash here, no topcoat but wowza is she shiny!


2 coats of R.O.U.Q. taken with a flash. You can see she doesn't need a topcoat, you could, but not really needed.

2 coats of R.O.U.Q. taken with a flash. You can see she doesn’t need a topcoat, you could, but not really needed.

Next is Synonym Bun. She’s a rare beauty because the color takes on a fiery glow when topcoat is added. Either way, you’ll love this fall femme fatale. I have shots here of with and without topcoat, with and without flash.

IB describes Synonym Bun as, “Synonym Bun – say what? a synonym pun? Delicious! Warm reddish brown linear holo with a strong flame. Two coats is opaque, but three for a stronger holo and deeper color is recommended.”

**Important notes**:
* Top coat changes the tone and holographic effect of this polish, to a deeper and more reddish-brown color and a glowy/toned down holographic effect. There is a good holographic effect with and without top coat. It’s a polish with two effects! 🙂
* This polish did not stain my nails, nor have the component pigments, however it contains colorants that have the possibility of staining, so one coat of base coat is recommended for wear longer than a day.

Base color: deep red-brown
Finish: linear holographic
Roughness: smooth
# coats: two medium, two-three thin
Top Coat: optional, see notes above
Staining: should not stain – base coat recommended
Size: 15ml or 8ml (pulldown menu options)
Vegan & cruelty free: yes
3-Free (formaldehyde, toluene, DBP free): yes

Synonym Bun is all kinds of spicey shine, no matter how you wear her.

Synonym Bun is all kinds of spicey shine, no matter how you wear her.


2 coats of Synonym Bun without topcoat, just as stunning and super shiny, less red shimmer.

2 coats of Synonym Bun without topcoat, just as stunning and super shiny, less red shimmer.

2 coats of Synonym Bun with topcoat, no flash, but wow, she's a blushing brown beauty!

2 coats of Synonym Bun with topcoat, no flash, but wow, she’s a blushing brown beauty!


2 coats of Synonym Bun with topcoat, shot with flash. Sexy brown with fiery flashes. Wow!

2 coats of Synonym Bun with topcoat, shot with flash. Sexy brown with fiery flashes. Wow!

And third, a sexy purple holo, perfect for fall in every way, Rhythm & Booze.

IB describes Rhythm & Booze as, “a purple (warm leaning) linear holographic with a bright blue flame. Two coats for coverage, but three coats gives a stronger holographic flame and deeper color. Top coat optional. Multiple thinner coats tend to give stronger and deeper holographic effects.”

Base color: purple, warm leaning
Finish: linear holographic
Roughness: smooth
# coats: two medium, two-three thin
Top Coat: optional
Staining: should not stain – base coat recommended
Size: 15ml or 8ml (pulldown menu options)
Vegan & cruelty free: yes
3-Free (formaldehyde, toluene, DBP free): yes

2 smooth coats of Rhythm & Booze, all that shine will make you sing!

2 smooth coats of Rhythm & Booze, all that shine will make you sing!


Here is a shot of Rhythm & Booze with flash. Look at that holo sparkle!

Here is a shot of Rhythm & Booze with flash. Look at that holo sparkle!

Overall, even though I don’t have the other four polishes from this collection, I can absolutely guarantee you these all have identical downright perfect formulas. All perfectly opaque in two coats. Application couldn’t get any better, and I had virtually NO CLEANUP to my cuticle areas. None! It glides on like silk and dries quickly, but plenty of time to get the job done. This is how holo is done girls! I highly recommend this collection and I can’t wait to try more of Indigo Bananas lacquers. Now here are the fun facts, links and more. Get yours ordered today, and while you’re at it, see what other cool stuff you can pick up where you’ve got your cart loaded!

The Indigo Bananas Fall ’15 collection was released TODAY at noon Eastern at the Indigo Bananas website and retail for $12 for full size polishes (15ml) and $7.25 for the minis (8 ml). The other polishes in the collection are: Shrieking Teals, Volcanic Corruption, Olive Time & Space and Indigo Montoya.

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**These products were sent free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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