When I chatted with indie polish brand Virago Varnish‘s owner/creator, Adrienne about her upcoming collection, I kept getting more and more excited. One, because her formulas and colors are awesome. Two, I knew ahead of time the glitters in this set would be beyond belief. I was right! I will add to that and echo her excitement that one of the glitters in the set came with an honor every indie polish maker dreams about. She says, “Virago is excited to announce this stunning lacquer Radiance. It will be gifted at GBK’s Celebrity Gift Lounge honoring the 2015 MTV Movie Awards Nominees and Presenters!” How cool is that?! I will start there after I show you the bottles! 🙂
I SO love this indie company! I seriously love every polish I have tried from Madam Glam and with each bottle I am more and more impressed. Today we have two stunning examples of how to do polish right. Text Me Later and Wonderland.
First up is Text Me Later. Yes, I went a little crazy with the accent nail. Don’t hate me!
Text Me Later just now in stock. You simply MUST have it! Now onto Wonderland!
I can safely say every jelly from Madam Glam is perfection. I am just amazed how smooth and buttery this goes on, dries fast to a slightly shiny but more like rubbery finish and very forgiving of nail surface flaws!
Madam Glam offers a myriad of shades in Vampy shades, neutrals, Neons, Pastels, Glitters and Golds. They also have Soak Off Gel polishes, eye makeup, blushes, foundations and lipsticks. All are full size beautifully packaged bottles. All Madam Glam products are “five-free”: Product does not contain Formaldehyde, Toluene, DiButyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde Resin Or Camphor.
Ahh, sunny Spain! Many of us might not be able to get there anytime soon, but at least we can bring a little Barcelona to our nails. With Square Hue’s gorgeous monthly subscription box service, world travel (well at least nail color) was never so easy or affordable. Grab a venti espresso, lots of info and photos coming right up! By the way, I must apologize for being so late getting this post out. My first bottle of Placa Catalunya literally fell to the floor before I got to finish swatching that gorgeous pink shimmer! It was a sad day in the Duncan house. But I finally got a replacement thanks to the sweet folks at Square Hue!
Barcelona, Spain. Coordinates: 41°23′N 2°11′E
The capital city of this Mediterranean country is the second largest in Spain. It is full of sunshine, history and best of all, festive color! What a great choice for the July box! First we start with a sunny orange full of shimmer, Rambla de Rava.
Rambla de Rava is such a brilliant orange, not neon but eye catching just the same. This 1-2 coater, depending on your technique, glides on like butter. I didn’t experience any pooling, clumping or drag. It’s formula is perfection.
Here are a couple bottle shots for your viewing pleasure. A note about SH’s bottles, whether you’re looking at these jems from the top down or from the side, it’s easy to see the beauty within and are just plain pretty to display!
Next up is a warm and rich shade. Much like a deep fruit-forward Spanish wine, is Passeig de Gracia. It represents to me a color rich in history, deep and complex. Yet it contains a sparkle in sunlight or shade.
I love the fact that even though you can wear this in fall and winter, the shimmer within makes it a perfect shade for summer. The formula, as is the case with the whole collection, is amazing. One, 1, UNO coat!
Feast your eyes on the bottle. Square hit the ball out of the park on this collection!
And last of the collection and certainly not least, I give you sexy Placa Catalunya – Rich, classy and elegant pink Micro Shimmer. Again, an amazing one coater, perfect application, fast drying and long lasting.
This is summer in a bottle folks. Look at all that shimmer and great pigmentation!
I wanted to try something different with this last selection. I knew I wanted to use all three shades as an accent nail. I’m just getting back I to water marbling, so be gentle with me! I love the contrasts!
Here are a couple of bottle shots so you can see why I love to just stare at these on my shelf.
So that’s it for this month my lovelies! I can’t wait to see the 8.14 Passport collection called Hollywood. It will be shipping August 1st so jump onboard and I’ll see you in Hollywood. 🙂
The shades offered monthly by SH are particular to each month of it’s release. There are no permanent collections so if you miss out, you’ll have to find someone to buy your lemming from or check eBay or Amazon. Just thought I’d throw that in free of charge 😉
I LOVE the square bottles, so easy to store or display. The whole packaging is very convenient from the clearview design on every side, to the name and month of the collection’s arrival.
Currently Square Hue is focusing their HueGive donations from portions of their proceeds to the prevention awareness, protection of trafficked victims and the prosecution of human traffickers. Even more reason to paint your nails and make a difference.
Currently subscription price for Square Hue is $14.99/mo +Shipping and Handling out of Miami, Florida. Subbies can choose immediate monthly deliveries or suspend/skip months as they wish.