I’m back with the 1940s collection from SquareHue for May 2015! Again, and please forgive me for sounding like a broken record, but SH polishes are notoriously buttery formulas. On each of these polishes this month I painted two coats. The formulas are easy to paint, and very self leveling. Let’s take a look!
I repeat, I LOVE the square bottles. Storing these collections is a breeze and the labels on the backs are brilliant!
First swatch is Sorcerer’s Hat. What a glorious, non-staining blue shimmer!
Salute to War Hero!
Ahh, Mambo! Get your towering fruit hats on girls! Time to do the Mambo. 😉
Come back in June for my next SH post on the 06.15 collection, 1950s. They ship out on the 1st of the month!
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I had all but forgotten that I’d entered the Nail It! Magazine giveaway in the fall. There were 200 winners drawn to receive this 6-bottle Holiday set and I was one of them, so thanks a million! I am LOVING these holiday shades and toppers by Salon Perfect and I just had to share a quick holiday mani using them.
The Salon Perfect polish set also included a clear base glitter topper called Snowed In, full of multi sized white glitters and micro silver glitter.
So, thank you again to Nail It! Magazine for the wonderful Christmas surprise!
I finally got a chance to become a “lab assistant” today for Alchemy Lacquers. The four lab samples I’m presenting are what I categorize as “Blingity bling bling”! Each one having it’s own character, texture and personality. They are Night Fire, Kelpie Seaweed, Gilded Lagoon and Delphinium.
First we’ll start with this glowing beauty, Night Fire. The finished texture sort of reminds me of a cross between the new Magical Pixie dusts and Bubbly polishes from Zoya, just a smidge smoother, but with all of the shine.
I included photos in outdoor shade and sun for each of these polishes today so you could see how the light plays a part of their personalities.
I found the formula on the medium thick side as to be expected with a glitter loaded jelly, but totally manageable. Two coats and you’re done for a shiny textured finish. Add a topcoat like Gelous for a smooth look. This is a soon-to-be released item.
Next comes a mysterious green stunner from the Alchemical Imaginarium: Water Fae Collection, Kelpie Seaweed. It’s described as “…A darkened linear holographic nail lacquer with a green, blue, violet multichrome finish. Often found in the lochs of the Green Isles, Kelpies are actually shape shifting water horses. The majestic white horses with striking blue manes can take human form, and when they do, you can always identify theme by their hair, which as a very rare ingredient, seaweed!”
The first coat had me a bit concerned as it was on the thick side as loaded with micro glitters as it was. It was a tad tricky to apply the first coat but dried quickly. The second coat filled in perfectly and all was right with the world! Beautiful!
Oh my! My fave of the bunch, soon-to-be released Gilded Lagoon. It looked gorgeous in the bottle so I was pretty jazzed about this one. It has those dreamy mermaidy colors I love, plus gold.
Gilded Lagoon is opaque in two coats and sparkles like nobody’s business!
And lastly we have Delphinium. Just like the flower, a gorgeous blue. This is one I struggled with. It’s very thick and the first coat did not cooperate with me. Two coats will do it and I found that it’s easier for the first coat in bypassing a base coat. Two coats is plenty with a coat of Gelous in between. The pretty payoff is worth the work. So I mushed on. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
I especially love reading indie polish makers’ back stories of how they got started, what inspired them, and how supportive their families are in their endeavors. Be sure to hop over to Rebecca’s “About” page while you’re shopping at her Etsy store. It’s a great little read!
Alchemy Lacquers are 5 free, cruelty free, hand-mixed nail lacquers, all handmade to order out of Rebecca’s lab in Philedelphia, Pennsylvania.
If you have questions contact Rebecca via her etsy store, Facebook or email.
Philly Loves Lacquer will be releasing something amazing in June! I-95 Quick Dry Top Coat and Penndot Sticky Base Coat. I’ve had the chance to play with these gems and I can tell you truthfully, I’m in love!
I rarely get a chance to wear any lacquers more than a day or two and recently I went on vacation for a week. I had the chance to wear some polishes for several days while taking a short break from swatching. I packed these babies with me and used them with every manicure. I even kept one polish on for nearly 5 days, of course using both the base and the top coats.
The base coat dries nearly as quick as the top coat. Yet it gives you plenty of time to smooth on the perfect formula. I have a feeling I am going to use this little treasure up quickly because I love it! It’s smooth and obviously helped my polish adhere well. I spent the whole vacation hunting in the sand for seashells, always covered in seawater!
With one mani that I wore 4 days with both the base and top coats, I had minimal tip wear and no chips. The top coat dries amazingly fast, as fast as many mainstream brands. What I like about this is NO SHRINKAGE! Take that George Costanza! 😉 It’s glossy and the formula is spot on. Whether you layer it over glitter or smooth polish, it’s up for the challenge.
Remember indie polish lovers, the brand new Summer Down the Shore Collection, Philly Loves Lacquer will be released tomorrow, June 1st! It’s a gorgeous set of beachy lacquers. Read my review http://wp.me/p43rnr-zA from a couple of weeks ago and check out the swatches. Believe me, you WANT these!
Plus these new base and top coats will soon be released, early June. So be watching Esther’s site for that. Here are the links below: