Another new indie brand today! Well, not new, but new to me at least. After all, Dollish Polish has been around for a long time, but I’ve just now gotten around to trying my first Dollishes! I snagged a couple of glittery beauties when I made my last Llarowe order, and I have a sneaking suspicion that there’s going to be more Dollish bottles around here in the future. I really like both polishes I bought, and I hope you’ll appreciate the review as well!
The first one I tried, is from the Super Mario Brothers themed collection. Now, I just had to have at least one of these, because I love Super Mario! Princess Peach was my nickname in different forums for the longest time, so naturally I picked up Dollish Polish A Peachy Princess. This one has a pink jelly base with varying shades and shapes of pink glitter, some matte, some metallic, some holographic. I think this glitterbomb captures the essence of Peach perfectly!
A Peachy Princess is sheer, but because I wanted it to look like it does in the bottle, I didn’t want to layer it. It took four coats to be reasonably opaque, which is acceptable to me. The formula was a bit thick, and I had to stir around a bit in the bottle to get the bigger glitters out, but it was quite easy to apply anyway.
Next, I have Dollish Polish The Many Shades Of Mr. Grey. I have to admit I got this one mostly for the name (*blush*). I got a little hung up on Fifty Shades there for a minute. But the polish looks gorgeous anyway, it has loads of different-sized grey-shaded hex glitters in a clear base. This one definitely needs undies, so to make my many even more “shades of grey”-ish, I did a gradient (grey-dient? Har-har!) with OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, nailstation dress code and China Glaze Concrete Catwalk.
One generous coat of The Many Shades of Mr. Grey made this mani pretty gorgeous, in my opinion! The formula is great too, easy to spread and apply.
How do you make an awesome mani even awesomer? ADD GLITTAR!!!
I thought Candeo Mallard would be a match made in heaven for Rimmel Mania, and I was right. Mallard’s shimmery semi-sheer lilac base loaded with purple shimmer, silver, lime, and green hex glitter looks gorgeous over Mania when it shifts from deep blue to green. I’ve said it before, but I have to say it again; I’m so impressed with the color combinations of the Candeos. Melinda comes up with mixes that sounds like they wouldn’t work at all, but it all comes together so beautifully, and I think all the Candeo bottles I own are pure magic.
The formula is as usual impeccable. It’s thin enough to spread easily on the nail, but not too thin, and the glitters are all very well suspended in the base. Shown is one coat of Mallard over Mania.
Despite going through a rough patch, Lynnderella is still going strong. This summer she released a collection called Sweet Somethings For A Summer Solstice, consisting of 14 new glittery beauties. (Well, technically 13 new and one re-release of Connect the Dots.) With a little help from my friends, I managed to snag 7 of the 14 polishes in this collection. As you may know, Lynnderella is now only selling her polishes on eBay, and she doesn’t ship outside USA.
The first polish I tried from SSFASS is Lynnderella 50 Shades of May-Be. Lynnderellas description of this one reads: “50 Shades of May-Be may be like Connect the Dots with less than fifty shades of gray, but these matters are never just black and white. Possible summer reading material? Clear base with silver-white-shimmer.” Whether or not you like the books this one clearly is inspired by, the polish itself is really pretty. Since it has a clear base, I layered it over China Glaze Concrete Catwalk.
Say what you want about Lynnderella, but the formula of her polishes always impresses me. This is one coat of 50 Shades over ChG CC, and I had no problems either getting the glitters out or spreading them on my nails. You can apply this one just like a regular polish, no need for dabbing or fishing.
Have you read Fifty Shades of Grey? I have to admit I’ve read the entire trilogy. Hey, I had to see what the hype was about, right?
My attention span is terrible, especially when it comes to sparkly polish. I got All That Glitters Metal Petal back in March, but I still haven’t gotten around to trying it. There’s always something new and shiny to catch my attention! But now I was craving something glittery to layer over my Color Club Pucci-Licious mani, and Metal Petal was just the right thing.
Metal Petal is a veritable glitter bomb, it has small glitter, bar glitter, tiny shimmery glitter and big hex glitter, all of them silver holographic in a sheer light pink base. I wasn’t really sure if I liked it at first, but after a while it grew on me, and now I love it.
Now, application of this was tricky, to say the least. It’s very thick, so I thinned it and put some ballz in the bottle. Still, even after putting the bottle upside down for a while, the biggest glitters were very shy. Finally, I just fished them out and placed them on the nail with an orange stick. A high maintenance polish, but worth it in the end.
As a PS I just have to say a few words about customer service. Unfortunately, I discovered that two of my ATG polishes had become discolored because of bleeding glitter. I contacted Kirsten to notify her about my problem, and she gracefully and immediately offered me either a refund or replacement. I think good customer service is very important, so ATG got a big plus in my book from the way she handled my complaint. (For the record, I’m the only customer who’s reported bleeding with these polishes, so hopefully this was just a freaky glitch!)
It’s time for another round of spam from the previously unsung heroes of my stash! This edition has no red thread, so just sit back and enjoy the ride. I hope there’s something good for everyone.
China Glaze Visit Me In Prism
Color and finish: Golden-taupey nude scattered holographic.
Collection: Kaleidoscope (2009)
Formula and coverage: Easy to apply, but be aware that you’ll easily drag the previous coat and get bald spots if you don’t wait a bit between coats. Very sheer, 4 coats for full coverage.
Where to get: Unfortunately, these are hard to come by nowadays, but maybe you’ll get lucky and find it in a blog sale somewhere? Also, “dusty” salons are likely to still have these in stock, or eBay as a last resort. Price will naturally vary.
China Glaze Starboard
Color and finish: Starboard-lantern green creme. Reminds me of when I used to go fishing with my dad when I was little, and he used to let me steer the boat, and how he taught me the difference between port and starboard. A nice basic color. (I had to hold the topcoat bottle, because when I held the polish bottle, all the green in the frame freaked out my camera and made the pic very inaccurate!)
Collection: Anchors Away (2011)
Formula and coverage: Glides nice and easy on the nail. Surprisingly sheer, I needed three thin coats for opacity.
Where to get: Web shops such as TransDesign, $2.99.
Color and finish: Orange-red glassfleck (or mineral-fleck?). I can also see some pinkish particles here and there! This was hard to capture on camera, so my pics are more orange than it looks in real life.
Collection: Mineral FX (2011)
Formula and coverage: Easy application, but slightly on the runny side. 3 coats.
Where to get: TransDesign, $5.32.
Color Club Alter Ego
Color and finish: Purple based foil with gold and silver sparkles. Looks oddly grey and mostly silver on me, though.
Collection: Alter Ego (2011)
Formula and coverage: Slightly runny, but easy enough to apply. Sheer, so I needed 4 thin coats for full coverage.
Where to get: TransDesign, $3.10.
Hope you enjoyed this little roundup, thanks for stopping by!