Jenn, one of my readers, asked if I could swatch Pahlish My Oblivion, and of course I can! It just takes a while to get around to it, but finally I managed to squeeze it in. ;)
My Oblivion has a royal blue jelly base with various sizes and shapes of holographic gold glitter. It looks a little similar Toxic and Timeless, but T&T has a more teal base with yellow and blue glitters.
I used four coats to get My Oblivion opaque, I thought I was done after three coats, but the fourth coat really made a difference and made it deeper and more alive. The formula was a bit tricky, I had a hard time putting it on without getting it all over my skin and cuticles. It’s not because it’s runny, rather the opposite. The polish felt kinda “bouncy”, it was difficult getting it close to the cuticle to create the gap, and it seemed like it pulled away from the skin when I moved the brush over the nail. I decided to just paint into the skin instead, and rather do cleanup to get a nice gap. It was easy enough with my trusted e.l.f. concealer brush and pure acetone.
To get this mani smooth, I used two generous coat of Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter Food (which dries matte) and one thick coat of Seche Vite for shinyness. The mani is totally smooth and glasslike a day after application, so it seems like Glitter Food really works!
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.
A couple of weeks ago, I got a package full of pretties from the creator of Darling Diva Polish. I was very exited to try these, as I’ve never tried any DDP’s before. And I have to say, they did not disappoint!
I have five of her beautiful creations to show you today, so without further ado, let’s get on with the spam!
Darling Diva Polish Mannon
Mannon is a light sage green linear holographic with different shaped and sized holographic glitters. It’s inspired by the movie “The Craft”, and it represents Mannon, the ancient serpent god. I don’t think I’ve seen a glitter/holo combo before, so this is very interesting and unique.
Mannon was easy to apply, and I had no problems getting the glitters on the nails. It’s very sheer, so if you want to preserve it, you could layer it over a darker base color. I used four coats for full coverage here.
Darling Diva Polish Drag Queen
Drag Queen is a pinkish-red jelly which has different sized gold holographic glitter.
Also a very nice formula on this one, and I used three coats for opacity.
Darling Diva Polish Baby Got Back
Baby Got Back has a light purple jelly base and purple metallic and lilac holographic glitters, also blue/purple color shifting iridescent glitters. Because it’s very sheer, I decided to layer it over OPI Dim Sum Plum. This would look awesome over a lot of different colors!
The formula on this one was on the thickish side, but it still spreads evenly and easily on the nail. I’ve used one coat of BGB over OPI DSP.
Darling Diva Polish Mitochondrial Eve
Mitochondrial Eve is from the Battlestar Galactica inspired collection, and it’s a mix of green glitters, blues, golds, reds, hexes and squares in a clear base. This is meant to be a topcoat, so I layered it over Orly Enchanted Forest.
Because of the sheer amount of glitter, this polish is also quite thick, but I still had no problems applying the polish evenly on the nails. One coat packs a great punch!
Darling Diva Polish Witchy Woman
Witchy Woman has a lot of multi colored rainbow glitters plus blue holographic glitters in a sheer black jelly base. I couldn’t get this opaque on its own, so I layered it over GOSH Nero.
Again, a very good formula. I used one generous coat over GOSH Nero, and it’s also very easy to apply and disperses the glitters evenly and easily.
I really like these polishes, and I’m glad I got the opportunity to try them out. DDP has a lot of interesting polishes available, so I bet everyone will find something they like in this brand.
Darling Diva Polish is sold on Etsy, and the glitters are $8 a bottle while the holos are $12 a bottle.
(These products were sent to me for review.)
I’m sure you all know Crowstoes by now, but if you don’t, in my opinion it’s one of the most exiting new indie brands. With unique and fun polishes and collections based on for instance Alice in Wonderland and The Addams Family, who can resist them?!
I have a few Crowstoes polishes, and the first one I want to show you is Crowstoes Cheshire. Obviously inspired by the Cheshire Cat, it’s a formidable glitterbomb with different sized purple and magenta hexes, holo glitter and that something extra that made me fall for this one: big yellow hexes.
Here it is over my Essie mani from yesterday, this might not be the perfect “undies”, I think Cheshire would pop more over a lighter purple or lilac. I’ll try that next time!
I’ve tried Cheshire a couple of times before, so I knew that it was very thick. According to the “disclaimer” on Llarowe and Overall Beauty, this is made with uncut suspension base and thick consistency is to be expected. Before this mani, I thinned it to my preference, and that made it nice and easy to apply. You’ll only need one coat for extreme glitterification! Cheshire is also a thirsty glitter, so use your best “glitter food” topcoat.
The other day I saw Sminkan’s post on Smitten Polish Lovely Lilacs, and that convinced me that I had to put this on my nails right away! Luckily, Lovely Lilacs was already in my untrieds drawer, or else I would have had to make another order with Noelie.
Noelie describes Lovely Lilacs as “a plethora of sizes and shades of purple and pink and holo glitter suspended in a deep purple jelly base”. And I just have to say wow, it’s super gorgeous! Everyone knows I’m a sucker for anything purple and pink, but even if you’re not hung up on it like me, you have to see this polish in person! At least click these pictures to see how pretty it is in close-up.
The formula is so good, very easy to apply and the glitters are evenly suspended and very willing to come out of the bottle. I used three coats of Lovely Lilacs on its own for this mani, and it’s nice and opaque. It’s not gritty either, I used one coat of Gelous and one coat of Seche Vite over this, and it’s still glassy smooth even after two days of wear.