Today I have for you an Indie polish review - Vivid Lacquer.
Vivid Lacquer is an indie polish maker on Etsy.com. She sent four polishes for me to review. (Well, she actually sent five but one is a prototype and I am sworn to secrecy. ;)
The polish formulas were pretty good. They applied evenly (they were kind of thick but applied well) and dried quickly. I did have to fish for the larger glitter pieces but I think that is pretty common for some of these specialty glitters. The color combinations of the glitter were great. The polishes were a little on the thick side when applying - but again - pretty common for specialty glitters.
Let's get straight to the swatches!
|The Harlequin's Adoration over Milani A Rose My Lady|
The Harlequins Adoration is tons of multi-size and shape glitter. I applied it over Milani A Rose My Lady. This polish makes me think of Alice in Wonderland. Hearts and diamond shaped glitter make up the main part of the polish. I did have to fish for some of the larger pieces but it wasn't too hard. It is a nice, pretty polish.
Here's a bottle shot of The Harlequin's Adoration.
|The Harlequin's Adoration bottle shot|
Next is Paint me Patriotic. This is probably my favorite of the bunch. Multi-size and shape glitters. And of course it's red, white and blue. I put this over Milani White on the Spot. But that actually makes it hard to see the white glitter. It dried quickly and applied pretty evenly. This may have to be my 4th of July mani.
|Paint me Patriotic over Milani White on the Spot|
Here's a bottle shot of Paint me Patriotic.
|Paint me Patriotic bottle shot|
Next up is The Ice Queen's Lament. Multiple shades and shapes of blue glitter. Did I mention it's blue? I do love blue and this does look like something you would see on an Ice Queen's wall. Again, i had to fish for some of the larger pieces but I think too many of the large hearts would be too much. I applied the Ice Queen's Lament over Deborah Lippman Let's hear it for the boy. Very pretty and subtle.
|The Ice Queen's Lament over Deborah Lippman Let's hear it for the boy|
Here's a bottle shot of The Ice Queen's Lament.
|The Ice Queen's Lament bottle shot|
And the last polish. I really like this one. It's Your Princess is in Another Castle. Lot's of small pink glitter with larger round pieces of glitter. This one can stand on it's own or over a base color. I started with it over Milani A Rose My Lady. I only used one coat on the first photo.
|Your Princess is in Another Castle over Milani A Rose My Lady - One Coat.|
Here it is with two coats. The top nail has a base color of A Rose My Lady. The bottom is with no base color. It really can stand on its own.
|Your Princess is in Another Castle|
And here's the bottle shot of Your Princess is in Another Castle.
|Your Princess is in Another Castle bottle shot|
There has been a lot of debate on indie polishes and the testing they put their polishes through. So I asked her what kind of testing she conducted on her polish. Rather than sum it up for you I will put her response here in its entirety.
"The generalized version: Each glitter and pigment is tested within my base for at least 30 days before I consider it suitable to be used in polishes that I sell on my website.
More specifically: I test my glitters by soaking them in the base that I use for 30 days prior to using them in any polishes that I sell. I do not get rid of the soaked glitters after that point - I continue testing so that I can be aware the second that anything changes with the state of the glitter (bleeding, curling, melting, etc). I do the same with pigments, as well as testing them to be sure that they mix properly and stay suspended without separating from the base when sitting still.
I only purchase my glitters from vendors who guarantee their stability in solvents, so essentially each glitter that I use is tested on 2-3 levels from the factory down to the supplier and finally when it reaches me.
Finally, every polish that I create is swatched to see how it reacts when drying, and the tester bottle is left for between two weeks and thirty days before the formula is duplicated for public sale."
Vivid Lacquer indie polishes can be purchased on vividlacquer.etsy.com for $9. You can find more updated information on her Facebook page at facebook.com/vividlacquer or Twitter by following @vividlacquer.
Bottom line: Vivid Lacquer polishes are a good Indie polish with a decent formula. Very pretty polishes and combinations. I think they are a little pricey at $9. If you like large, glitzy, glitter polishes you should give Vivid Lacquer a try.
The products in this post were sent to me for review. I was not paid for my review of this product and all opinions are my own.