I have a few polishes from a new to me brand to share with you today; Heroine NYC! The nine cremes come out of two of the brand’s collections, a mix or cool pastels and fun neons; something for everyone!
A little bit about the brand. Heroine NYC launched their first collection of polishes in the late Summer 2016. The brand is customer interactive, where they encourage naming or shades, they’re vegan and cruelty-free, licensed by PETA and The Leaping Bunny. They also give a portion of all their polish sales to charity, a process updated on their blog. Their blog also features holiday art and posts from a variety of nail artists.
The first four polishes are from their Debut Collection, here are The Neons!
This is Mean Girl! The name and shade immediately yell “you can’t sit with us!” in my head! Mean Girl is a Summer ready, bright neon pink. Neons can sometimes be a challenge to capture, leaving my skin tone looking warmer than usual, but the polish colors here is pretty close to the real thing. It took me three coats to reach opacity without a white base coat. The polish dried to a nice shine, a great plus for a neon which usually leans more matte, but I still topped it with a glossy topcoat.
Somehow, in my mental swatching checklist, I forgot to take more that one shot of this polish :0. However, I did do some reverse stamping nail art on the fun, punchy base!
To achieve this look, I stamped using the Fruit plate X45 from Born Pretty and filled in the yummy orange pieces using Heroine shades, Peach Please, Sublime, Lilac It and Sugar Spun. I topped it with a matte top coat to finish it off!
Touch-Me-Not is a vibrant, deep orchid purple, a shade I very much enjoy! It applied more like a jelly polish, having that “sticky”, syrupy consistency. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy top coat.
Here’s my favorite from all nine of the polishes; Royal Blood! I absolutely love this exciting cobalt blue! Like Touch-Me-Not, it has a jelly consistency, great in application needing zero cleanup. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy top coat.
Sublime is a neon lime green, reactive under black light. This one applied more like a pastel, a bit of a creamy, yet chalky base. Thankfully, it does not dry matte or streaky, but I had a few bald spots peeking through which needed three coats to cover completely. I topped with a glossy top coat.
I did some more nail art! Starting with a gradient using Heroine’s Sublime and Empower-mint, using some acrylic paints, I let some watercolor trails pave the way for some leaves. To finish off, I added a few pieces of gold leaf and topped with a glossy top coat. Very green and Spring!
In addition to the polishes and before we jump into the pastels, let’s take a look at a couple of the nail care items Heroine also has available.
The crystal nail file is in a white a black gradient and is sheathed in a velvet sleeve for safe keeping. Crystal files are longer lasting than your usual emery boards are gentler on the nail. They can also be washed and reused for years.
The lightly scented cuticle oil is light and nourishing. According to their website, the oil has a slight pomegranate scent, but I was unable to pick this up, just a very soft sweetness. The main ingredients are mineral and castor oil with other preserving agents and a fragrance oil.
Let’s move on to the newest collection, The Dream Cremes!
Sugar Spun is a sweet baby pink pastel. I can taste the warm, sweet cotton candy thinking about this shade! Delightfully opaque, I’m wearing two coats and a glossy top coat.
Here’s Peel-A-Blue! A soft, baby blue, richly pigmented! I’m wearing two coats with a glossy top coat.
This is Lilac It! What a fun name! This a light mallow, opaque in two coats, worn here with a glossy top coat.
Empower-Mint is a lightened mint green, perfect for the Spring! I’m wearing only two coats with a glossy top coat.
Peach Please is a pastel neon peach! A true neon, reactive under the blacklight. Though not as bright as a true neon, it’s still an orange shade and a pain to properly capture! I’m wearing only two coats with a glossy topcoat.
Here’s my final look featuring Lilac It with an accent of Touch-Me-Not and Mean Girl. A two-dots mani is easy peasy and always satisfies!
I had a wonderful experience with Heroine NYC’s polishes. They are very opaque and easy to work with!
All of their polishes cost $10.00 a piece with free US shipping on orders of over $30.00
Have you tried any of Heroine’s polishes before?