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Happy August! I’m not that happy about it but we can just pretend. (All together now…😃) I am pretty thrilled about the lineup for Polish Pickup Weird Science! My current wishlist is the largest it’s been in months. It’s both scary and exciting! Now, we should help you get your wishlist sorted. Let’s take a look at Polish Pickup, Weird Science!
Polish Pickup is a fun Facebook Group where members submit and vote for one theme for the month. Afterward, indie makers create a polish or product based on the decided theme. Members can make purchases through the Polish Pickup website during the four-day shopping window, where you can pick as little or as many items as you desire.
There are now two US Shipping options. First, Flat rate shipping for US $3.00 gets your order shipped in bubble mailers or a priority box if needed. The second option is Upgraded Shipping for US $10.00. Upgraded Shipping gets your order shipped in a priority box and will include a charm and a free sample.
Shipping to Canada is tiered based on weight, and international shipping is also available. There’s even a sister site now to accommodate orders from the UK and parts of Europe. Evidenced by its rapid growth, PPU is a very clever concept that has introduced me to many new indie brands, as well as given a wider stage for smaller, well-loved ones. Check out the handy PPU FAQ for lots more information!
As of now, Indie Pickup has been following the same sale and shipping schedules as Polish Pickup where posts from makers are being combined in the Polish Pickup Facebook group. Indie Pickup was created to house most of the extra non-polish items that came along after the explosive growth of Polish Pickup. The Facebook group still exists but has been made redundant, with all sharing being move to the Polish Pickup Facebook Group. All your Pickup products in one place!
Bluebird Lacquer – One In A Melon
Watermelon fragrance oil as seen under a microscope
Lou comes in with the first neon! This is a bright pink neon with green to gold shifting Ultra Chrome Chameleon (UCC) flakes swimming within. Also added in are green to yellow shifting iridescent micro flakes. Watermelon oil under magnification looks bold and sharp, and Lou was able to capture these elements here in this polish. I am wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
$11.50 | No Cap
By Dany Vianna – Carbonation
Coke and Mentos experiment
Before, I never gave much thought to what the nail polish adaptation to the Coke and Mentos experiment would look like. Once I met Dany’s polish, I knew that this was exactly what it was supposed to look like! For Carbonation, we have a dark brown jelly base with a mix of white glitters. There’s also a touch of holographic sparkles for that fizzy effect. I’m wearing three coats in this swatch and it really darkens that base up, nearly deepening to black. Looking back, I think I could have passed well with just two coats. While Carbonation dries down glossy, I’m wearing a glossy topcoat to smooth things out.
$11.50 | 270 Bottles Available
Cadillacquer – I Am The Danger
Walter White from TV series Breaking Bad
Madeleine went with bold and contrasting for her contribution to Polish Pickup, Weird Science! I Am The Danger is one of those polishes that just instantly draw the eyes. inspired by Walter White in Breaking Bad Here we have a vibrant lime green neon base, with glowing iridescent flakes and red glitters. This dries down to a satin, textured finish. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
$13.50 | No Cap
Cameo Colours Lacquers – Talos I
Talos I, Prey (2017) Video Game
For Cameo, she relied on one of her favorite video games for the Science Round of Polish Pickup. The game is Prey (2017). In it, “Talos I is the 8th wonder of the world, in space. It’s a scientific and technological marvel, housing an inky, malevolent secret”. Cameo’s Talos I is a black jelly with scattered holographic sparkle. It’s full to bursting with indigo to purple shifting shimmer, gold metallic micro flakes, and a touch of silver holographic micro flakes. Talos I applied with a smooth yet slightly syrupy pull. My favorite part is that shimmer; the shifts to indigo are delightful. Also, the gold flakes are the larger element here and draw your eyes in while you take it all in. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
$11.50 | 100 bottles available
Color Spectrum Polish – Glowing Volcano
The Glowing Volcano Project
Who remembers working on these erupting volcano projects? I feel like my kids having to do this is right around the corner. I much prefer Shannon’s version. Glowing Volcano has a vibrant orange jelly base with some shifty purple ghost flakes, orange to pink to gold micro flakes, and a dusting of green to gold aurora shimmer. The first coat goes on pretty sheer. Afterward, it builds up well in its intensity and overall squishiness. My favorite part of this is definitely how those purple ghost flakes just pop out at you at certain angles! I’m wearing three coats with a glossy topcoat.
$12.00 | 80 bottles available
Cupcake Polish – Sake Up Close
Sake Under a Microscope
When I look at the bottle of Sake Up Close, it just looks like straight-up flakies to me! This is to help convey to you how packed this polish is. The flakes in here are a warm mix of bronze and gold metallics as well as orange to green to gold iridescent flakes. There’s also a touch of bronze glitter all nicely blended in a red jelly base.
I would encourage patience when applying this polish because of how dense it is. If you don’t allow it to dry sufficiently in between coats, you can end up dragging the previous layers or causing bubbles. Trust me; your patience will pay off! One more thing, you will encounter some texture after drying. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
$13.00 | No Cap
Ethereal Lacquer – Prism
If you’re looking for a wicked silver holographic, just reach out and grab Prism! While I feel like I did my best using my lighting set-up and camera, Prism is one of those polishes that I don’t think you can ever truly capture. What we have here is an intense holographic polish, featuring several fine holographic pigments and flakes. It’s insanely sparkly and would show off the most for you in direct light and sunlight. The polish leans a little thick and there is a tiny bit of texture left behind once it’s dried. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
$13.00 | No Cap
Volcanic Activity on Jupiter’s Moon, Io
Curtains of Fire had me doing a sweet little jig. And then my heart dropped when I saw another brilliant swatcher, with excellent reading skills show it magnetized in our Facebook group. So, I missed that bit, but we can still see that even without the effect, it’s an absolutely stunning polish.
The first thing that caught my eyes was the mix of soft red pigment amidst the teal green jelly base. It gave the polish this murky, kalamata olive look. Breaking up that look were rainbow pops of color from golden holographic micro glitters. These micro glitters leave back noticeable texture, so topcoat is a must. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
14.00 | No Cap
Glisten & Glow – Zealandia
Earth’s drowned 8th continent
Before Jill’s Zealandia, I never knew about Earth’s Zealandia! It is a long and narrow microcontinent, that is mostly submerged in the ocean. The parts of Zealandia that are above the South Pacific Ocean are known to us as the country of New Zealand I learn so much through nail polish!
Zealandia is a vivid oceanic blue jelly polish. It has color shifting iridescent flakes and holographic micro flakes swimming happily along together. The iridescent flakes give lots of depth and movement as they shift between, green, orange, pink, and purple. While this is a plump and squishy polish, but you still get a bit of texture when it dries. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
$12.50 | 330 bottles available
Glisten & Glow – Kumquat Cuticle Pen Duo
In addition to her nail polish, Jill also prepared her cuticle pen duo for the Polish Pickup Weird Science round. This time, it comes in the citrusy crisp and refreshing scent of kumquat.
The Cuticle Remover helps soften and remove excess cuticle and eponychium skin. The Cuticle Oil helps nourish and moisturize nails and surrounding skin. Both come in a twist-up style, brush tip applicator pen. The Cuticle Remover and Cuticle Oil Pen are not sold separately.
It’s no secret on my blog that I love Jill’s oil and this scent might be my favorite. I love the bright, citrus notes in it. When it comes to the cuticle remover, because of it’s handy size, I find myself reaching for it often to soften notorious spots.
$12.50 | 150 sets available
Great Lakes Lacquer – Can We Not Right Now?
Mega Ultra Low-Velocity Zones
Can We Not Right Now? was Mariah’s response when finding out about the mega ulv zone discovered beneath Hawaii. With 2020 being as wild as it is, it seems par for the course. Maybe Mariah can offer a bottle up when the aliens come, both as a kind gesture and a suggestion. But I digress!
We have endless iridescent flakies in this polish! The mesmerizingly shift pink to red to orange to green. There is also a bit of scattered holographic to give some extra dazzle. Despite being flakie dense, it goes on relatively easy. You do have to be a bit careful with your application, ensuring that the layers are dried enough in between to discourage dragging. In terms of effect, I really like the scattered holographic particles in there. It gives an already fun polish an extra pop. I’m wearing three coats with a glossy topcoat.
$13.00 | No Cap
Indie Polish by Patty Lopes – Dark Experiments
Patty has two polish items for our Weird Science theme. Let’s start off by looking at Dark Experiments. The base here is a grey crelly which goes down pretty sheer. This allows the multichrome iridescent flakies and the red glitters to come through. As I added on those coats to build depth, there’s that squishy, layered pond look I adore with crelly polishes. I’m wearing three coats with a glossy topcoat.
I found Dark Materials to be unique in the lineup. It was giving me those Halloween/Prugly polish vibes.
$12.00 | 200 bottles available
Indie Polish by Patty Lopes – Meet Me In Montauk
Scene from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Movie
Not sure if I’m just now being open to toppers in a new way, but the two toppers I got to review for this round have brought a new light to my life! Am I being dramatic? Maybe. Is this the truth? Definitely!
Patty’s Meet me in Montauk was inspired by the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. A fine film, btw! This is a holographic based effect topper infused with blue to pink to purple to green shifting aurora shimmer. It has a dash of multichrome micro flakies in there that adds some texture to the overall look. In these photos, I’m wearing two coats over black, sienna brown, and on its own. While I will always love seeing toppers over a black creme, I do enjoy seeing this one on its own as well.
$12.00 | 100 bottles available
Jior Couture – Into The Unknown
For Weird Science, Sacha decided to pay homage to the brave scientists who have dared to go “Into The Unknown”! This is a scattered holographic multichrome polish that shifts between teal, blue, and violet. Into The Unknown is one of those straightforward, easy polishes that pull major punches either in direct light or the sun. It goes on very smooth and builds up nicely. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
$11.00 | No Cap
JReine Cosmetics – Dunes Aglow
How about we tackle another small bite of science with our extra-large helping of polish! Jill’s nail polish contribution introduced me to the newly discovered type of aurora! There are a few commonly recognized auroras based on their shapes, movement, color, etc.. The Dunes Aurora stood out because they did not fit any of the criteria of previously discovered auroras. It had only one color, green, and it had a wave-like pattern much like sand dunes.
Dunes Aglow adapts the image of the Dunes Aurora. We have a violet jelly base infused with a brilliant shimmer that shifts copper to gold to lime to green. I found it a bit challenging to capture the shiftiness of this polish because my lights kept bouncing off the shimmers! It is pretty sheer and can be worn in a single coat quite beautifully if you’re not opposed to visible nail lines. I’m wearing three coats with a glossy topcoat.
$13.00 | No Cap
JReine Cosmetics – Dazzle Pixie Magic Kit
We have another Pixie Magic Kit from Jill, this time in the shade Dazzle! Dazzle is a loose, burnishing powder, that has an intense shimmery shift of violet to grey to green to teal. For this post, I applied it over Jill’s Brazen, a blue creme polish. Chose your base polish, or go with none at all. The resulting effects are endless!
If you’re unsure of how to use your Pixie Magic Kit, don’t worry! I’ve got you! The kit makes it all very approachable. It comes with Jill’s Super Base sticky base coat, the pixie magic powder in Dazzle, and an applicator. I applied the Super Base over my dried blue creme polish. Then, I used the brush then my finger to apply, and burnish the powder, bringing it to a shine. Finally, I applied topcoat in a floating motion rather than brushing to help prevent streaking.
$15.00 | No Cap
KB Shimmer – He Slimed Me!
Slimer from Ghost Busters
As much as we might sing “I ain’t afraid of no ghost”, this is one time we want this version of Slimer all to ourselves! Christy has been on a major flakie vibe lately and I am here for it! She carries that love for the flakies in unapologetic bold and Summery flare with He Slimed Me! This is a neon, slime green polish. Within, there’s a mix of warm-toned color-shifting flakes that glow between gold and green, as well as holographic micro flakes.
If you’ve worn any of Christy’s previous flakies, then you’ll be equally pleased with the application of this one. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
$10.00 | No Cap
KB Shimmer – Citrus Cooler Sugar Scrub
Slimer from Ghost Busters
Slimer is the inspiring muse here again! According to Christy, our green dude appeared on a juice box in the 80s! While I did not grow up in America, I grew up watching A LOT of American television and advertisements. I don’t need much imagination to see this one!
Christy’s Citrus Cooler Sugar Scrub captures the scent of that long ago juice box! I was greeted with strong citrus notes coming from orange, grapefruit, lemon, and lime. She also mentioned touches of cucumber, jasmine, pineapple, blackberry, and champagne. I was only able to catch a bit of the effervescence from the champagne in the end.
I found the scent of this scrub to be very energizing and invigorating. It’s very tart and citrus heavy, so if that is something that interests you, you’ll enjoy it!
$10.00 | No Cap
Moonflower Polish – Lightning Crashes
Lightning Storm over Orlando, Florida
Nadia’s polish this month is a purple lover’s delight! After stamping with it, my workspace looked like a purple massacre! This informs on just how richly pigmented Lightning Crashes is. The best part, apart from it being truly one coat and it stamping…? I didn’t encounter any staining! 🙌🏾
Lightning Strikes is a captivating, deep purple polish. It can have a bit of a blurple (blue-ish purple) appearance due to the purple to blue iridescent micro flakes within. You also notice some a lovely scattered holographic effect. This wore as a true one coater for me. Nadia’s polishes are on the slightly thicker side to accommodate its dual usage. In these pictures, I’m wearing it stamped nude, over black and over Nadia’s Lavanda.
$12.50 | 170 Bottles Available
Nailed It Nail Polish – Neural Network
Next up is Neural Network, a mind-blowing magnetic from Tiara! The base of this beauty is a blackened navy, which works well in showing off with the pink to gold to green crystal flakies. When you apply your magnet, flakes that shift green to teal to blue to pink are isolated and brought to the surface. Although the magnetic effect wasn’t especially pronounced for me, I couldn’t help but be blown away by the boldness of this polish. It really is majestic all on its own. I’m wearing three coats with a glossy topcoat.
$13.00 | Cap 320
Necessary Evil Polish – The Water Cycle
The Water Cycle
In case you didn’t know, Tamara is a scientist. We witness the overlapping of two of her passions in her polish this month, The Water Cycle. She even goes in-depth on the various stages of the water cycle and why it’s important. You can find this info on the sales page of this polish on the Polish Pickup Website.
The Water Cycle is a temperature reactive polish that moves from blue when it’s cold to light blue and ultimately white when warm. The polish has a textured, layered look, coming from the iridescent glitters and blue metal flakes. There’s also some scattered holographic and a warming shimmer. This is a very textured polish so a good topcoat is necessary. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
$12.00 | No Cap
Pahlish – Synapse To Synapse
Neuroscience and the Mysteries of the Brain
With all the bolds and brights in this bunch, Shannon’s Synapse To Synapse is a refresher with its cool, pleasant disposition. Most prominent is the pink to soft copper shimmer providing a nice contrast on the neon teal base. It applies just as smooth as it looks. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
$13.00 | No Cap
Painted Polish – Salt Lake Serenity
Pink Salt Lakes
Lexi was inspired by the Pink Salt Lakes of Las Coloradas, Mexico. Like many of the other splendors in this post, I had no idea this place existed. Now that I do, it’s on my bucket list!
Salt Lake Serenity has pink to orange to gold iridescent flakes which are meant to mimic the unusual colors of the Pink Salt Lakes. These flakes relax in a cool, deep lavender-blue crelly base. The contrast of colors works well here and carries the likeness of the inspiration. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
So why are these lakes so pink? Lexi explains below:
The vibrant pink color of these lakes is due to red-colored algae, plankton, and brine shrimp that thrive in the salty environment. As the water evaporates, these organisms become more concentrated, glimmering pink in the bright sunlight!
$13.00 | No Cap
Penelope Luz – Crazy Ricky
Rick from Animated Series, Rick & Morty
As a Rick & Morty fan, I’m pretty thrilled to see that irreverent scientist get some polish fame. While Penelope did a wonderful job adapting her inspiration photo to the polish, Crazy Ricky is just so pretty! And well, Rick, he’s a jerk!
The polish is a beautiful baby blue with colorful iridescent flakies and a tiny touch of multichrome flakes. It’s easy to wear and shows glowing shifts under lights. I’m wearing three coats with a glossy topcoat.
$13.00 | No Cap
Rogue Lacquer – Rainbow Ice Ice Baby
Rainbow Ice & Salt Experiment
Ever feel like a polish punched you in the gut, and you enjoyed it? This describes my relationship with Rachel’s Rainbow Ice Ice Baby. I mean, how many times does one need to encounter a white flakie crelly before getting used to their appeal.
If you remember Jaw Breaker, Rainbow Ice Ice Baby reminds me of it, but it carries a bigger color payoff. In the white base, there’s a nice mix of metallic rainbow micro flakes. It’s straightforward yet packs a punch! I’m wearing three coats with a glossy topcoat.
$12.50 | No Cap
Rogue Lacquer – Big Bang! Soy-Based Nail Polish Remover
The Big Bang
Rachel has a big scent for her Big Bang inspired Soy-Based nail polish remover this month. If this will be your first entanglement with a soy-based nail polish remover, here’s what you need to know. Soy-based nail polished removers make a great alternative to acetone or acetone-based removers. While it is not as fast-acting, hydrates your nails, cuticles and surrounding skin
The Big Bang carries notes of tart lime Margarita, tangy grapefruit, and juicy cherries. The cherries are what stand out to me most!
$7.00 for 2 oz bottle | No Cap
Serum No 5 – Dancing Water
Victoria is known for her glow in the dark polishes and I was really eager to see this one in action! My boys are big fans of glow in the dark things too, so obviously I had to show off! It’s the cutest thing to hear them reference a polish to describe a color pattern they saw or want to use in their art.
Dancing Water is actually a temperature reactive polish, even though my swatches don’t suggest that. That mint shade you’re seeing is its cool state. When warm, it transitions to white, all while showing a mix of iridescent rainbow shimmer and flakes. There’s also a light dusting of aurora shimmer. When Dancing Water is exposed to UV, it shows a bright, blue glow in the dark.
The polish leans a bit on the thicker side, so be sure to not overload your brush. Aim for thin coats to minimize bubbling. I’m wearing three coats with a glossy topcoat.
$14.00 | No Cap
Starlight & Sparkle – Fetch Me My Labcoat
Reaction of Nitric Acid on Copper and Quote by chemist Ira Remsen
For Fetch Me My Labcoat, Issa was inspired by the colors she saw as she observed how nitric acid acts on copper. It’s a fascinating experiment, one that she carried out herself! You can find her daring story on this polish’s sale page on the Polish Pickup website.
Fetch Me My Labcoat has a rich teal crelly base. There are flashes of color from the Ultra Chrome Chameleon flakes that shift from red and bronze to green. The special touch here is the addition of the original unicorn pee pigment, with its signature shifts from red to gold to green. Under different lights, the unicorn pee pigment influences the hues and how warm it shows. This polish is easy to apply and lovely in its contrasts. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
$16.50 | 165 bottles available
Starlight & Sparkles – Science! Charm and Page Marker Set
Chemistry & Biology
Issa’s love of Chemistry and Biology played a hand in her charms for the set this month. This eight-piece set has six owl paper clips and two clip-on charms. For the page markers, the charms are a bottle with a syringe, a microscope, a section of an electrograph, a caffeine molecule, a brain, and a section of DNA. For the clip-ons, the charms are an Erlenmeyer flask and an atom. Each charm also has two glass beads that glow green in the dark!
$14.00 | 47 sets available
Supernatural Lacquer – The Incredible Pants
The Incredible Hulk’s Incredible Pants
I love when makers use nail polish to answer life’s nagging questions. Stefanie’s case here is how gamma radiation manages to turn Bruce Banner into the raging Hulk yet preserve his pants. A valid question and one that can lead to an entire collection stemming from Marvel Avengers alone!
The Incredible Pants has a royal purple base with a complementing green to blue to violet to red multichrome and color shifting shimmer. It applies so creamy and builds to opacity in smooth coats. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
$12.00 | No Cap
The Lady Varnishes – The Men Have The Babies
Sea Horses & Jim Gaffigan Comedic Bit
Sea Horses do it and Jim Gaffigan said it. It’s 2020, who knows what else can happen! The Males Have the Babies has a squishy neon jelly base with some pretty iridescent green hex glitters and shimmers. Kristen used the image of a sea horse as inspiration here and the polish does carry that aquatic, bubby feel. The semi-transparent properties of this polish contribute to that look. I’m wearing three coats with a glossy topcoat.
$11.50 | 165 bottles available
The Lady Varnishes – Pyrotron
Particle responsible for Spontaneous Human Combustion
We’re pretty close to the end, but do you remember further up when I mentioned toppers? Well, hnnng! This is Pyrotron! Kristen’s second contribution is an effect topper that doubles as a thirst trap. Pyrotron has a clear base that has been enhanced with red to orange to green shimmer and glitters. I decided to show this in one coat (ring and pinky) and two coats (index and middle) over black. There is a bit of texture, but topcoat helps smooth it out and make everything look more cohesive on the base color.
$12.50 | 165 bottles available
Vapid Wax – I Think I’ll Sniff
Our final item for the Polish Pickup Weird Science round comes from Vapid Wax! Jenn was inspired by one of our household favorites, Bill Nye! I Think I’ll Sniff doesn’t just add scent to your home, but also works to neutralize lingering odors. I’ve used it in my boys’ bathroom with surprisingly successful results.
The scent here is sweet and floral. It features notes of warm bergamot tea, bursting wild currants with hints of juicy papayas and sweet magnolia blossoms. I mainly pick up the floral profile in this one. The wax is a light pink and is adorned with colorful metallic glitters on top.
$5.00 for 2.75 oz | 110 clamshells available
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