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It’s Polish Pickup time again, this time bearing the seasonally appropriate theme, Villians! Me? I’m here looking at October with that deer in the headlights look in my eyes! I might just settle on making it my Halloween costume; it’s pretty convincing! The shop opens tomorrow and I don’t like that this post comes this close to opening day. I’ll cut straight to the PPU catchup for the newbies then we’ll look at the goodies!
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. The flat rate shipping price of US $3.00/CAD $5.00 is the cherry on top. 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.
A new group, Indie Pickup, has been created to house most of the extra non-polish items that came along with the explosive growth of Polish Pickup. IPU will follow the same chosen theme and its sale will begin two weeks after PPU’s. Check out The Indie Pickup website for more information.
B Polished – Solace In Vengeance
Francine of B Polished is channeling Sylvanas Windrunner with this dusty number. Solace in Vengeance is a moody medium purple holographic base with color shifting flakes and a turquoise shimmer. The shimmer in here adds a liveliness to the dusty quality. The application is an easy medium. My lights really enjoyed the shimmer enjoyed the shimmer which kinda stole the glory from the beautiful flakes, but you can trust me when I say that they’re glorious in there. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
$12.50 // only 100 available
Baby Girl Lacquer – Akasha Doesn’t Fear Sunlight
Akasha (from Queen Of The Damned)
NeNe is paying homage to her brand’s namesake here with the solar reactive Akasha Doesn’t Fear Sunlight. This is the one I didn’t watch were Aaliyah plays a vampire. I love Aaliyah but I was a scaredy-cat back then, but I watched enough of her music videos and wrote lyrics to compensate.
Akasha Doesn’t Fear Sunlight is described as a crelly solar polish which starts as a creamy bright yellow which, when exposed to sunlight or UV, deepens to shades of orange-red to a vampy red. Shifty UCC flakes can be spotted through all phases. Nene expresses that the deepest red achieved under UV light/lamp exposure. The polish has a nice, buttery application which is on the sheer side allowing for those UCC flakes to shine through. I’m wearing three coats with a glossy topcoat.
This PPU was my first encounter photographing solar polishes so bear this in mind. I live in Florida, where the sun has also decided retired so getting UV exposure isn’t an issue. Mine never did change to the vampy deep red, but it did for a few of the other swatchers. In my sun shot directly below (which I never post because I can never do them justice), you can see that it only deepened to a lovely deep pink leaning mauve.
$11.50 // no limit on purchases
Cameo Colours – The Power Of The Sun, In The Palm Of My Hand
Doctor Octopus (Spider Man 2)
Well, this is a nice, (safe) double entendre! Cameo drew inspiration from Spiderman 2’s Otto Octavius (Doctor Octopus/Doc Ock) for her villains themed polish. Cameo describes The Power Of The Sun, In The Palm Of My Hand as a yellow-orange jelly base with a slight red to orange shimmer, packed with multi-size platinum silver flakes, red to orange to copper ultra chrome flakes, a dusting of holographic copper micro glitter, and silver holographic microflakes.
This is so freakin shiny and under the lights, you get that sparkle from the holographic particles. It’s absolutely glorious! The polish is of a medium consistency and I was really impressed with how quickly it built its depth. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
$12.50 // no limit on purchases
Colors By Llarowe – Fake Tan Man
Well, I never thought Trump would find a spot on my blog but trust Leah Ann to drum up some comedic relief in polish form. Fake Tan Man is a sheer orange base with original unicorn pee (OG UP) and a sprinkling or flakes that shift red to green to gold. This polish is pretty sheer and even at three coats, there is a bit of nail line. This is how the polish is supposed to be and I’m quite enjoying it, I’m wearing three coats on its own with a glossy topcoat. I’m also showing this as a topper over orange and black in two coats also with a glossy topcoat.
$11.00 // only 400 available
Chirality Nail Polish
Chirality chose The Borg from Star Trek for her villain. Amanda said, “prepare to be assimilated with this medium yellow-green polish with emerald micro glitter, dark grey micro flakies, gold to green color shifting micro flakies”. Her description almost makes you want to pull up your britches and I love it! Oh! And this is a glow in the dark polish by the way! I absolutely love the glow in the dark phase of this polish; it’s so intense! Application wise, it has a bit of a sticky, jelly consistency and it works beautifully for the glitters. I’m wearing three coats with a glossy topcoat.
$12.00 // no limit on purchases
Delush Polish – Slice Of Life
Dexter’s here! It’s one of those show’s I’ve never watched but I’ve managed to hear the complaints about the ending. Redditors… Adrianna of Delush decided on a thermal with her signature circle glitters. According to her, this is a blood red thermal jelly that morphs into a killer cherry red, infused with our signature glitter mix and a splattering of aurora shimmer that’s bound to beckon to your inner dark passenger. The richer blood red is achieved at it’s cooler state and then it warms up to a brighter cherry red when warm. The transition here isn’t drastic but more on the delicate side. The shift allows the brightness of the glitters to shine through. I’m wearing three coats with a glossy topcoat. I’d suggest two coats of topcoat to smooth out those larger glitters.
$12.50 // only 400 available
Great Lakes Lacquer – Losing hope And Forgetting Dreams
The Nothing from The Neverending Story
Mariah of Great Lakes Lacquer chose The Nothing from The Neverending Story to inspire her polish, Losing Hope and Forgetting Dreams. This one here is incredibly shifty and shiny! Mariah describes it as a glowing, sparkly multichrome including aurora shimmer shifting from azure to orchid to fuschia to sunset orange, finishing with a slight lime flair. You can catch that lime flare at extreme angles. My lights really enjoyed this polish much to my chagrin. I did, however, take a low light picture to show you without the assault of lights. I’m wearing three coats with a glossy topcoat.
$13.00 // no limit on purchases
Jior Couture – Beginner’s (Nerd) Luck
Sacha is making someone’s dream come true with this tribute to Space Jam. Jior’s Beginner’s (Nerd) Luck is a glow in the dark tri-thermal, which starts as a magenta pink when cool then gradually warms up to violet and settles on a darkened blue at the warmest. In all states, the presence of multicolored flakes can be spotted in abundance. The glow in the dark mode of this polish features a green glow which if you’re able to catch in transition, will also highlight the different phases. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
$12.50 // no limit on purchases
JReine Cosmetics – Original Lust
Klaus from The Originals
Jill decided on one of the original vampires, Klaus from the CW show, The Originals as her inspiration. Vampire Diaries was one of my guilty pleasures a while ago so I’m pretty glad to see Klaus here. I’ve never watched The Originals but I always did enjoy Klaus back then. This polish here is pretty darn stunning! I stuck it in Sam’s (my husband’s) face and even he let out a few deserving expletives. Original Lust is a starts in a beep blurple base which you see at the edges with a copper, green, red shifting shimmer and aurora shimmer. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
$12.50 // no limit on purchases
KB Shimmer– Resting Witch Face
The Wicked Witch Of The West, Wizard Of Oz
Christy’s Resting Witch Face was inspired by the Wicked Witched of the Wild West. This is a thermal polish which in it’s warm state has a slightly opaque, smokey, pale green. When cool, BOOM, the base darkens and the allow the holographic lime green glitters to pop.This polish does dry with a bit of a texture. I’m wearing three coats with two coats of glossy topcoat.
Here’s what Christy had to say about what inspired this shade.
When I was a child, watching The Wizard of Oz was magical. The songs, the vibrant color, the munchkins, and of course the yellow brick road made this a movie classic. I bet many of you wanted to skip down that road too! Of course, we had to have a villain, and we know from the moment Miss Gulch tries to take the dog that we hate her, so of course when she appears as the Wicked Witch of the West, we have a grand villain to despise. An iconic look, with her green skin and black apparel, the Wicked Witch was the perfect inspiration for this month’s PPU shade.
$11.00 // no limit on purchases
Nail Hoot – Magic Dance
Jareth (David Bowie) from the Labyrinth
Brandie of Nail Hoot is channeling Jareth from The Labyrinth in this glittery gloriousness. The base is a blackened crelly, it appears more brown to me.. It has a mixing of blue, turquoise mix sized holographic glitters that work nicely with the base. This is a pretty thirsty polish and it dries with a bit of texture from the glitters. I’m wearing two coats with two coats of topcoat to smooth things out.
$8.99 // no limit on purchases
Necessary Evil – Zero Stones, Zero Crates!!
Zorg from The Fifth Element
Tamara is bringing us one of my favorite movies, The Fifth Element! Also, Gary Oldman! Zero Stones, Zero Crates has a darkened near black base in it’s cold state and goes to clear, both of them showing red metallic flakes, opal flakes shifting purple to blue to green to pink. A red to gold aurora shimmer is also present. You may know that I love thermals that go to near clear. Tamara pulls this one off beautifully here. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
$12.00 // only 150 available
Night owl Lacquer – That’d Be Great
Bill Lumbergh – Office Space
Lindsay of Night Owl Lacquer chose Bill Lumbergh from the cult classic movie Office Space as her villain. “That’d Be Great” has a dark taupe holographic base with a multi chrome shift from red to bronze to copper and crystal chameleon flakes shifting blue to purple and burgundy to red to gold . This here is, well, pretty great! The formula is an easy medium and the flakes add so much color to an already stunning multi chrome base. I’ve added a picture in low light to really show off the flakes in there. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
$13.00 // no limit on purchases
Painted Polish – Gone to Plaid!
Dark Helmet from Spaceballs
And the nubs reappear once more and I think it goes perfectly with Lexi’s inspiration, Dark Helmet from Space Balls. This Painted Polish shade is a decadent dark plum with chocolate leanings entwined with a rainbow of multichrome flakes, silver holographic glitter and copper shimmer. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
$12.00 // only 350 available
Pampered Polishes – Perfectly Balanced
Dare I even say the word snap in the same sentence as Timberlin’s chosen villain? Nah, I’m still salty and confused about the last Avengers movie. This shade from Pampered Polishes is a crelly in a periwinkle purple base with six different UCC flakes mixed in, in addition to gold flakes, holographic micro shreds, and a smattering of scattered holographic. She made Thanos look pretty! My camera pulled to the purple side of it; it’s not as intense a shade in real life. I’m wearing three coats with a glossy topcoat.
$12.00 // only 200 available
Poetry Cowgirl Nail Polish – Outlaw
Let me say how glad I am that Kristen decided Jesse James as her inspiration. The blue hue from his mostly black and white photo translates beautifully here. Outlaw is silvered blue metallic holographic with snow white micro flakes, purple pearl micro flakes, and a red to green Aurora pigment. At certain angles and under certain lights, this shade may appear silver. I’m wearing three coats with a glossy topcoat.
$11.00 // only 120 available
Supernatural Lacquer – Toxic Love
Hexxus from Fern Gully
We have a deep, prugly beauty from Stefanie of Supernatural Lacquer under the inspiration of Hexxus. She describes Toxic Love as dark pollution sludge green base with red to green aurora shimmer, red to copper-green duo-chrome shimmer, some gunmetal micro flecks, flakes shifting green to blue to violet and iridescent micro glitter shifting orange to green. This is a bit murky yet the flakes and shimmer give a vibrancy that allow the two features to play well. I’m so in love with the mix here! I’m wearing three coats with a glossy topcoat but two can be used for daily wear.
I’ve added a picture in low light to show off the flakes!
$12.50 // only 200 bottles available
Sweet Heart Polish – That’s Sultan Vile Betrayer to You
Cassandra of Sweet Heart Polish brought the other solar reactive polish I got to play with this round. Inspired by Jafar from Aladdin, this polish has a white crelly base teeming with UCC flakes that transforms to deep purple in UV light. The polish goes on pretty sheer and this works very well for intensifying the well-behaved flakes. I’m wearing three coats with a glossy topcoat.
Unfortunately wasn’t able to capture this one in the Florida sun, as it goes a lot deeper than it does in my photos.
$14.00 // only 110 available
The Lady Varnishes – Are You A God
How pretty is Are You A God? Kristen chose Gozer from Ghostbusters as her inspiration and I’m enjoying this translation. The base is pale silvery duo-chrome purple with a subtle shift to green, with linear and micro flake holographic and red to gold aurora shimmer. Despite it’s delicacy, it has a brilliant holographic flame. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
$12.50 // only 150 available
Wildflower Lacquer – I Looove Gold!
Austin Power’s Goldmember
Taylor of Wildflower Lacquer wraps things up with this warm yet vibrant number perfect for Fall. Inspired by Goldmember, I Looove is a yellow gold near mustard with gold flakes, green to copper to gold shifting flakes, red to gold shifting flakes, neon purple flakes, and subtle red shimmer. I was surprised by how pigmented this shade was; it deepening quickly. I’m wearing two coats with a glossy topcoat.
$12.50 // only 120 available
That’s your look at just 19 of many of the polishes that will be up for grabs this month.
Make sure you’re part of the Facebook Group and you’ve built your wishlist on the Polish Pickup site.
Available for purchase on Friday, October 5th, 11 am EST, to Monday, October 8th, 11:59 pm EST from Polish Pickup Online
For a live show and swatch of the polishes available this round of Polish Pickup, don’t miss Delanie of Fat Cat Pawlished‘s live events on Facebook!
Don’t forget about Indie Pickup October 19th – 22nd, featuring all the extra items you’re probably missing!