The polishes used in this post were provided for my honest review.
Today I am excited to share a new collection from Darling Diva Polish with you. This 8-piece collection, called Watch Your Pack, is inspired by the TV show Teen Wolf. I haven’t watched Teen Wolf yet, but considering previous DDP collections include Deadpool, which I liked, and Star Wars, which I love, maybe I should! This collection is releasing this Friday, 22 July, and all polishes are one-pour only, which means when they’re sold out, they’re gone forever. I absolutely love this collection so I’ve taken a lot of pictures (picture heavy post!) and I recently got a macro lens for my phone – if you follow me on Snapchat you may have already seen macros of some of these – so for the first time on Painted Fingertips, I’ll be including macro shots of all polishes as well. Enjoy!
I decided to start with my favourite from the collection: Tainted. I put this one on first and I just so happened to take a walk outside in the sun while wearing it – I glanced down at my nails and gasped! People must have thought I was crazy staring at my nails for the rest of the walk. This one really is a stunner and you need to see it for yourself!
Maker’s description: When a werewolf kills an innocent their eyes change to a brilliant blue. Cue to not get on their bad side I guess.
This is a gorgeous sky blue holo filled with small holo glitters. Shown here are 2 coats, with top coat. The formula was easy to work with and the glitters didn’t cause any problems. This one does dry ever-so-slightly gritty, so if you don’t like that, I suggest top coat (I always use top coat anyway).
This brush macro isn’t very colour-accurate, but just look at those glitters!
This one is hands-down my favourite from the collection, and that’s impressive because the whole collection is gorgeous. If you can only get one, get Tainted.
Next up, another beautiful blue.
Now, I know I’ve already said that Tainted was my favourite, but THIS POLISH! It’s gorgeous. If I had a ‘type’ when it came to polish, it’d be this. Give me this exact polish in every shade imaginable and I’ll be happy. Say hello to Blood, Teeth & Bromance.
Maker’s description: I made this for the amazing bromance between Scott and Stiles. Its a thing of beauty, just like their friendship. Deep blue, with flakies and sparkle.
This polish had more of a jelly base compared to the others, but still only needed 2 coats (with top coat) to look like this. The slight jelly-ness gives it so much depth. It’s a rich royal blue packed with flakies and holo glitters. I love how you can see some of the flakies shine through from the first coat – stunning!
No worries with the formula on this one and it’s definitely another winner for me.
There is so much gorgeousness going on!
Now to move on to the greens…
This one is called The Healer.
Maker’s description: Every werewolf needs that special Veterina….sorry Druid healer who can take care of your boo-boos. You can gift your favorite healer with this blackened green shimmery soft holo perfect for traipsing around the forest gathering all those druidy things that are needed to heal your wolfie:)
I would describe The Healer as a dark forest green with scattered holo. Although this one is not as complex as the rest of the collection, it is gorgeous. It’s the perfect shade of dark green and I love it on my nails.
Again, this one was just two coats with top coat and I didn’t have any problems with the formula. I wasn’t sure if I’d love this one as much as the others because it didn’t have those gorgeous holo glitters or flakies, but I really liked it on the nail.
Next we have another shade in the green family…
When I first unwrapped the bottles and I saw this one in the bottle, I was certain it would be my favourite from the collection.
Maker’s description: If you were a socialite banshee haute couture as well as longevity in your polish would be a must. Something subtle but with spark. This super pale teal shimmer polish is just the thing Lydia would reach for.
To me this is more mint than pale teal. It’s very shimmery and packed with little gold flakes. This one goes on sheerer and it took 3 coats (plus top coat) to look like this. This was the first one that I had a little trouble with – nothing serious, but it was thicker than I’d like. Next time I use it I’ll probably add a few drops of thinner. Between the sheerness and the thicker formula, I did have minor pulling when applying my second and third coats. I just had to be a bit more careful applying this one whereas the others went on really smoothly.
As I mentioned, when I saw this one in the bottle, I was convinced it’d be my favourite. Once I put it on my nail, though, suddenly it wasn’t any more. Don’t get me wrong – it’s lovely, soft and delicate and I do like it, but it just wasn’t my favourite any more. I can’t quite put my finger on why – the thicker formula didn’t help, but I think the actual problem was that it didn’t quite go with my skin tone. Even looking at these pictures, I adore it in the bottle and I only like it on my nails.
The macro shot below is NOT colour accurate, but it lets you get a good look at all the shimmer and gorgeous gold flakes!
Next up, the darkest polish from the collection:
We have another absolute winner here. The Huntress is a polish I’m sure I’ll be reaching for whenever I need a not-quite-black base for some nail art.
Maker’s description: Imagine you are out hunting whatever monster is threatening your family……….and you look down at your nails as you pull back your arrow and catch sight of this gorgeous deep blackened purple polish full of gold flakes and holo gold shimmer and are wowwed by the gorgeousness of your nails in the moonlight. Would you miss?
When I first saw this one in the bottle, I thought it was a black base. Only after I put it on could I detect the very dark, blackened purple shade (you can see it more in the brush macro below). It is very dark though, pretty much an off-black shade. It is also packed with gorgeous gold flakes. Shown here are 2 coats plus top coat.
The formula on this one was a little thicker than I like, and I’ll probably add a few drops of thinner next time I use it. It wasn’t problematic though, and the flakes come out beautifully and plentifully.
Just look at all the gold flakes!
Next up we have the lone red from the collection.
This is The Alpha.
Maker’s description: This is a deep red shimmeryish polish with added golden holo sparkle and gold flakies. There is a little shift in the flakies but the red is the main player here. Be dominant and kick some ass with this on!
If you come here often, you’ll know that red is not my favourite polish colour. I don’t wear it often and I don’t own many reds. I didn’t expect to love this one, and no, it didn’t miraculously become my favourite. It DID make me shove my nails in my husband’s face a dozen times, though. I think it’s the golden sparkle than makes this warm, rich red seem to glow from within. It’s stunning and the excellent formula is also a bonus – this is two coats with top coat, and it’s very opaque.
This one is perfect for all your need-to-feel-confident days!
The macro isn’t as colour accurate, but just look at all the complexity you can see in there:
Now we’ll turn to a softer polish:
A lot of golds don’t work for me, but this one is soft and champagne-y enough for me to love.
Maker’s description: Carrying around the spirit of a kitsune is hard work. One that fires electricity? Damn girl!!! This holo gold polish would sure captivate that naughty kitsune spirit long enough to oh say, have lunch with your hot werewolf boyfriend.
I really liked this one and this is a shade I’ll definitely reach for when I need to look professional and finished. My pictures don’t really show the holo, which is too bad, because it’s there and it’s gorgeous in reality. Formula was great on this one and it was again 2 coats with top coat.
This macro isn’t colour accurate at all – no matter how I shifted my lighting around, my lousy phone camera kept warming it up far too much – but at least you can see a little bit of the holo. The brush shot below is closer to the actual colour.
Another winner from me and I was really glad to have a soft gold that works with my skin tone.
Last but not least, we have some flakie goodness. I took a LOT of pictures of this one to show different ways it could be worn:
Eye Candy is a clear-based flakie polish which can be worn as a topper, and is also dense enough to build up and wear on its own.
The first thing I tried was one coat of Eye Candy over The Hot Kitsune. Aren’t these two gorgeous together? You can see how dense Eye Candy is in a single coat, and I just painted this straight on – no dabbing or anything.
Maker’s description: This polish is full of holographic flakies and multichrome flakies that flash pink to green. As with the series Teen Wolf, this polish is definitely eye candy. Think Derek style pretty but in polish form. Sparkle on Derek, sparkle on……….
This macro isn’t colour-accurate, but it is gorgeous.
Seeing how dense this one was, I decided to try using it on its own as well:
I used 4 coats to build this to full opacity (no undies!) and I’m showing it with top coat here. Luckily the formula is great so applying 4 coats was no problem. As you can see, the flakies vary is size and all lay nice and flat on the nail.
I angled my nails here to show all the colours the flakies give you. The main colour is magenta, then they become gold and finally dark green at the edges. If your nails are curved like mine, you’ll see magenta at the centre and gold around the edges of your nails most of the time.
The complexity in this one is incredible!
Of course, I couldn’t put on a flakie-packed polish like this one and not try it with a matte top coat!
So many flakie polishes look better with matte, but I actually preferred this one shiny. You can decide to wear it either way, though!
Of course, I’ve got a brush macro of this one as well…
And one last shiny picture because it’s so pretty!
There we go – that was probably my longest post to date here on Painted Fingertips, but wasn’t it worth it?
Just a reminder that these polishes are releasing this Friday, 22 July, and will be available here. Once again, these are one-pour which means once they sell out, they’re gone forever. If you’d like to keep up to date with Darling Diva news, pictures, special offers and more, you can like them on Facebook, follow them on Instagram, and join the Facebook fan group.