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January’s Polish Pickup is rapidly approaching and today I have this month’s Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer polish to share with you. I’ve posted about Polish Pickup a couple of times before, but in case you’re not familiar with it yet, this is a monthly pop-up nail polish shop with a new theme each month. January’s theme is Crystals & Gemstones, and at this point dozens of makers are participating with their own themed polishes, cuticle oils, nail decals, etc. All of the products are available through a pre-order on the Polish Pickup site from 5-8 January, and you can join the Facebook Group for more swatches and updates on coming months.
This month’s polish from Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer is called The Corundum Conundrum. Aside from the lovely mixed alliteration and rhyme in that name, I’m delighted that Julie chose Corundum as the mineral to inspire her! Corundum is an excellent mineral for use in jewellery, and some of you may even own a piece (I do!). The reason it is so good for use in jewellery is that it is hard, so it doesn’t get scratched easily. Where diamond is a 10 on Moh’s hardness scale, corundum comes in at a 9 (for reference, glass is 5 and your fingernail is about 2.5).
If you do own a piece, though, it’s unlikely it was ever marketed to you as ‘corundum’. You’d have bought either a ruby or a sapphire! Both rubies and sapphires are the same mineral, just with different trace elements defining their colour. My wedding ring contains a blue sapphire, so that’s my piece of corundum. Rubies are red gem-quality corundum, and other colour gems are all sapphires – you’ll notice I specified I have a blue sapphire (which is the colour you probably think of in reference to a sapphire), but you can get other colours too – yellow, green, pink, just about anything! So, in a way this glorious fuchsia corundum-themed polish is all about sapphires 🙂
Enough rambling about gemstones, time to show you the polish! Shown here are 2 coats of The Corundum Conundrum with top coat. This is a vibrant fuchsia/magenta crelly, absolutely packed with flakies. There are coppery gold and blue microflakies, and two types of larger colour-shifting flakes. I mostly see blue, green, and violet, but these are described as blue-violet/pink/gold and blue/green/gold shifting flakes. You can see one that’s pulling gold on the bottle above. On the nail the flakes are suspended in their lovely fuchsia base so you see flashes of colour.
This polish dries semi-matte, and I used a glossy top coat to bring out that squishy shine. Now that I’ve said that, of course, I’ve just realised that this probably looks amazing matte as well! I think I’m running low on matte top coat but with all those flakes, I’m sure it’s amazing both matte and shiny.
The formula on The Corundum Conundrum was great. As you can see, it is just packed with flakies, and I didn’t have to try hard at all to get all those flakies onto my nails – they basically applied themselves.
One note on colour accuracy – this is a tough shade. I did my best to make it look accurate, and to me, in this post, it does. However, when I opened these images in different image viewers on my laptop, the colours looked vastly different. I think we’re all aware by now that monitor settings and so on can influence the colour you’re seeing, but I think this shade is particularly susceptible to how our monitor, browser, etc chooses to render the colour.
If you’re on the edge of your seat, dying to get your hands on this polish, here’s what you need to know: it will be available from January 5-8 on the Polish Pickup site, priced at $12, and there is no cap (which means no rushing to get it before it sells out – just make sure you purchase during the preorder window!).
Of course, with the crystals and gemstones theme, I had to add a little bit of fun stamping! I used plate 02 from Born Pretty Store and their white stamping polish to get this quick themed nail art look.
Just look at those flakies, doing their magic!
I might have thought this polish was a little too pink for me, but I’d have thought wrong! First of all it’s got more than enough magenta in it to keep my purple-loving heart happy, and secondly, those flakes are incredible!
Will you be picking The Corundum Conundrum up in January?