Some items in this post were provided for my honest review.
I am so excited to be one of the two official bloggers for January’s Polish Pickup! January’s theme is Mythology, and the shop will run from 4-7 January. I was really looking forward to this theme, knowing that many polish makers would come up with unique and interesting interpretations. Although that would be the case with any theme, we’re really seeing month after month of phenomenal polishes in PPU!
I am blogging the first half of the alphabet this month, with makers 1-Le. Sarah from 25 Sweetpeas is doing makers Li-Z, and her post is already up. I have divided my half into two parts to make the posts a little more manageable, so today I will be sharing the polishes from makers 1-C. I’ll start off with the numbers, so 1850 Artisan Polish!
1850 Artisan Polish
1850 Artisan Polish Orion’s Belt is inspired by Orion’s Belt – the night sky’s depiction of Orion the Hunter. The official description of this polish is a denim blue base with copper shimmer, linear holo, holo microflakes, and a variety of aurora shimmers.
I see a deep navy base with a strong red shimmer and holo microflakes. The other shimmers come out a little at different angles; sometimes there is a slight green pull and at some angles the holo becomes more dominant.
Orion’s belt is a stunning polish, I was sorry to take it off so quickly to keep swatching the rest of these! The formula was excellent. The base was a little sheerer to allow the shimmer to really come through. I used 3 thin coats plus top coat in these pictures.
Orion’s Belt will be capped at 150 bottles and is priced at $12 per bottle.
Alter Ego Amphictyonis is inspired by Amphictyonis, a goddess of wine and friendship between nations. This polish is described as a dusty rose with a shifting green mica.
I see a dark red base with a strong teal shimmer. The formula on this polish was great and easy to work with. I did encounter a problem with the occasional clump of pigment that was not fully mixed, but the maker has been made aware of this issue and hopefully it won’t be a problem for sale bottles. If ever you do encounter an issue, remember that it is okay to contact the maker!
Here I used 3 thin coats for full coverage, and finished it off with a top coat.
Just look at that shimmer close up! I’m such a fan of contrasting shimmers.
Amphictyonis will be priced at $8.50 per bottle, and will be uncapped.
Aurora 5-free Nail Lacquer
Aurora 5-free Nail Lacquer Break Every Curse at Sea is inspired by Poseidon’s trident from “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’. This polish is described as a deep turquoise with blue/green shift, blue/turquoise/gold flakies and scattered holo.
Please note that this polish has changed! The bottle I had was an older formula and shade, so be sure to check out other swatches before making your decision.
This polish is so packed with microflakes, it’s practically a treasure chest! So perfect for an ocean inspiration! I see a turquoise base with a LOT of gold and copper flakes, and to a secondary degree some blue microflakes.
Break Every Curse at Sea is so gorgeously glittery! The formula on this one was a little thick; I’ll probably add a few drops of thinner to mine to make it more manageable. The maker of this polish has tweaked the formula to be a little less thick before it goes on sale, and do note that the colour itself has changed a little as well. I recommend a top coat for a high gloss finish. For these images, I used 2 coats plus top coat.
Break Every Curse at Sea will be capped at 75 bottles and priced at $12 for a bottle.
Baby Girl Lacquer
Baby Girl Lacquer Forsaken Passion is inspired by Oba and Sango of African mythology. It is described as a turquoise crelly base filled with assorted UCC flakies and a touch of holo glitter hexes
This polish has a very pretty turquoise base shade and a mix of flakies of different colours – I see gold, magenta, and blue at the least, and there are some blue holo glitters.
The formula on this polish was much sheerer than I expected – for these images, I needed 4 coats plus top coat. Fortunately, the formula was good and very easy to apply, which made the number of coats more manageable. The maker has let me know that she will make the polish a tiny bit more opaque for the PPU release.
This polish will be priced at $11.50 per bottle, and will be uncapped.
Bee’s Knees Lacquer
Bee’s Knees Haetae is a holo and flakie polish, inspired by The Haetae from Korean mythology. The official description is a silver linear holo polish with an icy blue to purple shimmer, holo flakes, and iridescent flakes that shift teal to purple.
I see a wintry silvery blue with strong linear holo and iridescent and holo flakies.
The formula on this polish was perfect! 2 easy coats plus top coat. My bottle had a wonky brush (if this ever happens to you with any indie brand, ask the maker about a replacement brush – it can go unnoticed until the brush is in the polish), but since there wasn’t time to get a replacement I just used the wonky brush and it still applied perfectly. I think that says something about the great formula!
Haetae will be priced at $13 per bottle, and will be uncapped.
Beyond the Nail
Beyond the Nail Calliope’s Epic Poem is described as a warm brown crelly base that shimmers orange and is packed with gold and taupe microflakies.
To me the pull looks almost pinkish rather than orange. The warm brown base and gold microflakies are dominant in this polish.
I used 2 coats of Calliope’s Epic Poem plus top coat in these images. The formula was great and easy to work with.
Calliope’s Epic Poem will be priced at $11 and capped at 75 bottles.
Blush Lacquers Birth of Venus is inspired by Sandro Botticelli’s Birth of Venus painting. This polish is described as a peachy nude base with a teal-blue-purple shifting shimmer, holo flakes and holo pigment.
This was such a great nude on me! I liked the pinkish pull, it really suits the brand name of ‘Blush’. I’d describe this as a pinkish coral nude with a strong turquoise shimmer that sometimes pulls magenta, and sometimes gold.
The formula on this polish was good and easy to work with, although it was a little sheer and required 3 coats for these pictures. I finished it off with a top coat.
Birth of Venus will be priced at $13. There is no cap on this polish.
By Dany Vianna
By Dany Vianna Soulmate is inspired by the Androginous myth. The official description for this polish is a light gray jelly filled with micro gunmetal flakies, aurora pigment, iridescent and multichrome flakies.
I see a light grey crelly packed with fiery orange-gold-green flakies iridescent magenta flakies, and shimmer in grey, magenta, and gold.
I used three coats of Soulmate plus top coat. It applied easily with flakies distributing themselves well, although I did wish the coverage at the tips of my nails was a little better. From a short distance it looked fine! I’m a big fan of grey polish and the flakies in this one are gorgeous.
Soulmate will be priced at $12 and will be capped at 125 bottles.
Cameo Colours Lacquers
Cameo Colours Sisters of the Sky is inspired by the Pleiades and is described as a pinky-mauve tinged nude crelly full of blue/indigo/purple shifting shimmer, purple/blue iridescent microglitters, blue/violet/copper ultrachrome flakes, with copper and holo micro flakes.
Such a lovely polish! I see a muted nude-y pink with blue/magenta shimmer and flakies, and holo flakies.
This polish had a great, easy to work with formula. It was quite sheer to allow all of those flakes to shine through; I needed 3 coats plus top coat for these images.
Sisters of the Sky will be priced at $11 and capped at 100 bottles.
Chirality Ragnarök You Like a Hurricane is inspired by Ragnarök and is described as an inky black jelly base with holo microglitters and various sizes of blood red glitters.
Ragnarök You Like a Hurricane is very true to the official description – I see a black jelly base packed with red hex glitters of various sizes, and holo microglitters. In these photos, I have used three thin coats to get full opacity with the jelly base, and top coat. I was careful in applying this due to the large glitters, but found the formula very good, with glitters distributing themselves well.
This would be the perfect polish for Halloween! Or, of course, just for any time you feel like some deep vampy nails. The red glitter makes this much more wearable than a plain black polish, to me.
Ragnarök You Like a Hurricane will be available at $10 per bottle, and will not be capped.
Colores de Carol
Colores de Carol Sea Siren is inspired by a mermaid. It is a magnetic polish, described as a navy blue holographic base with Aurora shimmer and multi-chrome magnetic effect.
I see a deep slightly teal blue, with a magnetic effect that pulls lighter teal with purple coming out at angles. I used two coats and top coat. The formula was good, the polish applied easily. I used a magnet after each coat and after the top coat.
I’m so happy with how the magnetic effect on this one came out! Magnetics can be hard to swatch so I was glad to see that galaxy-like effect, especially with the purple at angles.
Sea Siren will be priced at $12.50, and capped at 275 bottles.
Colors by Llarowe
Colors by Llarowe Turn to Stone is inspired by Medusa. It is described as a lavender grey base that shifts grey to green to lavender pink with scattered holo and turquoise shimmer.
To me this was more purple than lavender, with shifts to a gorgeous gunmetal. It’s packed with violet shimmer and a splash of holo.
This polish had a good formula and applied easily. Close up, you can see slight brushstrokes, but these aren’t very visible from a short distance. I used two coats of Turn to Stone plus top coat.
Turn to Stone will be priced at $11, and will be uncapped.
Crystal Knockout Adam’s Ex-Wife is described as a nude crelly with a copper glow, green/gold UCC flakes, bronze micro flakies, white flakies, and emerald green micro glitter
I see a beige nude crelly base, packed with green-bronze flakies and iridescent white flakies, gold microflakies, green microglitter, and a coppery shimmer.
This polish had a great formula and applied easily. With the crelly base, I needed three coats plus top coat for these pictures.
Adam’s Ex-Wife will be priced at $12 and will be uncapped.
This month, Cuticula will be offering an unscented Timeless Top Coat and an unscented Silk Base Coat. Usually these products are offered in various scents, so now is the time to try them if you’re interested in the products but not a fan of scented polish.
Cuticula Silk Base coat is a milky white in the bottle, but appears clear on the nail. Please excuse my stained nails! That’s the reason I never usually share them without polish 🙂
It’s hard to say what I’d think of this base coat without using it for a while, but for now I can say I’m looking forward to using it over the coming weeks and seeing how it works for me. The silk base coat will be priced at $7 per bottle and will not be capped.
Cuticula is also offering an unscented Timeless Top Coat.
It was my first time trying Cuticula’s top coat and above you see my first impression of it… smeared stamping! I tried it again and by carefully using a lot of top coat and floating it over my stamping, I was able to avoid smearing.
This top coat is nice and shiny and dries quickly, but the smearing is a deal-breaker for me personally. If you visit Painted Fingertips much, you’ll know that this blog is at least 80% nail art and it’s just not worth risking art with the possibility of smearing, and I don’t want to have to apply my top coat that carefully each time I use it.
Cuticula’s Timeless Top Coat and Silk Base coat will be priced at $7 each and will not be capped. These two are also available as a duo for $13.50.
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And that’s it for today! I’ll be back tomorrow with the rest of the D-Le polishes. Meanwhile, check out Sarah’s post for Li-Z!
These polishes will all be available during January’s Polish Pickup from 4-7 January. Which do you plan on getting?