Swatch and Review: butter London All Hail the Queen

I was in the mood for a neutral shade when I was last selecting a polish hue, and I settled on butter London’s All Hail the Queen.  I was lucky in that the sun came out for a little while around the time that I finished painting, so I was able to enjoy the holographic shimmer in this one as well.

All Hail the Queen has a cool-toned, neutral beige base.  This polish is on the deeper end of beige, which makes it a nice choice for winter when it will contrast well with the stark white outdoors.  Added to this base is a sprinkling of scattered holographic sparkle.  In indoor lighting, the shimmer adds a dimension of silver sparkle to the neutral base.  In the sunlight, flashes of color reflect from the shimmer, giving it a subtle holographic look.

The application for this polish was without issue.  It applied easily and was my perfect consistency.  The dry time was a touch longer than some polishes, but nothing terrible.  It is on the sheer side; I used 3 coats for the photos, and the coverage was completely even and opaque at that point.  The staying power of this polish is also fantastic.  I wore this for 3 days without top coat and did not have a single chip or knick in my nails after all that time.  Color me impressed.  I used a base coat and 3 coats of All Hail the Queen for the photos.

butter London All Hail the Queen

butter London All Hail the Queen

butter London All Hail the Queen

butter London All Hail the Queen

Do you like this more subtle, workplace appropriate holo mani?  I really love this color as a beige that doesn’t wash out my skin tone.

I purchased this polish a while ago from the butter London online shop for $9.00 or $10.00.  I only purchase from them when they are having sales, which happens a few times a year.  They are regularly priced at $15.00.

Swatch and Review: Sea Lore Polish Arctic Otter

We’ve been blanketed with snow here in New Jersey in the past couple of days, so I wanted to choose a nail color that would be appropriately wintry and that would contrast well with the sea of white outside my door.  I chose Sea Lore Polish’s Arctic Otter from their Wintry Friends collection, both because it fit all of those criteria and because the name seemed exceptionally suited to the weather. 🙂

Arctic Otter is a deep brown chrome base with translucent white square glitter, small brown hex glitter, silver micro glitter, and silver shimmer.  (There may be some other glitters or shimmers in there, but those are the most prominent ones that I can see.)  This isn’t a glitter bomb polish that is chock full of glitter; the glitter in Arctic Otter accentuates the deep brown base rather than dominating or covering it.  The silver and translucent glitter both have the visual effect of snow , and against the deep brown it is reminiscent of snow on the back of an animal in the winter, as the name suggests.

The application for this polish was typical for a glitter polish.  I didn’t have trouble with glitter placement on the nail, which can be a real challenge with some glitter polishes, but the glitter did build up on the top of the bottle as I pulled the brush in and out, so I did have to clean it off a few times during application.  Not a big deal, but I like to mention any extra steps I used in case they seem like dealbreakers to someone else.  I applied 3 coats of Arctic Otter for the photos, and I also used ridge filler, base coat, and top coat.

Sea Lore Polish Arctic Otter

Sea Lore Polish Arctic Otter

Sea Lore Polish Arctic Otter

There has been actual sunlight here today (!), and the base color does look slightly warmer in these sunlit photos than it does in the dreary indoors of the rest of a Jersey winter, FYI.

Do you like the look of glitters in a more opaque base, or do you prefer yours glitters to be in a clear base where they are the star of the show?  I like how the smattering of silver glitter in this reminds me of snow flying around when I look at my nails.  I also don’t really have anything else like this polish, which is always a plus for me when choosing polish colors.

I purchased Arctic Otter from Overall Beauty when Kim was having a BOGO sale, so it worked out that this cost me $5.00.  It doesn’t look like it is available there at the moment, but it can be purchased for $10.00 from the Sea Lore Polish online shop.

Swatch and Review: The Devil Wears Polish Nice and Toasty

It was a cold but sunny Thanksgiving Day here in New Jersey, so I knew the perfect polish for the occasion would be Nice & Toasty from The Devil Wears Polish.  I picked up this polish a few weeks ago and have been dying to try it ever since.  Nice & Toasty is an earthy brown linear holographic polish.  The brown base of this one is a neutral shade of medium brown.  It reminds me of fresh dirt in the best way possible.  I don’t have another polish that is quite this shade of brown, which is a good thing.

The holo in this polish is strong and can be seen clearly indoors.  It gives some intense rainbow in direct sunlight, and it even looks beautiful in the odd lighting of my apartment hallway, where it has a more scattered and random multi-colored sparkle.

Application for this polish was not challenging.  It was on the thick side, and I will probably add thinner to it next time I use it.  It reached full opacity in two coats.  I used an aqua base under this one, and I didn’t use a top coat for the photos.

The Devil Wears Polish Nice & Toasty

The Devil Wears Polish Nice & Toasty

The Devil Wears Polish Nice & Toasty

What do you think of this polish?  I just love the way holo looks in darker, deeper base colors like this one.

I purchased this mini polish from The Devil Wears Polish online shop for $5.75.  I’ve really loved the polishes I have from this brand, so you will be seeing more of them on the blog soon!