Swatch and Review: Shleee Polish Mary Jane Holland

I’ve been dying to try out Shleee Polish since I first heard about the brand a couple of months ago.  I just couldn’t resist anymore and bought a couple of polishes from this brand last week.  I don’t know why I waited so long!  They are all gorgeous, and I couldn’t wait to try them.  Of course I chose a green one, Mary Jane Holland, to try first.  This color is from the Shleee Polish Lady Gaga inspired collection.

Mary Jane Holland has a bright, grassy green base that has a prominent yellow gold shimmer.  Added to this is just enough linear holographic sparkle to mesmerize you.  I love all shades of green, but this is one of my favorites.  It’s not a shade that you see every day, especially in nail polish colors, so I’m just loving getting to look at it all day.  It’s truly gorgeous.  I really can’t say enough good things about it.

The application for this one was easy.  The consistency was perfect for me; I didn’t find it too thick or too thin.  It dried quickly and the opacity was quite good even after just one coat.  I used two coats for the photos.  I used an aqua base with this one, and I did not use top coat.

Now…the photos.  I took so many.  I really, really love this polish, so I went a little overboard.  It was so hard to narrow them down, but I did.

Shleee Polish Mary Jane Holland

Shleee Polish Mary Jane Holland

Shleee Polish Mary Jane Holland

Shleee Polish Mary Jane Holland

Shleee Polish Mary Jane Holland

Shleee Polish Mary Jane Holland

Are you drooling yet? 🙂  I am so in love with this polish!  I can’t get enough.  The others that I purchased are equally amazing.  Shleee Polish is definitely my new favorite polish brand.  I want them all!

I purchased Mary Jane Holland from the Shleee Polish online shop for $11.00.  It was worth every penny!

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GOT Polish Challenge: Green with Paris Sparkles Celery Stalker

This week’s GOT Polish Challenge theme is green!  (Details on the challenge can be found in my original post about it here.)  Green is my favorite color, so I was thrilled to go through my green polishes for this challenge.  It was such a difficult choice!  I ended up selecting Celery Stalker from Paris Sparkles.  This was one of the first polishes I purchased that had that ‘milky glitter’ look, before that was a huge thing and every brand had one.  I got this one right around 3 years ago.  I remember being thrilled with it when I got it, since I didn’t have anything like it at the time.

Celery Stalker has a light, yellow-toned green base.  The green can well be described as a true pistachio green.  Added to this is glitter in multiple colors and shapes; there are medium silver hexes, slightly smaller blue and green hexes, small red, and micro silver glitter.  There may be others as well, but those are the ones that are jumping out at me.  The green base builds easily, but it does not obscure the visibility of the glitter.  I used three coats of Celery Stalker, although it would have been fine at two, and it may have looked even better there than at three.  The micro silver glitter in this builds up and creates a textured look to the polish that doesn’t seem intentional, so the fewer coats one uses, the better for this polish.  I added the third coat to cover a very slight VNL, but it was probably only noticeable to me.  The rough texture could probably be smoothed out completely with a couple extra coats of top coat (I’m just not one for many layers of top coat unless I will be blown away by the result).  I recently purchased a glitter base, so I used that as my base coat, and I used a quick-dry top coat for the photos.

Paris Sparkles Celery Stalker

Paris Sparkles Celery Stalker

Paris Sparkles Celery Stalker

What do you think?  Do you like milky glitter polishes?  I love the whole ‘Easter egg’ look that nails have when decked out in pastels and glitter.  This is definitely a spring-y shade, and it’s been brightening up my dreary days.  The gritty texture in this polish is visible in the photos, but it’s not terribly distracting from the overall effect IRL.

I purchased Celery Stalker from the Paris Sparkles Etsy shop for $8.00.  It looks like this shade is still available, although the swatch in the store listing looks a little different than mine, so the glitter mix used in this one may have been changed at some point.

Swatch and Review: Mentality Nail Polish Humility

It’s been extremely cold and snowy here lately, but there have been a few breaks in the hazy cloud cover over the past few days.  There’s nothing quite like the light of a cloudless, sunny day reflecting off of a completely snow-covered landscape.  I enjoyed feeling energized by the light and getting to use an untried holo polish. 🙂

Mentality Nail Polish in Humility has a duochrome base that shifts from a light, minty green to a light aqua blue.  At most angles, the green is prominent, but the blue does peek out from time to time.  In some indoor lighting the colors are not as visible, and it can take on a light grey look at times.  Added to this pale base is a tightly scattered holographic sparkle.

This polish applied easily and dried quickly.  It is relatively translucent at one coat, but the coverage was buildable.  I used 4 coats for the photos, but the VNL was very slight at 3, so one could stop there.  I used my normal base coat for the photos, and did not use a top coat.  I tried to get photos at a few different angles to show the range of color flash in the duochrome base.

Mentality Nail Polish Humility

Mentality Nail Polish Humility

Mentality Nail Polish Humility

Mentality Nail Polish Humility

Mentality Nail Polish Humility

And one in indoor lighting:

Mentality Nail Polish Humility

What do you think of this very pastel duochrome?  The last picture shows how it can appear almost like a dove grey indoors.  This may be due to the greying effect of holo particles.

I purchased this polish from the Mentality Nail Polish online shop for around $5.00 during a sale.  I’ve ended up with an extra bottle of this shade, so if anyone wants to try it, I can send you this swatched bottle for the cost of shipping.  Mentality really is one of the best bargains in the indie nail polish scene, so I encourage you to check them out!

Swatch and Review: Dance Legend Malta Collection No. 91

I looked through my polishes today and found an Autumn appropriate green that I purchased earlier this year but never tried, so I used it today.  Dance Legend No. 91 from their Malta Collection is a medium, true green shade that is filled with golden shimmer.  The shimmer looks more copper colored in the bottle, but on the nail it definitely looks golden.

There were no application issues with this polish, and the drying time was normal.  It took two coats to reach opacity, and I used a base and top coat for the photos.  The golden shimmer in this polish is very fine and plentiful; it has the effect of making the base shade appear a bit more like a sage-y green color than it appears in the bottle (partly because the shimmer all settles to the bottom in the bottle, which must be shaken profusely before use).  Since it is so fine, the shimmer is not terribly shiny, but it is quite visible, and the overall effect of the polish is pretty.  I also added a copper-colored stud in the shape of a leaf to this mani for an Autumn-themed accent nail.  Since there was no sunlight to speak of today, the photos were taken indoors in artificial light.

Dance Legend No. 91

Dance Legend No. 91

Dance Legend No. 91

What do you think of this polish?  I really like polishes that have colored shimmer, since it adds dimension and interest.

I purchased this polish from the Dance Legend online shop for $9.00.  Since purchases from this shop ship from Russia, they can take a while to arrive.  When I ordered, my first shipment went through customs in Russia, made it to America, and was then sent back to Russia.  That whole process took several weeks.  Dance Legend has the most awesome customer service, though, and their staff was so helpful to me every time I contacted them.  They re-sent my order, and the second time was the charm and it arrived to me in great shape after a few weeks.  They are a company with great polishes and great people, so I encourage you to check them out!  But do be warned about the delivery time.

I purchased the etched leaf stud from the Bundle Monster online shop.  I purchased it as part of a collection that contained several shapes and sizes of copper-colored studs for $10.99.  Every once in a while Bundle Monster offers a 15 percent off discount code for nail art decorations, so I usually wait to order until they have one of these sales.

 

Swatch and Review: I Love Nail Polish Mutagen

Were you as excited as I was when I Love Nail Polish first announced their Ultra Chrome collection earlier this year?  I couldn’t wait to get my hands on these!  I just love multi-chrome nail polishes (and yes, I say that about practically every kind of nail polish, but I always mean it!).  My pre-order of the collection arrived not too long ago, and I finally tried one of the polishes.  Mutagen is a primarily emerald green-based multi-chrome polish that flashes with shades of blue, gold, purple, and pink.  This one is a real stunner!  I found it easy to apply, and using three thin coats gave me an opaque and deep color.  The finish on this is a chrome-like metallic finish (as you may have guessed from the name of the collection).  I used base and top coat for the photos.  I took pictures in different lighting and at different angles to capture all the colors that are dancing around on my nails right now.  🙂  I was able to capture the color shift in th green from vibrant emerald (second photo) to a lighter leaf green (third photo), and also the gold flash (fourth photo) and the purple and blue shift of this one (fifth photo).  These are only a few of the colors you’ll see in this polish!  It looks a little different each time I look at it.  (Apologies for my dry cuticles in the photos; I had to soak off my previous mani this morning and it really tore up the skin around my nails.  I’ll have to be vigilant about moisturizing in the next few days.) I Love Nail Polish Mutagen I Love Nail Polish Mutagen I Love Nail Polish Mutagen I Love Nail Polish Mutagen I Love Nail Polish Mutagen I can’t tell you how much I have loved looking at my nails in this polish!  There were no application issues; there are some very mild visible brush strokes in the photos above, but these seem inconsequential to me and are definitely nowhere near as bad as one finds with most chrome finish polishes.  Dry time was quick. I purchased Mutagen from the I Love Nail Polish online store for $12.50.  Most of the Ultra Chrome collection is still available there if you are interested!

Swatch and Review: Too Fancy Lacquer Hold Out the Olive Branch

I just love trying new (to me) indie polish brands!  I am almost always impressed with the quality and beauty of the polishes I purchase from indie makers.  Too Fancy Lacquer is the latest indie brand I tried, and I’m so glad I did!  Hold Out the Olive Branch is a dark army green holographic polish.  This one is a real stunner!  I just love the color; it really isn’t like any other green holo polish that I’ve seen.  Hold Out the Olive Branch does not have the application issues that some holo polishes do, and I was able to apply it over my regular base coat without any problems.  This one is opaque in two coats.  I didn’t use a top coat for the photos.

Too Fancy Lacquers Hold Out the Olive Branch

Too Fancy Lacquers Hold Out the Olive Branch

Isn’t that holo gorgeous?  I really love this color!  The only negative to this polish is that it has a pretty strong smell to it, so if you are particularly sensitive to smells, this is not the polish for you.  I will suffer anything for a great polish, so a little smell isn’t going to get in my way.  😉

I purchased this polish from the Too Fancy Lacquer Etsy store for $9.50.  I hope to try more of their polishes soon!