So I am sitting here a little frantic - it always makes me a little nervous when it comes to trying to book a gig, but there's nothing I can do but wait it out and hey, post some nailz! So here I am, posting some nails. Today I've got a very special polish to show off from Amanda of Sweetheart Nail Art - she just recently launched her own indie polish appropriately named Sweet Polish and you can browse and shop over at Etsy. Oh! Another awesome thing is Amanda is just on the other side of Canada from me - so this is actually my first Canadian indie polish!
Here's the copypasta from the Sweet Polish Birthday Bash description on Etsy:
"Birthday Bash" is the second Sweet Polish to be created. It was made for the 3 year anniversary of Sweetheart Nail Art and it's a black jelly polish with pink, blue, yellow, orange, green, and purple micro bar glitters.
This polish reaches full opacity and it's full potential when layered over a black base color. Since it is a jelly polish it would require many coats to be able to be worn alone. (The bar glitters are matte and since the polish is a jelly its not thick enough to gloss over the matte glitters so you would need a thicker topcoat to seal them in and give a glossy shine)
Our Sweet Polishes are 3-free and cruelty free. We make sure our suppliers only sell the best products and we only use materials the are safe and well-tested. Many different suspension bases and color bases and glitters go into our product so if you would like a full list of ingredients send a convo msg and we will list them all for you.
PROUDLY MADE IN CANADA
I would say that's pretty accurate and before the bar glitter hate train waltz in, honestly as a fellow bar glitter hater myself, this wasn't that bad! I think it's due to the finer nature of micro bar glitter and the colour mix was just awesome. Formula and application were OK - the formula is very dense with the bar glitters so it may appear to be very thick, but it's just holding a massive amount of bar glitters. It goes on very smooth, with a lot of glitter, so you actually only need one coat, if you are starting with a base colour. I used OPI Black Onyx to start. As the description reads, a thicker top coat is needed to achieve a smooth glossy look. I recently burned through a bottle of Seche Vite and had to open a new one. I really could have benefited using two coats of Seche Vite because it was brand new and tends to be a bit thinner. Alas, here's my swatch of Sweet Polish Birthday Bash - one coat over OPI Black Onyx, finished with a thin layer of brand new Seche Vite:
For funsies, I wanted to see how Sweet Polish Birthday Bash would look with a matte top coat. I used GOSH "Matt Effect" top coat:
Overall, Sweet Polish Birthday Bash is a pretty fun mix and even for the bar glitter haters, it's subtle enough to just let the colours play as opposed to being a huge mess. Also the packaging is freaking adorable and very streamlined for a first run! I've got to give a fine salute to that! If you're looking to support Canadian indie polish, check out Amanda's shop and website.
What do you think of Sweet Polish Birthday Bash? Does it make an exception to the usual bar glitter hate train? What other Canadian indie polishes are you into?
Full disclosure: This sample was provided for an unbiased review.