Happy Memorial Day if you live in the States! We’re celebrating our long weekend a few hours away with my mom. This is always a fairly meaningful holiday in my family. So many of us have served or are serving in all branches of the military – uncles, both grandpas, cousins.
A rare snap of my stoic paternal Grandpa smiling in his Air Force uniform.
In honor of the holiday, I put on this patriotic crelly glitter from KB Shimmer.
Just like most crellies, you can get it opaque in 2-3 coats – this is 2. Obviously I needed 3. Great, smooth self-leveling formula.
This scattered holographic by Julep probably won’t stun those of you who are used to indie holos. I kind of think of them more as job interview holo. You notice it up close, but nobody else will.
You do, however, get a rich swath of color in one coat. We’re talking color-in-the-bottle one coat. I have since used other shades and they’re just as nice. My personal opinion as someone who likes holos so bright you can see them from space is meh. But it’s a good bet for someone who’s just getting into different finishes. I may try to use them for stamping.
Shall we talk about nails you can see from space? This full-coverage glitter is so freaking twinkly. It’s opaque in two easy coats.
I also wanted to try out some Color Club polishes – I found some of their holos online and couldn’t resist. Because, holo. This one is a very light lavendar that comesnoff as gray on the nail in some lights. It’s rainbow factor is high and linear. It’s coverage is excellent! I did two just to maximize the color, but you could do with one in a pinch.
There’s a lot of KB Shimmer on this blog. I’m okay with that! It is, hands down, my favorite indie nail polish brand. This spring they came out with the Mega Flame collection full of gorgeous scattered holo polishes.
This one is the perfect rose color and the rainbow factor is astronomical.
I got it opaque in 2 coats. I tried a third coat on one of my fingers thinking it might deepen the color, but it really didn’t. For me, this is a solid year-round color and I’ll get a ton of use out of it.
Another Square Hue. After that orange over the weekend, I wasn’t sure how this formula was going to be. But it was actually buttery and not chalky. It’s opaque in 2 coats and it’s a nude shade that doesn’t make me look dead. Bonus! I can see myself using this as an undie for nail art.
I subscribed to Square Hue back in January and I’m just now getting around to trying some of the polishes. This particular one is a warm orange. Now, as you can see, orange is really not my color. But it is, however, my baseball team’s color and they have been doing very well lately. So I’m willing to take the orange bullet for today.
I was worried at first because the formula was very chalky and streaky at first, but the second coat covered everything pretty well. It dries slightly darker than what’s in the bottle.
My Gramma’s kitchen was this color. (We are truly paragons of taste in my family.)
Which is probably why I put some glitter on it.
Upside Round by KB Shimmer
Actually, I think it broke up the orange enough so that my skin doesn’t look quite as sallow. Yay!
This was a surprisingly okay formula for an orange. I’m looking forward to trying more from this brand!