indie polish


October Nights, Autumn 2014

Left hand (top), L—›R (from thumb):

  • Custom multichrome by PrettyJelly on Etsy; named Riften. Overlaid with Kleancolor Chunky Holo Black.
  • Dragonspell by ALIQUIDLaquer on Etsy. Overlaid with Sinful Colors Cloud 9.
  • Essie Bouncer, It’s Me!, overlaid with Sinful Colors Hottie, a dab of Chunky Holo Black, and topped with Wet n’ Wild Kaleidoscope for extra holo shine.
  • L'Oreal Lilac Coolers to Cloud 9 gradient. Overlaid with a bit of Max Factor Fantasy Fire on the purple end.
  • Bouncer, It’s Me! overlaid with Chunky Holo Black and Fantasy Fire.

Right Hand, L—›R (from pinkie):

  • L'Oreal Lilac Coolers, Zoya Miley, Sinful Colors Cloud 9.
  • Sinful Colors Hottie with a dab of Kleancolor Chunky Copper, overlaid with Wet n’ Wild Kaleidoscope.
  • Riften overlaid with Chunky Holo Black.
  • Lilac Coolers overlaid with Chunky Copper, Chunky Holo Black, and Fantasy Fire.
  • OPI Just Spotted the Lizard overlaid with Dragonspell and Chunky Copper; fades to Hottie.

I couldn’t decide what to do, so I DID IT ALL.


  • The real Chunky Holo Black is incredible, especially for a $3-$4 polish; it’s ridiculous.
  • I was worried about Riften upon seeing it flat on my palette, but it’s awesome on the nail. Berry-amber shift (like Sally Hansen Nail Prisms - Amber Ruby) with a subtle golden green on the edges. Makes me miss running around with my sword and spells in the Autumn Forest. Highly recommend PrettyJelly; she’s great.
  • L'Oreal Lilac Coolers is pretty and layers well.
  • Dragonspell by ALIQUIDLaquer. Beautiful & unique.

Most Disappointing:

  • Essie’s Bouncer, It’s Me!. I wanted an electric blue jelly and since Essie is so popular I expected good quality. But the application is streaky and uneven, and it dries to a finish that looks like cheap blue candle wax. Not one to wear without a topcoat, for sure.

And now for something a little different!

Okay, I am a bit of a nail polish fiend, so when a local friend who makes her own amazing polish (which I wear all the time) said she was going to open an Etsy shop, I proposed she make me an official WTFBadRomanceCovers set. These are the results, based on lots of our recurring themes here and of course the most popular WTFBRC post of all time.

You can pick them up here, and Nail Tisane was nice enough to even gave me a promo code, WTFRC, so you can save 5% on them if you decide to pick them up! She’s selling them individually, as well as in sets that get you a little bit of a discount. (There may even be a secret bonus polish if you order the whole set.)


Esponjado com Holográficos by Penélope Luz
Via Flickr

So, here’s the first polish I have to show you from Mod Lacquer: Galactic Aura.

It’s a very pretty teal-purple duochrome with fine holographic glitter. Pictured is two coats with one coat of Glossy Glam top coat.

All in all, this is a very nice polish. It dried quickly and matte, with a very slight grit (probably from the glitter). One coat of top coat smoothed that right out and brought out the colors more. The only issue I encountered was a little bit of setting during application, but it wasn’t difficult to manage.

I had a hard time capturing the shift in photos, but rest assured, it’s there. I could see it best indoors. As with most duochromes, the shift is much more visible in the bottle.

See? How pretty! (Btw, this has reminded me why I never take bottle shots. Sorry they’re awkward; I have no idea how some girls do it, and I have mad respect for them!)

I love this polish! I had fun watching it on my fingers as I went about my day - typing, cleaning, rehearsing, everything! I wore it for two days with little to no wear. The only real chip I came from repairing my friend’s flute with my nail because I didn’t have my screwdriver on me, so I don’t think that one counts. I definitely recommend this polish!

*Disclosure: this product was sent to me for honest review. All opinions presented are my own.