March Polish Pickup

I am popping in to share my March Polish Pickup order. I’ll have some additional information about Polish Pickup at the end of this post. For March, the PPU theme was “Books”. I was super, super excited for this particular theme! It was the first theme I had voted for that actually won. So that was exciting. And I love books! I read all the time. I read every night before bed. I read whenever I have to be somewhere waiting (like a doctor’s office, or if I’m eating a meal alone). I couldn’t wait to see what all the amazing indie polish makers were going to come up with for books. I was fully expecting to have a hard time narrowing down my choices in order to stay on budget. There would be piles and piles of riches in the form of beautiful, book-themed polishes! I could not wait!

Sadly … It didn’t turn out that way. I was surprised that I wasn’t interested in most of what was offered in the March sale. For the most part, makers picked books I hadn’t read. In a couple of instances, there were polishes I adored based on books I hated. So, those were out of the running for me. I’m not complaining, even though I know it sounds like I am. And I wasn’t particularly disappointed, either. I was just surprised. Maybe I’m becoming more mature about my polish purchases? Or maybe it was just an off month? Probably it was just an off month. There’s no way I’m changing my polish-hoarding, crazy girl ways. Ha, ha!

I ended up grabbing three polishes from the sale. They were all awesome purchases, because I feel each one is fairly unique to my stash. And I love all of them.

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First up is Le Polish, Women in Disguise. It is a bright blue polish full of color shifting flakies and aqua to gold shift. This polish has a fantastic formula. It was beautifully opaque for me in 2 easy coats.

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Here is a macro shot of Le Polish, Women in Disguise. The inspiration for this polish was The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. I don’t know anything about this book. I’ve never read it. I suspect this makes me something of a poser. But … do I care? NOPE! Because this polish is so freaking pretty. I love this shade of blue. And those iridescent, color shifting flakes basically had my heart at “hello”.

Out of my March order, this polish is probably the least unique in terms of what I already have in my stash. Because I adore blue more than life itself, I probably have a polish that is similar to the tone of blue in this base color. And I also love iridescent and color shifting flakies more than life itself. But I still feel like this is a nicely unique polish for me because the flakes will always look different and shift differently based on the base color and the type of lighting. Is this a total cop-out on my part? Um … maybe. But that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it! Rawr.

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Crows Toes, Stella! is “a color wheel in a bottle”. Yep. That’s the description straight from the Polish Pickup website. This polish is a micro glitter blend that has red and silver micro glitters, holo micro glitters, and gold and blue micro flake shimmer in a grey jelly base. Whew! There’s a lot going on in this polish! Yeah!! With all that glitter happening, you would expect a gritty and textured finish on the nail. But it’s not like that at all. It is smooth and fairly soft, with minimal texture. I found the formula to be easily workable and nice. It was opaque for me in 2-3 easy coats.

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Here’s a macro shot of Stella!!, where you can see all those glitter colors. Look at those amazing reds. I love how the red glitters, in particular, pop against the base color. The inspiration for this polish was the autobiography of artist Frank Stella.

I am a heathen … or something. Because I’ve never seen this book. I’ve never read this book. I actually know little to nothing about Frank Stella as an artist or a person. But (!!) I adore this polish. I love how colorful it is on the nail. I love how all the glitter colors kind of mesh and meld together to give this polish a beautiful, sort of “water color” look on the nail — especially once you top it with a nice, thick coat of top coat. This is a great polish for Spring, but I can see this also working nicely for Fall and Winter. It’s magnificent!

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And, finally, here is Colores de Carol, Sayuri. I am just going to come out and say this up front: I am OBSESSED with this polish. So prepare yourself for a lot of pictures. They are coming!

Sayuri is a thermal polish. This is my first thermal polish. In the past, I have avoided purchasing them because I figured they would always sit in their warm state on my nails. I keep my nails fairly short. But I told myself I would go for a thermal if I found one I loved in its warm state.

Enter Sayuri. The above picture shows her warm state. She has a clear base packed with pink to green shimmer, shimmery red holographic micro glitters, holographic dust, and UCC flakes. This polish is STUNNING in its warm state. I could not get enough of this on my nails. I wore it for almost a whole week. What? This is madness. I know!!

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Here is Sayuri in her cold state. When cold, she turns a beautiful and vibrant red. But you can still see the other components in the base, even with the red color. I particularly love the UCC flakes against the red base color. This polish has a strong and easy shift. It changed right away for me, from cold to warm, as I was swatching it on my nails. Apparently, new nail polish makes me all hot and bothered. I could not get this polish to shift back to cold for pictures when I was swatching. I ended up running cold water over my hand for this picture, hence the water droplets. Oh, how I suffer for nail polish! I can’t stop looking at this polish, even in the pictures. I mean … dayum … she is so gorgeous! By the way, once I calmed down a bit, this polish shifted easily on me from cold to warm and back again, over and over.

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Here is a macro shot of Sayuri in her warm state. The inspiration for this polish was the novel, Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. I actually own this book, but I have never read it. I think I may be the only person in the United States who hasn’t read it, but there you go. Once again, I am a total poser. But I don’t care! I love you, pretty polish! Love me back!!! *ahem*

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Here is a macro for Sayuri in her cold state. See how you can still see the UCC flakes under the red base color? So, so pretty and delicate! I love those tiny hints of pink peering out at me from the vibrant red. And that holo. Oh my gosh, the holo!

I almost forgot! Formula! I got too caught up in staring at my pictures and daydreaming about having this polish on my nails. Sayuri has a great formula. Even though I love the look it has in its warm state, I was unsure about putting a clear based polish on my nails. But there is so much glitter in here that it wasn’t a problem at all. I used 3 coats of this polish, mainly because I was having too much fun applying it. But I would have been quite happy with opacity at 2 coats. You can probably tell this polish was my run-away favorite from the order. Because it totally was! You have no idea how much it surprises me to type this out loud, especially since there was a blue in this order.

POLISH PICKUP INFO:

Polish Pickup is a monthly online indie shop that is open for the first Friday through Monday of every month. Every month, the “polish pickup pack” (that’s all of us nail polish addicts who shop the sale or visit the store) suggest themes for future months and vote on the theme for the upcoming month. Each indie maker creates a polish inspired by the month’s theme. It’s a great way to experiment with a lot of different indie brands, and, if you like limited polishes, then this is the place for you. Because all of the PPU polishes are limited. They are only sold in the PPU shop during the sale. Other than that, you can find them in destash sales or, sometimes, in mystery grab bags through the makers’ store fronts.

I always shop the polish at the PPU store. So far, I have exclusively shopped the polish, although I was tempted by the stamping plates in the March sale. I meant to go back to order them, but I forgot to do it. D’oh! Polish Pickup is much more than just polish. There are stamping supplies, jewelry, cuticle oils, lotions, and wax melts, to name just a few of the creative, non-polish products available. When you place your order through the Polish Pickup store, it acts as a pre-order. Makers have a certain amount of time to prepare their products and ship them to the PPU headquarters. From there, everything ships out to all of us lucky polish addicts! I feel like I got my March order really quickly, but it usually takes 3-4 weeks for my PPU orders to get to me. In general, you will receive your order shortly before the shop opens for the next month’s sale.

The Polish Pickup store is found at http://www.polishpickup.com. April’s sale will run from April 6th through April 9th, and April’s theme is Space.

THE WRAP-UP:

I’m not sure what else to say about my PPU order for March. I still feel lukewarm about the bulk of the offerings for March’s theme. And I have to confess that, so far, I feel a little bit lukewarm about April’s theme, too. Not that the polishes aren’t gorgeous. The ones I’ve seen swatched online so far are stunning. I’m just not sure I feel the burning need to buy any of them. It has me wondering if April is going to be the first month when I don’t buy anything from PPU. What? Say it isn’t so!!!! Only time will tell.

I am not at all lukewarm about my March purchases, though. I’m thrilled with all of them, and oh-so-happy to have them in my stash. I’ve already worn the Le Polish in a full manicure and with nail art. I’m looking forward to wearing Stella soon, too. And, of course, I wore Sayuri for almost a week. I did nail art over it, too. It was fabulous. Because the thermal pigments only hold their shift for a certain amount of time, you might be seeing Sayuri making frequent appearances in my week in nails posts. Because I loved it so much, I decided to purchase a few of Colores de Carol’s Spring Thermals. I’m keeping those and Sayuri on my desk in an attempt to get as much wear as possible out of them while the thermal shifts still work.

 

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