May Polish Pickup

It’s that time of the month again! Yep — Polish Pickup time. It makes my little, glass, polish-loving heart go pitter-patter with excitement. For March and April, I found my PPU buying mojo was a little bit off. I didn’t buy much for either of those months (3 polishes in March and 2 in April). It made me wonder if I had fallen out of lovey-lust with the polish pickup shop idea. Or, maybe, I had become stronger and more able to walk away from new and interesting indie polishes. Or … something. The point is, it made me wonder if this was the “new me”, like an ongoing thing or something like that.

Apparently, this is not the case. I guess I just wasn’t that into the themes for the past couple of months. Not that I’m complaining. That’s the way it goes when you have a themed shop. You’re going to love some things and not love others. And I looked at it as money to spend elsewhere, or to save and spend later.

Like in the May shop, which surprised me! May’s theme was The Nineties. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much from it, based on my lukewarm feelings from the past two shops. I’m sentimental about the nineties. Those were my young adult years. I was figuring out the world as an adult, living on my own with my dog and my sweetheart, looking forward to getting married, and excited about my future. I LOVE the nineties. I didn’t love my teenage and high school years, and I feel like most of my happy memories are from that decade. So, I was excited about the theme, but also unsure if the things I loved in the nineties would make it into the inspiration pot for this month’s shop. Some of them did. A bunch didn’t, of course. But … I found quite a lot of polish that struck my fancy.

I think it’s safe to say my PPU “dry streak” was over for the month of May. I purchased 7 polishes this month. Seven! (I’m having a total Friends flashback here. Ha, ha.) I also broke my personal rule of only shopping once and not going back. I shopped on the first day, as always. I got everything I thought I wanted into my cart and checked out. But there was one polish I could not stop thinking about. I ended up going back the second day and getting it. I’m glad I did!

I know. This was a long intro. But we’re hitting the polish pics now! As always, polish descriptions are from the PPU store site.


Cameo Colours Lacquers, He’s Worm Food is a “pastel-ish blurple crelly full of gold, pink, and violet shimmer, with copper/gold/fuschia and blue/violet/copper UCC flakes, hot pink, deep violet and gold micro flakes, silver and gold holo micro glitter, a touch of pink and red/blue/purple micro glitters, a smattering of multi-size navy holo glitters, and silver holo micro flakes”. Whew! That was a LOT of description. I feel a little exhausted from typing it.


This is my macro for He’s Worm Food. This polish has a nice formula. It was easy to work onto the nail, and it was opaque for me in 3 coats. I might be happy with 2 coats for every day wear, but I used 3 for my swatch picture. The inspiration behind this beautiful polish is The Final Judgment of Beavis from the show Beavis and Butthead.

I have to say this up front: I never watched Beavis and Butthead. I think I watched about ten minutes of an episode, and I hated it. I actively hated everything about this show, from the art style to the crude humor. But (!!) I freaking LOVE this polish. It amazes me that something this beautiful could be inspired by a show that makes me sick to my stomach. Because this polish is beyond stunning. I love everything about it, from the beautifully pastel base to the gazillions of flakes and glitters in here. I can’t get over how much amazingly yummy stuff is in this polish. I feel like it is exploding with flakie, glitter, holographic goodness. I think this is a polish I can happily wear all year long. I’m pretty sure I would feel that way, even if I was a seasonal polish person. It has a beautifully pastel, Spring look to it, but I think it would also be nice for the Fall because of the rather dusty look to the base. And it has a touch of iciness that would make it nice for the Winter, too.


Dollish Polish, Black Hole Sun is a “black jelly scattered holo with red/orange shimmer, and bursting with an explosion of silver holo flakes, iridescent color-shifting micro glitters, and flakes in shades of ruby red, copper, and gold”. This lovely has a great formula. I saw at least one person commenting online that this one was overly thick for them, but my bottle is great. I didn’t have any problems in application. It builds up nicely and is opaque for me in 2 coats. When I wear this one in a manicure, I might try it at 3 coats. I don’t need that third coat for opacity, but I wonder if it would deepen the black color of the base a little bit.


Here is a macro for Black Hole Sun. The inspiration behind this polish is the song Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden.

The day before the May PPU shop opened, I heard this song three times on the radio while I was out in my car, running errands. The shop opened, I shopped and, of course, immediately put this polish into my cart. After my shopping frenzy was done, I decided to drive to a favorite restaurant for lunch. Guess what I heard as soon as I turned on my car? Yep. Black Hole Sun. True story. I love this song, so I probably would have purchased this polish no matter what.

But, I am smitten with this polish. I am such a fan of dark polishes. And I love black based polishes with glitters, flakes, and holographic in them. I’m not sure how to explain it, but these types of polishes just do something to the polish fangirl who lives in the hidden depths of my heart. (Or, maybe not-so-hidden …) I think this polish is beautiful. I love the way the holographic pops off the base, and I adore that I can see so many reds and pinks in here, too. It has a “rocker chick” or “grunge” sort of vibe to me, which, in my mind, is oh-so “nineties”.


Fanchromatic Nails, Forged in the Heat of Battle is a misty blue with a subtle violet/blue/aqua color shift, and flakies in gold, holo silver, and red/gold/copper chameleon”. This polish has a fabulous, fabulous formula. It is silky-smooth, easy to apply, and levels itself out like a dream. It was opaque for me in 2 coats. I loved the feel of this sliding over my nail — so, so, so gooooood!


Here is my macro shot for Forged in the Heat of Battle. This polish was inspired by none other than Xena: Warrior Princess. Yaaaaaassssss!!!! I would type her battle cry here, and, in fact, the lizard part of my brain is demanding I do so … but I don’t know how to spell it. Sorry, Lizard Brain. I have failed you.

I was hard-core obsessed with this show when it was new and fresh and making its way into our lives in the nineties. I was also hard-core obsessed with its sibling show, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. I’m pretty sure there was a Sinbad show, too. And, maybe, a Robin Hood one. The nineties were primo TV years if you were a geeky, fantasy loving fan. But Xena was the queen of them all. Needless to say, I would have purchased this polish, no matter what. Because … Xena!

But !! This is one of those polishes that could be my soulmate. Every component in this polish ticks a box for me: blue base color, check! aqua shifty shimmer, check! holographic, check! gold and copper flakes, check! And there are even hints of pink here and there, which I loooooove. So, yeah. This polish is really fabulous. It is right up my alley for color and components. I love how it looks like old, worn denim in the right lighting. I just love everything about it. This one might be my favorite of my purchases for this month. It’s also my first Fanchromatic Nails polish, but it likely will not be my last.


LynB Designs, Spoon! is a “bright blue base loaded with pink shimmer, orange to gold to pink flakies, and a dash of holo sparkle”. The formula for this polish is good. It was a little thicker than I expected, which caused me to use slightly thicker-than-normal coats. But it wasn’t difficult to work onto the nail. It levels out nicely on its own, and I didn’t feel like my nail was overwhelmed with polish or anything like that. I ended up using 3 coats for my swatch picture, but I think it would likely be nicely opaque in 2 coats for real-life wear.


This is my macro shot for Spoon. The inspiration behind this polish was The Tick and his famous battle cry: “Spoooooooon!” (in case you were wondering — ha, ha.)

I was also hard-core obsessed with The Tick, so I absolutely fell into the fangirl rabbit hole in buying this polish. At the same time, I loved how this one looked in the swatch pictures I saw online. In person, I’m not sure how I feel about it. It is one of those polishes that looks different in person than in the swatch pictures. And it took me by surprise. I wasn’t expecting so much pink/orange/blue combination from the base and shimmer. And it has more of a pearly finish on the nail than I expected it to. With that said, I don’t hate this one or anything. I don’t even dislike it. I like it. I’m just not sure how much I like it. I like the shimmer in here, as well as the soft touches of pink and orange I can see as the light plays over my nails. I think this is a polish that will end up growing on me to the point where I absolutely love it. But, at this point, I’m still a little unsure about it. Time will tell.


Painted Polish, Sucker for a Slayer is a “vampy ox blood holo with silver holographic galaxy glitters and a rainbow of color-shifting chrome flakies”. This polish has a great formula. It is beautifully rich and luxurious, and easy to apply. It was opaque for me in 2 coats. It was nearly opaque in 1 coat, but I think you need the second one to deepen the color.


Here is my macro shot for Sucker for a Slayer. This polish was inspired by Buffy the Vampire Slayer (of course! who else?!?).

How pretty is this polish? I mean, seriously … just look at all those flakes and colors and glitter. Ugh. I can’t even. It’s so, so, so, so freaking good. It’s deep and vampy and dark and moody and full of colors and sparkles. And I love everything about it. I’m usually not much for reds, but I can’t get enough of this one. I kind of wish I had purchased a second bottle of it. It makes me feel all giddy-squishy inside. Now that’s polish love, guys!


Polish ‘M, Ricky is a “blue glitter-bomb filled with multi-colored hexes, a scattering of multi chrome flakes, and a sprinkle of holo”. This polish has a great formula. It was smooth and easy to apply, and it was opaque for me in 2 coats.


Here is my macro shot for Ricky. This polish was inspired by the movie Boyz in the Hood.

I have no idea what this polish is all about. I never watched Boyz in the Hood, and I have no plans ever to watch it. But I am all about this gorgeous blue glitter bomb of a polish. This one is my rule-breaker polish. Yep! I went back a second time for this beautiful blue darling, and I have no regrets about it. The shimmer in this polish is stunning. I love a good shimmer, and I think that might be what “makes” this polish for me. But I’m not sure. Because I also love the pops of rainbow colors from the glitters and flakes. I find the golds and reds stand out the most, but there are also greens and pinks in here. I love how all the parts of this polish work together so beautifully.


Turtle Tootsie Polishes, Donna Martin Graduates is a “deep blue with a hint of purple jelly polish loaded with silver holo micro glitter as well as purple/blue chameleon micro glitters”. It has a great formula that builds up easily on the nail and is opaque for me in 2 coats. I might do a third coat when I wear this one in a manicure, as it would deepen the blue color more.


Here is my macro shot for Donna Martin Graduates. The inspiration behind this polish was Beverly Hills 90210.

I wasn’t a huge fan of 90210. I watched the show because my husband (then fiancé) liked it. But I am all about blue polish. And this blue had me at hello. It is so, so, so pretty. It makes me want to cry. I love how this is a delicately complex polish, but it doesn’t seem like that on the surface. At first glance, you just see the blinding, deep blueness of the base color. And, honestly, that would be enough for me. But, once you look deeper, you can see all the sparkles and shimmers and rainbows from the holographic and glitters. It’s a great polish, and I know I am going to get a lot of enjoyment from wearing this one. This is my first ever Turtle Tootsies Polish, too!


I’m sure anyone happening upon this post already knows all about Polish Pickup. It has become a huge thing in the online nail community and the indie nail community. But, just in case you are new to it, here’s some 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, 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.

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! 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 The next sale will be in June. It will run from June 1st through June 4th. June’s theme is Video Games.


In retrospect, I have to say May was a good month. It was a great month for the polish addict that lives in my soul. It was a terrible month for my wallet. It might end up being a terrible month for my storage drawers, too. I still have all these polishes out on my desk, so I can admire them a bit longer. I’m a little afraid of what might happen once I try to fit these into my storage cabinets. Yikes!

There were a lot of blue polishes that stole my heart this month. There were also a lot of polishes (for me) that fed into my fangirl happy memories of the nineties. Both of those things make me feel really happy and enthusiastic about my purchases for this month. I don’t often buy polishes because of the fandom or inspiration behind them, but I love it when I can do that. On top of all that, I was able to try two new brands this month: Fanchromatic Nails and Turtle Tootsie Polishes. I’m excited about getting to know both of the polishes from these brands, and, maybe, purchasing more from them in the future.








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