There is a LOT going on in this post, guys! Lots of good and fun stuff. I’m finally back with enough time to do my Quixotic Polish post. I’ve been so excited about these polishes, and I’m excited to share them in here, too. I wanted to post about them last week, but I ran out of time. Womp-womp.
Since it’s Tuesday, I’m tossing a “bonus” Topic Tuesday into this post. It actually dovetails together nicely, because today’s topic is:
THE LAST POLISH YOU PURCHASED
And the last polishes I purchased were these Quixotic Polishes. I love it when a plan comes together! Actually, the very last polishes I purchased are from the June Polish Pickup. But these Quixotics are the last polishes I purchased that are actually in my house.
Here is my Topic Tuesday collage. I mean, it’s not officially “Topic Tuesday” if there’s no collage, right? Right! My Quixotic order included all of the Vibes Collection and two polishes from the Gems Uncovered Collection. From the top L corner, they are: Fuji Vibes, Matterhorn Vibes, Denali Vibes, Olympus Vibes, Kilimanjaro Vibes, Andalusite, and Lazurite.
QUIXOTIC POLISH: THE ORDER EXPERIENCE
This was my first-ever order from the Quixotic Polish website. I had purchased one or two of their polishes from previous Polish Pickup sales, but PPU orders go through a central shipping location. My order experience through the Quixotic store was great! It was easy to make my order. Shipping was reasonable. And my polishes reached me quickly.
This is what my order looked like when it arrived and I removed it from the shipping envelope. The polishes were each securely wrapped in bubble wrap. And all of them were packed in this adorable purple bag. There was a little Quixotic Polish sticker included, too. I have a couple of Dollish Polish stickers and, now, this one, too. I think I may start sticking them on my polish storage cabinets for decoration. And, look! The “Q” is a little kitty. How cute is that?!?
BOTTLE SHAPE & BRUSH:
Quixotic Polishes come in square bottles that hold 12ml of polish. I like the bottle shape. I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I like to place my hand flat on my desk when I manicure. I hold the bottle in between my thumb and the side of my hand to keep it from tipping over. The Quixotic bottle fits comfortably into that space, and it is easy to hold.
I really, really like the Quixotic brush. It is a wide brush that fans out nicely across the nail. At the same time, it’s not too wide. Sometimes, if a brush is too wide, I end up getting polish on my sidewalls just from making one swipe across my nail. I didn’t have that problem with Quixotic’s brush. It is just about the perfect size for my nails. It is nicely thick, too, which made it easier for me to feel I had control over the polish.
GEMS UNCOVERED COLLECTION:
I wanted to purchase the entire Gems Uncovered Collection. I think all of the polishes in this collection are beautiful. And I love the way they combine vibrant, beautiful color with different types of flakies. I’m such a sucker for flakies, anyhow — in pretty much any form. Unfortunately, I had already gone a bit over my nail polish budget for the month. So I decided I would only purchase my two favorites from the collection.
Lazurite is a “deep sapphire blue jelly full of UCC flakes and holo sparkles”. This polish has such a good formula. It went right onto my nails with no mess and no fuss whatsoever. I was really impressed with it. It was pretty much opaque in 2 coats, but I used 3 for my swatch photo. Because this is a jelly, you can still see a hint of VNL after 3 coats, so I think that makes this polish a 2-3 coater.
This is my macro picture of Lazurite. There are so many flakies in here! I love the different pops of color, and I especially love the vibrant magenta-purples and the bright aquas and turquoises. It’s just a pretty, pretty polish.
I can not tell a lie. I have a serious love affair going with this polish. The moment I put it on my nails, I was like, “Oh, hellooooo, New Favorite Blue!” Because this polish is just freaking fantastic. I have so many blues in my stash, and I don’t have anything quite like this one, which blows my mind. I love the jelly-ness of it. I love the rainbow flakies. I love the deep, dark, and vibrant blue base color. This is a special polish, and I know it is going to get a lot of love from me.
Andalusite is a “creamy grey crelly full of UCC flakies and holo sparkles”. This polish has a great formula. It is smooth and creamy, and it levels beautifully on the nail. It was opaque for me at 2 coats, but I preferred the color of the base at 3 coats.
Here is my macro photo for Andalusite. So. Much. Rainbow. Goodness!!
As with Lazurite, I didn’t have anything even remotely like this in my stash. And, for the life of me, I can’t figure out why. A beautiful gray base contrasting with all those gorgeously shifty rainbow flakes … It’s genius! There’s no other way to describe it. I think this polish is pure genius. It’s like a rainbow peeking out from behind gray clouds. I love it.
THE VIBES COLLECTION:
I stalked the heck out of this collection when it was teased online. After seeing the first swatch pictures of these polishes, I joined the Quixotic Polish fan group on FaceBook. Because I knew I NEEDED these polishes. And I needed them the moment they were released for sale! I love a good jelly. I love how jellies have a squishy, rubbery sort of look on the nail. I love how you can choose to show nail line or not, depending on how many coats you use. I love how glitters and shimmers and different elements look in a jelly base, because you can see through every single layer of polish. It gives every kind of glitter a different look and color tone, based on how these elements interact with the base color.
Fuji Vibes is a “cherry red jelly with red/gold/green shifting aurora pigment”. The formula for this polish is fantastic. I had no trouble and virtually no clean-up with this polish. It’s almost like it applied itself. It was pretty much opaque at 2 coats, although I felt like 3 coats deepened the color beautifully and covered my nail line well. I used 3 coats in my swatch picture.
This is my macro for Fuji Vibes. Just look at that shifting pigment! It gives me the happy shivers.
This is the polish that pushed me over the edge for the Vibes Collection. After seeing teaser pictures of this one online, I basically stalked the release date. I knew I HAD to have all of these. I’m not always one for reds, but I love this one. It seems to glow with some mysterious secret. As the light plays across the nail, you can see the pigment shifting to golds and brighter pinks under the base. I didn’t catch a lot of the green shift, but I could see a little bit of it here and there. This polish has so much depth to it.
Matterhorn Vibes is an “apple green jelly with red/gold/green shifting aurora pigments”. This polish has a great formula. It practically applies itself. I found this polish to be one of the most sheer in the collection. I love it at 3 coats, which deepens the color beautifully. But there was a good deal of VNL, which, actually, didn’t bother me at all.
This is my macro photo for Matterhorn Vibes. I love how the pigment interacts with this base color to bring out a lot of the green shift, but there is a good deal of gold and even orangey-red in there, too, depending on the light.
I love this green. I really, really, really LOVE it. I’m a big fan of yellow-toned greens, and the base color on this polish has a slight yellow undertone to my eye. I feel like the aurora pigment’s golden shift highlights this. And I love how this looks on my nails. I think it would also be beautiful topped over a darker base, or even a silver base. It’s a great color for year-round wear, too.
Denali Vibes is a “turquoise jelly with red/gold/green aurora shifting pigments”. This polish also has a great formula. It is easy to apply, and it was opaque in 2-3 coats. I found this polish to be rather sheer. I used 3 coats in my swatch photo, and you can still see quite a bit of VNL. I don’t hold this against the polish. I generally expect to see VNL with jellies.
This is my macro shot for Denali Vibes. I love the greens and golds you can see in the pigments against this turquoise base color. It’s a beautiful, glowing shift.
I love this base color. It’s such a fresh and refreshing color tone. And it is beautiful on the nail. I feel like I can see the entire spectrum of the aurora pigment’s shift against this turquoise. And the gold shift seems to glow through every layer of the polish. Because this one is so sheer, I think it is another polish that is versatile enough to work as a topper over a darker polish or, maybe, a silver. I really liked the look of this polish on my nails and against my skin tone.
Kilimanjaro Vibes is a “medium purple jelly with red/gold/green aurora shifting pigment”. This polish has a great formula that is nicely opaque in 2 coats. I used 3 in my swatch photo, and I liked how that third coat deepens the color.
This is my macro shot for Kilimanjaro Vibes. The pigment in this polish blows my mind!
This polish made me gasp out loud when I swatched it. There is something magical about it. It took me completely by surprise, and I loved every second of watching it flow over my nails. This polish is magnificent. It is on fire!! The pigments are amazing against this base. I can’t get enough of this one. Sitting here looking at the picture, I’m thinking I need to wear it in a full manicure soon!
Olympus Vibes is a “black jelly base with three different shifting pigments, holo sparkles, and iridescent shifting flakes”. This polish has a fantastic formula. I know I sound like a broken record here, but these polishes were all fabulous. I had no problems at all with application, and this one was opaque in 2 easy coats.
Here is my macro photo for Olympus Vibes. I love, love, looooove the combination of holographic and flakes in here.
This polish is so many things. It’s purple and black and shifty and glowy and sparkly and all-around magical. I love it. The flakes are spectacular, and there are so many rainbows in here. I love how mysterious and moody this polish is. I found it to be the most opaque out of the collection. And there are few things as yummy as a black jelly.
I think it’s pretty easy for me to say my first Quixotic Polish order was a huge success! I had a great order experience, overall. I love every single polish in my order. They are all beautiful, and they all have fabulous formulas. These are all special polishes. The combinations of finishes, pigments, flakes, and holographic glitters are magical, and each polish has a beautiful depth and dimension to it. I am sure there will be more Quixotic Polish in my future!