This month has been an incredibly stressful month, and I almost thought this April 2019 Polish Pickup Famous Works of Art post would be right up against the deadline, but somehow I pulled through.
Of the 18 tax seasons I’ve been through (12 with my current employer) this has been the most stressful. This isn’t entirely due to tax season itself though. With Polish Pickup, Polish Con coming up, Tax Season and 7th grade projects that were due this month, I was totally freaking out that things would slip.
So far though, I’ve been working lots of overtime (only Sundays off so far this month..) we’ve successfully completed 5 large projects for Jacob, and while my swatching is a bit behind – overall I am doing an okay job of keeping up with that. 2 more weeks though and we’re home free and back to a normal schedule. Not to say the next 2 weeks won’t be even more brutal. Between tomorrow and April 13th, I won’t have a single day off.
Anyways – that’s why I’m a little more quiet than normal, but I do have the April 2019 Polish Pickup goodies to share. I did 90% of these photos in a single day.
I have 57 items to share this month and this is a mix of Polish Pickup and Indie Pickup, but since it’s all on the same site again at the same time, I just label the whole whopper Polish Pickup. 7 of these are from the Indie Pickup section and 50 are from Polish Pickup.
As usual, if there’s a particular polish you came to look at and don’t want to scroll through everything – hit CTRL + F if you are on desktop and search the brand name.
Let’s get this show on the road.
Alter Ego Nail Enamel | Vega 200 Vasarely 1968
Op artist Victor Vasarely, considered one of the founding fathers of Op Art
Description: Vega 200 Vasarely 1968 is a slightly green crelly base with metallic red and metallic blue flakes. Some flakes go wayward, but it was easy to either brush them off the nail or rotate them to behave. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $8.50 | No Cap
Aurora 5-Free Nail Lacquer | The Quill Of The Cock
Girl with Peacock Earrings portrait by paper artist Yulia Brodskaya
Description: The Quill Of The Cock is a clear base loaded with rainbow flakes. I used 3 thin coats alone for these photos. It can be used over a creme base as well.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: 75 Bottles
Baroness X | Acetone Antidote in Almond Orange Spire
The fruit spires on Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia. These jewel-like spires are decorated with colorful mosaic fruits, made of sparking Venetian glass. They represent fruits for each season of the year – peaches, cherries, figs, pomegranates, almonds, oranges, etc.
Description: This acetone additive is a creamy orange with a hint of almond. It’s very smooth so you don’t get that tart orange scent, but more of a smooth dessert like orange. Think creamsicle, but instead of vanilla – the additional scent is almond.
Recommended Use: Add the entire vial to 6-8oz of acetone. You can add more or less, these are just suggestions for optimal scent and protection from acetone. Once the AA is added to your acetone just shake the bottle once to mix it each time you change polish. There’s no need to keep shaking during the removal of a full mani with our formulation, it will stay blended long enough to remove your polish.
Price: $4.25 | Cap: None
Bluebird Lacquer | Centaur of Attention
Jason and His Teacher by Maxfield Parrish.
Description: Centaur Of Attention is a deep glowy ruby red linear holo. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos. In person it’s a slightly deeper red.
Price: $11.00 | No Cap
Bluebird Lacquer | Fruit Smoochies Lip Scrub
Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s Vertumnus aka peeps made out of fruits.
Description: Smoothing Beak Balm is a gentle lip scrub in a balm tube for easy – less mess – application. This one is scented with banana, blueberries and pomegranate.
Price: $5.50 | No Cap
BLUSH Lacquers | A Dance On The Sand
The Singing Butler by Jack Vettriano
Description: A Dance On The Sand is a greyed out steel blue jelly based scattered holographic with pink to gold shifting shimmer, gold flakes, copper flakes, and red to orange to gold shifting multichrome flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.00 | Cap: None
Cameo Colours Lacquers | I’d Give My Ear For An Iris
Van Gogh’s Irises
Description: I’d Give My Ear For An Iris is a deep indigo base with green to blue to purple shift, a bit of scattered holographic, as well as purple to blue, lime to blue to gold, gold metallic and silver holographic microflakes. This polish truly looks different at every single angle. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.00 | Cap: 95 Bottles
Chirality Nail Polish | Narcissus Immortal (Glow In The Dark)
Metamorphosis of Narcissus by Salvador Dali
Description: Narcissus Immortal is a tangerine orange jelly base with orange, caramel and brown glitters in various sizes, as well as green to aqua shimmer. This glows green in the dark. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $10.00 | No Cap
Colores de Carol | Balloon Dog
Inspiration: Balloon Dog by Jeff Koons
Description: Balloon Dog is a metallic multichrome brunt orange to deep red with iridescent orange flakes within. I used 3 thin coats for these photos.
In person you will see more of the burnt orange shift, but on me and with my lighting, the deep red wanted to come out to play a bit more.
Price: $12.50 | Cap: None
Colors by Llarowe | The Muse
Picasso’s Dora Maar
Description: The Muse is a red leaning purple base with an intense linear holographic that has a red and blue flame. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.00 | Cap: None
Crystal Knockout | Miss Unicorn
Fantasy artist Josephine Wall’s “My Lady Unicorn”
Description: Miss Unicorn is a bright, warm purple jelly base loaded with indigo aurora shimmer, iridescent flakes in blue, gold and green, as well as pink, gold and aqua holographic microglitters. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: None
Darling Diva Polish | Nezhnyy
Description: Nezhnyy is a green scattered holographic with shifting green to gold to aqua shimmer, as well as ultrachrome chameleon flakes mixed in. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
There is a slight texture with this shade, but you should still only need 1 coat of top coat for a smooth finish.
Price: $11.00 | Cap: 75 Bottles
Dollish Polish | Merci’ Bouquet
Inspiration: Claude Monet’s Lilac Irises
Description: Merci’ Bouquet is an iris purple crelly base with strong green to turquoise to blue shifting shimmer. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.50 | Cap: 280 Bottles
Dreamland Lacquer | Giverny
Nympheas, painted in 1915 by Claude Monet, one of a series of 250 paintings of water lilies painted during the last 30 years of his life depicting his flower garden as his home in Giverny.
Description: Giverny is a medium aqua blue jelly base packed with holographic microglitters, holo pigment, and pink to gold iridescent flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: 270 Bottles
Ellagee | Autochrome 1914
“Inspired by one of the very first color photographs, which was taken in 1914 of the famous Moulin Rouge in Paris. The deep red tone of the building set against the stormy blue color of the sky combined with the haziness typical of the autochrome method of photography is very striking and dreamlike. I hope you’ll enjoy this ellagee polish inspired by the feel of this photograph.”
Description: Autochrome 1914 is a smokey pale grey with a tinge of blue with a scattered holographic and denim blue shimmer, as well as a variety of red to copper flakes and tiny grey flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.00 | No Cap
Ethereal Lacquer | Agony and Ecstasy
Agony and Ecstasy by Charmaine Olivia
Description: Agony and Ecstacy is a bright oceanic blue jelly base with a rainbow of iridescent chameleon flakes and strong copper to red to green shifting shimmer. This is on the sheer side, so it can also be used as a topper, but I used it alone. 3 coats and a glossy top coat.
Price: $12.50 | Cap: 330 Bottles
Fair Maiden Polish | Force of Nature
The Force of Nature, by Lorenzo Quinn, sculpture in Qatar
Description: Force of Nature is a medium purple jelly base with iridescent shifting teal flakes and scattered holographic sparkle. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: 150
Fanchromatic Nails | Frida in Pink
Frida Kahlo’s self-portrait, “Self Portrait Along the Boarder Line Between Mexico and the United States, 1932”
Description: Frida In Pink is a warm, dusty rose pink crelly with iridescent blue, indigo, copper and gold flakes, as well as a subtle pale pinkish silver shimmer. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: 75 Bottles
Fat Cat Pawlished |Raise An Eyebrow Room/Linen Refresher Spray
Frida Kahlo Self- Portrait
Description: Raise An Eyebrow scent was inspired by Frida Kahlo. Outdrinking men in tequila contests, flowers in her hair and a cigarette in her hand. This Room/Linen Refresher Spray has a mix of notes like tequila con limon, marigold, greenery and a twist of tobacco. My nose personally picks up the marigold and tobacco mostly. It’s an interesting combo, and while at first I raised an eyebrow to it… my car currently has this scent in it and I quite like it.
Linen Use: Spray items from 6 inches away to freshen between laundering. Safe for most fabrics and furnishings. Spot Check if item is prone to staining.
For Room Use: Spray upwards 12 inches away in air and avert your eyes! Sniff and enjoy. 3 pumps is ideal. These are body-safe fragrance oils and can be used as a body mist if you’re feeling a little peculiar like Frida!
Price: $6.00 | Cap: 30
GALATEA Cosmetics | Foaming Bath Crush
The illustration of Waterfall City, from the book Dinotopia, by James Gurney
Description: GALATEA Foaming Bath Crush is an aquatic type scent with hints of florals and spice. Primary notes are bergamot, coriander, hyacinth, tonka and clear cool water. It turns the water a rich shade of blue-green, has a decent foaming amount (not as much as a bubble bath, but a good amount) and it’s in a crushed powder form – so you can scoop or pour out as much as you wish.
I haven’t had the chance to soak in this yet. I tested it in the sink and the aroma filled our bathroom and lingered for quite awhile.
For maximum bubbles, toss as much bath crush as you like under running water as your tub begins to fill – or, for softer, creamier foam (and to get that traditional bath bomb fizz!) scatter it on the surface of the water when the tub is full.
Our formula contains skin-softening and moisturizing ingredients, and leaves your skin feeling wonderful. It will not stain your tub or make it slippery. We use only phlalate-free, vegan and cruelty-free ingredients.
Our bath crush was designed for sensitive skin – but if irritation occurs, please discontinue use immediately. Keep out of reach of children except under adult supervision.
Price: $9.00 | Cap: 25
Girly Bits | Not Waterlilies
While skimming works of art for inspiration, I came upon a wonderful lithograph by Sunol Alvar, and I immediately thought of this polish that I have had sitting in my arsenal of prototypes for a while. I added some blue colour shifting flakes to my original prototype and Voila! This is ‘Not Waterlilies’
Description: Not Waterlilies is a sheer cyan blue jelly base with copper to red to green shifting shimmer as well as blue to aqua color shifting iridescent flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photo. This can be worn alone like I did, or layered over a creme.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: 375 Bottles
Great Lakes Lacquer | On His Shell, He Holds The Earth (Thermal)
Inspiration: Art by Alicia De La Cruz
Description: On His Shell, He Holds The Earth is a deep ocean blue when cold and a light sky blue when warm. It’s packed with blue to purple shifting aurora shimmer and orange to gold to green iridescent flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
The cold state blue is deeper and has a touch more green in person.
Price: $13.00 | No Cap
Indie by Patty Lopes | Mysterious Smile
Inspiration: Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
Description: Mysterious Smile is a red to gold to fiery orange shifting multichrome with teal to pink duochrome shimmer, multichrome flakes, red holo microglitters and silver holo microglitters. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: 75 Bottles
Jreine | Desire
Inspiration: Painting of a New Orleans streetcar.
Description: Desire is a very densely packed original unicorn pee topper that has both small and large particle unicorn pee suspended in a lightly tinted multichrome base to give off a smokey look.
I used one thick coat over OPI Mrs. O’Leary’s BBQ for these photos.
Price: $13.00 | No Cap
Kathleen & Co. | Meditative Rose
Inspiration: Rose Meditative by Salvador Dali
Description: Meditative Rose is a cobalt blue jelly base loaded with red to gold aurora shimmer, as well as a healthy dose of scattered holo. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.50 | Cap: 100 Bottles
KBShimmer | Wave After Wave (Magnetic)
“Water makes me happy. From the lakes of Minnesota and Wisconsin where I grew up, to the oceans and seas I’ve come to cherish through my travels, it’s no surprise that when searching for artwork to inspire April’s PPU shade, I was drawn to, “The Ninth Wave,” a painting by Ivan Aivazovsky. This painting depicts a raging sea, with a legendarily powerful and destructive “ninth wave” approaching shipwreck survivors clinging to the cross-like mast of a ship’s wreckage. The warm tones and dawn’s breaking light give us hope that man will overcome, in spite of the wave’s potential for destruction.”
Description: Wave After Wave is a lavender tinged smokey grey creme base with strong coppery red to gold magnetic shimmer. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $10.00 | Cap: None
Lemming Lacquer | Birth of Venus
Inspiration: The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli
Description: Birth of Venus is an ocean blue jelly base with a rainbow mix of iridescent flakes. The flakes mainly spark pruple, blue, pink, orange and gold. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these phot