Daphine Polish What Sorcery Is This Collection Swatches & Review

by Lisa Heath


So many Spring pretties have been arriving, and with tax season coming to a close, work has been SLAMMED!  I’ve been trying to take blogging in stride and get things done when I can in my free time.  I am looking forward to a few days off right after April 15th though, so I’m looking forward to a mini at-home vacation with my son (it’s also his Spring Break week at school!)

Tonight I have a new-to-me indie to share with you… Daphine Polish!  The 5 piece collection I will be showing you is the What Sorcery is This? collection and I really enjoyed it.  The collection has 5 gorgeous Spring shades with a lovely shimmer within each color.  They seem simple enough, but still have that burst of oomph when light hits them!

After each photo I will give a little info about each polish inspiration, taken from the Daphine Polish Etsy Shop descriptions.

Let’s have a look!



Ceridwen is a cotton candy pink polish with a touch of light golden green shimmer and gold and pink glass flecks.  I used 2 coats for these photos.

Ceridwen is an enchantress in Welsh medieval folklore. According to legend, Ceridwen had a hideously ugly son who she sought to make wise. She made a boy, Gwion Bach, stir the potion needed to accomplish this task but he accidentally received the gift of wisdom meant for her son. Ceridwen chased him, changing into many forms during the length of the chase, and as a hen devoured him in the form of a piece of corn. Ceridwen became pregnant, and knew that it was Gwion being reborn inside her. She planned to kill him, but he was born so beautiful that she could not bring herself to do so. Many modern Pagans regard her as the Celtic goddess of rebirth, transformation, and inspiration.

Ceridwen side

Ceridwen CU

Ceridwen AL

Baba Yaga

Baba Yaga

Baba Yaga is one of my favorites of the 5!  Baba Yaga is a grey crelly base with strong purple shimmer and silver glass flecks throughout.  I used 3 thin coats for these photos.

Baba Yaga is a witch in Slavic folklore, who is depicted as a as a deformed and ferocious-looking elderly woman. She is associated with the mortar and pestle, She lives deep in the forest and is associated with forest wildlife. She often appears to mortals as an ambiguous character, equally likely to help or hinder those who seek her aid. In old Russian, baba can mean midwife, sorceress, or fortune teller.

Baba Yaga side

Baba Yaga CU

Baba Yaga AL



Nimue is a grey blue polish with aqua shimmer and gold glass flecks throughout.  I used 2 coats for these photos.

Nimue is also known as the Lady of the Lake in Arthurian legend, specifically named as such in Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur. In his tale she gives King Arthur his sword Excalibur. She learns her magic from Merlin, whom she later enchants and traps. With Merlin incapacitated, Nimue replaces him as King Arthur’s advisor. After Arthur was wounded at the Battle of Carmlann, Nimue is one of the four queens that bear his body to Avalon.

Nimue Side

Nimue CU

Nimue AL



Melusine is a bright spring green base with gold shimmer throughout.  I used 3 thin coats for these photos.

Melusine was a water spirit with the body of a serpent or fish from the waist down, similar to a mermaid. Her legend originated in Poitou and the Low Countries of Europe. The most famous version of the tale says that she was cursed to take the form of a mermaid or serpent from the waist down every Saturday. She married a mortal man, Raymond of Poitou, giving him the condition that he could never enter her chambers on Saturdays. When he broke this promise and saw her in her half serpent form, she fled, never to be seen again.

Melusine side

Melusine CU

Melusine AL



Hecate is a pastel yellow base with reddish pink shimmer throughout.  I used 3 thin coats for these photos.

An ancient Greek goddess, Hecate was variously associated with crossroads, entrance-ways, magic, witchcraft, knowledge of herbs and poisonous plants, necromancy, and sorcery. She was often portrayed in triple form, and was in later writings described as having three heads: dog, serpent, and horse. Shrines to Hecate were set at the entrances to homes and cities which were supposed to protect the people from spirits and the restless dead. Today, Hecate is often the patron goddess of many Wiccans due to her three faces, like the concept of the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone.

Hecate side

Hecate CU

Hecate AL


I adore this collection for Spring!  The subtle shimmer hidden within each Spring shade just gives them an added bonus.  To be completely honest, I would have been happy with the base shades because they are not streaky like typical pastels tend to be.  Even Hecate will get wear from me, and I rarely do yellows of any kind!  All 5 shades self leveled just fine, application was like butter and there was no streaking at all.

Price: $10.00 Each or buy the full collection for $46.00

Where To Buy: Daphine Polish Etsy Shop

Daphine Polish Social Media Channels: Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest

Also, a huge thank you to Babi at ColorSutraa for connecting me with Daphine Polish!  Babi is currently holding a Daphine Polish Giveaway for the Mother’s Day Duo, but only 24 hours left, so drop by and enter!

Any favorites in this collection?  I’d love to hear it!


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Laura MyNewestAddiction April 6, 2014 - 8:47 pm

There is not a dud in the bunch! I want them all! GURRRLLL!!!!! O_O

Nidia - Lit From Within April 6, 2014 - 9:57 pm

These are beautiful! I love the shimmer. Lovely swatches!

Viktoria April 6, 2014 - 10:09 pm

What a well-thought collection! I love the inspiration. And it was really unexpected to see Baba Yaga in a nail polish ))
(I’m Russian)
My pick is Melusine.

Kath TheFabZilla April 6, 2014 - 11:17 pm

I like Baby Yaga and Melusine!

Anastasia April 7, 2014 - 5:09 am

You make me want to buy all the polish :)

Melody April 7, 2014 - 5:10 am

These are some great spring colors. I love pastels.

molliemills April 7, 2014 - 5:50 am

Awesome Thank You For A Chance To Win <3

Aleya Bamdad April 7, 2014 - 6:13 am

Nimue is beautiful.

Jamie @ Makeuplifelove April 7, 2014 - 6:31 am

Such gorgeous shades. Love the subtle glitter to them. Beautiful spring colors.

Cosmetics Aficionado April 7, 2014 - 9:07 am

Love Melusine!

Phyrra April 7, 2014 - 9:25 am

I like Nimue

Noelle April 7, 2014 - 9:35 am

Baba Yaga is gorgeous! Great swatches!

Jess Scull April 7, 2014 - 10:27 am

Beautiful collection!

Eugenia April 7, 2014 - 10:34 am

I love all these colors, especially that pink!

NORAH April 7, 2014 - 1:56 pm

Love this collection, such beautiful shades

Brooke @ Blushing Noir April 7, 2014 - 4:16 pm

Baby Yaga is totally my fave!

Kimberly April 7, 2014 - 5:18 pm

I don’t usually like pastels but these are so sweet. I would love to have these.

Kelly R April 7, 2014 - 5:59 pm

These look wonderful! Gorgeous swatches as usual!

Cindy (Prime Beauty) April 7, 2014 - 6:10 pm

Those are all pretty and your nails are perfect!

Justina April 7, 2014 - 8:27 pm

Very pretty colors and they remind me of Easter!

Kimmi @ The Plastic Diaries April 8, 2014 - 2:16 am

All such beautiful shades

Sheila (Painted Ladies) April 8, 2014 - 6:56 am

I’m amazed at your swatching ability. Gorgeous colors.

Citizens of Beauty April 8, 2014 - 12:56 pm

Love Nimue! So pretty!

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Painted Fingertips April 21, 2014 - 11:53 pm

These are beautiful <3


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