Doctor Lacquer Scubaloha Collection Swatches & Review

by Lisa Heath

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Good morning!  Happy Saturday!  This morning I have a glow in the dark collection to show you from Doctor Lacquer.  This is a set of 7 neon pastels that glow in the dark plus a dot glitter topper!

Each shade will have the color description and the inspiration behind it (as written by Doctor Lacquer) below the description.

Let’s get into it!

Hinalea Lauwili

Hinalea Lauwili

Doctor Lacquer Scubaloha Hinalea Lauwili Swatch

HINALEA LAUWILI is a pastel green creme with a neon green glow. I used 2 coats for these photos and a glossy top coat.

It is named after the Saddle Wrasse (T. duperrey), and while endemic, is one of the most numerous and most common species in the Hawaiian waters. Initial phase male and female adults have a blue-green head with an orange band that intensifies during spawning. The rest of the body is blue-green with narrow magenta vertical lines. The Hinalea Lauwili have an interesting social life! Successful supermales spawn with up to 20 females a day, while females spawn at most once a day with any male they fancy, often returning to the same partner

Hinalea Lauwili glow



Doctor Lacquer Scubaloha Kumu Swatch

KUMU is a pastel pink creme with a pinkish orange glow. I used 2 coats for these photos and a glossy top coat.

It is named after the male White Saddle Goatfish (P. porphyreus), which are named for their two whisker-like projections on their jaw and the white spot at the base of their tail. Bright pink overall with a small white oval on each side of the caudal peduncle and dark stripes extending rearward from the eye, juveniles are greenish-brown above. Their body coloring changes depending on whether the fish is active or resting.

Kumu glow

Lau Wiliwili

Lau Wiliwili

Doctor Lacquer Scubaloha Lau Wiliwili Swatch

LAU WILIWILI is a pastel yellowish orange creme with a neon yellow glow.  I used 2 coats for these photos and a glossy top coat.

It is named after the Milletseed (or Lemon) Butterflyfish (C. militaris), which is one of the most recognized butterflyfish in the Hawaiian waters. They have a beautiful yellow body with black dots arranged in vertical rows, and a black mask and black spot near the tail! This species is endemic to Hawaii.

Lau Wiliwili glow

Lau’i Pala

lau'i Pala

Doctor Lacquer Scubaloha Lau’i Pala Swatch

LAU’I PALA is a pastel yellow green creme, with a bright lime glow! I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

It is named after the Yellow Tang (Z. flavescens), one of the top ten most popular marine aquarium species. It has a vibrant (almost neon) yellow body with a disk-shaped appearance, very curious and active all day. This species is commonly found and indigenous to Hawaii.

lau'i Pala Glow



Doctor Lacquer Scubaloha Nohu Swatch

NOHU is a pastel peach/coral creme with an orange glow. This is my favorite of the collection!  I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

It is named after the Titan Scorpionfish (S. cacopsis), which can either be cute or scary, depending on who’s looking. These are ambush predators that can camouflage to match their surroundings (their bellies remain orange), while they wait patiently for their prey. They have a broad tapering head, colored orange with ornate pattern of black lines and multicolored flecks. These spearheading fish species is endemic to Hawaii

Nohu Glow



Doctor Lacquer Scubaloha Omilu Swatch

OMILU is a powder blue creme with a bright blue glow. I have been using this shade a lot and it’s my second favorite in the set.  I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

It is named after the Bluefin Trevally (C. melampygus), which have identifying electric blue fins, tapered snout, and numerous black and blue spots on their sides. The Omilu is one of the two most prized fish from the Hawaiian islands

Omilu glow

Uhu Uliuli

Uhu Uliuli

Doctor Lacquer Scubaloha Uhu Uliuli Swatch

UHU ULIULI is a lavender creme with a deep purple glow. This one had a slightly gritty formula compared to the rest (which can happen with glow in the dark shades) and it was a little on the thick side.  I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

It is named after the male Spectacled Parrotfish (C. perspicillatus), which are generally blue with a lavender belly, and have purple overlay in their scale margins. They are easily identified by their parrot beak like appearance, and are endemic to Hawaii! Like the rest of the Wrasse family, they show different color patterns depending on their age and sex.

Ugu Uliuli glow



Doctor Lacquer Scubaloha Lauhau Swatch

LAUHAU is a rainbow-colored dot glitter topper.  I had a little trouble getting dots out and needed to have the bottle upside down to get them out.  I used the dabbing method to apply 2 coats over Omilu.

 This is named after the Rainbow Butterflyfish (Chaetodon sp.), The indigenous Hawaiian fish species is orange, with the bottom half yellow that fades to a more blueish purple tint towards the top of the fish and dorsal fin. There is a distinct pattern of stripes along the length of the body of the fish. Although the there is not every color of the rainbow, this may be the closest thing in the wild kingdom.

Lauhau macro


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Doctor Lacquer Scubaloha Collection Swatches

Overall this is a lovely collection even if you aren’t buying it for the glow in the dark feature.  The colors are incredibly vibrant and application overall was wonderful, with the exception of Uhu Uliuli being thicker and Lauhau needing to use the dabbing method.

Price: $10.99 GitD shades | $8.49 for Lauhau | $54.99 Full Collection

Where To Buy: Doctor Lacquer Shop

Release Date: June 12th, 2015 (preorders started June 2nd)

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What did you think of the Scubaloha collection? Any must haves for you?  I’d love to hear about it!

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Heather G June 6, 2015 - 11:38 am

Really pretty!

Polished Hippy June 10, 2015 - 10:06 pm

Do these dry smooth and glossy or are the slightly textured on their own without top coat?

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