What a month it has been! So many things happened and I’m honestly a little surprised I pulled this off. At the beginning of July we started clearing out our home to get ready to sell. My final day of work was July 15th, we sold our home and were on a plane to Massachusetts by July 24th. And now here I am with my Polish Pickup review for the August 2020 Weird Science theme!
As of the time of typing this post up – I have 94 items done. I still have several on the way and I will be popping those in as they show up. Because of the move, some makers held off sending just in case it was delayed and got caught up in the routing to the new address. My USPS dashboard for packages looks crazy busy – so as they arrive, I’ll still be adding. I know of at least 9 more I’m waiting on for sure.
Okay so this month the theme is Weird Science. This could refer to the movie or Science in general – as always it’s makers choice!
For all photos shown – I used Vapid Lacquer Commitment Issues Peel Off Base, Sweet & Sour Lacquer Gloss Sauce as top coat (except for the photos showing another top coat as the PPU item.) Usually I do matte top coat as well, but I had packed up the trunk of my car to be transported to Massachusetts ahead of leaving, and my matte top coat was in the trunk. So I skipped them this month. They will be back in next month’s post though.
I do use artificial lighting for my photos because of my schedule – and mostly use Glamcor lighting. A few sets of photos were taken after moving and I did change up my photo area – so some might be a tad different positioning wise. I’m still getting used to the new area. I also was surprised with a new iMac pro as my work space and I’m getting used to that as well, so I’m relearning some things here.
The August Polish Pickup shop will begin August 7th and close on August 10th. Wishlisting will be this coming Sunday.
Make sure you stick around to the bottom of the post and enter the giveaway as well!
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77 Nail Lacquer | Blue Lava
Inspiration:Blue Lava is inspired by the Kawah Ijen volcano in Indonesia. Lava coming from the Kawah Ijen has a blue appearance. It was thought that the lava was actually blue. Exposed to the oxygen in the air and sparked by lava, the sulfur burns readily, and it’s flames are bright blue. But because only the flames are blue, rather than the lava itself, the effect is only visible at night.
Description: Blue Lava is a cobalt blue crelly base with purple to pink ot orange to copper shimmer, as well as silver holographic micro bar glitters mixed in. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: 350 US / 50 UK
Alchemy Lacquers | Popcorn Laser
Inspiration:Inspired by The scene from the movie Real Genius where they use the laser to fill an entire house with popcorn.
Description: Popcorn Laser is a deep, cool toned purple jelly base with pink to orange to green shifting iridescent flakes, holo flakes and micro holographic glitter. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: 200 US / 10 UK
I’ve Been Slimed! Bath Bomb | Alter Ego Body Care Products
Inspiration: Inspired by “I think making slime from common ingredients is very weird. I found some commercially prepared slime in a 1″ clear round ball, so of ourse I knew I had to embed that slime ball in my signature foaming bath bomb formula.”
Description: Alter Ego Body Care Products brings us a hand packed Bath Ball! This is unscented, so it takes on the natural scent of the ingredients. I mainly can smell the Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter. This is a VERY moisturizing bath ball, so I do recommend breaking it up and using it in smaller pieces. I got 3 uses out of mine and actually put it in a freezer bag and gave it a good whack – then used the particles of it in my bath. If you use the full thing at one time, it may be too greasy for you.
This was hand packed due to Cynthia’s shoulder being injured and she couldn’t use the press. It has (as she describes it) a ‘meatball’ like appearance since it’s hand packed.
Price: $7.50 | Cap: 40
Alter Ego Body Care Products | I’ve Been Slimed!
Inspiration: I think making slime from common ingredients is very weird. I got the color from a website I looked at on how to make slime, the maker used pink to color her slime. It wasn’t very opaque, it was more translucent, so I made a jelly polish to mimic that look.
Description: I’ve Been Slimed! is a sheer, hot pink jelly. I used 3 thin coats and still have a visible nail line (and my nail line isn’t super opaque) so that should show you how sheer this tends to be. It would work well as a topper OR for ‘pond mani’ type looks.
Price: $9.00 | Cap: none
Apipila | I’m Weird
Inspiration:Inspired by Brown Diamond – Steven Universe
Description: I’m Weird can be a normal polish or a stamping polish. As a normal polish – it’s good to go in just 1 coat (as shown on my pinkie and index nails) or you can stamp over virtually any shade. I stamped over a black creme and it was still an incredibly rich terra cotta brown.
This is one of those colors that you didn’t realize you needed in your collection. I am not usually a big brown fan, however – this fills a hole in my stamping polishes that I didn’t realize I was missing. It’s a beautiful shade – and even with the warmth of I’m Weird – it still played nicely with my cool toned skin.
Price: $9.00 | Cap: 80 US / 20 UK
I Need Space | Stamping Plate by Apipila Cosméticos
Inspiration: Inspired by “Apipila wanted to bring an I Need Space Stamp Plate with diversified designs, a little bit of everything! What is strange for some may not be for the other.”
Description: I Need Space is an incredibly fun stamping plate! It has aliens, organs with faces and arms and legs (I was fairly amused by those) as well as organisms and chemistry stuff – this has a little bit of everything science wise. I do have some sciencey plates – but none like this one. It’s 18×10 – so fairly large and the images are well etched and stamped beautifully.
There is a clear film over the plate – so be sure to peel that off. I might have been tired and forgot to do so when I first got it.
I did want to play with it more, but because of my move – it got to me a tiny bit later and I just got it yesterday. So I’ll definitely play with it more once I’m a little more settled.
Price: $14.50 | Cap: 250 US / 50 UK
Bee’s Knees Lacquer | Not Such A Fungi
Inspiration: Inspired by the Chordyceps fungus. It’s known as the zombie as the spores take control of the host’s mind. You might know them for the video games The Last of Us
Description: Not Such A Fungi is a neutral, pale beige with a strong peach tone to it, as well as red to green shimmer. The shimmer gives it more of an orangey feel, but the base is actually quite neutral. I was surprised because this type of shade usually gives me lobster hands – but it played nice on me and was quite wearable.
I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.50 | Cap: None
Black Dahlia Lacquer | Fusion
Inspiration: Inspired by fusion reactions which combine two or more atoms; this polish combines multiple shades of blue and purple.
Description: Fusion is a violet jelly base with a strong blue to green shift, packed with periwinkle flakes, blue to green to purple ultra chrome chameleon flakes, purple metallic micro flakes, holographic shimmer and blue to violet aurora shimmer. This is a very shifty shade and photos don’t do it justice. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos. The flakes give it a very mild texture, but 1 coat of top coat should smooth it over just fine
Price: $11.50 | Cap: None
Black Dahlia Lacquer | Spontaneous Combustion
Inspiration:Spontaneous Combustion is inspired by thermal reactions, often reaching a red/pink or rose color during the reaction.
Description: Spontaneous Combustion is a sheer rose gold top coat, with rose to green shifting aurora shimmer, metallic rose gold flakes and holo flakes. I used 1 coat over a black creme for these photos.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: None
BLUSH Lacquers | Positronic Brain
Inspiration:Inspired by data from Star Trek The Next Generation
Description: Positronic Brain is a pea green jelly base that borders on crelly based. It has holographic microflakes mixed in. Definitely the “prugly” color people seem to love. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.00 | Cap: None
By Dany Vianna | Carbonation
Inspiration:Inspired by Coke and Mentos experiment
Description: Carbonation is the perfect Coca Cola brown jelly base with pearl white hex glitters in square and hex ranging from micro to medium sizes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: 250 US / 20 UK
By Vanessa Molina | Flaming Star
Inspiration:Inspired by a star called a fire star that has stars around it that look like micro crystals.
Description: Flaming Star is a neutral leaning warm red loaded with iridescent flecks and holographic shimmer. The holo is slightly on the subtle side, but in some lighting it pops up. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: 300 US / 20 UK
By Vanessa Molina | Space Storm (Magentic)
Inspiration:space magnetic storms
Description: Space Storm is a magnetic effect top coat with a clear base and deep silvery magnetic shimmer, as well as holographic shimmer and iridescent flakes that shift all the colors of the rainbow. I used 1 coat over Flaming Star (shown above) and a black creme.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: 300 US / 20 UK
Cadillacquer | I Am The Danger
Inspiration: Inspired by the chemistry teacher Walter White, aka Heisenberg, from the tv series Breaking Bad
Description: I Am The Danger is a bright lime green crelly base loaded with glowing iridescent chameleon flakes and bright red hex glitters in micro and small sizes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Now the base of this is bright, but not quite neon. I do love the inspo though – Breaking Bad is one of my favorite shows to binge watch.
Price: $13.50 | Cap: None
Cameo Colours Lacquers | Talos I
Inspiration: Inspired by one of my very favorite video games, Prey (2017). Talos I is the 8th wonder of the world, in space. It’s a scientific and technological marvel, housing an inky, malevolent secret.
Description: Talos I is a black jelly base loaded with scattered holo, indigo to purple shifting shimmer, gold metallic micro flecks and silver holo micro flecks. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
This is one of my top picks this month and I can already tell – I will wear it a lot come Fall. It’s beautifully done and has an inner glow thing going on.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: 95 US / 5 UK
Color Spectrum Polish | Glowing Volcano
Inspiration:Inspired by The Glowing Volcano Project
Description: Glowing Volcano is a bright yellow tinged orange jelly base with purple ghost flakes, orange to pink to gold shifting microflakes and green to gold aurora shimmer. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
While this is a jelly base, the shimmer helps add to the opacity – and it builds up really nicely!
Price: $12.00 | Cap: 75 US / 5 UK
Colores de Carol | Hotter Than The Sun
Inspiration:What’s Hotter Than the Surface of the Sun? The Solar Corona
The Sun’s tenuous upper atmosphere is extremely hot, and extremely mysterious.
Description: Hotter Than the Sun is an olive green with a strong reddish brown shift to it, as well as loose scattered holo and ultrachrome chameleon flecks in red to orange to bronze. The base color shows through more in person, but the artificial lighting shining on it shows the shimmery red/brown a tad more. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.50 | Cap: None
Copacetic Cosmetics | Practically Inseparable
Inspiration:Inspired by Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood – Nina Tucker
Description: Practically Inseparable is a baby pink crelly base loaded with pearl white flakes and shimmer. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $10.00 | Cap: None
Crystal Knockout | Black Hole World
Inspiration:Inspired by the theory that a mysterious Planet X in our solar system could be a black hole.
Description: Black Hole World is a pale lavendery-pink base with purple shimmer and a golden glow, filled with tons of iridescent flakes in aqua, pink, green, and gold. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.00 | Cap: none
Cupcake Polish | Sake Up Close
Inspiration:Inspired by Sake under a microscope
Description: Sake Up Close is a magenta-ish leaning red jelly base loaded with bronze and gold metallic flakes, orange to green to gold iridescent flakes and bronze glitters sprinkled in. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Due to flake content, there is a light texture – 1 coat of top coat should smooth it over, but if you have a thinner consistency top coat – you might need 2 coats.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: None
Cuticula | Chemicals React
Inspiration: This Polish was inspired by a photo of beakers with colorful accents. The name was inspired by the song ‘Chemicals React’ by Aly & Aj
Description: Chemicals React is a blue green jelly base packed with various types of shifting iridescent flakes, and silver holo micro flakes. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos. This dries with a mild texture but should only need 1 coat of top coat to smooth over.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: None
Cuticula | The Game Changer Duo
Inspiration:Inspired by the science behind pop rocks.
Description: The Game Changer Duo consists of Cinque Base Coat and Limitless Top Coat.
The scent this month is “Pop Rocks” which is described as notes of grape and strawberry, followed with candy sugar and a bit of tangy fizz to finish off this amazing scent. It’s definitely very fruity, sweet and light.
Cinque Treatment Base Coat can be used as a treatment under your manicure or wear it alone to give your nails a nice, glassy shine.
Limitless Top Coat is a quick dry, 5 free top coat.
Price: $16.00 | Cap: None
DIfferent Dimension | Cuticle Oil Duo
Inspiration: Inspired by Science
Description: This is a cuticle oil duo that features Proton and Neutron!
Proton is a sweet cherries with orange cream, coconut and vanilla custard scent. Neutron is sweet cranberry and raspberry scent. Both smell delicious – but Neutron has my heart! Both are sweet and slightly tangy smelling and come in twist up brush applicators.
Price: $8.00 | Cap: None
Different Dimension | It’s Electrifying (Magnetic)
Inspiration: Inspired by Plasma Ball
Description: It’s Electrifying is a purple to pink multichrome magnetic polish with blue to purple to pink iridescent color shifting flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
The magnetic shimmer pull is more apparent in person. When we moved, I left my normal magnets at the old house (or just haven’t found them unpacking yet here…) and only had a really fat magnet here. So it pulled the shimmer into a thick line, which makes it less obvious in photos.
Whether you use a magnet or not though – this is a beautiful shade with lots of shifty colors.
Price: $11.00 | Cap: None
Dollish Polish | Omelette Du Fromage
Inspiration: Inspired by Dexter’s Laboratory
Description: Omelette Du Fromage is a white crelly base packed with micro glitters in shades of black, purple, orange, green and blue. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: None
DRK Nails | Messier 82? Messiest 2020!
Inspiration: Inspired by Messier 82
Description: Messier 82? Messiest 2020! is a pale silvery white magnetic microflake polish with red to pink to orange to gold to light green shifting iridescent flakes. This can be worn alone (I used 3 thin coats) or as a topper (I did 1 coat over black)
Price: $13.00 | Cap: No cap US / 25 UK
Emily de Molly | Element Of Strange
Inspiration: Inspired by Bismuth
Description: Element of Strange is a pink to orange to gold to green mutlichrome. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
IMPORTANT: The pigment Emily de Molly ordered didn’t match the original pigment she used in swatcher bottles, so while swatchers will have a similar look – they are NOT exact to what you will get. Check out the Emily de Molly listing on the Polish Pickup site and the photos watermarked Emily de Molly are the accurate shots of what you will receive.
It will be a “similar but not the same” situation with all other swatcher photos.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: 500 US / 50 UK
Esmaltes da Kelly | DeLorean
Inspiration:Inspired by Back to the Future movie time machine
Description: DeLorean is a sheer neutral crelly base with black holographic galaxy glitter, iridescent flakes that shift gold to green, as well as copper to red ultrachrome chameleon flakes. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos. The more coats you use, the more you build it up – but the base itself is incredibly sheer. At first I was like “Hmm” but then I really fell in love with the overall look of this shade. It has a certain elegance to it that I fell in love with.
Price: $12.50 | Cap: 300 US / 20 UK
Ethereal Lacquer | Prism
Inspiration:Inspired by Prisms
Description: Prism is a super holo shade. It has a variety of holo going on including linear holo, scattered holo, as well as holographic micro flecks. It’s very sparkly and dazzling in the sunlight. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: none
Fair Maiden Polish | It’s Glow Time
Inspiration:Inspired by Synchronous Fireflies. The synchronous species of fireflies are very special, and they exist only in a handful of places throughout the world. No one is sure why the fireflies flash synchronously. Competition between males may be one reason: they all want to be the first to flash. Or perhaps if the males all flash together they have a better chance of being noticed, and the females can make better comparisons. Fireflies light is bio-luminescent, which makes for a fun inspiration when designing a polish.
Description: It’s Glow Time is a deep teal jelly base with yellow to green shifting shimmer, as well as iridescent orange and green shifting flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.00 | Cap: None
Flirtin’ | Constellation Jar
Inspiration:Inspired by DIY Constellation Jar Science Project
Description: Constellation Jar is a deep blue jelly base with holographic micro glitters as well as silver holographic large dot glitters. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: 75 US / 5 UK
Ginger Fizz Boutique | Hit It Liz
Inspiration: Inspired by rainy day recess and the Magic School Bus—those were the days! You may have had the best teacher ever if you got to watch the Magic School Bus at school. I still want to take a trip on that bus and hang out with Liz! Imagine all the places that you could go. Imagine discovering new science and technology. Where would you go on the Magic School Bus? What would you discover?
Description: Hit It Liz is a refreshing, clean, laundry scent – Downey April Fresh type! The top notes are citrus, middle notes are jasmine, violet, and rose. Bottom notes are cedar, sandalwood and musk. Clean, fresh and wonderful home scent.
Price: $6.00 | Cap: 75 US / 25 UK