Polish Pickup October 2020 | Animation

by Lisa Heath
Polish Pickup October 2020 | Animation

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October 2020 | Animation

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Wow these months keep sneaking up on me! This month school started and Jacob is on distance learning, so I’ve been helping out with that adjustment and its… weird. I mean we finished last year off with distance learning, but that was more thrown together and hectic. This still kind of feels thrown together and hectic (my life in a nutshell) but I like how they set it up and his school is so receptive to parent feedback.

Anyways, it was a hectic month, and now it’s time to look at my swatches and reviews for the Polish Pickup October 2020 and the theme is Animation!

So this is actually my biggest month to date. Previously I topped out at 118, and this month I have 120 here and done, but I am still waiting on 2-3 items in the mail. So once those arrive, I will be at 122 or 123 items.

We’re seeing a lot more “fall” this month. Dustier shades, deeper shades, more blues for sure. A couple makers weren’t ready to release those brights so we have a little of that sprinkled in as well.

For all photos shown – I used Vapid Lacquer Commitment Issues Peel Off Base, Sweet & Sour Lacquer Gloss Sauce (this top coat is gifted to me by the maker in giant quantities, which I so appreciate) as top coat (except for the photos showing Glisten & Glow, Top Shelf Lacquer and Vibrant Vinyls), and Anchor & Heart Lacquer Matte Top Coat unless otherwise specified.

I do use artificial lighting for my photos. I get the most done at night, so I swatch a lot at night. My current setup uses GlamCor Pro LIghts and I use the Ultra X Model and this Daylight Company Duo Daylight Lamp.

This is an EXTREMELY photo heavy post. If there is something specific you are looking for – on desktop hit CTRL + F and type what you are searching for. Otherwise, enjoy the long scroll down the page, and of course the giveaway at the end.

Oh and surprise… I’m going Z-A this month. They are still in order, just reverse alpha order to switch things up.

The October shop will be live from October 2nd – October 5th, and wishlisting on the site starts tomorrow. There is a new wishlisting app being implemented – so fingers crossed it doesn’t hiccup like the previous one did.

And here we go.

Whatcha | Mordecai Oooh

Inspiration: Inspired by Mordecai from Regular Show

Description: Mordecai Oooh is a medium periwinkle crelly base with aqua to blue to violet shifting iridescent flakes and matte black micro glitter. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

This was surprisingly opaque for a crelly and I was able to get satisfactory opacity in 2 coats. However, if you have a strong VNL, you might need a third coat.

Price: $13.00 | Cap: 200 US / 15 UK

Whatcha Color? Kit | Whatcha

Inspiration: Inspired by Dexter

Description: Whatcha brings us a kit to create 3 polishes (and more if you have supplies, but they provide 3 bottles.) The 3 provided bottles already contain base and different finishes. One is holo micro glitters, one is holo and one is iridescent flakes. Then you get 3 liquid pigments in glass vials (blue, red and yellow) that you can mix into the different bases to create a custom polish.

I created one so far – and it’s shown below.

This is a fun kit, but I will caution to be careful while opening the pigment vials. The stoppers are to prevent leaking, but if you open them fast or roughly, you might get a pigment spray. I personally didn’t make a mess, but I can see it happening if you aren’t careful.

The caps of the pigments all have “wands” on them (plastic, not brush like) and I would dip that wand back into the pigment to gather some, then wipe it off into the neck of the bottle I wanted the color in (I used the flake base.) I wanted purple, so I did 3 swipes of the red and 3 of the blue and poof – I got my purple.

Fairly easy to use and a very neat concept. Again though – be careful opening the pigments.

Everything in the first photo is what you will receive.

Price: $18.50 | Cap: 150 US / 20 UK

What Addiction? | Dark Phoenix

Inspiration: Inspired by Jean Grey of the X-Men as the Phoenix

Description: Dark Phoenix is a burgundy-red with a tinge of brown jelly base with aurora shimmer, gold micro flakes and dark green metallic shreds. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

First coat was rather sheer, but it does build up. If you have a strong VNL, you may need a base “foundation” or even just a slightly tinted base coat. It isn’t super sheer, but just enough that you might show some VNL

Price: $13.00 | Cap: 200 US / 10 UK

Vibrant Vinyls | Scented Sticky Ridge Filling Base Coat in Apple Jack

Inspiration: Inspired by Apple Jack from My Little Pony

Description: This revolutionary 2 in 1 base coat is formulated with proteins to fill imperfections and ridges on the surface of the nail leaving you with a smooth even base ready for polish. Plus it’s been mixed with sticky bond base so you get the added benefits of a sticky base plus ridge filling properties. The best of both base coat worlds.

The scent this month is Apple Jack and it’s an incredible scent of Red Delicious Apples. Pure and true. The smell you get when you first chomp into a fresh red delicious… that’s what this smells like.

Price: $8.00 | Cap: None

Vibrant Vinyls | Scented Quick Dry Top Coat in Apple Jack

Inspiration: Inspired by Apple Jack from My Little Pony

Description: Fast & Hard Quick Dry Top Coat is a super glossy top coat that can be used over wet polish, floated over nail art and dries rock hard in 15 minutes.

The scent this month is Apple Jack and it’s an incredible scent of Red Delicious Apples. Pure and true. The smell you get when you first chomp into a fresh red delicious… that’s what this smells like.

Price: $8.00 | Cap: None

Side note – I bought a plate from AliExpress like 2 months ago and it happened to arrive the same day as the base and top coat… and it had a My Little Pony image. Unfortunately the etching was iffy so it didn’t turn out like I wanted.

Vapid Wax | Narf!

Inspiration: Pinky & The Brain

Description: Narf! is a pale green wax with blue microglitters sprinkled on top and the scent is pumpkin cookie pancakes and syrup. When I initially sniffed it, the syrup scent is what I immediately got, then the pumpkin scent flowed through more. It does have a slight “spice” scent mingled in with the pumpkin and syrup as well.

It’s an interesting scent, and you’d have to like syrup to really love this one. I enjoy it, and when melting – it smells like someone actually got up early enough to make some pancakes around here. Too bad we’re all late sleepers so that’s not happening.

Price: $6.00 | Cap: None

Vapid Lacquer | You Lost the Substance by Grasping at the Shadows (Tri-Thermal)

Inspiration:Inspired by Aeon Flux

Description: You Lost the Substance by Grasping at the Shadows is a tri thermal that shifts from a deep blurple (cold) to medium denim blue (warm) to pale greyish blue (hot), with magnetic ultra chrome shifting flakes that shift purple to blue to green. The magnetic effect is very scattered and subtle. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Initially when magnetizing I saw a faint line, but within minutes it scattered to a point that it was barely detectable.

Price: $13.00 | Cap: 300 US / 20 UK

Body Cream by Vapid. | You lost the Substance by Grasping at the Shadows

Inspiration: Inspired by Aeon Flux

***The artwork on the bottle is being redone as to not infringe on copyright. I badly removed it from the label – so it won’t be blank like the photo shows, but it also won’t have the original image on it.***

Description: You Lost the Substance By Grasping At The Shadows body lotion is a goats milk lotion that soaks in nicely and leaves skin soft. This months scent is a unisex, slightly spicey scent that is perfect for Fall if you are looking for something that’s not “typical”

The official profile for the scent is ‘hints of earthy woods, cedar, crackling sandalwood, red wine and blackberries, marshmallow brings a light smooth subtlety to this blend. Smokey tobacco flower is intoxicating and blends with amber, cocoa and whiskey to perfection.

My nose picks up the earthy musk scent and there is a spicey bite to it. It’s the type of scent that makes me think “this would pair nicely with leather” – it’s that type of scent. Warm and definitely unisex. I like the scent, however Nick doesn’t since he prefers clean, crisp scent. I like slightly more complex scents like this.

Price: $10.00 | Cap: 100 US / 20 UK

Unicorn Magic Skincare | Deluxe Lip Balm Duo

Inspiration: Inspired by The Simpsons

Description: This month Unicorn Magic Skincare brings us a deluxe lip balm duo that I am so going to use up. Both glide on super smooth and leave my lips soft without feeling like it is leaving behind a thick film or sticky residue to my lips. The balm itself doesn’t have a taste but it is scented.

Each Lip Balm is made with local beeswax and organic jojoba oil and a touch of castor oil for shine.

One lip balm is scented in Strawberry Glazed Donut and the other is Chocolate Glazed Donut.

Price: $8.00 | Cap: 300 US / 20 UK

Twisting Nether Lacquer | Let Me Be Your Wings

Inspiration:Inspired by Thumbelina

Description: Let Me Be Your Wings is a white crelly base with gold shimmer, gold holo glitters, and matte aqua, blue and periwinkle hex glitters, plus it comes with a baggie of stars in matching colors. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

I love how delicate this shade is.

Price: $12.50 | Cap: 120 US / 10 UK

Turtle Tootsie Polishes | Mystery Machine

Inspiration: Inspired by Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine Van

Description: Mystery Machine is a turquoise crelly based scattered holo with neon green and orange hex glitters and gold flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

I do classify the base as more crelly but it does lean into creme territory and builds up nicely.

Price: $12.00 | Cap: 200 US / 10 UK

Treo Lacquer | It Would Be the Last Unicorn That Came to Molly Grue (Thermal)

Inspiration:Inspired by the meeting of Molly Grue and the Last Unicorn. Molly had waited her whole life to see a unicorn and was upset that she finally met one when she was no longer a young maiden, but quickly found it in her heart to forgive the unicorn.

Description: It Would Be the Last Unicorn That Came to Molly Grue is a medium-deep blue (cold) to translucent lavender-orchid purple (hot) thermal with red to gold to green shifting ultrachrome chameleon flakes, as well as pink shimmer. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.00 | Cap: 145 US / 15 UK

Top Shelf Lacquer | Unscented Top Coat & Base Coat Duo


Description: Sticky Ridge Filling Base Coat acts like double sided sticky tape for nail polish while also formulated with proteins to fill imperfections and ridges on the surface of the nail enabling an even smooth finish. It creates a durable and long lasting bond between the nail and lacquer for a longer hold.

Nouveau Quick Dry 2-Free Top Coat is a high shine quick setting  non yellowing top coat.  This is the ultimate nail art top coat as it does not smear nail art and it dries super quick.  It dries so quick and shiny!  This top coat will have a slight smell due to the toluene.

This top coat bonds to wet nail polish for a strong, durable finish – so you don’t have to wait for your polish to dry completely before top coating.

This set is unscented for those who prefer no scent in their base and top coats.

Price: $15.00 | Cap: None

Top Shelf Lacquer | Who Framed Roger?

Inspiration: Inspired by Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Description: Who Framed Roger? is a slightly pink tinged red crelly base with white matte hex glitters ranging from micro to medium sizes, as well as blue, holo blue and holo silver mini stars. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.00 | Cap: 400 US / 50 UK

The Soapy Chef | Resin Coated Shot Glass/Water Marbling Cup

Inspiration: Inspired by “one of my favorite shows, Bob’s Burgers. This is an actual quote by Linda Belcher when a man tried to hit on her!”

Description: The Soapy Chef brings us a light weight, stainless steel shot glass that can be used as a shot glass, or for water marbling! The cup is the perfect size to water marble in. I had planned to water marble with it for this post, however – I moved in late July and don’t have many polishes that water marble at this point to be able to show that.

each cup features a red and white watermarbling design on the outside that is sealed with a resin coating, and it has a scattered holo effect as well.

It can also be used just for decoration for the Bob’s Burgers fans.

It will also come with a bonus sticker free with purchase.

Price: $8.00 | Cap: 60 US / 5 UK

The Lady Varnishes | Potatoes & Molasses

Inspiration: Inspired by Over the Garden Wall

Description: Potatoes & Molasses is a sheer, ivory crelly base loaded with pale gold shimmer and black microflecks. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

I do not have an opaque nail line, and I can see it still after 3 thin coats – so that gives you a slight idea of how sheer this is. It’s very delicate, but if you have a stronger nail line that i do – I do suggest a foundation shade for full opacity.

Price: $13.00 | Cap: 150 US / 16 UK

Sweet Heart Polish | Smell the Peppermint Roses

Inspiration: Inspired by the 90’s short lived cartoon Peppermint Rose and the perfume filled dolls.

Description: Smell the Peppermint Roses is a magenta pink jelly base full of holo micro glitters. I used 3 thin coats for these photos and 2 coats of top coat for a smooth, glassy finish.

This has microglitters, so it will have a slight texture. I used 2 coats of top coat, however at first 1 seemed to do the job, but then it “settled” in hours later (I wore this one for a full day since I was going to a meeting for my son’s school) and when I got home I did a 2nd top coat.

PS – I need a rainbow assortment of microglitters like this please and thank you.

Price: $9.00 | Cap: None

Sweet & Sour Lacquer | Okay, I Love You! Buh-Bye!

Inspiration: Inspired by Mindy from Mindy and Buttons, the short scenes in Animaniacs

Description: Okay, I Love You! Buh-Bye! is a lilac crelly base with purple to pink to blue to green iridescent chameleon flakes, as well as blue to pink to green to gold aurora shimmers. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Price: $12.50 | Cap: 110 US / 10 UK

Top Coat by Sweet & Sour Lacquer | Gloss Sauce 4-Free QDTC


Description: I’ve been featuring Gloss Sauce on my blog for months now and at least the last… 5 or 6 months worth of blog posts have primarily featured this top coat. Darlene of Sweet & Sour sends me giant refill bottles of it, which I’m incredibly grateful for. On top of that, the top coat is glossy, dries fast and plays well with a variety of polishes I use.

She also just sent me a bottle of matte top coat to try out, so I’ll let you know how that goes as well soon.

I’ve recommended it to a few people who have directly asked as well – and so far they all said they really liked it too.

Price: $7.00 | Cap: 200 US / 10 UK

Swamp Gloss | The Renegade

Inspiration: Inspired by Tron Uprising

Description: We have a couple new-to-PPU makers this month, and Swamp Gloss is one of them! The Renegade is a deep emerald green with subtle red to green shifting shimmer, iridescent flakes and metallic copper flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

This is my second (maybe 3rd) time trying Swamp Gloss and I have yet to be disappointed. The formula is really nice and the color combos are well done and have a unique touch to them.

Price: $12.50 | Cap: 80 US / 5 UK

Supernatural Lacquer | Room on the Broom

Inspiration: Inspired by short animation film based on the Julia Donaldson children’s book

Description: Room on the Broom is a deep night sky blue crelly base with orange to gold to green multichrome shimmer and translucent white flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

This is deeper in person, but the crelly leaning jelly base allows light to pass through which lightens the color a bit under my lighting.

Price: $12.00 | Cap: None

Vinyl Sticker 3 Pack | STELLA CHROMA

Inspiration: Inspired by Cool quotes about nail polish and manicures

Description: 3 pack of high quality, vibrant vinyl stickers measuring 2.5”-3”. Stick them on your Helmer, laptop, water bottle, anywhere! They last approximately 1 year on outdoors surfaces.

These are super cute and nice quality. I haven’t placed mine anywhere just yet, mainly because I’m still deciding which one I want on my Macbook.

Price: $10.00 | Cap: 85 US / 8 UK


Inspiration: Inspired by the neighbor Carl from Aqua Teen Hunger Force

Description: Carl is a muted white crelly base with blue and gold micro flakes mixed in. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

The white base is softer so it’s not that stark white, so it actually looks better against a variety of skin tones.

Price: $13.00 | Cap: None