Press Sample of the Polish Pickup
September 2020 | All Hallows Eve
Disclosure: I am a paid employee of Polish Pickup for their Social Media. While this post isn’t sponsored, I am an employee of their shop
So this month was quite the cluster. A lot of people don’t realize the behind the scenes work that goes on and deadlines everyone has. Usually, when you see maker preview go up in the main group, there’s still 2-3 weeks for makers to get things to swatchers before the swatcher’s deadline to turn in photos. However, August’s shop was later in the month (7th) and September is earlier (4th) which means there was only a 9 day gap between maker preview going up and photos being due. This made things a little tighter this month… but I got it done. So now we get to look at my review for the items I received for the Polish Pickup September 2020 shop – All Hallows Eve!
This month I did .. 114 (I think?) and more is still on the way. I know for sure I am still waiting on Lucky 13’s offerings, but I feel like there’s another I’m waiting on… that might be all in my head though.
This month brings us a lot of deeper shades, Fall colors are rolling in and there were a LOT of thermals. More than I anticipated. I’m not complaining – I like thermals, but I was just surprised at how many there were. All Hallow’s Eve was selected for September which does give everyone a chance to play with possible Halloween themed goodies in time for Halloween. Also – Fall stuff for beginning of Fall.
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 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. That is a link for those wanting to look, but it’s not an affiliate link. The brand did send them for me to post on Instagram too though, so it is a press sample (which I posted about a few months ago)
This month I found a multichrome skull to assist me with photos – and I named him Henry. I’ve been asked about Henry a few times, so here’s my Amazon affiliate link for him
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.
The September shop will go from September 4th through September 7th.
Let’s get this going.
77 Nail Lacquer | The Coven Of Requiem
Inspiration: Inspired by a painting of a night time gathering, an unknown ritual.
Description: The Coven Of Requiem is a black jelly base with large particle pigment that shifts orange to pink to red, with silver holographic micro bar glitter mixed in. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos. There is a slight texture, but 1 coat of top coat smoothed it out. However – I did have some wayward bar glitters I ended up using tweezers to pick off before the polish dried.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: 600 US / 25 UK
Alchemy Lacquers | Blood Moon
Inspiration: Inspired by the spectacularly spooky red shade that the moon turns when there is a total lunar eclipse.
Description: Blood Moon is a navy jelly leaning crelly with pink to red to purple to orange shifting transparent flakes, turquoise holographic glitter, holographic flakes and turquoise to purple flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: 150 US / 10 UK
All Mixed Up Lacquers | I Put A Spell on You
Inspiration: Inspired by a cauldron with an eerie blue and green misting potion.
Description: I Put A Spell On You is a green leaning turquoise jelly based scattered holographic with blue shimmer and iridescent shifting flakes that flash all colors of the rainbow. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: None
Gourdy Soap | Alter Ego Body Care Products
Inspiration: Inspired by Seasonal gourds
Description: Hand created soap, colored in brick red, mustard yellow and a green leaning teal. Lightly scented in a fresh, clean fragrance oil. This has a light lather and a light scent, so it’s perfect for a guest bathroom or those who don’t care for perfumey soaps. After using, there was no residue left behind and my hands felt squeaky clean. It’s currently in our guest bathroom, even though we don’t have guests coming soon… we use that bathroom enough that we’ll go through it easily.
Price: $4.00 | Cap: 20 US / 5 UK
Alter Ego Body Care Products | Nothing Good Happens After Midnight
Inspiration:All Hallow’s Eve brings to mind with covens meeting after midnight, vampires flying about and zombies looking for a snack :)
Description: Nothing Good Happens After Midnight is a deep midnight blue jelly base, however it has incredible opacity and is damn near opaque at 3 thin coats. I don’t have an opaque nail line, so I don’t know if it will cover it, but it’s dark enough that it might.
I will actually be buying a backup bottle of this shade because it’s one I can see myself using quite a bit as a pedi color, as well a base for shimmers and glitters and flakes.
Price: $9.00 | Cap: None
Anchor & Heart Lacquer | Something Dark & Unnatural
Inspiration: The maker’s favorite movie, Practical Magic
Description: Something Dark & Unnatural is a smokey blue creme base loaded with aqua to blue shifting shimmer, as well as micro holo flecks. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: None
Anchor & Heart Lacquer | Tidal Mist Spray Lotion
Inspiration: Practical Magic Movie
Description: Tidal Mist is a light, quick absorbing, spray-able formula that takes all the effort out of application! It utilizes organic jojoba seed and coconut oils and is perfectly balanced to provide softening, soothing support for dry skin of all types. The consistency is almost watery, but when you rub it in, it leaves your skin feeling super smooth. I love using this on my legs.
Scent is called “Magick” and features dragon fruit, apple blossom, casaba melon and crisp pear. It’s a fruity floral combo, but the spray lotion is very lightly scented.
Price: $10.00 | Cap:145 US / 5 UK
Apipila Cosmeticos | Red 7
Inspiration: Inspired by dusk in a haunted house
Description: Red 7 is a cool toned medium red crelly that leans into creme territory. It has the squish of a jelly but the opacity of a creme – and it does actually stamp but the stamp won’t be as bold over dark colors as a typical creme would be. I show it here in 2 coats on index and pinky, and stamped over a milky base.
Price: $10.00 | Cap: 80 US / 20 UK
Top Coat for Nail Stamping by Apipila
Inspiration: Inspired by “my plate collection”
Description: Don’t Smudge The Drawing Top Coat for nail stamping is a water based quick dry top coat perfect for applying over your stamping before a top coat to avoid smudging OR it also works over holos that alter color when you apply a QDTC. Essentially – it creates a “barrier” between the solvents in the QDTC and polish so certain polish colors don’t “bleed”
If you do brandishing powders that typically require gels too – this works for the no gel method, again between the powder and the QDTC.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: 300 US / 20 UK
AURORA | Give Yourself Goosebumps (Magnetic)
Inspiration: Inspired by Goosebumps “Reader Beware…You Choose the Scare” book – Escape from the Carnival of Horrors
Description: Give Yourself Goosebumps is a multichrome magnetic with a deep blue base, with magnetic flecks that shift purple, turquoise, blue and lime. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos. I used a magnet on the middle and ring fingers only, so you can see it both with and without a magnet.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: 200 US / 20 UK
Baby Girl Lacquer | Web of Lies (Thermal)
Inspiration: Inspired by Black Cat Caught In Spider Web Meme
Description: Web of Lies is a gunmetal (cold) to pale silver (hot) thermal with a linear holo effect and color shifting flakes, ultrachrome chameleon flakes and black shreds. The color shifting flakes flash all colors of the rainbow, while the UCC flakes primarily flash blue, purple and magenta. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: 75 US / 5 UK
Acetone Antidote by Baroness X | Caramel Apple Crisp
Inspiration: Inspired by Caramel Apples and Apple Crisp
Description: This month’s Acetone Antidote scent is Caramel Apple Crisp – it’s a melange of crunchy apples, baked apples, gooey caramel, cinnamon and slight hints of nuts, brown sugar and oats. (This month’s AA may come in frosted brown, shiny brown or clear glass bottles.)
This smells warm and inviting. I absolutely love it!
Acetone Antidote is an additive for your acetone to protect your skin from the harshness of acetone. It contains glycerin and jojoba oil to help protect and moisturize your nails, skin, and cuticles during polish removal. Plus, no more ashy, dry skin.
Shake the vial and add the full bottle (.5oz) to 6-8oz of acetone. You can add the vial to more or less (down to 4oz of acetone, no less due to IFRA regulations). These are just suggestions for optimal scent and protection from acetone, the ratio can vary due to personal preference.
I use a full vial in 10 oz of Zoya Remove+
Price: $4.25 | Cap: None
Bees Knees Lacquer | I’ll Change the Face of Halloween
Inspiration: Inspired by one of my favorite songs by the band Ice Nine Kills about the movie Halloween
Description: I’ll Change The Face of Halloween is a brighter, bolder version of BKL’s pastel multichromes. This is a deep gold base that shifts from marigold to gold to green to bright blue with a hint of purple at the extremes. I tried capturing the shift more on my phone and my camera – but neither captured it for me. The green/bright blue and pink shifts are phenomenal and much more apparent in person. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos. I also did 1 quick swatch over black to show it can be a topper and it shows some shiftiness.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: None
Sandalwood & Jasmine Rollerball Cuticle Oil | Black Dahlia Lacquer
Inspiration: Inspired by Halloween
Description: This is a vegan cuticle oil is scented with sandalwood and jasmine and packaged in a 10mL glass rollerball bottle. The sandalwood and jasmine scents are well balanced and nicely done so neither seems to be competing with the other. I am a jasmine fan – so I adore this completely and while sandalwood isn’t typically a favorite – it does combined well with jasmine.
This is a quick absorbing cuticle oil, unless you REALLY slather it on. I have been keeping this one in my bathroom so after I wash my hands, I apply a bit and rub in to avoid really dry cuticles from so much washing.
Price: $6.25 | Cap: None
Black Dahlia Lacquer | Sugar Skull
Inspiration: Sugar Skull is inspired by the Aztec ritual known as Dia de los Muertos.
Description: Sugar Skull is a black crelly base with green to blue to gold to violet and red to orange to purple shifting flakes, as well as pink to violet to blue shifting metallic flakes, and red to copper and blue to green shifting crystal flakes. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos. The flakes really pop in this base, but when matte top coat is added, my heart melted! Love!
Price: $11.50 | Cap: None
BLUSH Lacquers | Corn Maze
Inspiration: Inspired by a favorite fall activity, the walk-through corn maze!
Description: Corn Maze is a tan leaning yellow crelly with gold flake and holographic micro flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
The official description says it’s a tan with yellow tones, however, on my skin tone it looked more like a soft yellow leaning into tan territory. This might be a chameleon depending on your skin tone. For reference – I’m neutral leaning cool.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: None
By Dany Vianna | Samhain
Inspiration: Inspired by history behind the Samhain demon from Supernatural
Description: Samhain is a pumpkin orange tinged brown base loaded with red to gold aurora pigment. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos. This is another shade that blew me away as a matte polish.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: 280 US / 20 UK
Effect Topper By Dany Vianna | Traveling Witches (Thermal)
Inspiration:Inspired by glittering brooms picture
Description: Traveling Witches is a clear (hot) to black (cold) thermal topper with microflakes in purple, copper and peridot. While this is a topper, I wasn’t paying attention and swatched it as a normal polish. One the first coat it was clear to black, but as you build up it has a slight beige jelly look in its warm state. So it can be used as a topper as intended or layered up on its own. Shown is 3 thin coats.
Price: $11.50 | Cap: 280 US / 20 UK
By Vanessa Molina | Spooky
Inspiration: Inspired by a Halloween image of a ghost
Description: Spooky is a sheer, medium chartreuse jelly base with tons of magenta to red to orange to gold to green shifting ultrachrome chameleon flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
If you want a more densely packed flake effect, you can use the sponge on method, however I just brushed it on.
Despite the flake content, you should only need 1 coat of top coat to smooth over. The jelly base has a good consistency and effectively “floats” the flakes so they don’t create as much texture as one would assume.
Price: $13.00 | Cap: 300 US / 20 UK
Strong Base | By Vanessa Molina
Inspiration: Inspired by a pumpkin lantern image
Description: Strong Base is a base coat that has additional nutrients to help strengthen nails to avoid breakage. The base itself is tinted orange, however – it doesn’t look that way on the nail.
I don’t have breakage or weaker nails, so I cannot say if this worked or not. I will be using it over the next month on my Cindy hand and see if I notice a difference in strength.
Price: $10.50 | Cap: 300 US / 20 UK
Cadillacquer | Eerie (Thermal)
Inspiration: Inspired by a picture of eerie pumpkins in a Halloween night.
Description: Eerie is a blackened eggplant (cold) to turquoise (warm) thermal with chameleon glitters that shift red to orange to green, as well as iridescent flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
The eggplant looks black at times, but you can kind of see the smokey eggplant color peek through.
Price: $13.50 | Cap: None
Cameo Colours Lacquers | FEED ME!
Inspiration: Inspired by Little Shop of Horrors
Description: FEED ME! is a green to silver to fuchsia ultrachrome base with scattered holo, red to bronze to copper, blue to violet to copper, and violet to blue to green ultrachrome chameleon flakes, as well as gold metallic micro flakes and silver holo micro flakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Very mild texture but should still only needs 1 coat of top coat to smooth
Price: $12.00 | Cap: 95 US / 5 UK
Color Spectrum Polish | Hocus Pocus Take Me To Your Castle
Inspiration: Inspired by Hocus Pocus themed Cinderella’s Castle from Mickey Mouse’s Not So Spooky Halloween Party in Disney World.
Description: Hocus Pocus Take Me To Your Castle is a medium pink jelly base loaded with rainbow flakes, violet to red to orange ultrachrome chameleon flakes, electric blue microflakes, blue iridescent glitters, purple aurora shimmer and holo microflakes. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Price: $12.00 | Cap: 75 US / 5 UK