Thursday, September 25, 2014

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer "Spirit-Mint" Fall 2014 Collection

This post is serious. Seriously full of more amazing fall holo awesomeness from Octopus Party Nail Lacquer. This whole collection is flawless and covers a large range of color pallets for fall- frosty, deep, dark colors, sultry burgundy colors, rich pumpkin colors, and a festive glitter topper among others. Today I have a sort-of-not-typical-but-still-appropriate color to show you. This guy is a glowy, creamy mint holo with a glint of gold and is called "Spirit-Mint". I know you're probably thinking "wtf, a mint color for fall?" but it is so refreshing and almost a neutral color. I'm pretty pumped to have this among all the other burgundy, burnt orange, and gold polishes for fall. Enough of my blabbing, this is Spirit-Mint!

I love how the green is super subtle. It's not a "HI I AM GREEN" polish, but you can definitely tell it has hints of minty goodness in there. The golden flash is really easy to pick up in all lighting and I really love this one in the sun.

In the sun you can see how linear the holo is in Spirit-Mint. The flame is present in all lighting situations too which is my favorite kind of holo. This guy could almost be passed off as a neutral since it is so delicate and ethereal. All photos here and above show 3 coats plus on topcoat.
As I was painting this, and by request of the lovely creator of Octopus Party Nail Lacquer, I decided to compare this little beauty to Enchanted Polish "A Little Fishy Told Me" since they're both soft mint holos.
In this lighting they looked pretty darn close. But I can assure you that the blue flecks in Enchanted Polish, along with the more blue leaning base really made it different than Spirit-Mint. Spirit-Mint has a much more typical holographic base that leans greener and a tighter linear holographic flame as well as a beautiful gold sheen. Fishy is more crème based and has blue flecks throughout with a looser linear holographic effect. This shows 3 coats of each, no topcoat.


On the left is the EP, and on the left is OPNL. I think the macros really help you see the difference in both the level of holo and the flecks of color in these polishes. I think they're definitely distinguishable and it's worth owning both of them because...own all the pretties.

As far as formula goes, Spirit-Mint needed 3 coats and dried really quickly (in a good way). Wear is great and I had no application issues at all with this baby! This with the rest of the Fall 2014 collection is dropping (September 26th 12PM EDT) in literally two hours over at Etsy so be sure to check it out! There are really no bad colors in the collection.
Until next time lovelies!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer "Pumpkin Slice"

Hello there!

I just want to preface this post by saying that I may talk a ton about pumpkins, and pumpkin things. I love fall, and while the part of the world I live in doesn't really get fall, I do my best to participate in it. So far I've had pumpkin latte's, baked pumpkin cupcakes, cookies, pie, but I digress.  Dave over at Octopus Party Nail Lacquer is seriously killing this Fall 2014 collection, and this pumpkin holo called "Pumpkin Slice" (which is an LE!) is practically edible.

Ahhhhhhh! It's another supremely glowy jelly holo! This formula is really similar to the jelly holo "Gold Vibrations" from the Gold Crush duo by OPNL. And I really dig it. I found this one to be a bit more opaque, only needing 2 coats. I really loved how brilliant and radiant this holo was. I didn't even use top coat here because it was so shiny without I didn't find the need for it.

Unfortunately the week I swatched this bad boy it was cloudy and gloomy in Arizona, so I didn't get to snap any sunshots. I can imagine how perfectly glorious this would be though basking in the rays of the sun. I think my favorite thing about this is it really looks like a pumpkin coated in holographic deliciousness.

These macro's really show just how glowtastic and holo Pumpkin Slice is. I think it's definitely a must have. I can imagine myself using this for a gradient or a cute little pumpkin accent nail. I'm always a bit cautious with orange colors but I think this one would look good on just about anyone. I kept thinking about having a pumpkin spice latte with some pumpkin loaf while I was painting my nails! 

As far as formula goes, it's solid. Dry time was perfect as well! No gloppy feel to it even though it's a bit on the jelly side and it was opaque in two easy coats.

If you want super pumpkin holoness on your nails be sure to keep an eye on Dave on Facebook and on his Etsy store! This along with the rest of the Halloween collection is dropping on September 26th so be sure to be there or be square. And remember... PUMPKIN ALL THE THINGS! (even your nails).

Until next time lovelies! 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer "Witches Get Stitches" Fall 2014

Hey hey hey,

First of all, I want to apologize for my lengthy absence. I broke a nail, then I broke another nail, and then life got a little hectic-ah! But I figured since I left you all with a glittering beauty from Octopus Party Nail Lacquer that I would welcome myself back with one as well. It's probably no secret that I really, really enjoy Dave's polishes. The formula, the color selection, the uniqueness of what's offered, and super fast shipping are all great. Not to mention, I feel that Octopus Party deserves far more attention than it gets for the previous reasons. I've got 3 colors to show you from his up and coming Fall 2014 collection, but first up is "Witches Get Stitches". 

Witches Get Stitches is described as a fuchsia jelly with garnet, gold, and lavender flakes. Let me tell you, this is a super gorgeous, flecked polish. The glitters just bounce off of each other and reflect a ton of different ways in different lights. Unfortunately Arizona weather doesn't want to cooperate this week and it's very cloudy/rainy here so I can't show you its glory in the sun *insert sad panda face here*.

In all 3 of these pictures I've used 3 coats of "Witches Get Stitches" with one coat of top coat. The sparkle is awesome because the lavender glints subtly while the gold and garnet really smack you in the face. So much glintiness (not a word but I'm rolling with it) going on! 

I know, I know. More macros- but with this much shimmer and glitter variation I just had to. Looooooook at it! Glorious. You can see how the garnet adds a lot of depth to the fuchsia jelly base, all while providing the perfect back drop for the gold to shine through. 

Formula was good, and all photos above show 3 coats with one coat topcoat! Dry time was awesome and I am on day 2 of wear with no chips at all! So really the only bummer about this gorgeous color is that it's an LE for the upcoming Fall 2014 collection. Make sure you're watching Dave's Facebook/social media for more updates, but this among loads of other gorgeous colors are dropping on September 26th. If you're waiting in agony for some pretties from OPNL, check out his Etsy and nab some great stuff now to hold you over.

Until next time lovelies!