Preface: if you want to see swatches of polish that looks like a 5 year old did them then keep reading. If you want real swatches by true polish professionals please visit Pretty Girl Science (PGS), Amanda and Nicole are so amazing, I love their blog and all of their amazing swatches. Ok time to stop fangirling 🙂
So Octopus Party Nail Lacquer (OPNL) is an indie polish company found here. They are 5-free and vegan friendly and have been on my radar for months!! I only have hesitated to pull the trigger because jumping into the indie polish rabbit hole is just another obsession I am nervous to get into for good reason. But Dave of OPNL launched his fall collection on my birthday so I took it as a sign from the universe it was time to order, also I had been drooling over the swatches put up by PGS.
I did miss the start of the launch that morning, I was nursing a massive after-Katy Perry concert hangover, so missed out on one of the colors, Pumpkin Slice, but was able to grab the other ones I was interested in. Again I warn you my polish skills leave much to be desired also I have nubbins for nails, because well they don’t really grow, and I just broke two so I trimmed them this week. So on to the colors, Bleeding Tarts and Evil Live are still available as of the posting of this review.
Note: All photos are taken indoors in natural light unless other wise noted. All of the colors are applied of over a clear nail strengthener, that I am checking out right now. It is topped with Out The Door top coat, which really does dry super fast. Which is a good thing, I have the patience of a 5 year old when waiting for polish to dry.
Bleeding Tarts: Hello amazing dark purple fall color. It is opaque in two coats. Official Description.
Evil Live!: OMG my first holo nail polish! So when I first put this one indoors I have to say I didn’t understand the hype of having a holo polish and wondered how everyone caught such beautiful pictures. Here is an inside shot:
WRONG!!! The moment I stepped out side I could not stop staring at the amazing colors that come forward on what I would call a dark rose base. Official description here. After I took these we walked to the store and I stared at my nails the entire time.
Witches Get Stitches: this is such a pretty color and I am glad I snagged a bottle. It is a pinkyish purple with amazing micro gold glitter. But it turns darker under certain lights. This is a great color that I could see wearing out for a fun evening and with one coat it would even potentially be office appropriate.
All of the goods:
I was floored by the personalization of the card and the little tag on Evil Live!, that tag is darling! The personalization is what I have come to really appreciate about indie make-up and now polish. I am kicking my self for getting a mini of Evil Live! and I will probably be rectifying that very soon. Overall I am in LOVE with OPNL and Bleeding Tarts will be my go to fall color with no question!
So I promise to work on my cuticles and polishing skills because upcoming will be a review of the Femme Fatale COTM polish Star Pony and I have a feeling I have fallen down the indie polish hole.