08 August 2013

Contrary Polish Gift Wrap, Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! I have another stunning polish from Contrary Polish for you today. Gift Wrap was released for the Contrary Polish one year anniversary - the name comes from the (Western?) tradition of couples exchanging/receiving some kind of paper gift for the first wedding anniversary. When I first saw this posted on the Contrary Polish Facebook page, I placed an order right away! It's not very often that I am immediately taken by a polish - I find recently that it is happening less so.

Contrary Polish Gift Wrap

It's such a gorgeous polish I had a hard time narrowing down the pictures to show you! I hope you don't mind. ;)

Contrary Polish Gift Wrap

Gift Wrap is a warm-toned purple with an iridescent blue-green shimmer. The blue shimmer is very fine while the green/iridescent shimmer looks more like fine flakes. On the nails the colour takes on more of a bluish tone undoubtedly due to the shimmer.

Contrary Polish Gift Wrap

Contrary Polish Gift Wrap

I needed three coats for full coverage and the formula was excellent. It went on very smooth, and was completely self-leveling. It dries to a satin finish so you will need top coat to make it glossy, but I always wear a top coat so that wasn't an issue for me.

Contrary Polish Gift Wrap

I can't get over how beautiful this is. The colour itself is a bit of a chameleon - in the bottle and under the lights, it looks lighter and leans towards magenta, not under direct light and it looks darker, more of a grape purple. I find the colour very sophisticated, and the shimmer gives it such luminosity. I definitely see myself wearing this again.

Contrary Polish Gift Wrap (direct light)

Contrary Polish Gift Wrap (direct light)

What do you think of this polish? And since several indies have come out with anniversary polishes recently, what do you think of the idea? Have you bought any?

I bought this directly from Contrary Polish, Carrie was selling full-sized bottles, but only for a limited time. Minis can be ordered directly from Contrary Polish; for full size polishes, check out a list of distributors on the Contrary Polish Blog. I know this will be available on Llarowe soon, check their Facebook page for more details.

5 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! Love how accurately the shimmer translates from the bottle. Excellent swatches :D

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    1. Thanks Cathy! I agree that the shimmer is gorgeous, there's nothing worse than a polish that has a gorgeous shimmer in the bottle but you can't see it once it's on your nails. :/

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  2. What a lovely colour! Your nails are swatches are beautiful also :D

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    1. Thanks very much UKNailRunner! And glad that you enjoyed the swatches. :)

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  3. What a lovely shade! I'll admit I am not really into the anniversary indies (or buying indies at all) since usually restocks happen when I sleep and I miss out, LOL

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