05 November 2014

Mentality Nail Polish Glazes: Swatches, Review and Nail Art

Hi everyone! In the indie scene, Mentality Nail Polish is known for their bare bones, minimal labelling and packaging, and their wide array of colours and finishes that are perfect for all kinds of nail art. Their "no frills" style is appealing and means that they are more affordable than many indie polishes on the market. I was fortunate enough to receive some gorgeous nail mail from Hillary and Danny, the husband and wife team behind the brand. So expect to see some Mentality features over the next few weeks on this blog!

Mentality Nail Polish Glazes: Swatches, Review and Nail Art
Mentality Nail Polish Glazes: Swatches, Review and Nail Art

Today I'm reviewing four polishes from their Glaze line - Yellow, Coral, Aqua and Red-Purple. I've also got some intricate geometric nail art for you, so make sure to check out the rest of the post!


Mentality Glazes:

These are very transparent polishes, I'd say more transparent than jellies. They are meant to be layered and built up and can be used for techniques such as the "leadlight" technique that is popular in stamping right now. With leadlight stamping, you stamp your dark lines then paint in some colour using sheer jellies to create a stained glass look.

Intricate geometric nail art with Mentality Glazes
Intricate geometric nail art with Mentality Glazes

The Mentality Glazes have a smooth easy formula, thin enough that you can build them up without having a lot of polish on your nails. One thing I like about them is that they have a shimmer to them - which you don't see with jellies. However, depending on the colour they can require a few coats to build up. But this also allows you to control the colour - you may want just a faint wash of colour - or you can build them up so they are more saturated and intense. You can also layer different colours so they mix optically - for example, layering aqua over yellow to get a green. I didn't do much of that, but it's something I'd like to do with my next use of these.

I decided to do some swatches so you can see how they build up. All swatches are over a base of white polish.

Yellow - a bright, canary yellow glaze. Loved the colour on this as well as the yellow/golden shimmer.

Mentality Nail Polish Glaze Yellow swatch
Mentality Nail Polish Glaze Yellow swatch

Coral - a coral glaze with a subtle silver shimmer. I found this to be the most sheer and harder to build up.

Mentality Nail Polish Glaze Coral swatch
Mentality Nail Polish Glaze Coral swatch

Aqua - a turquoise/aqua glaze with a subtle aqua, iridescent glaze. I loved the colour of this so much!

Mentality Nail Polish Glaze Aqua swatch
Mentality Nail Polish Glaze Aqua swatch

Red-Purple - a reddish-purple glaze with a subtle silver shimmer. Another favourite of mine and very easy to build up.

Mentality Nail Polish Glaze Red-Purple swatch
Mentality Nail Polish Glaze Red-Purple swatch

The nail art:

I don't stamp, so I decided to do a freehand geometric design and use the glazes to colour in the sections. It's really no different than the leadlight technique except I painted my black lines instead of stamping them.

Intricate geometric nail art with Mentality Glazes
Intricate geometric nail art with Mentality Glazes

Some of the colours I built up more than others - the coral I only used one coat of, while I used 2-3 coats of the yellow, aqua and red-purple.

  • Base: Cult Nails Tempest
  • Lines: Cult Nails Nevermore
  • Colour: Mentality Glazes in Yellow, Coral, Aqua, and Red-Purple
  • Top coat: KBShimmer Clearly On Top and Essie Matte About You

Intricate geometric nail art with Mentality Glazes
Intricate geometric nail art with Mentality Glazes

Final thoughts:

I really love the different looks you can get with these polishes. I don't know how keen I am on this mani, it has an Easter egg look to me. I probably could have gotten more intense colour by adding one or two more layers of glazes, but my back was killing me while I did this design, and my body was saying "NO MORE!". I'm definitely looking forward to experimenting more with these polishes as I don't really have anything like them in my stash.

Mentality glazes are available from their website. You can buy them individually, or in a set of 10 different colours. You can also buy them from their stockists: Harlow & Co., Edgy Polish, and Sally Magpies

What do you think of this? Have you tried Mentality glazes or the leadlight technique?

*Products provided for review, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more details.*

8 comments:

  1. Oh my, these are beyond gorgeous! I wanted the OPI tinted coats to be like this. Your NOTD is amazing!

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  2. I love the nail art you did with these! It looks like a 90's house in Arizona! Love it!

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  3. Wow that nail art is amazing! What detail to it. Great swatches of the colors too.

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  4. Beautiful art, as always! I'm always so intrigued by Mentality's colors whenever I see them around. I really like the spare packaging, too-- makes them super easy to recognize.

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  5. Your tribal mani is amazing. I'm working on something right now that these polishes would be perfect for - if only I'd thought of it a few weeks back I could have those polishes here already.

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  6. Really cool use of these polishes in your nail art! Very watercolor-like and pretty!

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  7. I just got the OPI tints so these might be right up my alley!

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