Showing posts with label Contrary Polish. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Contrary Polish. Show all posts

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.

29 July 2013

Contrary Polish Color Context Collection, Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! When it comes to indie polishes, I have a special place in my heart for Contrary Polish. I love that Carrie, the maker, focuses on cremes with gorgeous shimmers. While many other indie creators are making glitter bombs, holos, thermals, and neons, Contrary Polish has focused on a type of polish that is often overlooked - that's changing of course, but you get the picture I hope.

When I saw this current collection, I made sure to get it as soon as it became available. It's not too often that I do that! I was really attracted to the vibrant and rich colours, and swatching them only confirmed how awesome they are. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

Contrary Polish Color Context Collection

About the collection: The Color Context collection is a trio of polishes that are cremes with vibrant shimmers. They play off the idea of simple colour theory: red + yellow = orange, blue + red = purple, and blue + yellow = green. It's possible to place two colours next to each other so that they are optically mixed by the eye. That was the whole idea behind the art movement Pointillism and the work of artists like Seurat. So basically, the shimmer "optically mixes" with the base colour to change the overall colour of the polish. I'm not sure if I needed to explain all that but I've read other reviews that say this idea is "complicated", but it's not really. Just read on...

Contrary Polish Color Context Collection

Blood Orange has a vibrant red base - a red that leans towards magenta - as well as a gold-orange shimmer. The overall look of the polish is a vivid burnt orange. The shimmer in this one is gorgeous, it has that "lit from within" look when the light catches it. Also, the shimmer really does change the overall look of the polish - it's quite neat actually.

Contrary Polish Blood Orange

Contrary Polish Blood Orange

Contrary Polish Blood Orange (direct light)

Greenhouse is hands down my favourite of the collection. It has a teal blue base with a gold shimmer - the overall look of the polish is a beautiful green, almost an emerald green. It's stunning because you can see the blue base peaking out, especially around the edges. Like Blood Orange it has that "lit from within" look and it just glows when the light hits it - swoon! :)

Contrary Polish Greenhouse

Contrary Polish Greenhouse

Contrary Polish Greenhouse (direct light)

This polish is so gorgeous it deserves and extra picture... :)

Contrary Polish Greenhouse (direct light)

Indigo Rose is a dark blue indigo base with a pink/purple shimmer. Overall, it has a bit of a purple look to it, however, the colour change on this one is not as noticeable as the others. It's still a gorgeous colour and gorgeous shimmer, I just think the shimmer is more vibrant with the other two.

Contrary Polish Indigo Rose

Contrary Polish Indigo Rose

Contrary Polish Indigo Rose (direct light)

About the formula: The formula is the exact same on all three. I used two coats plus top coat for all swatches. I found the formula on these to be a tad thick, but still manageable. I did a thin first coat, and a thicker second coat and that seemed to work out well. But overall they level well and I didn't have any issues with streaking or patches.

What do you think of this collection? Have you tried Contrary Polish?

I bought these from Llarowe, but check the Contrary Polish blog for links to other retailers.

19 March 2013

Quick NOTD: Laquerlicious The Perfect Gown

Hi everyone! I had planned a grandiose review post with some stuff that was sent to me from the Born Pretty Store, but I wasn't keen on my design once it was finished. So rather than running away with my tail in between my legs, I'm posting my NOTD (nail of the day).

Laquerlicious The Perfect Gown

I put this on after the failed nail art attempt. This is one coat of Laquerlicious The Perfect Gown (with a few touch ups) over Contrary Polish Ain't No Sunshine. The Perfect Gown is a gorgeous mixture of white, gold, and holo glitter in a clear base. I really do love all the iridescent goodness in this one.

Laquerlicious The Perfect Gown

This is also a quick preview of what is to come. I just got some new polishes in the mail - a few Laquerlicious, Contrary Polish and Lacquer Lust, and I'm hoping to find some time this week to swatch them. *fingers crossed*

So I'm curious - what's on your nails now? :)


07 January 2013

Contrary Polish: Bonfire and Hayride

Hi everyone! Hopefully the start of the week is going well for you! For me, tomorrow is the start of classes - I work as a Teaching Assistant, so I'll have a crop of fresh young minds to bore to tears, lol! The truth though, the beginning of the semester is always a nerve-wracking time from the perspective of an instructor/TA, maybe even more so than when I was a student.

Today I have two polishes from the indie brand Contrary Polish. I've been excited about these polishes for awhile, they are one of the few indies that don't do glitter polishes. All of their polishes are either cremes or jellies (with one sheer shimmer as the lone exception). But that doesn't mean they are your run of the mill cremes that you get from mainstream brands. I think you will find that these polishes have a unique quality that you could only get with indie polishes.

Bonfire and Hayride are both limited edition fall colours that came out a few months ago. The names and colours certainly do evoke fall, but for me, these colours would work year round.

Bonfire is a gorgeous tomato red jelly with dark flecks and a golden shimmer. The shimmer is intriguing for two reasons: the first is that it's made of irregular shaped particles, and the second is its complexity with hints of pink and fuchsia. This is two coats - the first coat was a bit streaky but the second coat covered perfectly.

Contrary Polish Bonfire
Contrary Polish Bonfire

Hayride is a nice tan colour with brown flecks and a noticeable gold shimmer. Like Bonfire, the shimmer is complex when you look at it up close, there are hints of copper, and maybe even purple. I found this to be a very flattering shade, you could even say it's a work appropriate indie polish (one of the few!). The colour also tends to shift based on the light - I found it to be either a warm or cool-toned colour depending on how the light hit. This one is also 2 coats, but I found it to be a bit thicker than Bonfire.

Contrary Polish Hayride
Contrary Polish Hayride

The application on these colours was good. Both dry to somewhat of a matte finish, I think because of the types of pigments used, but a top coat fixes that immediately. I found both of these polishes to be excellent in quality and uniqueness. The shimmer found in each one is gorgeous, and the darker flecks add interest. I'm curious, have you tried Contrary Polish? What do you think of these?

Contrary Polish can be purchased from Llarowe, and minis from the Contrary Polish blog.

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P.S. I'm trying to put better watermarks on my photos now that they have been circulating a lot more. I don't have a program that can do those fancy curved watermarks, but I've seen other bloggers do small text at an angle near the finger nail. So if the new watermark looks totally intrusive and distracting, would you let me know - okay? :D
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