Showing posts with label Lumina Lacquer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lumina Lacquer. Show all posts

02 November 2013

Introducing Lumina Lacquer Eternal Winter!

Hi everyone! Today's post is very special for me, and one that's been in the works for months. Awhile back I was contacted by Tatiana of Lumina Lacquer to create a collaboration polish with her. I love what Tatiana is doing with her brand, and I've enjoyed reviewing Lumina Lacquer on this blog, so of course I said yes! Then of course was the hard part of coming up with an idea and keeping it a secret (I'm not good at secrets).

Lumina Lacquer Eternal Winter


16 September 2013

Lumina Lacquer Max Is The New Black and Purple Rain, Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good weekend. For me, it was a polish-filled weekend - swatching polishes on Saturday and making (yes, making!) polishes on Sunday. One thing I've mentioned on Instagram, but not here, is that my sister and I are currently working on our own indie polish line. Yes, I know that everyone is doing it, but we do believe we can bring something unique to the market. While I'm really excited and nervous, it's still a few weeks away. We want to thoroughly test everything out first before releasing it. Right now I'm just enjoying spending my Sundays with my sister experimenting and mixing, mixing, mixing!

Lumina Lacquer Max Is The New Black and Purple Rain

But getting back to the polishes at hand, tonight I have two polishes from indie brand Lumina Lacquer - one is a recent release while the other is older. Unfortunately, sometimes I'm not able to swatch a polish right away, and by the time I get to it, it is harder to find. I'm really sorry, it's not intentional.

Max Is The New Black is a deep navy blue jelly with tiny square silver glitter. It's quite simple in makeup but very mesmerizing! The polish applies flawlessly - it has the perfect consistency and goes on with no issues. I love the effect of all the tiny glitter suspended in the vivid base! This was two coats.

Lumina Lacquer Max Is The New Black

Lumina Lacquer Max Is The New Black

Lumina Lacquer Max Is The New Black (direct light)

Purple Rain is a clear-based glitter bomb with a mixture of purple, pink, silver, wine, and iridescent glitters in the shape of hexes, circles, bars, moons and hearts. I say it's clear based, but actually it's a very sheer purple, so it will lightly tint your base polish if it's very light. I found the larger glitters were a bit of a challenge to get out, otherwise, I had no issues or problems to report with this one. This is one coat over OPI My Vampire is Buff.

Lumina Lacquer Purple Rain

Lumina Lacquer Purple Rain

What do you think of these? I really like both of them equally, but I think Max Is The New Black is the more unique one out of the two. Max Is the New Black is a recent release, and hopefully should be available at the next restock. However, Purple Rain has been discontinued. I even checked some stockists but no luck. If you like it though, there's always the chance of finding it on a blog sale or getting it through a trade.

Lumina Lacquer is available through their online Bigcartel store, through Norway Nails, and Mei Mei's Signatures. Follow Lumina Lacquer on Facebook and Instagram (@luminalacquer) to find out about restocks and new releases.

*Max Is The New Black was given as a gift, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more details.*

07 September 2013

31 Day Challenge: Day Seventeen, Glitter: Lumina Lacquer Dreamcatcher

Hi everyone! Make sure you check out my giveaway that I posted earlier today. And I'm glad to see that so many people have already entered.

For tonight's prompt I wracked my brain on what to do up until the last minute. I went back and forth on whether to do something easy, like a glitter gradient or a simple layering of glitter polish, or something more challenging. Then suddenly it came to me. I've actually had this idea in mind for some time now, but thought it was going to be too difficult. In the end it was much easier than I thought, and I'm happy with the end result.

Lumina Lacquer Dreamcatcher

Lumina Lacquer Dreamcatcher

When it comes to nail art, the image of the dreamcatcher can be quite a cliche. But then again, what isn't? Tatiana, the creator of Lumina Lacquer, described this polish as being for her partner, who is part Native American. So the image of the dreamcatcher seemed quite appropriate here.

Dreamcatcher nail art

Dreamcatcher (the polish) is a clear-based glitter bomb loaded with metallic and holographic glitter in a variety of colours and shapes - hexes, circles, hearts, stars, moons, and bars. There's also a good helping of matte white glitter in stars, bars, hexes and circles. I'd say the colours are predominantly blue, fuchsia and silver, but it's one of those polishes that's very hard to describe.

Dreamcatcher nail art

I used one coat plus touch ups here, and the formula was great - no issues getting out the larger glitter, and I had the perfect balance of enough glitter, but not too much.

Dreamcatcher nail art

As for the rest of the manicure, the base is OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls. The dreamcatcher was painted freehand with China Glaze Charmed, I'm Sure, Queen B, Gossip Over Gimlets, and OPI Can't Find My Czechbook. The dreamcatcher was surprisingly easy to paint and I love how the feathers look kinda wispy.

Dreamcatcher nail art

I love it when a polish (in this case Lumina Lacquer Dreamcatcher) and a nail art idea come together. And adding an accent nail with nail art is a great way to wear an indie polish.

What do you think of this? Does the name of a polish ever inspire you when it comes to nail art?

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23 June 2013

Lumina Lacquer 1000 Julys, Grape Granita, and Moon Child, Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! First, I wanted to thank everyone who submitted suggestions and manis for the reader survey I posted yesterday. There are so many really great ideas that have been shared. I originally thought that I would publish the blog post with everyone's suggestions sometime next month, but there's so much great content that I think I'll try to get it up this coming week. So if you are still interested in submitting a suggestion and/or mani that you've done, see yesterday's blog post. :)

I have a few Lumina Lacquer swatches to share with you. All of these are excellent glitter bombs and I would highly recommend them if you are thinking of buying them. I definitely plan to wear all three again, either on their own or in some sort of skittle manicure.



The formula on all three was the same, so I will get that out of the way. I used one coat, sometimes with a few touch ups, over a base polish. Each one had great glitter payoff, however, it helps to let them sit upside down for 15 minutes beforehand just to help distribute the glitter that wants to settle to the bottom. Also give them a good shake before applying. I found this is the best way to get the shape glitter out - the hearts, stars, moons, larger circles, etc.



1000 Julys is a gorgeous blue glitter bomb. There's tiny blue holographic glitter, blue hexes in different sizes, blue holographic bars, stars and large circles. I find it interesting that there are several different shades of blue, but generally they fall in the mid-value range. On top of that there's a smattering of black glitter - hexes, hearts, and larger circles. I really love the hearts, stars and larger circles in this one. I decided to keep with the blue theme, and so I layered it over Lime Crime Once in a Blue Mousse.

Lumina Lacquer 1000 Julys

Lumina Lacquer 1000 Julys

Grape Granita was one that instantly caught my eye when I first heard of Lumina Lacquer. It has a nice combination of white, pink and lavender glitter. There's matte white squares and hexes in different sizes; pastel pink and lavender hexes, squares, hearts, stars and butterflies; rose-coloured flowers; and metallic pink and purple hexes and squares. There's also some holo glitter - enough to provide an accent, but not so much that it overwhelms. I layered this one over Girly Bits Twitterpated and I really love this combination.

Lumina Lacquer Grape Granita

Lumina Lacquer Grape Granita

Moon Child is similar to Grape Granita, but not so similar that you can't have both! Moon Child has more matte white glitter, and more large glitter. It is also predominantly pink, with only a tiny bit of lavender glitter. Like the others there is so much variety in terms of glitter: tiny/small pink, lavender and fuchsia glitter; medium/large white hexes, diamonds, moon, and bars; pastel pink flowers; pink diamonds; large pink holographic circles; and medium/large pink holo hexes. The larger pink holo hexes have some reflective curling but they lay flat on the nail. In keeping with the complementary base colours, I layered this over Girly Bits Hot Shot.

Lumina Lacquer Moon Child

Lumina Lacquer Moon Child

Lumina Lacquer Moon Child

I love the variety of glitter in each one - not just in terms of shapes, but also finishes. There's matte, metallic, holo, and satin finish glitter brought together in all three polishes. And despite the variety, they all work out well. It's hard to pick a favourite but I'm leaning towards 1000 Julys. I just love the blue and those circles!

Lumina Lacquer is available through their online Bigcartel store, through Norway Nails, andMei Mei's Signatures. Follow Lumina Lacquer on Facebook and Instagram (@luminalacquer) to find out about restocks and new releases.

What do you think of these? Which one is your favourite?

08 June 2013

Lumina Lacquer Man Eater, Swatches and Review!

Hi everyone! For only one polish, this post is fairly picture heavy! Tatiana, the maker of Lumina Lacquer was kind enough to include this polish in my last order, and I can't believe it took me so long to try it! Man Eater is a classic glitter bomb, and while I love Lumina Lacquer polishes, my initial impression of this polish was lukewarm. I initially tried it over a lighter polish, as you can see below. But it wasn't until I layered it over a darker polish that it really popped! I then added some nail art on the accent nails, and ta-da! Each time I try this polish, I love it more and more!

Lumina Lacquer Man Eater

Man Eater is a clear-based polish with a mixture of matte grey, black, and silver holographic glitter. There's micro-glitter, hexes, moons, stars, hearts, and tiny bars. The glitter is perfectly suspended, and I had great glitter payoff in just one coat. No issue with the formula, just a little bit of fussing to make sure it spreads out fairly evenly. One thing to note is that the grey glitter is predominate, while the holo glitter is more like an accent. At first this rather bothered me, but after awhile it grew on me, and it makes the polish more unique, in my opinion.

Lumina Lacquer Man Eater (over Essie Full Steam Ahead)

I first layered it over Essie Full Steam Ahead from the Summer 2013 Collection. Meh, what can I say!? It looks okay, but the glitter doesn't really stand out.

Lumina Lacquer Man Eater (over Essie Full Steam Ahead)

I then tried it over Essie Midnight Cami, a dark midnight blue. I think this polish is really strong layered over a darker base colour. I could also see it over black, or a dark purple or green. For the accent nails I decided to do a water-spotted water marble using some colours that would complement the glitter in Man Eater.

Lumina Lacquer Man Eater (over Essie Midnight Cami)

Lumina Lacquer Man Eater (over Essie Midnight Cami)

For the two accent nails I started with a base of Zoya Dove, a pale grey. Then I used the following polishes for the water marble: Liquid Sky Lacquer Tripindicular (a magenta holo), Essie Midnight Cami, Zoya Jules, and A-England Dorian Gray. I used hairspray to break up the polish and create a spotted/irregular effect.

Lumina Lacquer Man Eater (over Essie Midnight Cami)

I really love how this turned out. I told you I wanted to explore this water-spotted water marble technique and I love how it turned out here. My middle finger looks looks so unique! And Man Eater provides the perfect accompaniment.

Lumina Lacquer Man Eater (Ring from Joe Fresh)

Lumina Lacquer is available through their online Bigcartel store, through Norway Nails, and Mei Mei's Signatures. Follow Lumina Lacquer on Facebook and Instagram (@luminalacquer) to find out about restocks and new releases.

What do you think of this? Are you tired of my messed up water marbles?! :P

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

10 April 2013

My Sister's Nails: A Simple Spring Skittlette

Hi everyone! First of all, thank you so much for all the kind words regarding my blogging milestone yesterday. I really enjoyed reading all your comments, both your responses to the blog post and the responses left in the Rafflecopter. And thank you everyone who has participated in the contest so far!

I have another instalment of my sister's nails. If you missed the last post you can see it here. I'm thinking that this will be a regular series, that is, as long as my sister wants to come over and have me do her nails! I was only able to get iPhone photos, and it was starting to get dark, so they are not as clear as I would like. But I enjoy showing you photos of nails I've done on someone else. And it's a nice change of pace. :)

Simple spring skittlette

Since neither of us were up for a marathon manicure session, we decided on a simple skittle manicure with a lighter spring palette. It was fun to discuss ideas with her and pull out polishes to see what she liked, didn't like, etc.

Simple spring skittlette (right hand)
Simple spring skittlette (left hand)

For this design, I used OPI My Vampire is Buff on all nails except the accent nails. For that I used Zoya NYX (from the Pixie Dust collection). The glitter is Lumina Lacquer Anything, and the freehand painting was done with OPI Suzi's Hungary Again! and You're Such a BudaPest.

I love how simple and fun this was, and I can't get enough of mix and match nails! :)

What do you think? Hope you don't mind the change of blog format every now and then!

26 March 2013

Lumina Lacquer Mint Chocolate Chip Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! As promised I have the third polish from Lumina Lacquer. Make sure to check out my review of the other two here. Mint Chocolate Chip instantly stood out to me when I opened my package from Tatiana, the maker of Lumina Lacquer, and I knew that I had to do something special with this one. So in addition to swatches, you get some nail art as well! :)

Lumina Lacquer Mint Chocolate Chip

Mint Chocolate Chip is a clear-based glitter bomb like the other polishes that I reviewed. And this one has the same beauty and complexity that you see in Anything and Spring in Iceland. The colour scheme is predominantly pale mint and dark brown, and there's glitter in so many shapes and sizes - hearts, stars, flowers, squares, hexes, and circles. In addition to the pale mint and brown glitter, there's also some white, copper, blue, iridescent, and tiny holo glitter to boot. I can't even fully describe everything here!

Lumina Lacquer Mint Chocolate Chip

Lumina Lacquer Mint Chocolate Chip (direct lighting)

I layered one coat over OPI My Vampire is Buff and had no problems getting enough glitter. I also found it easy to get the larger shape glitters out. Just give it a good shake before applying - no need to turn the bottle upside down or anything like that. I topped it with a coat of Gelous and a coat of Seche Vite.

Lumina Lacquer Mint Chocolate Chip

Lumina Lacquer Mint Chocolate Chip + funky abstract design

Then I decided to do some freehand painting on the two middle fingers. I started with a base of My Vampire is Buff. On my ring finger I painted the details with OPI You Don't Know Jacques! and Joe Fresh Lagoon. On my middle finger I did a sponged gradient with My Vampire is Buff, Lagoon, and piCture pOlish Marine. Then the squares were painted with You Don't Know Jacques and My Vampire is Buff. Whew!

Lumina Lacquer Mint Chocolate Chip + funky abstract design

Lumina Lacquer Mint Chocolate Chip + funky abstract design

Lumina Lacquer is available through their online Bigcartel store, and soon through Norway Nails. This polish is currently sold out, but follow Lumina Lacquer on Facebook and Instagram (@luminalacquer) to find out about restocks and new releases.

What do you think? Have you tried Lumina Lacquer? Do you think my design goes with the glitter? :)

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

24 March 2013

Lumina Lacquer Anything and Spring in Iceland

Hi everyone, happy weekend! I have a new to me indie polish on the blog tonight. Tatiana of Lumina Lacquer was kind enough to send me some of her polishes to review. And I'm glad she did, because they are absolutely gorgeous! Many of Tatiana's polishes are glitter bombs, and if that's your thing, you really need to take a look at Lumina Lacquer. I can see why her polishes are quickly becoming very popular.

Lumina Lacquer Anything and Spring in Iceland

I have three polishes to review - two that I will show today, and one that I will be posting soon. In reality, each one deserves its own post. The glitter mixtures in all three polishes are complex, and each polish is very busy in the good sort of way. The kind of busy that makes you stare at your nails going, "Whoa...so...much...glitter!!" :D But I have lots of photos to show, so I'll jump into it.

Both polishes are clear-based glitter polishes. And I'm showing you one coat over a base colour topped with a coat of Gelous, and a coat of Seche Vite.

Lumina Lacquer Anything

Anything is aptly named. About half of this polish consists of matte white glitter in a variety of sizes and shapes - hearts, stars, hexes and squares. And the other half consists of...well, everything and anything. The coloured glitter is mainly hexes and squares in a rainbow of colours - blue, purple, green, gold, yellow, red, pink, and black, just to name what I can see in a glance. There's also pink hearts. I think this polish would be nice layered over many different colours, but I layered it over OPI You're Such a BudaPest. Oh, and did I mention that some of the coloured glitter is iridescent! *sigh*

Lumina Lacquer Anything

Lumina Lacquer Anything

And I thought I would show you some photos taken directly under my lamp, rather than in the lightbox. The lightbox diffuses light, so you lose some of the luminosity of the glitter and topcoat.

Lumina Lacquer Anything (direct lighting)

Spring in Iceland instantly caught my eye when I was first perusing the Lumina Lacquer Bigcartel shop. Can you guess why? ;) This one also has glitter in a variety of sizes and shapes including circles, squares, hexes, stars, and hearts. There's also a blue shimmer, and iridescent micro-glitter. The glitter comes in white and few shades of blue (sky, teal, aqua, cerulean, and midnight from what I can tell). What's interesting is that there are a few accents of other colours. Every once and a while I see a tiny fuchsia glitter. I couldn't decide what polish to layer this over, so I used two. The first swatch is over OPI Can't Find My Czechbook, and the second is over Essie Midnight Cami.

Lumina Lacquer Spring in Iceland (over OPI Can't Find My Czechbook)

Lumina Lacquer Spring in Iceland (over OPI Can't Find My Czechbook)
Lumina Lacquer Spring in Iceland (over Essie Midnight Cami)

The formula on both was the same. The glitter is well suspended, and there was no sinking of glitter to the bottom of the bottle. However, I did shake each one up before applying. I also didn't have a hard time getting the larger pieces of glitter out. Overall, I'm really happy with both polishes, and would recommend them if you are into glitter toppers.

Lumina Lacquer Spring in Iceland (direct lighting)

Lumina Lacquer is available through their online Bigcartel shop. Right now Anything is available, but Spring in Iceland is sold out. Follow Lumina Lacquer on Facebook and Instagram (@luminalacquer) for information on new releases and restocks.

What do you think of these? Do you like glitter bombs like these?

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