Hello everyone! As some of you have noticed, new indie polish brands have been constantly popping up with their crazy cremes, glitters, and chromes. Polish creators are using their creativity to make some beautiful colors. I've been thrown into the world of indie polishes thanks to Eat. Play. Write. She has quite the collection and has exposed me to a few brands that I'm looking to try out in the near future. In my own journeys, I've actually stumbled upon a brand that I've been falling in love with quickly.
I Love Nail Polish (ILNP) is an indie brand created in 2012 by a woman named Barbra. She has made some beautiful polishes and is quite the sweetheart. ILNP also has great customer service and they really pull through with everything they do. Her recent collection has really caught my eye. I haven't seen a great holographic polish set since OPI's DS series in 2009, but 2013 has really been a hotspot for holos. ILNP created 13 polishes in this particular collection, twice as large as her normal collection. I've had the opportunity to choose 6 different colors and I put them up to the test to see how well they hold up as a lacquer.
A.C. Slater was my first swatch and I adore the cool gray tone. It's very difficult to find a good gray these days, considering most of them are either too dark or too light for me. I found this one to have the perfect shade and little flecks of holos shine throughout the nail polish. I only needed two coats to cover the whole nail and the glitter does not streak all over the place, but coats evenly. The brush is a little thicker than most polish brushes, with a rubber top for easier gripping. Since the brush is thicker, the polish is easier to maneuver and put on the nail.
Next on the list is my favorite color out of this collection - Grape Alicious. This polish is a rich purple holo that really shines in the sun. I love the way the color pops off your nails. This particular polish uses two to three coats, depending on the intensity you desire. I've used two in these photos. I don't believe my pictures do the polish enough justice, but in direct sunlight, this polish really catches anyone's attention.
My Cat Suit is a rich black polish with iridescent holo flecks saturated around it. This would be a great color for Halloween, paired off with one of ILNP's bright orange glitters. Two coats is enough to cover the nail completely.
Monterey Bay is slightly deeper and richer in its blue hues, reminding me of Essie's Dive Bar. I also needed three coats for this swatch, but the deeper color was worth the extra coat.
Last, but not least, is probably my favorite clear glitter coat ever - My Private Rainbow (Scattered). ILNP has created three versions of this particular polish. She has created a scattered polish, a linear one, and a mixture between the two. For those of you who aren't sure what this means, here's the breakdown:
- Scattered: these pigments are larger in size and adds a larger sparkle to the polish, but it also enables the polish to become less smooth
- Linear: the pigments in a linear polish are smaller in size which creates a smoother look, but less sparkly
- Scattered and Linear: both pigments are mixed together to create a smoother, yet still sparkly, polish
All in all, I have to say that ILNP has really outdone herself this time. I'm very happy with each and every one of the colors she has given me and I look forward to her new collection coming out next week. All her polishes are 3-free and come in her own special packaging, where each polish comes in its own black box. You won't be disappointed in her shipping packaging either - all polishes are bubble wrapped for protection, wrapped in her special tissue paper, and neatly placed and organized her a little black box with her logo printed all over it. Feel free to check ILNP out! I can't wait for the next collection - look out for it on June 9th!