I have a very exciting post to share with you today! Sisi, the owner extraordinaire of American based web-store, Color 4 Nails has brought together five Australian artisan polish brands in a collaborative Christmas themed box. Each brand chose took inspiration from Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas. Everyone chose an image they were inspired by and has produced a beautiful polish to suit!
This will probably be (another) large post, so I wont waste time chatting!
Strings Of Light has a cool-toned lavender/blue creme base with loads of glitter including tiny matte white spots, small holo round glitters, round red, lemon and pink glitters and a strong pinky-purple coloured shimmer.
I thought this was a super pretty polish, and just wearing it made me happy! Yay! The polish is definitely on the thicker side of the scale with the large quantity of glitters in it, but I found that if you can, very nice, thin coats work best. My swatches show three super thin coats. This one needs a good rich topcoat to smooth it out. I used Pretty Serious Aqua Coat and Crystal Coat.
From Emily de Molly we have Gaze Into The Stars. This is a very serene blue with delicate linear holo, silver shimmer, and flecks of holo and iridescent blue. At times the shimmer almost looks slightly green, especially in the shade. It’s a very unique and sparkly blue. I found it very calming to wear as opposed to the super vibrant party-style blue’s.
It applies so very smoothly. For my swatches I applied two thin coats and one coat of Celestial Cosmetics Solar Ray topcoat. I am again, super happy with how Hayley, of Emily de Molly, captured the depth in her inspiration image.
Next up is Lilypad Lacquer‘s stunning contribution. Inspired by the image to the left, Sandy Claws is a super vibrant, silky metallic red polish. That’s not all though. It’s not a harsh type of metallic red. It’s very soft whilst still having the colour pack a punch. The red also has a beautiful orange-toned shift that I just love!
As I mentioned, this one applied like liquid silk. I recommend very thin coats to avoid streaking. There were a very small amount of pigments flecks throughout the polish, but they did not alter the polish appearance at all and were very random. I believe that is the nature of the pigments used.
My swatches are two thin coats and one coat of Celestial Cosmetics Solar Ray topcoat. I’ll also mention that this is my first experience with the new Lilypad bottle’s and brush and I am completely smitten by them. The brush is long and luxurious and the bottles very elegant. Also I want to mention that some of my photos have hidden the metallic nature of the polish. I don’t know why… My camera hates me!
From Powder Perfect we have Ghost Like Charm. A grey-nude coloured polish with the slightest pink tones underneath. It has a delicate golden shimmer and very decent linear holo effect. It is my cup of tea for sure! It is so very ladylike, the perfect neutral!
This was very smooth and easy to apply. I used two thin coats and one coat of Celestial’s Solar Ray topcoat for extra shine. The polish is showing a little light in my photos here due to my bright lights. It is a shade darker in reality. I can definitely see myself wearing this one regularly, both on it’s own and with other special manicures.
Lastly we have, from Celestial Cosmetics, Under Full Moon Light. This is a truly unique polish, and I cannot contain my personal gushing. Under Full Moon Light is a red-toned dark amethyst purple based polish, with very strong linear holo (that’s the blue in my photos), gold flakes, and strong bronze and antique gold shimmer. When I first unwrapped the polish from it’s bubble wrap I thought it was a golden brown polish…. Imagine my dumbfoundery (new word!) when I put it on and realised, it’s purple. Then I went into some decent light, and it took my breath away. This one is a solid contender of the best polish of the year for me certainly.
It applies very smoothly. Here I’ve used two thin coats and one coat of Solar Ray topcoat, also by Celestial. The only thing I’d mention about this one is those flakes like to stick. They really like sticking after a couple of days wear. Be patient, they’ll come off, they’re worth it.
There we go! All five polishes in this box are absolute keepers, and for stepping outside of the traditional Christmas colours and giving us something more, I applaud them all. I mean, the Lilypad is red, but it’s a colour shifting, metallic red…. Swoon!
I now urge you to head over to Hayley’s blog, Emily de Molly, to see her images of all the polishes. I am truly honoured to have such an amazing swatcher by my side with this box. Her images are lovely, and she shows the polishes in different ways to myself, and hey, the more pretty pics the better right?!
Now for the details; The Color 4 Nails Holiday Box 2015 will be available in a limited number pre-order ONLY from Color 4 Nails. The pre-order will run from 11am PST Friday 13th to 11pm PST Sunday 13th November 2015. Customers are limited to one box per person.
Each box will cost $65 USD which includes shipping to anywhere in the world in Color4Nails limits. Because of this special shipping deal, no extra items will be able to be combined with your order of the box.
What do you think of this box? Personally, I think it’s a splendid idea, and I really hope it sticks! Will you be grabbing one of these in the pre-order?