Silly Bee’s Chickadee’s Grape Sorbet

I first learned about Silly Bee though a collaboration with Sonoma Nail Art called “Don’t Eat the Polish,” which I will get around to swatching eventually. I actually got those three Silly Bee polishes because she posted three April Fool’s polishes, and I bought them, which secretly had a prize of the other three polishes. And I am a sucker for whimsical things like April Fool’s polishes, moving Silly Bee up on my list to almost fill the hole in my heart that was left when Nailgasm closed up shop. Also, who could look at these labels and not fall in love? The cartoon is customized for each collection; for example, the Mystery Mix polishes have a deerstalker cap (like Sherlock Holmes – for the mystery – get it?).

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Up today is Grape Sorbet. This is a purple jelly, and is somewhat sheer; it needed three coats for the level of opacity here. A good base coat of a solid purple would have been a good idea but as usual I thought of that after the fact. What is amazing about Grape Sorbet  is that other than the small glitters that are in it, there is also a pink shimmer, which I didn’t notice at all until I got out into the sunlight. I’ve tried to capture it as best I could in my pictures, and maybe now that you know about it, you’ll be able to pick it out.

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The only thing I don’t like about Silly Bee so far is that with these flat bottles, even using the polish once makes a noticeable dent in the top, which is psychologically damaging to me. This is more than made up for though by the amazing way polishes are packaged which has always included extras like stickers to keep the child in me happy.

Silly Bee’s Chickadees polishes are available on Etsy.

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Scofflaw Underripe

Scofflaw has some beautiful colors coming out for the summer, but I shouldn’t mention that because I don’t want competition at her restock. I can show you Underripe, however, because I already have it. Underripe is available exclusively at Llarowe for $11; Llarowe has free shipping on orders of $50 or more (and, honestly, very reasonable shipping for smaller orders) in case you need a justification to pic up a few other pretty things while you’re there.

Underripe is described as a kiwi green, and this was exactly what came to mind when it arrived (I love kiwis!). It has a beautiful silver microglitter, and then larger black square glitter and silver hex glitter. These aren’t readily apparent in my swatting pictures, because I had a hard time getting these out of the bottle, except for on the right hand of course, of which I am completely incapable of taking a picture.

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One thing I noticed was that my polish was significantly lighter than the picture on Llarowe indicated. I’m not sure whether this was a batch variation or a difference in lighting, although I couldn’t find lighting that made my polish look as dark as that on the web site.

25% Off and a New Collection at Pahlish

Pahlish currently has 25% off with code wildwednesday. Additionally, the new Great Gatsby collection is available (I bought The Green Light and Valley of Ashes for $16.50 shipped!) and she has several clearance polishes available as well. Her Etsy shop is here; while you’re there check out Dark Paradise, Still Alive, Creeping Cabbage. . . She makes some beautiful dark blues and greens.

Orly Sparking Garbage

Sparking Garbage is the other Orly I picked up last week at Sally Beauty. The new Mash Up collection has a variety of colors – a really bright orange, a teal, a purple, and then this one holo, which of course was the one that grabbed my eye.

The first coat of Sparking Garbage was very sheer, and it took three coats for me to really get good coverage. The holo was scattered but strong, and even indoors it had more holo than showed up in the picture. It was smoother than I’d expect because it looks like a polish that could be chunky in the bottle. The only problem I had was that I used Bonder as a basecoat and snagged my thumb on something, which made the whole nail sheet off. I think that was a fluke, though. 

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Orly Mash Up colors are available at Sally Beauty for $6.49 with a Beauty Club Card.

Orly MegaPixel FX – Plum Pixel

I have a list of polishes queued up to post about, but I wanted to skip the line with this one, because I’m just amazed. I had to return some things at Sally last week and picked up a couple of Orly polishes. One, Plum Pixel, was from their MegaPixel FX line, which seems to be Orly’s foray into the current textured polish trend. The FX polishes are always more expensive, and I think this was $7.49 with my Sally discount. There are six colors – a silver, a black, a rose, a pink, an aqua, and a plum. The aqua was very pretty but too close to the other Orly I was buying that day, so I got Plum Pixel instead.

This has been on my nails since Sunday, and I have had a long birthday weekend of, um, festivities that have not involved me taking good care of my nails. I didn’t have basecoat on either, yet this is still almost totally intact three days later. Orly’s claim of “just two quick drying layers” is absolutely spot on as well. It is definitely textured, but was not so textured as to be annoying to me. Here’s Plum Pixel:

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