A vegan nail polish blog. A celebration of colour and light, as well as of justice for nonhuman animals.

Happy Saturnalia! Today is the first day! I don’t have any nail art or anything, but this gold mani is appropriately festive, I think. Photos are under halogen light except the last one, which is fluorescent office lighting.

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This is Indigo Bananas Suneater, with Indigo Bananas Impact on the accent nail. Indigo Bananas is another indie brand with vegan polishes, and they have a lot of great stuff that I was excited to discover!

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Suneater is a metallic yellow gold holo with slight green duochrome. Three coats, but it dries very quickly.

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On the accent nail is Impact, a metallic gold with green/copper duochrome (wasn’t really able to capture the coppery pink side in these photos) and orange and gold holo glitters in several sizes of hex and some small squares. Two coats over Suneater.

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Love these two polishes!

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OPI DS Signature

Here’s another discontinued, hard-to-find OPI polish that I happened to take pictures of recently: DS Signature, a great medium pink holo. Two coats.

Under Ott lite:

OPI DS Signature

OPI DS Signature

With flash:

OPI DS Signature

OPI DS Signature

In shade:

OPI DS Signature

Today I have swatches and reviews of a couple of Glitter Gal’s new releases to show you! For those who don’t know, they’ve just released two new collections of creme shades, a new holo, two new holo topcoats, and a colour-enhancing high-gloss topcoat!

Glitter Gal Big Smoke, Gloss Boss, Navy I Will Navy I Won't

Here are the polishes that I am reviewing today – Big Smoke, a medium-dark grey creme, the new colour-enhancing topcoat Gloss Boss, and the new blue holo called Navy I Will, Navy I Won’t.

Glitter Gal Big Smoke

Let me start with the grey creme, Big Smoke. Two coats, no topcoat, in the first photo. The formula was smooth and thinner than some creme formulas, but not too thin.

Glitter Gal Big Smoke, Gloss Boss

Then I added a layer of Gloss Boss topcoat. Super shiny, and dried quickly!

Glitter Gal Big Smoke, Gloss Boss

Nice, simple deep grey! The previous photos were with flash. Here’s one under the Ott lite without flash:

Glitter Gal Big Smoke, Gloss Boss

And now, the new holo, Navy I Will, Navy I Won’t! I’ve gotta say, the colour is great and the name is great, but I wouldn’t have put the two together! It’s a medium, saturated/almost bright blue, not a navy.

Glitter Gal Navy I Will Navy I Won't

I used two coats; the formula was great. These first two photos are without topcoat, the above with flash and below with just the Ott lite. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to photograph it in sunlight, since, well, it’s the darkest month of the year, here!

Glitter Gal Navy I Will Navy I Won't

There is a very slight teal-leaning metallic shimmer to the surface of the polish, when the light shines on it, as you can see in some of the photos.

Glitter Gal Navy I Will Navy I Won't and Gloss Boss

Gloss Boss is said to enhance holographic polish, rather than dull the effect like some topcoats tend to do. The rest of the photos include one layer of Gloss Boss, and as you can see the holo is still obvious and the polish is a lot glossier. Again, the above photo is with flash and the following is under the Ott lite.

Glitter Gal Navy I Will Navy I Won't and Gloss Boss

I’ll have to round up all the topcoats I have at some point to do a comparison on how they each affect holographic polishes!

Glitter Gal Navy I Will Navy I Won't and Gloss Boss

A couple more flash photos to show off this beauty… Check out the linear holo flame:

Glitter Gal Navy I Will Navy I Won't and Gloss Boss

These and the other new releases are available on Glitter Gal’s website: http://www.glittergal.com.au/. I’m not sure when their other distributors will get these collections in, but I imagine it’ll be soon!

Disclosure: The polishes in this post were sent for review. The opinions expressed in the review are my own honest opinions.

A’dor Beauty Supplies is another indie polish maker with vegan polishes that I found on Etsy.

Ador Beauty Queen

Queen is a warm metallic purple with multiple sizes of hex and square gold glitter and very small pink glitter throughout. The above photo is the most true to colour; the others look slightly too blue.

Ador Beauty Queen

Photos are under halogen light except the last one. I used two coats of polish and found the formula to be smooth and thick.

Ador Beauty Queen

With flash:

Ador Beauty Queen

Pretty and Polished Sundown

Indie brand Pretty and Polish has a number of thermal colour-changing polishes; this one is Sundown, released earlier this year. All these photos are taken with flash. The second one is also near a window so it appears lighter.

Pretty and Polished Sundown

In its cool/room temperature state, Sundown is a light apricot orange colour, with matte hex glitters in orangey yellow, pink and pale yellow.

Pretty and Polished Sundown

In its warm state, the base turns to a soft golden pastel yellow, and the golden shimmer in the base becomes more apparent.

Pretty and Polished Sundown

Yep, my fingers are extra red in that warm photo, due to dipping them in hot water!

Pretty and Polished Sundown

Here is Sundown in a transition state, I love it! When I was in a warm location (i.e. not my cold apartment haha) I would sometimes find that it would stay in a state of yellow nail bed and orange tips. :D

Pretty and Polished Sundown

These photos show three coats of the polish, plus top coat. You could probably get away with two coats but I didn’t want to take chances that it would end up appearing streaky when warm, since the warm colour is notably paler than the cool colour! I found the polish easy to apply; I did a little bit of “placement” of the glitter, but not too much. The formula is fairly thick, as most thermals are due to the nature of the colour changing pigment. All in all, a great polish!!

OPI Movin’ Out

I’ve got an oldie, hard-to-find polish to show you today. This is one of my favourites, OPI Movin’ Out from the Holiday on Broadway collection from 2003! One coat over black, showing off the warm purple-to-green multichrome and red-to-green colour shifting pigment sparkles. So gorgeous! The photos were taken under the Ott lite, except the two noted.

OPI Movin' Out over black

In the shade:
OPI Movin' Out over black

OPI Movin' Out over black

OPI Movin' Out over black

OPI Movin' Out over black

With flash:
OPI Movin' Out over black

OPI Movin' Out over black

OPI Movin' Out over black

Kunimitsu Orange Tabby

I have another Kunimitsu Nail Potions swatch to show you today!

Kunimitsu Orange Tabby

This is Orange Tabby, a light orange creme with small orange bar glitter and several sizes of orange hex glitter.

Kunimitsu Orange Tabby

On my index finger, I layered it in two coats over Pretty and Polished Crush, because I thought it was going to be sheer, but I was wrong! The other nails show three coats of Orange Tabby by itself.

Kunimitsu Orange Tabby

I did have to do some shaking between coats and searching with the brush to get the amount of glitter I wanted out of the bottle. Not a high price to pay for an adorable orange polish!

Kunimitsu Orange Tabby

I didn’t include my pinkie in the first few photos because I had done a layering experiment there too, and wasn’t really thrilled with how it turned out. I did two coats of Orange Tabby over Pretty Serious Seasonal Sunset, and while the combo isn’t bad, I don’t really like it next to the other nails! But anyway here it is in the last few photos.

Kunimitsu Orange Tabby

Kunimitsu Orange Tabby

Now, obviously, a post about a polish named Orange Tabby needs some orange tabbies! ;)

This is Wu. He was just little in this photo from right after we adopted him. He has three legs (and gets around just fine).

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And this big ball of orange fur is Possum! I took her in off the streets of Montreal where she’d been living for a month after being abandoned.

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Possum with Gretchen, doing some sort of half-nap, half-wrestling match, hehehe:

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Little Wu loves to cuddle and nap with Wade:

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