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

Ellagee Zaldrizes and Mhysa

These two polishes are from Ellagee’s Fire Made Flesh collection, and they come with these cool dragon claw rings around the bottle tops. 

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Zaldrizes is a pale yellow-beige nude with gold glass fleck. 

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I used two coats plus top coat. 

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In shade:

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I used french tip guides to make half-moons and applied Mhysa, a blue with gold glass fleck that appears a bit green through the blue, overtop. 

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I used two coats of Mhysa followed by a final layer of topcoat. 

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I’ve got two swatches and a comparison to show you today! First up is Black Cat Lacquer Lotus Flower. 

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This is a nearly-neon bright pink with subtle holo and heavy gold glass fleck shimmer.  

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I love it so much! Two coats plus top coat, great formula. 

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In the shade:

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Here is the comparison, top to bottom: Lotus  Flower, Picture Polish Electric Dream, Colour Alike 510, ILNP Cutie Pop. 

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Electric Dream is the most similar to Lotus Flower, but it’s less bright/neon and has larger, scattered holo flake particles. Colour Alike 510 is quite a different shade of pink and doesn’t have gold glass fleck. Cutie Pop on the other hand is a lighter, softer pink and its holo is more prominent than its glass flecks, the opposite of the Black Cat Lacquer. I used two coats plus top coat for each of them. 

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Again, left to right: Black Cat Lacquer Lotus  Flower, Picture Polish Electric Dream, Colour Alike 510, ILNP Cutie Pop. 

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And finally, here are swatches of Colour Alike 510. This one is also really pretty!

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Two coats plus top coat, although it’s almost a one-coater. I’m going to try it for stamping as it seems like it might work well! In the shade:

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And a couple more in the sun:

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Black Cat Lacquer The Emperor

The Emperor by Black Cat Lacquer is from their Tarot collection. The name is also one of the (many, many) nicknames of one of my cats – SP, aka Emperor Spee.😀

The Emperor is a dark brown creme-based holo with additional irregular-shaped micro holo shards. I had seen them described as both ‘flakes’ and ‘shreds’ so I wasn’t sure if they were flakes of true holo particles (smooth) or if they were more like glitter shards (slight texture that needs a topcoat to smooth), so I wanted to mention that it’s the latter, in case anyone is uncertain like I was. Here is the Emperor under Ottlite:

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I used two coats plus top coat. The accent nail has a base of Zoya Codie with a half moon in Zoya Nina. Under halogen light:

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With flash:

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Love this deep brown combo, even if in most lighting the contrast between the two colours on the accent nail wasn’t as strong as I’d thought it would be. 

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And here are some pics of my feline Emperor Spee; he’s a little black cat and with the bright sunlight bringing out the brown highlights in his fur, The Emperor polish matches him well! <3  

Zoya Rowan is a greyish taupe in Zoya’s satin matte finish. I used two coats without top coat here. 

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The formula was great, although the ridges in my nails tend to show through this finish!

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After the swatch I added a couple of accent nails in Different Dimension Solar Flares, a slightly browner taupe creme with colour-shifting magenta/pink to gold flakes. 

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I used three coats of Solar Flares, no top coat, for these photos. 

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I then added top coat to both polishes, using my new favourite top coat HK Girl by Glisten & Glow. Dries fast and works great over nail art, though it isn’t big-3 free for those who are concerned about that. 

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I also wanted to compare Rowan to Orly Faint of Heart. Here is the comparison – Zoya on my index finger, Orly on my middle finger. I used two coats plus top coat of Faint of Heart. 

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Faint of Heart is greyer, slightly darker, and when you look at it very close up, it has a ton of tiny specks of pigment in it, kind of like a much more subtle version of the Pretty and Polished Dusty Cremes finish. Again, left to right, Zoya Rowan and Orly Faint of Heart:

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Reverse order, left to right, Orly Faint of Heart and Zoya Rowan:

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Here’s a very purple mani combining the awesome A England Crown of Thistles with the awesome Amethyst or Am I That? from the Pretty and Polished dusty cremes collection as the accent nail. Under Ott lite:

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I used teo coats of each polish plus top coat, by the way. With flash:

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And then I added stamping using A Berry Smoothie by Colour Alike and my favourite stamping image everrrr from It Girl plate 101! It looks like Penrose Tiles!! Ok, it’s probably actually Penrose pseudo-tiles, I haven’t checked yet. Note to self: nobody knows what you’re talking about, math geek!😛 Hehe. Anyway… Love this stamping image!!!

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Here’s a layering combo I did using Kleancolor Neon Pink and Starlight Polish Ever Blue, a glass-fleck topper that shifts from blue to pink. Two coats of the Kleancolor followed by one coat of Ever Blue and topcoat. With flash:

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Under Ott lite:

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Homage to Pantone’s colour of the year, Marsala, today!

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Northern Star Polish’s Marsala is the darker marsala jelly-based holo. I used three coats plus top coat.

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The lighter marsala-toned pink is Saucey Marsala by Pretty and Polished, part of their Dusty Cremes collection. 

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It has tiny bits of dusty greyish pigment in it, like the others in the collection. Love that effect! Two coats plus top coat for this polish.

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These two go marsalas together really well!
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