One of the many purchases I made was from my second-ever indie brand, Reverie Nail Lacquer. Another blogger, The Mercurial Magpie, had reviewed RNL's 2014 summer collection, and I fell in love with Andromeda, a blue-purple jelly glitter bomb. I was good and put it on my wish list, until a few days later when The Mercurial Magpie posted about RNL's flash sale - 20% off an entire purchase for only a couple of hours! Too good a sale to not take it up, I decided, so I ordered Andromeda. And then I decided to order a mini bottle of Mermaid Scales, a gorgeous blue holo polish that Mercurial Magpie had also reviewed.
When I unpacked my order, I pretty much fell in love with Reverie. Not only did they throw in a scratch-off coupon code for 5% off my next order and a small nail file, they also threw in a sample of cuticle balm AND a mini bottle of Nightfall, a purple holo that seems to have been taken off the shop (or maybe isn't in it yet?). Oh my goodness! It's like a little care package from a close friend! Everything was packaged very well - each polish had its own piece of bubble wrap, and the bubble-wrapped polishes were placed in a plastic baggie, which was wrapped in cute wrapping paper, which was surrounded by packing peanuts in the box. Almost zero chance of bottles leaking or breaking!
I just couldn't resist showing off the contents of my purchase. :)
So, without further ado, let's get to the swatches and reviews of the two colors that I ordered!
Reverie Nail Lacquer: "Andromeda"Andromeda is a gorgeous purpley-blue jelly polish that got bombed with glitter. Stars, circles, hexes, tiny glitters, you name it, it's there! I love, love, LOVE jellies that are loaded with glitter! They create such depth on the nail.
Four coats for this one, mostly to add one more layer of glitters. Three coats is plenty opaque, but if you've been paying attention to my blog so far, you'll know that I like a LOT of layering!
Look at all those air bubbles hidden between the glitters. Oops!
Andromeda photographed a bit more blue than it really is. It's much, much more purple in person.
Reverie Nail Lacquer: "Mermaid Scales"Mermaid Scales is my very first holo polish, so I was SUPER excited to get it out in the sun. It is SUPER dazzling! It's like there's diamond dust on my nails.
This would look really great over a dark creme, like The Mercurial Magpie did in her review. I'll definitely try that out in the future - perhaps on top of Zoya's Ryan? - but I wanted to swatch it on its own for the first time.
The focus is a little off on this one, but I think that helps to show off the rainbow effect of the light dancing off of the holos.
Application was really nice. It applied as smoothly and flatly as any creme. Cleanup around the cuticles was a liiiittle bit difficult, as the teenyweeny holo glitters tended to cling to my skin. But that doesn't make me like this polish any less - I'm super happy with it and I'm probably gonna end up sad that I didn't shell out for a full-size bottle!
I haven't had a chance to try out the cuticle balm yet. Well, not on my cuticles. I um. didn't read the label very well, and the tube is the kind of twisty-bottom that I see in chapstick... so I put it on my lips... Hey, it seems to work for that, too! I was sitting there going, "Wow, this chapstick is super tingly!" not even realizing that it's not meant to go on my lips. But it's pumpkin spice scented - the perfect scent for almost autumn! It seemed to hydrate my lips pretty well, so I can only assume that it'll be nice on my cuticles. Heh.
I'll swatch and review Nightfall soon - maybe not next, but definitely in the next couple of posts! And I will definitely be adding Reverie Nail Lacquer to my list of favorite nail polish brands.
Happy Labor Day weekend to my US readers! And happy normal weekend to my international readers!