Saturday, November 8, 2014

Fair Maiden Polish Be Your Own Heroine Collection part 1

Fair Maiden Polish is a new indie brand that has just made their debut with the Be Your Own Heroine Collection. Inspired by fairy tales, the collection is noteworthy for holos and shimmers in soft, wearable shades, albeit with surprising duochrome twists! Overall it is a spectacular debut, so check out the details after the break... Psssst....there is also a coupon code at the end of the post!
*sent by the maker for photography and review*

Change Your Fate was the first polish I tried, and I've got to say I snapped to attention with this one. The delicate shimmer flecks in the muted cyan base make it one of the highlights of the line. The perfect, smooth, self-leveling formula made it a pleasure to paint, as well. There was one little trick in this polish that I totally missed until I was processing pictures - the shimmer is actually duochrome!  I had to repaint one nail to capture this in the second macro you see below. Those kind of beautiful details are what make me love indies, particularly ones made the the care that Fair Maiden shows. Pale-green-to-blue and violet-to-green duochrome shimmer flecks in a dark cyan base. Four thin coats.

Fairest Of Them All has both a light holo and duochrome shimmer. It is a beautiful neutral and would read as a nude on a deeper complexion than mine. Up close the shimmer particles appear as small speckles, which is a neat effect.Scattered holographic shimmer and duochrome blue-to-pink shimmer in a salmon-nude base. Four thin coats.

Fairy Godmother is a linear holographic topcoat that also works on its own in three to four coats. I'm showing it here with four thin coats by itself and as one coat over Change Your Fate. Nice formula and it would fit the bill if you wanted a holo that could do double duty.

Kiss The Girl was my other favorite from the debut. It is over-the-top metallic holo in a wearable cool pink shade. This one stayed on my nails for two days, almost unheard of for me! I couldn't bear to part with it. Again, great formula. The wear was spectacular. It was as fresh when I took it off as when I painted it on. This was the first full-size bottle I tried and noticed that the brush was a little longer than average, but it was not problematic. Linear holographic shimmer in a Persian pink base. Four thin coats.

Let Your Hair Down was another polish with hidden surprises. It has a dark jelly base and duochrome flecks that you can see better in the macro shots. It can work on its own or also layered over other dark colors. Linear holographic shimmer and color-shifting violet-to-pink duochrome shimmer flecks in a translucent cyber grape jelly base. Four thin coats.

Magic Carpet Ride also has color-shifting shimmer flecks, but this time in a light base, so they are really subtle and delicate. This polish dried a little slower than the others, so I recommend a quick-drying top coat and/or drying drops. Color-shifting pale lilac to green duochrome flakes in a turquoise base. Four thin coats.

Overall this was one of the strongest indie debuts I have seen. The polishes had great formulas, wearable colors, and an immaculate attention to detail. Highly recommended!  I purchased the rest of the shades in the collection and will follow up with pictures of them soon. Stay tuned! 

The polishes are priced at $9 each for 15ml full-sized bottles or you can get the entire collection (11 polishes) for $85. Since you made it all the way to the bottom of this picture-heavy post (what suffering, right?) you can used the coupon code PH20 for 20% off in the shop!  Yay!

*sent by the maker for photography and review*

Fair Maiden Polish is a Minnesota-based brand made by long-time friends Sarah and Adrienne. Beautiful presentation and creative finishes are their hallmarks.

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