Sunday, March 29, 2015

Awesome Sauce Indie Box debut release!

How about something new under the sun? Indie boxes with exclusive colors are great ways to sample a variety of brands and pick up some exclusives from your favorites, but they can sometimes be pricey to buy large numbers of polishes in one chunk. The inaugural Awesome Sauce Indie Box, a new quarterly release set, allows you to select either full sizes or minis if you really want to have a taste of the exclusive colors but can't swing a larger expenditure. This is amazing for mini lovers like me. Not only that, but it is a bargain at $50 for full sizes and $36 for minis, since it also contains two extra items, a lip balm and hand scrub! The permanent brands for this box are Anonymous Lacquer, Aurora Lacquers, Ever After Polish, and Lavish Polish. This release's guest is Aliquid Lacquer. The shop goes live on April 3 at 5PM EDT. Check them out after the break...
*sent by the maker for photography and review*

Aliquid Lacquer Undersea Defender has a variety of opalescent blue glitters and gold shimmer flecks in a Bondi blue base. Very tropical looking! The formula on this was good - I used three coats for full opacity.

Aliquid Lacquer also provided one of the extra bonus items in the box, a Pina Colada Lip Balm. This has a yummy scent and no taste. I'm normally more of a lip-gloss girl than a balm wearer but I tested this for three days and my lips stayed moisturized. I also tried it out as a cuticle balm and it works fantastically for that purpose as well if you don't use balms.

Anonymous Lacquer She ra's Soldier is a divine pearly linear holo that was opaque in only two thin coats. Great, quick-drying formula, as usual from the brand. It was great on its own and I can also see it being amazing as a base for nail art.

Aurora Lacquers Crystalline Frost was one of my favorites from the box because it is so amazingly bright and reflective. It has blue holographic glitters and strong silver foil shimmers, worn here in three thin coats. This polish is just so futuristic-looking! I couldn't stop staring at it as I was painting it on. Perfect formula.

Ever After Polish Glimmer Ella has a mix of red microglitter, pink-to-gold duochrome microflakes, and scattered holo in an antique fuchsia base. This one works as both a topper and a full polish - I wore it here with four thin coats. Great formula and very sparkly! It dries pretty smooth, as well.

Ever After also provided the Sea Side Escape Hand Scrub. I had not used any products like this before so I was curious to try it. It has chunks of sea salt in a semi-liquid moisturizing base. The scent is very fresh with strong eucalyptus notes. The sea salt falls off your hands pretty quickly as you are rubbing it in, so I recommend using it over a sink. I did not completely follow the directions and rinse it off afterward as it was so nicely scented and moisturizing. It absorbed fairly quickly so I would say rinsing is really optional.

Lavish Polish She Sees All is another polish that can be used as either a topper or for a full mani. I chose the later with four coats. It has gold shimmer and teal and gold holographic hex and square glitters in a mix of sizes. Really pretty combo and another good formula.

I would say this is a strong start to a new box offering - it provides good value, two options for pricing/sizing, and seven products with excellent performance. Do you see any favorites here? Think you might give it a try? It will go live on April 3 at 5PM EDT.
*sent by the maker for photography and review*

The Awesome Sauce Indie Box is a quarterly nail and beauty box with polishes by Anonymous Lacquer, Aurora Lacquers, Ever After Polish, and Lavish Polish in addition to one guest contributor. You can find it at:

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