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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Polish Pickup Magic & Alchemy September 2019 Swatches and Review

It's time for another Polish Pickup! This month the theme is Magic & Alchemy and the makers have created a nice variety of products and finishes from this inspiration. The Polish Pickup is a Facebook group and pop-up shop that offers monthly pre-orders of indie polish made to themes voted on by members of the group.  The pre-order runs from Friday, September 6 at 11AM EDT to Monday, September 9 at 11:59. I am doing things a little differently this time, since I have fifteen products to share, and combining everything in one post. Let me know if you like it better this way or as individual posts!
*sent by the makers for photography and review*
Polish Pickup Magic & Alchemy September 2019

Anchor & Heart Lacquer Little Wee Witch has a clear base with strong linear holo shimmer and orange, red, fuchsia, blue, and purple holo glitters. It can also be used as a top coat in a single coat. I wore it with four thin coats for maximum bling. It has a quick dry time and needs top coat to smooth. 

Inspiration: The one and only Rowena MacLeod from Supernatural! Fabulous, sarcastic, ageless, magical...Rowena is as magnificent a witch as they get!

Price: $12

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Anchor & Heart Lacquer Little Wee Witch

Anchor & Heart Lacquer Little Wee Witch

Anchor & Heart Lacquer Little Wee Witch

Anchor & Heart Lacquer Little Wee Witch

Anchor & Heart Lacquer Little Wee Witch

Anchor & Heart Lacquer Quite Magnificent is a matte top coat with blue/green duochrome aurora shimmer and flakes. I wore it first in four coats on its own, then over Little Wee Witch. It dries quickly and has a nice formula. 

Inspiration:  The One and Only Rowena MacLeod from Supernatural! Fabulous, sarcastic, ageless, magical.

Price: $11

225 bottles available
Anchor & Heart Lacquer Quite Magnificent

Anchor & Heart Lacquer Quite Magnificent

Anchor & Heart Lacquer Quite Magnificent

Anchor & Heart Lacquer Quite Magnificent

Anchor & Heart Lacquer Quite Magnificent over Little Wee Witch
Anchor & Heart Lacquer Quite Magnificent over Little Wee Witch

Anchor & Heart Lacquer Quite Magnificent over Little Wee Witch

Anchor & Heart Lacquer Quite Magnificent over Little Wee Witch

Bee's Knees Lacquer The Small Science is a royal purple jelly with red/green multichrome shimmer and gold/green duochrome iridescent ghost flakes. I wore it in four thin coats for maximum depth, but two or three will do. Medium dry time and nice formula. This polish has a LOT of shift and is especially pretty in the shade.

Inspiration: the Grishaverse books

Price: $14

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Bee's Knees Lacquer The Small Science

Bee's Knees Lacquer The Small Science

Bee's Knees Lacquer The Small Science

Bee's Knees Lacquer The Small Science

Indie Lacquer Ms. Frizzle fo Shizzle is a baby blue creme-jelly with neon dot, square, diamond, and triangle glitter. I wore it in four thin coats and with top coat to smooth. The dry time was fast and it dried shiny. The glitters in this polish are huge and so I recommend putting the bottle upside down a while before using to ensure maximum distribution.

Inspiration: Ms. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus.

Price: $10

175 bottles available
Indie Lacquer Ms. Frizzle fo Shizzle

Indie Lacquer Ms. Frizzle fo Shizzle

Indie Lacquer Ms. Frizzle fo Shizzle

Literary Lacquers Every God and Devil There Ever Was is a indigo jelly with red-to-green iridescent multichrome flakes and microglitters. I wore it in four thin coats for maximum depth, but two or three will cover. Nice formula and dry time. It needs top coat to smooth.

Inspiration: The Invisibles by Grant Morrison

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Literary Lacquers Every God and Devil There Ever Was

Literary Lacquers Every God and Devil There Ever Was

Literary Lacquers Every God and Devil There Ever Was

Literary Lacquers Every God and Devil There Ever Was

Lollipop Posse Lacquer The Alchemical Child is a red-violet jelly with red-to-green multichrome shimmer. I wore it in four thin coats for maximum depth, but two or three will cover. Medium-fast dry time and great formula. This has lots of sparkle and shift!

Inspiration: The alchemy text 'Ashmole 72', from Deborah Harkness' A Discovery of Witches

Price: $13

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Lollipop Posse Lacquer The Alchemical Child

Lollipop Posse Lacquer The Alchemical Child

Lollipop Posse Lacquer The Alchemical Child

Lollipop Posse Lacquer The Alchemical Child

Moonflower Polish Minor Mending is a charcoal gray holo with gold microflakes. It works as both a stamping polish and a regular polish, with a quick dry time. I wore it for the full swatches in two thin coats, but one will cover. It needs top coat for shine. The pickup as a stamping polish is nice and easy and it will do fine lines well.

Inspiration: The Magicians - Season 4 Episode 13 finale.

Price: $12.50

75 bottles available
Moonflower Polish Minor Mending

Moonflower Polish Minor Mending

Moonflower Polish Minor Mending

Moonflower Polish Minor Mending

Moonflower Polish Minor Mending

Moonflower Polish Minor Mending stamped over Lollipop Posse Lacquer The Alchemical Child using Über Chic 22-03 plate
Moonflower Polish Minor Mending stamped over Lollipop Posse Lacquer The Alchemical Child using Über Chic 22-03 plate

Moonflower Polish Minor Mending stamped over Lollipop Posse Lacquer The Alchemical Child using Über Chic 22-03 plate

Moonflower Polish Minor Mending stamped over Lollipop Posse Lacquer The Alchemical Child using Über Chic 22-03 plate

Moonflower Polish Minor Mending stamped over Lollipop Posse Lacquer The Alchemical Child using Über Chic 22-03 plate

Music City Beauty Unicorn Poop Body Spray is a softy scented, jumbo-sized (8 oz.) body spray with a mixed fruit scent - strawberry, peach, raspberry, and cotton candy. The scent lies close to the body, so it would be a nice option for work. 

Inspiration: The unicorn

Price: $10.50

25 bottles available

Music City Beauty Unicorn Poop Body Spray

Music City Beauty Unicorn Poop Body Spray

Nail Hoot Indie Lacquer You Shall Not Pass is a metallic brass holo with copper and pink-to-gold duochrome microflakes. I wore it in three thin coats, but two will cover. This has a fast dry time and TONS of sparkle!

Inspiration:  Scene in The Lord of the Rings where Gandalf battles the Balrog

Price: $9.50

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Nail Hoot Indie Lacquer You Shall Not Pass

Nail Hoot Indie Lacquer You Shall Not Pass

Nail Hoot Indie Lacquer You Shall Not Pass

Nail Hoot Indie Lacquer You Shall Not Pass

Nail Hoot Indie Lacquer You Shall Not Pass

Nail Hoot Indie Lacquer You Shall Not Pass

Peachtree Polish Metallic Magic is a metallic pink-copper shimmer with holo shimmer and a rainbow of multichrome flakes. I wore it in three thin coats, but two will cover. Nice formula and minimal brush strokes, with a good dry time.

Inspiration: The album cover of Metallic Tragedy by Magic Kingdom

Price: $11

70 bottles available
Peachtree Polish Metallic Magic

Peachtree Polish Metallic Magic

Peachtree Polish Metallic Magic

Peachtree Polish Metallic Magic

Peachtree Polish Metallic Magic

Peachtree Polish Metallic Magic

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Begin Thy Magic Spell is an olive jelly with holo shimmer and microflakes, silver holo microglitter, six types of multichrome iridescent crystal flakes and multichrome flakes, and blue-to-red multichrome aurora shimmer. I wore it in four thin coats, but fewer will do. It dries quickly and fairly smooth for a polish with glitter, but does need top coat to be completely smooth. I love the unexpected red shift in a green polish!

Inspiration: The Evil Queen

Price: $11.50

150 bottles available
Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Begin Thy Magic Spell

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Begin Thy Magic Spell

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Begin Thy Magic Spell

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Begin Thy Magic Spell

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Begin Thy Magic Spell

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Begin Thy Magic Spell

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Temptation Matte Top Coat is scented with a fresh apply fragrance and dries quickly to a satin finish. It is shown over Begin Thy Magic Spell

  • Top – Apple, Pineapple, Peach, Cinnamon
  • Middle – Vanilla, Sugar, Juicy Pear, Nectarine, Strawberry, Clove
  • Bottom – Musk, Banana, Apple Blossoms, Vanilla
Inspiration: The Evil Queen
Price: $7
150 bottles available
Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Temptation Matte Top Coat over Begin Thy Magic Spell

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Temptation Matte Top Coat over Begin Thy Magic Spell

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Temptation Matte Top Coat over Begin Thy Magic Spell

Pretty Jelly Nail Polish A Whole New World is a violet foil with holo microflakes and blue/red, aqua/purple, and red/gold multichrome flakes. I wore it in four thin coats, but two or three will cover. I recommend thin coats as the flakes and foil make the texture a little thicker than average, but very manageable. Good dry time. 

Inspiration: Aladdin

Price: $12

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Pretty Jelly Nail Polish A Whole New World

Pretty Jelly Nail Polish A Whole New World

Pretty Jelly Nail Polish A Whole New World

Pretty Jelly Nail Polish A Whole New World

Pretty Jelly Nail Polish A Whole New World

Pretty Jelly Nail Polish A Whole New World

Starlight Polish Purifying Flames has a clear base with strong red-to-green multichrome UP pigment, red, orange, and yellow microflakes, gold holo microglitter, orange/gold/green multichrome microglitter, and red/green and bronze/green multichrome flakes It works on its own and as a topper. I wore it in four thin coats on its own and in a single coat over black. It has a fast dry time and needs top coat to smooth completely, though it is not significantly textured on its own. 

Inspiration: Fire, and the belief in fire’s ability to purify, usually by the destruction of evil or corrupting elements.
"I’ve always loved that interpretation of fire, both as a magical element and as a metaphor for personal change. To burn away one’s old self in a bright blaze of change, emerging refined and honed, having shed things that weigh down and hold back, and becoming one step closer to the person you want to become. I wanted this topper to be like a phoenix in a bottle, a phoenix aflame. I wanted this top coat to feel like a celebration of that process of change."
Price: $17.50

200 bottles available
Starlight Polish Purifying Flames

Starlight Polish Purifying Flames

Starlight Polish Purifying Flames

Starlight Polish Purifying Flames

Starlight Polish Purifying Flames

Starlight Polish Purifying Flames

Starlight Polish Purifying Flames

Starlight Polish Purifying Flames over black
Starlight Polish Purifying Flames over black

Starlight Polish Purifying Flames over black

Starlight Polish Purifying Flames over black

Starlight Polish Purifying Flames over black

Starlight Polish Purifying Flames over black

The Soapy Chef's Every Flavor Wax is a masterpiece of variety and something you can customize for your own unique melt! There are twenty different "flavors" or scents represented in the beans, which have individual identifiers on the back of the box. It is a very cool concept, and the overall scent is pleasant, perhaps a bit fruity with a warm base and a hint of musk. I did a video showing the melt over 10 minutes sped up to 1 minute.  I love the concept and the result is yummy and worth the maker's hard work! It has a mild, non-overpowering throw. 

Inspiration:  Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans from Harry Potter

Description: Handcrafted wax “jelly beans” in 20 different scents.
Each box contains up to 200 jelly bean shaped wax in 20 different scents. Each bean was hand poured and melted in 20 different scents, and over 12,500 beans were made by hand for this product. #meltyourownmagic

Scents: Lemon meringue, tobacco & bay leaf, green apple, red wine, grass, coffee, black cherry, green tea, hot chocolate, cannabis, cotton candy, buttered popcorn, baby powder, lemongrass, grape soda, patchouli, sage, root beer, black pepper, and fresh laundry

Price is 9-3/4($9.75 for Muggles!) Please check out my Facebook group for a jelly bean counting contest starting on Thursday, September 5.

Cap: 40

Ingredients: Soy Wax, Paraffin wax, wax colorant, May contain: fragrance oil, essential oil, cosmetic glitter

The Soapy Chef's Every Flavor Wax

The Soapy Chef's Every Flavor Wax

The Soapy Chef's Every Flavor Wax



That wraps up my coverage of this month's Polish Pickup Magic & Alchemy! I really enjoyed the theme and there was lots of variety in finishes and products. The pre-order opens Friday, September 6 at 11AM EDT and ends Monday, September 9 at 11:59PM. Wishlisting is open now on the site. Do you have some favorites this month? I know I have a quite a few picked out already!

*sent by the makers for photography and review*

The Polish Pickup is a monthly event in which multiple indie makers create polishes on a single theme. Find them at: 


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