Monday, March 2, 2020

Polish Pickup Ancient History March 2020 Swatches and Review

Polish Pickup is open for pre-orders Friday, March 6 at 11AM EST through Monday March 9 at 11:59PM EST. This month, the theme is Ancient History, which as a cultural historian, I love!  The Polish Pickup is a Facebook group and pop-up shop that offers monthly pre-orders of indie polish and crafts made to themes voted on by members of the group.  I have reviews of products from Alchemy Lacquers, Anchor & Heart Lacquer, Grace-full Nail Polish, Great Lakes Lacquer, Kathleen & Co., Lollipop Posse Lacquer, Moonflower Polish, Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers, Peachtree Polish, Pretty Beautiful Unlimited, Rogue Lacquer, Starlight Polish, and The Soapy Chef to share with you today!
*sent by the makers for photography and review*
Polish Pickup Ancient History March 2020

Alchemy Lacquers Sands of Giza was inspired by a photograph of the Great Pyramids. It is a delicate lavender jelly with red/orange/yellow/green multichrome shimmer and subtle holo shimmer. It has a nice fast-drying formula. I wore it in four thin coats for maximum depth, but two or three will cover.

Price: $11.50 / 70 cap

Alchemy Lacquers Sands of Giza

Alchemy Lacquers Sands of Giza

Alchemy Lacquers Sands of Giza

Alchemy Lacquers Sands of Giza

Alchemy Lacquers Sands of Giza

Alchemy Lacquers Sands of Giza

Alchemy Lacquers Sands of Giza

Anchor & Heart Lacquer has two products this month! One is Mermaid Tears Base Coat in Tangerine Scent. Tangerine is a fruit with a storied history and wonderful smell. This base coat is nourishing and has a slight beige milky coloring. I am showing it here in four thin coats on its own. It has a medium dry time.

Price: $8.50 / no cap
Anchor & Heart Lacquer Mermaid Tears Base Coat in Tangerine Scent

Anchor & Heart Lacquer Mermaid Tears Base Coat in Tangerine Scent

Anchor & Heart Lacquer Mermaid Tears Base Coat in Tangerine Scent

Anchor & Heart Lacquer Standing Stones at First Light is a light (warm) to dark (cool) salmon thermal with subtle holo shimmer, gray microflakes, and dark brown, tan, and gray microglitter. I wore it in four thin coats for maximum depth, but two or three will cover. It dries matte and slightly textured, but is shown here with top coat.

Price: $12.50 / no cap
Anchor & Heart Lacquer Standing Stones at First Light

Anchor & Heart Lacquer Standing Stones at First Light

Anchor & Heart Lacquer Standing Stones at First Light

Anchor & Heart Lacquer Standing Stones at First Light

Anchor & Heart Lacquer Standing Stones at First Light

Grace-full Nail Polish War of the Roses is a royal rose red jelly with holo microflakes and pink/gold/green/violet multichrome iridescent microflakes. I wore it in four thin coats for maxmimum depth, but two will cover. It has a nice, fast-drying formula and a little texture that can be smoothed with top coat. It is inspired by the epic battles of the Lancastrian and Yorkish factions in 15th century England.

Price: $12.50 / 75 cap
Grace-full Nail Polish War of the Roses

Grace-full Nail Polish War of the Roses

Grace-full Nail Polish War of the Roses

Grace-full Nail Polish War of the Roses

Grace-full Nail Polish War of the Roses

Grace-full Nail Polish War of the Roses

Great Lakes Lacquer Cuddling Continents is inspired by Pangea. It is a brilliant cobalt blue jelly with a tiny bit of scattered holo shimmer and orange/gold/green iridescent multichrome flakes and shimmer. I wore it in four thin coats for maximum depth, but two or three will cover. It has a nice, fast-drying formula. This one is BRIGHT with a serious glow!

Price: $13 / no cap
Great Lakes Lacquer Cuddling Continents

Great Lakes Lacquer Cuddling Continents

Great Lakes Lacquer Cuddling Continents

Great Lakes Lacquer Cuddling Continents

Great Lakes Lacquer Cuddling Continents

Great Lakes Lacquer Cuddling Continents

Kathleen & Co. Evil Eye is a white (warm) to sky blue (medium) to intense cobalt blue (cold)  thermal with sky blue holo glitters in various sizes. I wore it in three thin coats, but two will cover. Of course my nails had to have a major break before I photographed the last thermal this month! I am showing it in two different transitional states to illustrate the full shift. This one has an ultra-intense, almost purple leaning dark shift that is really spectacular. It dries quickly and has a good formula. It is satin on its own but is shown with top coat - it smooths easily with one layer. It is inspired by the Evil Eye.

Price: $12.50 / 200 cap
Kathleen & Co. Evil Eye

Kathleen & Co. Evil Eye

Kathleen & Co. Evil Eye

Kathleen & Co. Evil Eye

Lollipop Posse Lacquer The Sister Guardians is an aqua blue jelly with pink-gold-green multichrome iridescent shimmer. I wore it in four thin coats and still had a bit of visible nail line. It has a nice, fast-drying formula. The white blotches in the pictures are damage to my nails, not the polish!

Inspired by the Zorya sisters of ancient Slavic folklore. They are often referred to as the Auroras, and are the guardians of the morning and evening skies.

Price: $13 / 220 cap
Lollipop Posse Lacquer The Sister Guardians

Lollipop Posse Lacquer The Sister Guardians

Lollipop Posse Lacquer The Sister Guardians

Lollipop Posse Lacquer The Sister Guardians

Lollipop Posse Lacquer The Sister Guardians

Moonflower Polish Those Who Came Before is inspired by ancient peoples of the Caribbean Islands. It is a light blue-gray creme with blue-to-purple duochrome flake-shimmer. I wore it in two thin coats and it had a nice, fast-drying formula. It dries matte and very slightly textured on its own but is shown here with top coat. It works as both a pigmented polish on its own or for stamping.

Price: $12.50 / 70 cap
Moonflower Polish Those Who Came Before

Moonflower Polish Those Who Came Before

Moonflower Polish Those Who Came Before

Moonflower Polish Those Who Came Before

Moonflower Polish Those Who Came Before stamped over Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Golden Mask Dynasty using plate Lina Make Your Mark 01
Moonflower Polish Those Who Came Before stamped over Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Golden Mask Dynasty using plate Lina Make Your Mark 01

Moonflower Polish Those Who Came Before stamped over Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Golden Mask Dynasty using plate Lina Make Your Mark 01

Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Golden Mask Dynasty is a hot pink jelly with pink shimmer and pink-to-gold duochrome iridescent flakes. I wore it in three thin coats. It dries matte with a little texture, but is shown here with top coat. The dry time is really nice and fast.

Inspired by a photo I took when I attended The Golden Mask Dynasty (金面王朝) show in China. The story tells how a queen who wears a golden mask creates a splendid and legendary dynasty through wisdom, tolerance, trust and boundless love.

Price: $11.99 / 280 cap
Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Golden Mask Dynasty

Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Golden Mask Dynasty

Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Golden Mask Dynasty

Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Golden Mask Dynasty

Peachtree Polish Sunset Temple is a pale gold jelly with pink-to-gold duochrome shimmer, burgundy/red/gold multichrome flakes, and iridescent holo microglitters. I wore it in four thin coats, but three will cover perfectly fine. It has a nice, fast-drying formula that is pretty smooth even with the glitters. It is inspired by the Parthenon at sunset. 

Price: $11 / 70 cap
Peachtree Polish Sunset Temple

Peachtree Polish Sunset Temple

Peachtree Polish Sunset Temple

Peachtree Polish Sunset Temple

Peachtree Polish Sunset Temple

Peachtree Polish Sunset Temple

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Ambrosia Wax Sampler is inspired by the food and drink of the Romans. Boy is this one a fantastic deal! You get 15 scents and up to 6 oz of wax for $8! This sold out really fast last time so if you want it, be sure to be ready at shop opening.

Scents include:
  • Amber & Lavender - Sophisticated French Lavender and exotic amber with notes of tonka bean and myrrh and a base of soft musk.
  • Black Currant Vanilla & Amber - Red raspberries, cranberries and black currants blended with fresh lavender, vanilla and patchouli are softened by golden amber, rich sandalwood and light musk.
  • Cabernet Crush - The full-bodied aroma of crushed berries and fruit, champagne grapes, cabernet sauvignon mingle with rich vanilla and soft spun sugar.
  • Frankincense & Myrrh - Top notes of lilac and pine, middle notes of heliotrope, jasmine and musk and rounded out with frankincense, myrrh, patchouli and vanilla.
  • Basil – Refreshing aroma of fresh cut leaves of basil.
  • Glowing Amber – Citrus and amber enveloped by earthy moss and violet and finished off with vanilla musk and Indonesian patchouli.
  • Lilac – The aroma of a freshly blooming lilac bush.
  • Muscadine – Fresh grapes, blackberries, and woodsy base notes.
  • Rosewood & Musk – Fresh cut rosewood balanced with nuances of cassis, Otto rose, green olive, cassia bark, rich cedar, black amber, soft sandalwood, and sheer musk.
  • Sage Leaf – Reminiscent of fresh herbal sage leaves.
  • Sandalwood Rose – Earthy wood and lush rose petal notes blended with complimentary green tones on a base of soft musk.
  • Sandalwood Vanilla – The beautiful combination of luscious, rich vanilla, a woody bouquet of cedar and sandalwood with rose and jasmine.
  • Sweet Vanilla Patchouli – Vanilla, earthy patchouli and green grass intertwined with fresh lavender and hints of licorice with crisp notes of menthol softened by amber.
  • Tuscan Wine – Top notes of black grapes, strawberry, and red wine; followed by middle notes of white flowers and sweet cinnamon; and sits on dry wood notes.
  • Wisteria – Notes of Wisteria, Rose, Violet and Ylang with undertones of precious woods and tender musk.
Up to 6 ounces of wax, packaged in a 5×7 stand up holographic resealable bag
Price: $8 / 90 cap
Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Ambrosia Wax Sampler

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Ambrosia Wax Sampler

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Ambrosia Wax Sampler

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Nectar is a blood red jelly with red/bronze/copper multichrome shimmer, purple/red/gold iridescent multichrome crystal flakes, and holo microflakes. I wore it in four thin coats for maximum depth, but two or three will cover. It has a nice, quick dry time and a little bit of texture that smooths out with top coat. It is inspired by a Roman glass bottle.

Price: $12 / 140 cap
Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Nectar

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Nectar

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Nectar

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Nectar

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Nectar

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Nectar

Rogue Lacquer Persian Nights is a coral red jelly with holo microflakes and indigo/red/gold multichrome iridescent flakes. I wore it in three thin coats and it had a nice fast dry time. There is a little texture that smooths out with top coat. It is inspired by the rich reds, corals, and golds of ancient Persia.

Price: $12 / 250
Rogue Lacquer Persian Nights

Rogue Lacquer Persian Nights

Rogue Lacquer Persian Nights

Rogue Lacquer Persian Nights

Rogue Lacquer Persian Nights

Rogue Lacquer Persian Nights

Starlight Polish Clio is an ivory jelly with gold, blue, white, and iridescent flakes. I wore it in four thin coats, but two or three will work for a squishy jelly effect. It has a perfect formula with fast dry time.

Inspired by the Muses were the nine daughters of Zeus, the king of the gods, and Mnemosyne, a Titan and the goddess of memory. They were goddesses of knowledge and the arts, each having a particular domain. Clio is considered “the proclaimer, glorifier and celebrator of history, great deeds and accomplishments" - perfect for Ancient History month!

Price: $12.50 / 150 cap
Starlight Polish Clio

Starlight Polish Clio

Starlight Polish Clio

Starlight Polish Clio

Starlight and Sparkles Dinosaur Charm and Page Marker Set provides six dinosaur-themed page markers and one charm. The charms are all sturdy and high quality with a brilliant shine.


Inspired by Dinosaurs! Technically prehistoric, but they are ancient wonders and a source of incredible insight into the distant past.
There are six page markers and one charm in this set. The page markers are, from left to right: a Brachiosaurus and a Brontosaurus/an Apatosaurus* in the top row, an Allosaurus and a Parasaurolophus in the middle row, and a Stegosaurus and a Triceratops in the bottom row. The charm is a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton hanging from a stainless steel lobster clasp. Both the charm and page markers are decorated with glass beads that glow green in the dark.
The page markers use rectangular paperclips (also called owl clips). The clips can be used to mark pages in planners, books, notebooks, or journals (or even just for clipping papers together in your office!), and the charm can be attached to a planner by its elastic band or zipper pull.
*Note on Brontosaurus/Apatosaurus: The short story is that Brontosaurus was a type of dinosaur, then it was decided they were actually Apatosaurus, but people kept using the name Brontosaurus, then a new analysis was done a few years ago, and now it’s back up in the air. So this page marker is for those dinos who might be either Brontosaurus or Apatosaurus, depending on how that decision eventually goes.
Price: $13 / 36 cap
Starlight and Sparkles Dinosaur Charm and Page Marker Set

The Soapy Chef That's Ancient History! Green Tea Body Butter is a whipped mousse-texture body butter with a soft green tea scent. It is light and hydrating.

Inspired by the history of green tea for thousands of years in Asian Cultures
This is a light and fluffy whipped body butter. It is made with fresh green tea leaves and aloe vera gel. It is very lightly scented to give the wonderful aroma of green tea. It is super creamy and it moisturizes like crazy, but doesn’t leave your skin greasy. 4oz
Cocoa butter, btms 50, Distilled water, green tea leaves, aloe vera gel, vegetable glycerin, fragrance oil, Germall plus liquid preservative
Price: $10 for 4 oz. / 65 cap
The Soapy Chef That's Ancient History! Green Tea Body Butter

The Soapy Chef That's Ancient History! Green Tea Body Butter

The Soapy Chef That's Ancient History! Green Tea Body Butter

The Soapy Chef That's Ancient History! Green Tea Body Butter

The Soapy Chef That's Ancient History! Green Tea Body Butter
That wraps up my coverage of the Ancient History Polish Pickup for March 2020. The shop is open for pre-orders Friday, March 6 at 11AM EST through Monday March 9 at 11:59PM EST. The wishlists and item listings are open now for preview, so go check it out! Do you have a favorite this round?

*sent by the makers for photography and review*

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