Sunday, August 2, 2020

Polish Pickup Weird Science August 2020 Swatches and Review

It's Polish Pickup time again! Polish Pickup Weird Science is opening for pre-order August 7 at 11AM EDT through August 10 at 11:59PM EDTThe 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 products to share with you from Alchemy Lacquers, Alter Ego, Blush Lacquers, Colores de Carol, KBShimmer, Lollipop Posse Lacquer, Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers, Pretty Beautiful Unlimited, Serum No. 5, and Supermoon Lacquer! Let's have a look...
*sent by the makers for photography and review*
Polish Pickup Weird Science August 2020


Alchemy Lacquers Popcorn Laser is a royal purple jelly with holo microflakes and pink/orange/green multichrome iridescent flakes. I wore it in four thin coats, but two or three will cover. It has a nice, fast-drying formula and a little bit of texture that smooths with top coat. 

Inspiration: Inspired by the scene from the movie Real Genius where they use the laser to fill an entire house with popcorn.

Price: $11.50 / 200 US cap / 10 UK cap
Alchemy Lacquers Popcorn Laser

Alchemy Lacquers Popcorn Laser

Alchemy Lacquers Popcorn Laser

Alchemy Lacquers Popcorn Laser
Alchemy Lacquers Popcorn Laser

Alchemy Lacquers Popcorn Laser

Alter Ego I've Been Slimed! Unscented Bath Bomb is an unscented (though it smells lightly of cocoa butter) foaming bath bomb with a plastic ball at the center with marbled purple and green shimmery slime to play with! I love this slime - it is nice and squishy and makes good noises, lol.

Inspiration: "I think making slime from common ingredients is very weird. I found some commercially prepared slime in a 1" clear round ball, so of course I knew I had to embed that slime ball in my signature foaming bath bomb formula. Even using a press, my damaged shoulder is not strong enough to make these big bath balls so I have had to hand mold these. The exterior is a bit lumpy, like a meatball, in my opinion, verifiable proof they are hand made LOL! Please, I caution people this is the formula that if used all at once, may feel too greasy."

Ingredients: unrefined cocoa butter, unrefined shea butter, baling soda, citric acid, SLSa, stearkrnium hectorite, tapioca flour

Price: $7.50 / 40 cap US / 5 cap UK
Alter Ego I've Been Slimed! Unscented Bath Bomb

Alter Ego I've Been Slimed! Unscented Bath Bomb
Alter Ego I've Been Slimed! Unscented Bath Bomb
Alter Ego I've Been Slimed! Unscented Bath Bomb

Alter Ego I've Been Slimed! Unscented Bath Bomb
Alter Ego I've Been Slimed! is a sheer neon pink jelly. I wore it in four thin coats and it had a good, fast-drying formula with lots of squish. It can be worn on its own or as a topper/nail art polish.

Price: $9 / no cap
Alter Ego I've Been Slimed!

Alter Ego I've Been Slimed!

Alter Ego I've Been Slimed!
Blush Lacquers Positronic Brain is an warm mustard green jelly with holo microflakes. I wore it in four thin coats, but three will cover. It retains some translucency and will look warmer/yellower in fewer coats as your nail bed color shows through. It has a great, fast-drying, shiny formula.

Inspiration: Data from Star Trek Next Generation

Price: $11 / no cap
Blush Lacquers Positronic Brain

Blush Lacquers Positronic Brain

Blush Lacquers Positronic Brain

Blush Lacquers Positronic Brain

Blush Lacquers Positronic Brain
Colores de Carol Hotter Than the Sun is a mustard green jelly with strong red-gold-green multichrome shimmer and flakes and holo shimmer. I wore it in four thin coats for maximum shimmer, but it will cover in two or three. Fantastic, quick-drying formula. The strong shimmer took over on me and made the polish look almost bronze with a green tinge. This color is totally unique in my collection!

Inspiration: What’s Hotter Than the Surface of the Sun? The Solar Corona
The Sun’s tenuous upper atmosphere is extremely hot, and extremely mysterious.

Price: $12.50 / no cap
Colores de Carol Hotter Than the Sun
Colores de Carol Hotter Than the Sun

Colores de Carol Hotter Than the Sun
Colores de Carol Hotter Than the Sun

Colores de Carol Hotter Than the Sun

Colores de Carol Hotter Than the Sun

KBShimmer He Slimed Me! is a neon green jelly with holo shimmer and flakes and orange/gold/green multichrome iridescent flakes. I wore it in four thin coats, but two or three will cover. It has a great, fast-drying formula and needs top coat to be completely smoothed.

Inspiration: Slimer from Ghostbusters. We all have those classic flicks; the ones that you come across on TV and stop channel surfing to watch again and again. For me, the iconic '80’s classic ghost-fighting movie that made slime cool was one of them. By the end, we all knew exactly who we were going to call if we saw a ghost!

Price: $10 / no cap
KBShimmer He Slimed Me!
KBShimmer He Slimed Me!

KBShimmer He Slimed Me!

KBShimmer He Slimed Me!

KBShimmer He Slimed Me!

KBShimmer He Slimed Me!

KBShimmer Citrus Cooler Sugar Scrub is a citrus juice box-scented sugar scrub. It is strongly emollient and has larger-sized scrubbing particles (sugar).

Inspiration: Ecto Cooler from Ghostbusters. In elementary school, nothing tasted better than a chilled juice box. Taking off that crinkly wrapper and then stabbing that foil hole was always a risky adventure - would you get in without squirting the juice all over? In the late ’80s, one of the coolest drinks to hit the lunchbox was a movie-themed, green-colored, orange-flavored drink featuring our favorite slimy neon green ghost.
Citrus Cooler is inspired by that ectoplasm-inspired drink. A bright and fresh scent, we can smell notes of orange with grapefruit, lemon and lime, adding to the citrus feel of this scent. Subtle hints of cucumber, jasmine, pineapple, blackberry, and champagne add sparkle and depth for the perfect juice-inspired scent!
To Use: Scoop out desired amount. Rub in a circular motion to exfoliate, rinse with warm water. Discontinue use if irritation occurs. Use caution when exiting tub as floors may be slippery. Not for internal consumption. For best results, do not introduce water into scrub and use within 24 months. Storage in shower may reduce shelf life.
Just a note, as the country heats up, scrubs will arrive softer, some with oil on the top. This is normal as we design the scrubs to melt with body temperature. The scrubs can be stirred, though colors will combine, and if you desire a more firm scrub, just pop it in the fridge.
☼WARM WEATHER NOTE: During warmer weather, scrubs can become liquid and settle in the jar, but this will not harm your scrub. Just stir before use to combine any oils that settle on top. Each and every scrub is packed by weight, not volume and jar may not appear full.
Ingredients: Sucrose, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, Emulsifying Wax NF, Stearic Acid, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Fragrance, Cetyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol, Mica
Price: $10 / no cap
KBShimmer Citrus Cooler Sugar Scrub

KBShimmer Citrus Cooler Sugar Scrub

KBShimmer Citrus Cooler Sugar Scrub

Lollipop Posse Lacquer You Are Stellar is a light teal jelly with holo microflakes and pink/orange/gold/green multichrome iridescent flakes and aurora shimmer. I wore it in four thin coats, but two or three will cover. Great, fast drying formula. It needs top coat for shine.

Inspiration: an amazing green, pink, and purple infrared photo of the M16 Eagle Nebula

Price: $13 / no cap
Lollipop Posse Lacquer You Are Stellar

Lollipop Posse Lacquer You Are Stellar

Lollipop Posse Lacquer You Are Stellar

Lollipop Posse Lacquer You Are Stellar

Lollipop Posse Lacquer You Are Stellar

Lollipop Posse Lacquer You Are Stellar
Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Stranger Things is a candy apple jelly with pink/gold/green multichrome shimmer and iridescent flakes. I wore it in four thin coats and it retained some translucency, so two or three coats is enough for the squishy jelly effect. It has a great, fast-drying formula.

Inspiration: Inspired by the Netflix artwork for Stranger Things 3, Nail Hoot brings you a bright, squishy polish! With a shimmer packed candy apple base, the iridescent flakes sparkle like fireworks... even if you're in the Upside Down.

Price: $11.99 / no cap US / 50 cap UK
Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Stranger Things

Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Stranger Things

Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Stranger Things

Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Stranger Things

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Penny Blossoms Wax Sampler contains 15 different mini waxes and a metal microscope charm. This is a fantastic deal, with about 7 oz. of para-soy wax. It usually sells out quickly, so you want to check out on the first day with this.

Inspiration: 15 scent sampler inspired by the wonderful science and geeky world of The Big Bang Theory.

Scent List: 
  • Acai Blossoms - Crushed blueberries are accented with green tones and balanced with acai berry to create the fragrance signature. Soft woods and clear musk surround creamed strawberry to create the underlying sweet sensation that carries the scent to a lingering finish.
  • Aloha - A tropical delight that combines sweet coconut and juicy island fruits with exotic, and delightfully fragrant native flora of tiare and plumeria flowers.
  • Apple Harvest - Walking through an apple orchard in late fall. Fresh apple cider with cinnamon and sugar.
  • Best Friends - A wonderful aromatic blend of boysenberries, elderberries, strawberries, guava and pomegranate with a down of soft vanilla.
  • Blueberry Cheesecake - The sweet, yummy decadence of Tahitian vanilla, rich creamy butter and ripe blueberries atop a crumbly graham cracker crust.
  • Cabernet Sauvignon - The sweet aroma of wild grapes enhanced with hints of strawberries and sweet sugary notes with a light alcoholic background. A wonderful aroma of red sweet Cabernet wine.
  • Chai Latte - A rich blend of cinnamon and clove is balanced with butter cream and sweetened with rich vanilla.
  • Chai Tea - A fabulous aroma of just the right amount of gourmet tea leaves, rich spices, and vanilla soy milk.
  • Cherry Cheesecake - Grandma's homemade cheesecake, topped with sweet cherry glaze and baked in a delicious graham cracker crust.
  • Green Apple - Refreshing and bright, this is a true crisp and tart Granny Smith green apple at its best!
  • Lemon Cheesecake - Rich, creamy cheesecake infused with fresh lemon juice.
  • Nappa Valley - A complex blend of aged wine, lilac, vanilla, violets, and lilies, with a light musky base note.
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake - The incredible aroma of cardamom, ground cinnamon, Vermont maple, pumpkin puree, carrot, whipped cream, rum, cream cheese, caramelized sugar, and French vanilla which is all blended to true perfection.
  • Strawberry Cheesecake - The perfect aroma of cheesecake with a nice thick strawberry sauce.
  • Wild Berry Cheesecake - A perfect dessert scent carefully crafted with the combination of fresh berries and creamy buttery accords.

Price: $8 / 180 cap US / 20 cap UK
Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Penny Blossoms Wax Sampler

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Penny Blossoms Wax Sampler charm

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Penny Blossoms Wax Sampler

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Science Is the Best is a gunmetal gray jelly with holo microflakes and a mix of multichrome iridescent crystal chameleon flakes. I wore it in four thin coats, but two or three will cover. It has a nice, quick-drying formula and needs top coat for smoothness and shine.

Price: 150 cap US / 10 cap UK
Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Science Is the Best

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Science Is the Best

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Science Is the Best

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Science Is the Best

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Science Is the Best

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Science Is the Best

Serum No. 5 Dancing Waters is a white-pale-blue (warm) to light sage green-yellow (cool) multi-thermal with holo shimmer and rainbow iridescent flakes. It also reacts with orange fluorescence to UV light and glows aqua in the dark. I wore it in four thin coats, but two or three will cover. Due to the thermal and glow in the dark elements, the polish is quite thick, and I recommend floating the coats (brushing softly without pressing down) and then you can get a pretty good, smooth effect. It needs top coat for smoothness, shine, and leveling. The dry time is nice and quick. The transition is fairly subtle and this one is a real chameleon, with up to four different colors depending on temperature. I struggled a bit to show a gradient in pics due to it being summer and the deepness of the colors being similar, but when I wore it I definitely saw the different colors.

Inspiration: a science experiment where color travels through the use of water.

Price: $14 / no cap
Serum No. 5 Dancing Waters

Serum No. 5 Dancing Waters

Serum No. 5 Dancing Waters

Serum No. 5 Dancing Waters under UV light
Serum No. 5 Dancing Waters

Serum No. 5 Dancing Waters under glowing in the dark
Serum No. 5 Dancing Waters

Serum No. 5 Dancing Waters

Serum No. 5 Dancing Waters

Serum No. 5 Dancing Waters

Serum No. 5 Dancing Waters

Serum No. 5 Dancing Waters

Serum No. 5 Dancing Waters

Supermoon Lacquer Lacquer Blue Quasar is a denim blue with holo shimmer, blue-to-violet and violet-to-gold color shifting shimmer, red shimmer, copper and gold sparks, purple/blue/red color-shifting microflakies, bronze and rainbow pearl microflakies, holographic gold microglitter, and metallic copper microglitter. I wore it in two thin coats, but even one might cover if you are careful. It has a nice, quick-drying formula and will also work for stamping. It needs top coat for shine.

Inspiration: Blue quasars, which are the most luminous objects in the universe, emitting as much energy as 10 trillion suns.

Price: $12.50 / no cap
Supermoon Lacquer Lacquer Blue Quasar

Supermoon Lacquer Lacquer Blue Quasar

Supermoon Lacquer Lacquer Blue Quasar

Supermoon Lacquer Lacquer Blue Quasar

Supermoon Lacquer Lacquer Blue Quasar

Supermoon Lacquer Lacquer Blue Quasar

Since this is so opaque, I decided to try stamping it! This is Supermoon Lacquer Blue Quasar stamped over Rogue Lacquer She's Stark Raving Mad using Lina Make Your Mark 01 plate. It stamps absolutely perfectly, as well as any purpose-made stamping polish!
Supermoon Lacquer Blue Quasar stamped over Rogue Lacquer She's Stark Raving Mad using Lina Make Your Mark 01 plate

Supermoon Lacquer Blue Quasar stamped over Rogue Lacquer She's Stark Raving Mad using Lina Make Your Mark 01 plate

Supermoon Lacquer Blue Quasar stamped over Rogue Lacquer She's Stark Raving Mad using Lina Make Your Mark 01 plate

Supermoon Lacquer Blue Quasar stamped over Rogue Lacquer She's Stark Raving Mad using Lina Make Your Mark 01 plate
Polish Pickup Weird Science is opening for pre-order August 7 at 11AM EDT through August 10 at 11:59PM EDT Have you checked out the shop yet? It is open for wishlisting now. I especially love the science inspiration as I was super-into chemistry and color as a kid. Part of me is regretting, once again, I didn't study chemical engineering (at one point I almost did) and work in color chemistry as an adult!

*sent by the makers for photography and review*

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