Friday, September 4, 2020

Polish Pickup Halloween September 2020 Swatches and Review

I'm tardy to the party this month with Polish Pickup Halloween-themed September 2020 launch due to some work snafus, but I hope it is worth it! I not only have 20 items to share, but also, for the first time, swatch videos of everything. The embedded Youtube link will be at the bottom of the post. I hope you find it useful to see these "in action" and I am still working out how I do these, so any recommendations you have to improve them are very welcome. Right now I have a mix of 3 and 1 finger swatches, but plan to migrate to 1 finger swatches to show more detail and keep the videos shorter. In case you didn't already know, 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.  The pre-order is open now and runs through Monday, September 7 at midnight EDT. I have products to share with you from Alchemy Lacquers, Alter Ego, Anchor & Heart Lacquer, Blush Lacquers, Colores de Carol, Great Lakes Lacquer, KBShimmer, Lollipop Posse Lacquer, Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers, Necessary Evil Polish, Peachtree Polish, Pretty Beautiful Unlimited, Rogue Lacquer, Serum No. 5, and Starlight Polish! Let's have a look...


*sent by the makers for photography and review*
Polish Pickup Halloween September 2020
Alchemy Lacquers Blood Moon is a gray-navy jelly with holo microflakes, turquoise/purple duochrome flakes, pink/red/purple/orange iridescent multichrome flakes, and turquoise holo glitter. I wore it in four thin coats, but two or three will cover. It has a great formula and fast dry time.

Inspiration: Inspired by the spectacularly spooky red shade that the moon turns when there is a total lunar eclipse.

Price: $11.50 / 150 cap US / 10 cap UK
Alchemy Lacquers Blood Moon
Alchemy Lacquers Blood Moon
Alchemy Lacquers Blood Moon
Alchemy Lacquers Blood Moon
Alchemy Lacquers Blood Moon
Alchemy Lacquers Blood Moon
Alter Ego Ego Boosts Soap is a lightly scented, hand-made soap.

Inspiration: "I intended the green to be a deep foliage green, however, colors can morph in soap as in nail polish, it dried to the green leaning teal that is now is. It is my thought that the colors are not so bright that it may appeal to men. My original thought was to scent in pumpkin,but I see several other makers are offering that fragrance as well, so I used a scent that seems to appeal to many without being too flowery."

Ingredients: ingredients: Unrefined shea butter, unrefined kokum butter, babassu oil and castor oil enriched with 70,000IU vitamin E oil

Price: $4 / 20 cap US / 5 cap UK 
Alter Ego Ego Boosts Soap
Alter Ego Ego Boosts Soap
Anchor & Heart Lacquer Tidal Mist Spray Lotion in Magick scent is a light, fresh lotion with a clean, fruity-floral fragrance featuring notes of dragonfruit, apple blossom, casaba melon and crisp pear.

Ingredients: Organic Aloe Leaf Juice, Organic Coconut Oil, Glycerin, Witch Hazel Water, Emulsifying Wax, Organic Jojoba Seed Oil, Rose Flower Water, Organic White Willow Bark Extract, Vitamin E, Sunflower Seed Oil, Organic Neem Seed Oil, Organic Rosemary Leaf Extract, Organic Sunflower Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 80, Organic Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate

Price: $10 / 145 cap US / 5 cap UK
Anchor & Heart Lacquer Tidal Mist Spray Lotion in Magick scent
Anchor & Heart Lacquer Tidal Mist Spray Lotion in Magick scent
Anchor & Heart Lacquer Tidal Mist Spray Lotion in Magick scent
Anchor & Heart Lacquer Something Dark & Unnatural is a smoky gray blue jelly with turquoise/blue/magenta duochrome shimmer and holo microflakes. I wore it in four thin coats, but two or three will cover. Nice, quick-drying formula.

Inspiration: The movie Practical Magic

Price: $12 / no cap
Anchor & Heart Lacquer Something Dark & Unnatural
Anchor & Heart Lacquer Something Dark & Unnatural
Anchor & Heart Lacquer Something Dark & Unnatural
Anchor & Heart Lacquer Something Dark & Unnatural
Anchor & Heart Lacquer Something Dark & Unnatural
Anchor & Heart Lacquer Something Dark & Unnatural
Blush Lacquers Corn Maze is a pale corn yellow jelly with gold flakes and holo microflakes. It has a nice formula and dry time. I wore it in four thin coats, but two or three will cover.

Inspiration: Corn mazes

Price: $11.50 / no cap
Blush Lacquers Corn Maze

Blush Lacquers Corn Maze
Blush Lacquers Corn Maze
Blush Lacquers Corn Maze
Blush Lacquers Corn Maze
Colores de Carol Now You See Me Now You Don't is a clear/light gray (warm) to dark gray / black thermal with orange, green, purple, and black holo glitters in various sides and shapes. I wore it in four thin coats for a more opaque mani, but fewer will cover or it can be used as a topper. It has a nice, fast dry time and needs top coat for smoothness and shine.

Inspiration: Halloween charcuterie candy board

Price: $12.50 / no cap 
Colores de Carol Now You See Me Now You Don't
Colores de Carol Now You See Me Now You Don't
Colores de Carol Now You See Me Now You Don't
Colores de Carol Now You See Me Now You Don't
Colores de Carol Now You See Me Now You Don't
Great Lakes Lacquer The Deadlights is an orange-red jelly with pink/red/orange/gold multichrome iridescent flakes. I wore it in four thin coats, but two or three will cover. It has a nice, fast-drying formula.

Inspiration: Stephen King's It

Price: $13 / no cap
Great Lakes Lacquer The Deadlights
Great Lakes Lacquer The Deadlights
Great Lakes Lacquer The Deadlights
Great Lakes Lacquer The Deadlights
KBShimmer Apple Harvest Hand & Body Sugar Scrub is an apple scented, highly moisturizing scrub with additional notes of caramel, cinnamon, and stewed pears.

Inspiration: Apple picking

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 Apple Harvest Hand & Body Sugar Scrub
KBShimmer Apple Harvest Hand & Body Sugar Scrub
KBShimmer Apple Harvest Hand & Body Sugar Scrub
KBShimmer Light My Fire is a black jelly with red-orange-gold multichrome magnetic shimmer and flakes and holo microflake/shreds. I wore it in three thin coats, but two will cover. It has a nice, fast-drying formula and needs top coat for complete smoothness and shine.

Inspiration: bonfires

Price: $10 / no cap
KBShimmer Light My Fire
KBShimmer Light My Fire
KBShimmer Light My Fire
KBShimmer Light My Fire
KBShimmer Light My Fire
KBShimmer Light My Fire
Lollipop Posse Lacquer Shivering Down Your Spine is an electric blue jelly with pink/purple/gold/green multichrome iridescent flakes. I wore it in four thin coats and it had a nice formula and quick dry time. My yellow nails made it appear warmer toned when worn due to the translucency.

Inspiration: the classic Halloween tune "Spooky Scary Skeletons" and a picture of spooky, floating pumpkins
Price: $13 / 490 cap US / 10 cap UK 
Lollipop Posse Lacquer Shivering Down Your Spine
Lollipop Posse Lacquer Shivering Down Your Spine
Lollipop Posse Lacquer Shivering Down Your Spine
Lollipop Posse Lacquer Shivering Down Your Spine
Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Attack of the Holographic Bats contains silver holo bats and holo microglitter in a clear base. I wore it in four thin coats on its own and also over the brand's Basic Black and Black Widow, the regular PPU polish this month. The bat glitter are quite large and may need a bit of placement, though it wasn't too hard to get them out of the bottle. It does need a couple layers of top coat due to the large glitter.
Price: $10.25 / 280 cap US / 20 cap UK
Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Attack of the Holographic Bats
Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Attack of the Holographic Bats
Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Attack of the Holographic Bats
Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Attack of the Holographic Bats
Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Attack of the Holographic Bats
Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Attack of the Holographic Bats in one coat over Basic Black
Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Attack of the Holographic Bats over Basic Black
Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Attack of the Holographic Bats over Basic Black
Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Attack of the Holographic Bats over Basic Black
Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Attack of the Holographic Bats over Basic Black
Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Attack of the Holographic Bats in one coat over Black Widow
Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Attack of the Holographic Bats over Black Widow
Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Attack of the Holographic Bats over Black Widow
Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Attack of the Holographic Bats over Black Widow
Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Attack of the Holographic Bats over Black Widow
Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Black Widow is a black jelly with red holo glitters and holo shimmer. I wore it in four thin coats, but two or three will cover. Nice formula and dry time. It needs a couple layers of top coat to smooth.

Inspiration: Black widow spider

Price: $10.25 / 280 cap US / 20 cap UK
Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Black Widow
Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Black Widow
Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Black Widow
Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Black Widow
Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Black Widow
Necessary Evil Polish Trick Or Treat Yourself is a royal purple jelly with holo shimmer, red-orange-green multichrome iridescent shimmer, and yellow-orange-red-green multichrome iridescent flakes. I wore it in four thin coats, but two or three will cover. It has a great formula and fast dry time.

Price: $12 / no cap
Necessary Evil Polish Trick Or Treat Yourself
Necessary Evil Polish Trick Or Treat Yourself
Necessary Evil Polish Trick Or Treat Yourself
Necessary Evil Polish Trick Or Treat Yourself
Necessary Evil Polish Trick Or Treat Yourself
Necessary Evil Polish Trick Or Treat Yourself
Peachtree Polish Midnight Horror is a black jelly with holo shimmer, silver, gold, and copper metallic glitter, purple hex glitter, and blue and white star glitter. I wore it in four thin coats, but two or three will cover. Nice formula that needs top coat to smooth.

Inspiration: a pitch-black Halloween night

Price: $10.50 / 75 cap US / 5 cap UK
Peachtree Polish Midnight Horror
Peachtree Polish Midnight Horror
Peachtree Polish Midnight Horror
Peachtree Polish Midnight Horror
Peachtree Polish Midnight Horror
Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Pumpkin Head is a blackened purple with holo shimmer and microflakes, green-gold-violet multichrome flakes and magnetic shimmer, and two types of chameleon crystal flakes. It will cover in two thin coats, but I did three just to see how it would look. It has a medium-fast dry time and slightly thicker formula that is quite opaque for a magnetic. It needs top coat for shine and smoothness.

Inspiration: Jack-o-lanterns

Price: $12 / 150 cap US / 10 cap UK
Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Pumpkin Head
Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Pumpkin Head
Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Pumpkin Head
Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Pumpkin Head
Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Pumpkin Head
Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Pumpkin Head
Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Tricks or Treats Wax Sampler contains 15 mini waxes in different scents and a metal charm. Sorry, mine came on a 100 degree day and was left in the sun when delivered, so it pre-melted itself (yes it smelt divine!)
SCENT LIST
  • Autumn Day - Crisp blends of oak, citrus and golden amber, inspired by fresh air, colorful leaves and strolling through a secluded wood on a sunny day.
  • Bewitching Brew - A spooky, bubbly, Halloween treat beginning with top notes of peach, apricot, and blackberries; middle notes of mandarin, cinnamon, and rose; and nicely balanced with just a hint of woodsy musk.
  • Bite Me - Fresh citrus notes of lime and orange sparkle with effervescent highlights as they lead to a luscious blend of berry and cherry. Leafy green accents add intensity as a base of vanilla creates sweet tones.
  • Bonfires & Smores - Sweet marshmallow, honey and chocolate with a smoky hint of campfire come together in this unique blend..
  • Butter Rum Cappuccino - Warm, cappuccino; frothy and thick with a healthy splash of rich, buttery rum.
  • Cozy Cabin - Top notes of Bergamot, raspberry and eucalyptus. Middle notes of fresh mint, pine needles and balsam fir with bottom notes of Cedarwood and musk.
  • Cranberry Apple Marmalade - Tangy cranberry and juicy red apple sprinkled with just the right amount of sugared cinnamon spice
  • Fireside - This scent melds notes of smoke and wood into a warm union of clove, amber, sandalwood, and patchouli. Light hints of fruit, musk and leather round out this pleasant aroma.
  • Funnel Cake - A sweet, warm funnel cake with top notes of buttery cream, milky caramelized sugar, and powdery sweet confectioner’s sugar topping a sweet bread pastry.
  • Luna - The sweet, delicate white floral notes intertwine with fragrant jasmine, the precious scent of sweet pea and peppery freesia notes. Golden amber, tart berries and the incense tonality of desert sandalwood blend together to enhance and complete this fragrant accord.
  • Magic Potion - A magical blend of Japanese grapefruit and mandarin, middle notes of Georgia peach, purple plums, Valencia grapes, and soft rose petals; sitting on a wonderful base note of Nubian musk.
  • Pumpkin - The sweet, creamy combination of pumpkin puree with warm notes of butter and sweet vanilla cream.
  • Poison Apple - A potion of crisp, refreshingly sweet top notes of apple flirtatiously summon the senses, while irresistible nuances of sultry jasmine accords beckon from the heart of this bewitching blend. Captivating base notes of light musk irresistibly interweave with creamy essences of vanilla and warm auras of sandalwood.
  • Sweater Weather - A fresh scent that blends crisp juniper berry, sage and fresh eucalyptus with a tiny bit of woods. Sweet spearmint and dew mixed in to round out the scent.
  • Witches Brew - Top notes of Cinnamon and patchouli followed by amber, balsam and vetiver and finished with cedarwood and sugar.
Price: $8 / 180 cap US / 20 cap UK
Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Tricks or Treats Wax Sampler
Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Tricks or Treats Wax Sampler
Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Tricks or Treats Wax Sampler charm
Rogue Lacquer Something Strange is a neon green with blue and white flakes. I wore it in four thin coats, but two or three will cover. It has a wonderful, fast-drying formula. It needs top coat for smoothness and shine. 

Inspiration: The ghosts and ghouls in Ghostbusters

Price: $12 / no cap
Rogue Lacquer Something Strange
Rogue Lacquer Something Strange
Rogue Lacquer Something Strange
Serum No. 5 Here for the Boos is a silver holo that glows indigo-blue in the dark, and also has multichrome iridescent flakes and rainbow microglitter. It has a nice, fast-drying formula. Because this is a thermal, it is a little thicker than the average polish and it needs top coat for smoothness and shine. 

Inspiration: Halloween cocktails

Price: $14 / no cap
Serum No. 5 Here for the Boos
Serum No. 5 Here for the Boos
Serum No. 5 Here for the Boos
Serum No. 5 Here for the Boos
Serum No. 5 Here for the Boos
Serum No. 5 Here for the Boos
Serum No. 5 Here for the Boos
Seventy-Seven Nail Lacquer The Coven of Requiem is a black jelly with pink-to-gold duochrome microflakes and silver holo micro bar glitter. This kind of bar glitter has virutally no texture and removes as easily as shimmer! It looks like holo fireworks on the nail. I wore it in four thin coats for maximum glitter, but two or three will cover. It needs top coat for complete smoothness and shine.

Inspiration: a painting of an unknown, nightime ritual

Price: $13 / 600 cap US / 25 cap UK
Seventy-Seven Nail Lacquer The Coven of Requiem
Seventy-Seven Nail Lacquer The Coven of Requiem
Seventy-Seven Nail Lacquer The Coven of Requiem
Seventy-Seven Nail Lacquer The Coven of Requiem
Seventy-Seven Nail Lacquer The Coven of Requiem
Seventy-Seven Nail Lacquer The Coven of Requiem
Starlight Polish I'm a Witch Every Day is a clear topper with green-to-purple duochrome shimmer and aurora pigment and blue-to-purple iridescent duochrome microglitter. The glitter is completely flat, so no texture here. I wore it in four thin coats on its own and one coat over Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Basic Black. It has a nice formula and dries quickly. 

Inspiration: "I dressed up as a witch for Halloween pretty much every year from elementary school into my twenties. People would ask some variant of, “So you’re going to be a witch for Halloween?” and the answer “I’m a witch every day,” was often the first thing to flash through my mind. I wanted to invoke that feeling, and made this polish for everyone who’s felt the same way." [Hard same for this blogger! I wanted more than anything to be a witch as a toddler and used to make other children cry by trying out my curses on them. Oops, lol]

Price: $12 / 200 cap US /15 cap UK
Starlight Polish I'm a Witch Every Day
Starlight Polish I'm a Witch Every Day
Starlight Polish I'm a Witch Every Day
Starlight Polish I'm a Witch Every Day
Starlight Polish I'm a Witch Every Day
Starlight Polish I'm a Witch Every Day
Starlight Polish I'm a Witch Every Day over Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Basic Black
Starlight Polish I'm a Witch Every Day over Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Basic Black
Starlight Polish I'm a Witch Every Day over Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Basic Black
Starlight Polish I'm a Witch Every Day over Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Basic Black
Starlight Polish I'm a Witch Every Day over Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Basic Black
Starlight Polish I'm a Witch Every Day over Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Basic Black
Okay now for live swatches! 

The pre-order for Polish Pickup Halloween September 2020 runs through Monday, September 7 at midnight EDT. Remember, if you have already placed an order, you can place another one and get refunded on your extra shipping! In the US, shipping is always a flat $3, no matter how much you order. I love all the creativity this month - we are definitely going to be ready for spooky season this year.

*sent by the makers for photography and review*

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