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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Polish Pickup Red Carpet November 2020 Swatches and Review

It is almost Polish Pickup time! This month the theme is Red Carpet and the preorder opens on Friday, November 6 at 11AM EST and runs through Monday, November 9 at 11PM EST.  I have an embedded live swatch video at the end of the post if you want to see these in action! 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.  I have 13 products to share with you from Anchor & Heart Lacquer, Colores de Carol, Great Lakes Lacquer, KBShimmer, Lollipop Posse Lacquer, Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers, Pretty Beautiful Unlimited, Seventy-Seven Nail Lacquer, and Starlight Polish! Let's have a look...
*sent by the makers for photography and review*

Polish Pickup Red Carpet November 2020

Alter Ego Pewter Perfect is a pewter metallic shimmer with pewter microflakes. I wore it in three thin coats and it had a good formula and medium-fast dry time. 

Inspiration: a model's dress at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival

Price: $9.50 / no cap
Alter Ego Pewter Perfect

Alter Ego Pewter Perfect

Alter Ego Pewter Perfect

Alter Ego Pewter Perfect

Anchor & Heart Lacquer Ferry Fast 5-Free Top Coat in Here Goes Muffin scent. This is a fast-drying top coat with a scent containing cranberry, citrus, coconut milk, butter, and vanilla notes. It is a softer-textured top coat. 

Inspiration: Enjoying a fresh, decadent cranberry-orange muffin whilst recovering from a champagne hangover the morning after the Awards!

Price: $6.50 / no cap
Anchor & Heart Lacquer Ferry Fast 5-Free Top Coat

Anchor & Heart Lacquer So Much Sexy Face is a deep blue jelly with magenta-copper-gold multichrome shimmer and blue holo microglitters. I wore it in three thin coats, but two coats may cover, and it had a nice, quick-drying formula. The microglitters aren't really textured. 

Inspiration: Has there ever been a more fabulous, hilarious, talented group of individuals on the red carpet than the Fab Five from Netflix’s Queer Eye?! Each unique yet together they make the perfect team!

Price: $12.50 / no cap
Anchor & Heart Lacquer So Much Sexy Face

Anchor & Heart Lacquer So Much Sexy Face

Anchor & Heart Lacquer So Much Sexy Face

Anchor & Heart Lacquer So Much Sexy Face

Anchor & Heart Lacquer So Much Sexy Face

Colores de Carol Pop the Rosé is a rose foil with holo microflakes and multichrome iridescent flakes and aurora shimmer. I wore it in two thin coats and it had a good, slightly thicker formula. Quick dry time. 

Inspiration: a rose gold dress

Price: $12.50 / 250 cap US / 10 cap UK
Colores de Carol Pop the Rosé

Colores de Carol Pop the Rosé

Colores de Carol Pop the Rosé

Colores de Carol Pop the Rosé

Colores de Carol Pop the Rosé

Colores de Carol Pop the Rosé

Colores de Carol Pop the Rosé

Great Lakes Lacquer Bey'ond is a sheer polish with holo shimmer and microflakes, pink/lavender/gold/green iridescent multichrome flake and bronze microflakes. I wore it in four thin coats and it had a nice formula that needs top coat to smooth. This will also work as a topper.

Inspiration: Beyonce's Met Gala 2015 dress. 

Price: $13 / no cap
Great Lakes Lacquer Bey'ond

Great Lakes Lacquer Bey'ond

Great Lakes Lacquer Bey'ond

Great Lakes Lacquer Bey'ond

Great Lakes Lacquer Bey'ond

Great Lakes Lacquer Bey'ond

Great Lakes Lacquer Bey'ond

KBShimmer In the Mood is a lilac (warm) to blackened purple (cool) jelly thermal with multichrome iridescent flakes and duochrome purple/pink shimmer. I wore it in four thin coats, but two or three will cover. Good quick dry time. It needs top coat for smoothness and shine. 

Inspiration: Project Runway Designer's Dress

While not all reality TV is my cup of tea, Project Runway is one exception. As someone who can't sew, I love watching the designers get inspired, turn seemingly random sketches into designs, and travel to Mood to select luxurious fabrics. Seeing the shop dog, Swatch, chilling on the floor while designers frantically run around is also entertaining. I knew I wanted to do something inspired by the show, so I set to seeking out the perfect dress. My inspiration dress was designed by a judge from a foreign Project Runway, but with its dramatic black bodice fading into hues of lavender, coral, deep purples, and pinks, I knew this was the one!

Price: $10 / no cap

KBShimmer In the Mood

KBShimmer In the Mood

KBShimmer In the Mood

KBShimmer In the Mood

KBShimmer In the Mood

KBShimmer Sparkling Champagne Sugar Scrub is a highly moisturizing sugar scrub with apricot, brandy, berry, and floral notes. 

Inspiration: Sometimes the most entertaining parts of award shows are the antics we hear about via social media. One memorable occasion involved celebrities running out of the water at their table. The two thirsty stars did only what was logical: they asked even bigger stars to share the champagne they brought to the show! That led to gifts of champagne being sent and days of social media posts to enjoy.

Sparkling Champagne Hand & Body Scrub is inspired by the golden, bubbly drink we love to sip at celebrations. Soft and fresh, this scrub features light notes of fresh apricot, a hint of brandy, and subtle notes of flowers and pink berries, all ready to tickle your nose. Off-white in color with gold swirls throughout, this sparkling scrub is perfect to add a bit of cheer to your pampering routine.

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 Sparkling Champagne Sugar Scrub

KBShimmer Sparkling Champagne Sugar Scrub

KBShimmer Sparkling Champagne Sugar Scrub

Lollipop Posse Lacquer Let Me Hold It Lightly is an aqua jelly with lavender shimmer and purple/green/blue multichrome iridescent flakes. I wore it in four thin coats (three will cover) and it had a medium-fast dry time that needs top coat for smoothness and shine. 

InspirationFlorence Welch's dress for the 2019 Met Gala
"Lord, don't let me break this
Let me hold it lightly
Give me arms to pray with
Instead of ones that hold too tightly"
-"100 Years", Florence and the Machine

Price: $13 / no cap
Lollipop Posse Lacquer Let Me Hold It Lightly

Lollipop Posse Lacquer Let Me Hold It Lightly

Lollipop Posse Lacquer Let Me Hold It Lightly

Lollipop Posse Lacquer Let Me Hold It Lightly

Lollipop Posse Lacquer Let Me Hold It Lightly

Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Best Nails is a bronze shimmer linear holo with gold-to-green duochrome microflakes and red-to-gold duochrome shimmer. I wore it in three thin coats, but two will cover. It has a quick dry time and needs top coat for shine. 

Inspiration: the Oscar Award Statue

"And the award for best nails goes to … YOU!" A bursting linear holo rainbow adorns this bronze colored base that is plated with golden shimmer. Why settle for just watching the Academy Awards when you can decorate your fingers in this award-inspired shade?! YOU get an award!  YOU get an award!  EVERYBODY GETS AN AWARD!

Price: $10.99 / no cap US / 50 cap UK

Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Best Nails

Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Best Nails

Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Best Nails

Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Best Nails

Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Best Nails

Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Best Nails

Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Best Nails

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited And the Nominees Are... Wax Sampler contains 15 mini soy waxes and a charm in an organza bag.  The set includes 7 plus oz of wax, so this is a great deal!

Scents: 

  • Gilded Amber Noir - A sweet and sultry fusion of mandarin and bergamot, jasmine, velvety roses and fragrant lily, and rich comforting balsam, cedar, rosewood and sandalwood.
  • Banana Foster - A wonderful blend of sweet, ripened bananas, caramel sauce, butter, brown sugar, banana liquor, vanilla ice cream, and just a touch of dark rum and cinnamon.
  • Blonde Moment - An incredible iced champagne mixed with rich sweet raspberry and cranberry.
  • Champagne Pomegranate - Grapefruit, lemon & orange blend with fresh tones of red fruit and a twist of crushed pomegranate seeds. Hints of green foliage are freshened with a blend of crisp aldehydes.
  • Che Bella Donna - Sparkling citrus notes mingling with romantic floral notes of heady tuberose, lily and sassy carnation. This unforgettable blend culminates with lingering notes of resinous galbanum.
  • Decay - An infusion of rose, jasmine, ylang and spice.
  • Dreamcatcher - A sultry, oriental-floral type opens with a subtle berry, muscadine, and apricot nuance, and is followed by a floral explosion of heliotrope, jasmine, carnation, geranium, ylang, rose and black orchid, and finishes with rich burnt cedar, dark patchouli, creamy sandalwood and vanilla musk.
  • Diva - A beautiful powdery floral rose with soft petals of peony and warm undertones of sandalwood.
  • Key Lime Pie - Tangy lime is blended with sweet orange and fresh lemon to create the citrus signature of this scent. Green tones help fortify the citrus accord as it leads to a base of sweet baked meringue.
  • Pink Raspberry Cosmo - Top notes of pink raspberry, Florida orange, and green lime juice, followed by middle notes of juniper berries, lemon zests, and a Triple Sec accord; sitting on intoxicating notes of violet leaves, a Vodka accord, and a dash of sugar.
  • Pomegranate & Ginger - A wonderful aroma of freshly sliced pomegranate and ginger.
  • Red Velvet Cake - Top notes of dark chocolate, strawberry syrup, and red currant; followed by middle notes of cocoa powder, buttermilk, and sugar cane; while sitting on base notes of creamy sandalwood, Tonka bean, and vanilla extract.
  • Strawberry Stilettos Martini - An exquisite blend of juicy strawberry, Valencia orange, and lemon zests, with middle notes of rose jam, plumeria, and violet petals; sitting on enticing base notes of olive leaf, gin accord, and sugar.
  • Vanilla Pineapple Margarita - A creamy pineapple margarita with a touch of vanilla makes this tasty delight to die for while relaxing pool side with a fresh piece of pineapple to garnish.
  • Walking On Sunshine - The verdant green of the tropics are here along with pineapples, bananas, and ripe coconut. There's a hint of cinnamon, rivers of rich vanilla, and notes of oak moss and musk all intertwined with a soft tropical ocean breeze.

Price: $8 / 180 cap US / 20 cap UK
Pretty Beautiful Unlimited And the Nominees Are... Wax Sampler

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited And the Nominees Are... Wax Sampler

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited And the Nominees Are... Wax Sampler Charm

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Fiber Optic Stunner is a deep ultramarine jelly with holo shimmer, green/teal/blue/purple multichrome shimmer and four kinds of multichrome iridescent crystal flakes. I wore it in four thin coats but two or three will cover. Nice, fast-drying polish that needs top coat to smooth. This has a little bit of the sulphur "blue polish smell."

Inspiration: a fiber optic dress worn by Claire Danes

Price: $12.50 / 150 cap US / 10 cap UK
Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Fiber Optic Stunner

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Fiber Optic Stunner

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Fiber Optic Stunner

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Fiber Optic Stunner

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Fiber Optic Stunner

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Fiber Optic Stunner

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Fiber Optic Stunner

Seventy-Seven Nail Lacquer Dakota is a cornflower blue jelly with blue/purple/red multichrome iridescent shimmer and iridescent bar glitters. I wore it in four thin coats and it had a quick dry time. The texture is minimal and it removes easily. 

Inspiration: a "holo-descent" dress worn by Dakota Fanning on the red carpet

Price: $13 / 350 cap US / 25 cap UK
Seventy-Seven Nail Lacquer Dakota

Seventy-Seven Nail Lacquer Dakota

Seventy-Seven Nail Lacquer Dakota

Seventy-Seven Nail Lacquer Dakota

Seventy-Seven Nail Lacquer Dakota

Starlight and Sparkles Red Carpet Ready Charm and Page Marker Set is comprised of six paperclip page markers and one clip charm with silver metal mounts and iridescent glass jewels. The hardware is robust and good quality.

Info from the vendor: This set contains six paperclip page markers and one clippable charm. The charm is a crystal pendant in a twisted drop shape, almost 7/8” long (just the crystal, not the whole charm!). The page markers have six different colors of glass rivolis, each with an iridescent coating. Going from left to right, and then down each row, the base colors are: lavender, peach, celadon green, teal, topaz, and pinkish crimson.

These use rectangular paperclips, and due to the shape of the paperclip, the charms can’t freely slide all around the paperclip, and I find these type of paperclips to be quite secure, able to reliably hold quite a few sheets, and I usually find they’re less likely to leave paperclip imprints in the page they’re attached to.

Price: $16 / 50 cap US / 5 cap UK

Starlight and Sparkles Red Carpet Ready Charm and Page Marker Set

Starlight and Sparkles Red Carpet Ready Charm and Page Marker Set

Starlight Polish Silver As the Moon, Shining As the Stars is a medium gray jelly with silver holo microglitters and shimmer. It has a great formula and dry time and I wore it in four thin coats, but two or three will cover. It needs top coat for smoothness and shine. The glitters have minimal texture. There are some tiny black specks in the polish but they aren't visible except in macro photos. 

Inspiration: This polish is inspired by Janelle Monae’s incredible look at the Oscars this year! I loved her dress, and her jewelry and makeup were fantastic (her performance was amazing, too!). The dress (by Ralph Lauren) is a silvery grey and covered in crystals. The long sleeves, hood, and open back combine to create a unique, elegant design, even before the choice of fabric and embellishment.

Her dress and her overall look immediately made me think of fairy tales. There’s an element that shows up in several fairy tales, where the girl in the tale comes to have or wear three dresses – one as golden as the sun, one as silver as the moon, and one as shining as the stars. I thought this dress could easily work for both the moon and the stars (and it’s so pretty, who wouldn’t want to wear it twice!).

A grey crelly with silver holographic pigment and silver holographic glitter. In this grey crelly base, the holo is a bit more subtle than it would be in a jelly base – holo elements catch the light as you it moves over the surface of the polish, and a significant portion will look silver at any given time. I think represents nicely how the dress looked on camera, where you saw mostly reflective clear/silvery crystal, and bits of rainbow color scattered throughout, not the more intensely holographic look you’d get from a sequin dress.

Price: $13 / 150 cap US / 15 cap UK

Starlight Polish Silver As the Moon, Shining As the Stars

Starlight Polish Silver As the Moon, Shining As the Stars

Starlight Polish Silver As the Moon, Shining As the Stars

Starlight Polish Silver As the Moon, Shining As the Stars

Starlight Polish Silver As the Moon, Shining As the Stars

Starlight Polish Silver As the Moon, Shining As the Stars

Now for live swatches!

That wraps up my coverage the Red Carpet Polish Pickup! The preorder opens on Friday, November 6 at 11AM EST and runs through Monday, November 9 at 11PM EST. The store is open for wishlisting right now. Do you see anything that will go in your cart?

*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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Facebook group, Polish Pickup Pack: https://www.facebook.com/groups/polishpickuppack/

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