Hey guys! So today I’m branching out and doing my first nail polish post which is semi-exciting, right? 😛
A couple of weeks ago I was asked if I would be interested in trying out some products from Elevation Polish. Despite the fact that I adore polish and my nails are painted 100% of the time, I’d actually never tried an indie polish company before! I’ve seen so many gorgeous indie swatches floating around the web and always told myself I was going to place an order one day but somehow never did. Don’t make the same mistake I did, guys & gals.
Anyway, I browsed around on Elevation Polish’s website, saw how stunning some of their colors were and jumped all over the chance to try these! She also sent me a bottle of HK Girl & Northern Star Cuticle Oil, which I’ll get to later.
A beautiful holographic lavender. I’m sitting here staring at this picture asking myself “What can I say?” because I feel like this picture really speaks for itself. Just look at this color! Two coats.
Alpine Heights (Carlit)
A lovely shade of emerald green. Despite not really being a fan of green, something about this shade really drew me in and I had to have it! It was actually the second shade I wore. Unfortunately, the formula was a total dud. It was incredibly thick, sticky and difficult to work with. In fact, it was so bad that I actually considered just giving up on trying to paint my nails with it but I was already halfway done so I just kept on truckin’. I’d really like to think this was just a fluke considering how lovely the other shades were but I can’t be sure. Two coats.
Quarter Past Midnight
A really interesting blue to purple duochrome. Quarter Past Midnight was definitely the hardest shade to capture in pictures because it shifts so much! This shade shifts between a navy and a dark purple and even takes on a reddish tone occasionally. It looks pretty purple here in this natural light photo but in lower light indoor settings, it often looks very dark but never quite black. I actually think it’s a really nice alternative to black polishes because it’s still very dark but with a little something more interesting added! Two coats.
Kilauea (magenta) and Plumeria (circle glitter)
Mm, mmm, mmmm. I love me some Kilauea! It’s a warm magenta that just screams SUMMER IS HERE!! Two coats.
Plumeria is multicolored circle glitters of varying sizes with a very slight blue shimmer in the base. These circle glitters did a nice job of clinging to the brush and weren’t a pain to place on your nails like similar polishes can sometimes be. However when going over these pictures, I noticed that Plumeria had an awful lot of bubbles in it! To make sure it wasn’t a fluke, I painted one of my husband’s (he’s a trooper) nails with it and it bubbled up on him as well.
The Sea Was Red
The Sea Was Red is a mesmerizing red/copper/brown holographic. This was the very first polish I picked out, the first that I wore and it would be very, very safe to say that I am in love with this shade. This is such a truly unique color and I’ve never seen anything like it! While holographics are definitely statement making polishes, I feel like The Sea Was Red is slightly less “in your face” due to it’s more earthy coloring. Absolutely stunning & this picture doesn’t even come close to doing it justice. Two coats.
What a dainty color, huh?! Limestone is a vanilla white with gold shimmer & gold flecks. This is the only shade of the bunch that needed three coats but after three coats, it’s perfect! Unfortunately this pesky pink/purple hair of mine always wants to ruin super light polishes for me.
Really though, should I even bother with words? Haleakala is a drop dead gorgeous purple/red holographic with gold shimmer. In dimmer indoor lighting, the holographic effect isn’t always apparent but in the sunlight it freaking glows! An absolute stunner of a shade! You’re gonna get compliments on this polish all damn day.
Unless otherwise noted, each of these polishes had a really lovely formula! Most were smooth, easily spreadable and non-streaky.
Prior to this package, Seche Vite was my go-to top coat. I liked it because it dries fast, rock hard and shines like glass but it’s been driving me nuts lately with the shrinkage that it causes, meaning it slowly shrinks the polish on your nails making it look a little wonky. Well Seche Vite, I don’t need your crap anymore! The Glisten and Glow HK Girl Top Coat is my new holy grail and I will 100% be ordering this again when I run out.
The Glisten and Glow HK Girl Top Coat claims that your nails will be dry in 1-2 minutes and rock hard in 5. I didn’t quite find this to be true but close! 1-2 minutes in and you can lightly tap your nails without smudging them but it was closer to 10-15 minutes before you could really bump them hard and not mess up your polish. That sounds like a long time as I say it but remember, 1-2 minutes and you’re safe against light to medium touches! 10-15 minutes and you’ve got diamonds on your nails. This stuff dries rock hard, has a seriously glossy glass-like finish, causes no shrinkage and holy cow, does it last!! With this top coat, my nails go a full 5-7 days with none to little tip wear and chips. I was surprised to see that day after day after day my nails still were practically showing no signs of wear. Super impressive! Seriously, if you have trouble with chipping polish, do yourself a favor and order a bottle of this top coat. You can thank me later. 😉
I also got to try out the Northern Star Cuticle Oil which I’m very happy with! It’s a blend of oils in a roller ball style container so that you can just easily roll this across your finger. The oils leave my cuticles far softer and helps with those dry, flaky and generally unattractive cuticles. I’m thanking my lucky stars for this stuff right now after a long day of swatches and acetone!
Well, I think that pretty much wraps up my experience with Elevation Polish and my first indie polishes in general! All in all, I couldn’t be happier. Why in the world can’t you buy holographics like these in stores?!
What do you guys think of these shades? Share your favorite indie polish companies/shade names with it!
I hope you guys enjoyed my first polish post!