Polish Pickup "Birthstones, Gemstones & Minerals" January 2021

*Products shown were provided as press samples in exchange for photos and feedback. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

2021 is starting off just right with Polish Pickup's sale kicking off on New Years Day! Well, I say that, but at this point, I'm looking for anything that could be considered a good omen for the coming year. Many others can probably relate, but 2020 has worn me out. I'm thankful to the wonderful makers featured here, along with all the others we know and love, who have helped to keep our 2020 lives somewhat normal by continuing to provide us with these beautiful products that make us so happy.

All of the products shown here and many more will be available to pre-order Friday, January 1st, at 11am Eastern, through Monday, January 4th, at 11:59pm Eastern, only at PolishPickup.com!

Cuticula

"They're Minerals, Marie!"

Price: $12.50 | No Cap

Inspiration: Breaking Bad's Hank Schrader and his love of rocks...I mean minerals.

Description: "They're Minerals, Marie!" is a mint crelly base with a rainbow of iridescent flakes, lime green - blue chrome shifting flakes, and shiny silver platinum flakes. Shown here in 3 thin coats, plus Cuticula's Limitless Quick Dry Top Coat and Cloud Cover Matte Top Coat.

Thoughts: This shade is so just so beautiful and the inspiration is fantastic! All the flakes definitely give it a mineral feel. It applies super smooth and easily. The base is on the sheer side, but the dense flakes help to build coverage nicely. The free edge of my nail can be seen, but not necessarily any VNL.

Find more from Cuticula: shopcuticula.com

Cuticula

"Crystallize" Topper

Price: $12.50 | No Cap

Inspiration: Rainbow titanium quartz crystal.

Description: "Crystallize" is a clear topper base with 10 different iridescent shifting flakes, packed with medium and large shiny silver platinum flakes. Shown here in 2 coats over grey plus gloss and matte top coats, in a single coat over black and white, and sponged on as well.

Thoughts: This is a wonderful topper! It applies super easily with a beautiful distribution of flakes in nice, thin coats. I love the metallic, silver mirror flakes mixed with the beautiful array of colored flakes.

Find more from Cuticula: shopcuticula.com

Dollish Polish

"You're The Opal Of My Eye"

Price: $13.00 | No Cap

Inspiration: Pink Opal.

Description: "You're The Opal Of My Eye" is a vibrant carnation pink with strong orange/red shimmer, and packed with orange/green/gold iridescent flakes and chameleon micro glitters. Shown here as 3 coats, plus gloss and matte top coats.

Thoughts: I have to be honest and let it be known that I had a bit of a hard time with this formula, but the maker, Dolly, reviewed my feedback and says she will make any necessary corrections to get it right. I found it to dry so quickly, application in thin, even coats was nearly impossible. I added about 20+ drops of thinner to make application easier and to slow the drying time a bit, and thought this definitely helped. Formula aside, this polish is beautiful! It is a bright, fun, and feminine pink jelly filled with shimmering iridescence. I loved the look of it matte as well.

Find more from Dollish Polish: dollishpolish.com

Fair Maiden Polish

"Celestine"

Price: $12.00 | No Cap

Inspiration: A gorgeous teal geode.

Description: "Celestine" is a blue-aqua-silver multichrome with holo flakes. Shown here in 2 coats, plus gloss and matte top coats.

Thoughts: This is such a beautiful, shifty, spacey-feeling multichrome. A perfect wintry partner to Fair Maiden's December polish, “Trailblazer.” Application was smooth and easy with great opacity. There are a few brush strokes, but they are subtle and easily straightened out.

Find more from Fair Maiden Polish: fairmaidenpolish.com

Glisten & Glow

"Pick Your Pouch"

Price: $12.50 | No Cap

Inspiration: Inspired by the 'Pick Your Pouch' of gemstones and rocks retail display at vacation destinations during maker Jill's childhood.

Description: "Pick Your Pouch" is a white based glitter crelly loaded with various shapes and sizes of the gemstone shades of blue, purple, pink, red, yellow, green, turquoise and gray. Shown here in 2 coats, plus a coat of Glisten & Glow's Glitter Grabber and gloss and matte top coats.

Thoughts: Glisten & Glow's glitter crellies are always so fun! Application was easy and smooth with the dense glitters distributing themselves very nicely. This polish has very good coverage, especially for a white crelly base. It does dry with a glitter texture, but using Glitter Grabber or 2 coats of TC smooths it out nicely.

Find more from Glisten & Glow: glistenandglow.com

Glisten & Glow

Top Coat

Price: $7.50 | No Cap

Description: Glisten & Glow Top Coat comes in a 15 ml bottle.

》Glisten & Glow Top Coat is an award winning fast dry glossy top coat. Some benefits include: 2-4 minutes or less drying time; durable and long lasting with days or weeks of no tip wear, or chipping; crystal clear, shiny, glossy "wet/gel like" finish; seals and evens glitters and flakie polishes; non smearing for stamping manis; glows under black light.

Click here for a full list of benefits and ingredients in Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

Thoughts: Glisten & Glow's top coat is super shiny, quick drying, and my go-to for stamping. It truly does not smudge! I tend to be heavy handed with top coats when stamping, but I've never had this top coat smudge any of my images.

Find more from Glisten & Glow: glistenandglow.com

Heather's Hues

"Opal Minded"

Price: $12.50 | 200 US Cap | 20 UK Cap

Inspiration: One of maker Heather's favorite pieces of jewelry which features a stunning aurora opal.

Description: "Opal Minded" is a pale turquoise base with a glowy red-pink-orange-gold-green shimmer and a kiss of pink-violet-green iridescent flakes and holo sparkle. Shown here in 3 thin coats, plus gloss and matte top coats.

Thoughts: This is a beautiful shimmer packed blue. It applies nicely in thin coats with coverage building with each coat. It dries quickly with a smooth texture, and looks great both glossy and matte. Some may be able to reach opacity in only 2 coats.

Find more from Heather's Hues: www.heathershues.com

Heather's Hues

WiTS Lotion Scented in 'Star Ruby'

Price: $7.25 | 35 US Cap | 5 UK Cap

Description: "What is This Sorcery?" or "WiTS" Lotion is packed full of skin-loving, nourishing natural ingredients that absorb quickly and leave your skin ultra moisturized. The January scent is 'Star Ruby,' a delicious blend of black raspberry and vanilla. Top notes of black currant, grapefruit and mandarin mix with middle notes of apple and violet laid on a creamy vanilla base.

Thoughts: Unfortunately, the package containing this press sample is still lost in the USPS holiday black hole, so I have not been able to smell the scent myself. However, Heather's descriptions are always on point and perfectly describe the notes of the scent. I'll update with my thoughts once the package arrives. WiTS has been my go-to lotion for years now. I always have a jar somewhere within reach. A little goes a long way! It absorbs quickly, has a non-greasy formula, but provides intense hydration. I would highly recommend it.

Find more from Heather's Hues: www.heathershues.com

LynBDesigns

"Sodalite-ful"

Price: $12.00 | No Cap

Inspiration: Yooperlites.

Description: "Sodalite-ful" is a denim blue to deep blurple thermal holo base with red to orange to yellow UCC flakies, and red to purple to orange shifting flakies that also fluoresces orange under black light. Shown here in 3 thin coats, plus gloss and matte top coats.

Thoughts: This was a surprise thermal! Upon initial swatching, even the maker was unaware the pigment used was thermal. I went back and swatched it again to show the thermal shift and found that this doesn't shift very easily. I needed to help of my handy dandy space heater to show the warmest, mauve looking tone, and I could not get the warmest tone to appear naturally without the help of this artificial heat. The formula itself is very nice, with application being smooth and easy in thin coats. The flakes have a wonderful range of sizes and colors, and distribute nicely. Love it matte too.

Find more from LynBDesigns: lynbdesigns.store

Night Owl Lacquer

"Rainbow Fluorite"

Price: $12.80 | No Cap

Inspiration: Rainbow fluorite.

Description: "Rainbow Fluorite" is a dark purple filled with green/blue/purple/fuschia flakes. Shown here in 3 thin coats, plus gloss and matte top coats.

Thoughts: Another beautiful, flakie packed jelly from Night Owl! It applied easily, in thin coats with perfectly building coverage. I found it to have a somewhat stained-glass looking feel, similar to how “Hot Pants Rain Dance” did. This one is stunning matte too!

Find more from Night Owl Lacquer: nightowllacquer.com

Wildflower Lacquer

"Illumination"

Price: $13.00 | 300 US Cap | 20 UK Cap

Inspiration: Antique aurora glass beads.

Description: "Illumination" is a very soft teal leaning green base with strong purple to pink to gold to green shifting shimmer. Shown here in 3 thin coats, plus gloss and matte top coats.

Thoughts: This is a beautiful winter polish! The shifty shimmers have such a frosty feel. The formula is nice, applying easily in thin, even coats. It is naturally sheer, so if you have longer nails, a strong nail line, or don't like VNL, maybe a nude base or an extra coat or 2 would suit you. Love the look of it matte as well.

Find more from Wildflower Lacquer: www.wildflowerlacquer.com

Again, all of these beautiful products and many more will be available to pre-order Friday, January 1st, at 11am Eastern, through Monday, January 4th, at 11:59pm Eastern, only at PolishPickup.com!

About Polish Pickup

Polish Pickup is a monthly pre-order sale offering nail polishes and other handmade items from your favorite indie makers based on a theme voted on by the community. The shop opens at 11am Eastern on the first Friday of the month, and closes at 11:59pm Eastern the following Monday. The website typically opens for preview/wishlisting the Sunday before the sale begins.

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*Products shown were provided as press samples in exchange for photos and feedback. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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