Polish Pickup "Halloween" September 2020

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

It's one of the most wonderful times of the year! Halloween!! Working with these polishes has seriously given me all the fall feels. The makers have done such an amazing job for September! In fact, my personal wishlist is the longest it's been in quite some time. And judging from what I've seen so far, I think this may be the case for many other PPU fans as well. All of these beautiful products and many more will be available to pre-order Friday, September 4th at 11am Eastern, through Monday, September 7th at 11:59pm Eastern, only at PolishPickup.com!


Cuticula Scented Nail Care

"Nightmare Moon"

Price: $12.50 | No Cap

Inspiration: Nightmare Moon, aka Princess Luna, from My Little Pony.

Description: "Nightmare Moon" is a burgundy/plum base with purple metallic flakes, various shifting iridescent flakes, blue shimmer, green sparks, and platinum silver flakes. Shown here as 2 coats, plus Cuticula's Limitless Quick Dry Top Coat and Cloud Cover Matte Top Coat.

Thoughts: This polish had a very nice formula with great opacity. The combination of the beautiful blue shimmer, and pinkish-red flakes make this a perfect feminine purple for fall! This one is also stunning matte as well.

Find more from Cuticula: cuticulanailtape.com


Cuticula Scented Nail Care

Confection Nail Fortifier Duo

Price: $13.00 | No Cap

Description: This duo includes (2) ½ ounce jars of Confection in super fall inspired scents. ‘Poison Apple’ smells of sweet, juicy apples with a hint of spice and a slight bubbly effervescence. ‘Campfire Delights’ has luscious top notes of berry jelly and sweet buttercream; middle notes of dark chocolate, fluffy marshmallow, cinnamon and graham cracker; and yummy bottom notes of tonka bean and vanilla cream.

Confection Nail Fortifier is a non greasy creamy formula fortified to help nails stay strong and healthy with moisturizing ingredients for the ultimate nutrition for your nails. Click here for a full list of benefits and ingredients in Confection Nail Fortifier.

Thoughts: I love this stuff! It is super “matte” or non-greasy. I've actually been using Confection regularly for the past 4 months in between manis, making sure it's good and absorbed before putting on my base coat. Just a dab will do ya, as a little bit goes a long way. As for the scents, both are what I would consider bakery scents. Before reading scent descriptions, 'Campfire Delights' came across as a warm scent of chocolate, cocoa butter, toasted marshmallow and with hints of vanilla and graham cracker. 'Poison Apple' smelled of fresh baked apples and cinnamon. This is normally a scent that may be considered a “warm” scent, but this one is oddly cooling. Like cold, crisp apples sprinkled with allspice.

Find more from Cuticula: cuticulanailtape.com


Dollish Polish

"It's Spoopy Time"

Price: $12.50 | No Cap

Inspiration: Maker Dolly's love for all things Halloween, particularly vintage Halloween prints.

Description: "It's Spoopy Time" is a vibrant pumpkin orange with aurora shifting shimmer, packed with black microflakes and shreds. Shown here as 3 thin coats, plus 2 coats gloss and matte top coats.

Thoughts: The formula was very nice and easy to work with. The stiffer type flakes had some texture when dry, so I opted for 2 coats of gloss top coat to smooth them out, but this is not something that's necessary. Even though it is very heavily orange pigmented, I had absolutely no staining after wearing it.

Find more from Dollish Polish: dollishpolish.com


Fair Maiden Polish

"Halloween is MEOWgical"

Price: $11.00 | No Cap

Inspiration: A Happy Halloween from Pusheen the cat

Description: "Halloween is MEOWgical" is a cool toned rosy pink with red/golden/green shimmer and holographic sparkle. Shown here as 3 thin coats, plus gloss and matte top coats.

Thoughts: This polish applied super easily in very thin, quick drying coats. It seems to emit a glow of its own thanks to the densely packed shimmers. It is beautifully feminine, and reminds me of a more pink "Lady Godiva" from the Ancient History themed PPU earlier this year.

Find more from Fair Maiden Polish: fairmaidenpolish.com


Glisten & Glow

"Monster Mash"

Price: $12.50 | 350 US Cap | 15 UK Cap

Inspiration: The beloved Halloween hit by Bobby "Boris" Pickett in 1962.

Description: "Monster Mash" is a vampy, deep purple polish loaded with vibrant and glowing copper shimmer. Shown here as 2 thin coats, plus Glisten & Glow's gloss and matte top coats.

Thoughts: This polish has beautiful, smooth application with the included wide paddle brush. I love how subtle, yet breathtaking it is. The shimmer itself “sings” and is the star of the show. While it is beautiful glossy, I absolutely recommend trying this one with a matte top coat. It is stunning!

Find more from Glisten & Glow: glistenandglow.com


Glisten & Glow

Glitter Grabber & Top Coat Duo

Price: $13.00 | 160 US Cap | 10 UK Cap

Description: This duo includes a bottle of Glitter Grabber and a bottle of Top Coat, both in 15ml bottles.

Glisten & Glow Glitter Grabber is an amazing new product applied after any glitter or flakie dense manicure is done and fully dry, before your top coat. It aids in creating a smoother surface for your top coat or matte top coat all while “grabbing” that extra texture. Click here for a full list of benefits and ingredients in Glisten & Glow Glitter Grabber.

》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 & Glows top coat is a great go-to! I have never had it smear any stamping and it always dries super quick. This was my first time using Glitter Grabber, so I put it to the test with some loose glitter. You can clearly tell from the glare in the photos, the difference in texture. This loose glitter test was rather extreme, so in the future, I'd recommend 2 coats of Glitter Grabber plus one coat top coat when working with loose glitter. But for glitter/flakie polishes that may have some texture, one coat of each would be wonderful! I concluded in the end that one coat of Glitter Grabber is essentially equal to two coats of top coat. The loose glitter mix used here is the "Java Junkies" mix I purchased from Glittertastrophe.

Find more from Glisten & Glow: glistenandglow.com


Heather's Hues

"Feel It In The Scare"

Price: $12.50 | No Cap

Inspiration: Halloween festivities, decor, and that familiar chill in the air!

Description: "Feel It In The Scare" is a thermal shade that is black when cold and blood red when warm, filled with red/orange/gold multichrome and iridescent flakes, and red and orange holo microshreds. Shown here as 2 coats, plus gloss and matte top coats.

Thoughts: This applied wonderfully in easy coats, and dried quickly as well. It has wonderful opacity, barely needing 2 coats. I found it to easily transition between cold and warm states. The cold state looks somewhat more of a deep brown than black to me, but this could be due to the dense reddish flakes in it. The bright blood red of the warm state is just gorgeous. And with a matte top coat… drop dead gorgeous!

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


Kathleen & Co.

"Under A Haunted Moon"

Price: $12.50 | 425 US Cap | 25 UK Cap

Inspiration: A sweet haunted house illustration.

Description: "Under A Haunted Moon" is a neon purple jelly base loaded with colorshifting aurora shimmer and matching colorshifting iridescent flakies. Shown here as 3 thin coats, plus gloss and matte top coats. *Note: Photos show a mini sized bottle. You will receive a full sized, 15ml bottle.

Thoughts: This has a great formula that applies easily in thin coats. It dries quickly with a nice, smooth finish. It is naturally sheer, still showing some VNL at 3 thin coats, but this sheerness just adds to the beauty of the dense flakes. This one is truly stunning matte as well.

Find more from Kathleen & Co.: kathleenandco.com



"Ghost Frequency"

Price: $12.00 | 215 US Cap |10 UK Cap

Inspiration: The 19 hz infrasound that is meant to make you see “ghosts.”

Description: "Ghost Frequency" is a black based green to purple shifting shimmer polish with green to copper to gold shifting UCC flakies and scattered holo micro flakies. Shown here as 2 coats, plus 2 coats gloss and matte top coats.

Thoughts: I found the formula to be a touch on the thicker side, but it still applied very easily. This polish looked very pretty in the bottle, but once swatched, it came to life! The forefront forest green color is just gorgeous! The metallic pigments have very subtle magnetic properties as well, so if that's something you like to play around with, I included a labeled photo of a single coat magnetized over black.

Find more from LynBDesigns: lynbdesigns.store


Night Owl Lacquer

"Let Your Fears Take Flight"

Price: $13.00 | No Cap

Inspiration: A spooky jack-o-lantern under a bat filled, moonlit sky.

Description: "Let Your Fears Take Flight" is a dark grey crelly filled with orange/bronze/gold/green and aqua/green crystal flakes and a sprinkle of holo dust. Shown here as 3 thin coats, plus gloss and matte top coats.

Thoughts: Another perfect flakie packed beaut from Night Owl! It applied smoothly and effortlessly. The smokey grey base is super unique and really lets the beautiful flakes shine. It is also sheer enough to use as a flakie topper. If you liked "The Buried Moon" and/or "Deathly Hallows" from previous PPUs, you'll absolutely love this one as well. I included a little comparison swatch of these as well.

Find more from Night Owl Lacquer: nightowllacquer.com


Again, all of these beautiful products and many more will be available to pre-order Friday, September 4th, through Monday, September 7th, 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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