Polish Pickup "Red Carpet" November 2020

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

Let's roll out the red carpet for all the fabulous makers! Using glamorous celebrity red carpet fashions worn to premiers, galas, balls, and of course award ceremonies as their muse, these makers have tailored their polishes to perfectly fit their inspirations! So, without further ado, let's get this fashion show on the road!

All of these beautiful products and many more will be available to pre-order Friday, November 6th, at 11am Eastern, through Monday, November 9th, at 11:59pm Eastern, only at PolishPickup.com!


Cupcake Polish

"She’s A Lady"

Price: $13.00 | No Cap

Inspiration: The iconic periwinkle dress Lady Gaga wore to the Golden Globes for her A Star Is Born win for best original song.

Description: "She’s A Lady" is a periwinkle blue polish filled with iridescent aurora shimmer that shifts from gold to red to green. Shown here in 3 thin coats, plus gloss and matte top coats.

Thoughts: This is such a beautiful sky blue filled with shifty shimmer. The formula applied very easily and smoothly. Any brush strokes from dense shimmer are little to none. It has such a beautiful, soft look when matte as well.

Find more from Cupcake Polish: www.cupcakepolish.com


Cupcake Polish

VNL Blur

Price: $8.50 | No Cap

Description: VNL Blur is a semi sheer nude colored base layer (can be used with or without a traditional base coat) that helps you use less of your favorite polishes. VNL Blur helps blur the line between the free edge and the nail bed for a smooth transition underneath sheer and jelly polishes. You only need 1 coat and this base layer is self leveling. Shown as a single coat with no top coat. Also shown is a comparison of 1, 2, and 3 coats both with and without VNL Blur.

Thoughts: Overall, this product definitely does its job. It saves from having to use an extra coat of polish, helping conserve your favorite polishes. Also, I do think the shade would work for a wide range of skin tones. However, it strikes me more as a neutral to cool-toned nude creme rather than a more sheer base. The description says it's meant to be semi sheer, but it seems to me to be a rather opaque product given the thin coat I applied. I also noticed it has a slight smell reminiscent of latex, but it’s not overwhelming, just a bit different from normal nail polish.

Find more from Cupcake Polish: www.cupcakepolish.com



"Look What You Made Me Do"

Price: $12.50 | No Cap

Inspiration: Taylor Swift’s gorgeous lilac dress at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards.

Description: "Look What You Made Me Do" is a soft lilac base with a rainbow of different shifting iridescent flakes, shifting ultra chrome flakes and small silver platinum flakes. Shown here in 3 thin coats, plus Cuticula's Limitless Quick Dry Top Coat and Cloud Cover Matte Top Coat. ***Also please note: Cuticula is officially changing bottles and labels. They are switching to 15ml rounds with clear paddle brushes and same cap as always. See last photo provided by maker Amanda for example.***

Thoughts: This polish applied very easily in thin, buildable coats. I had some very slight VNL at 3 thin coats, but the dense flakes obscure it for the most part. I can see this making for a very beautiful winter or even spring shade.

Find more from Cuticula: shopcuticula.com



Cloud Cover Matte Top Coat Scented in 'Sugar Coated'

Price: $9.00 | No Cap

Description: The 'Sugar Coated' scent smells of sweet jelly beans with fruity top notes including strawberry, raspberry, apple and sugared lemon with delicious sweet candy bottom notes. Shown here over “Look What You Made Me Do,” as well as over black. This matte top coat has that perfect chalkboard finish for an ultimate matte effect. Some benefits of Cloud Cover Top Coat include: a 5 free, fast drying formula; a matte, chalkboard-like finish; and long wearing protection. You will get the best results if you first use Limitless or Timeless Top Coat and then finish the look with Cloud Cover.

Thoughts: Cloud Cover is a fantastic mattifying top coat that dries super quick. The 'Sugar Coated' scent is amazing as well! It is a pleasant, cool smelling scent with notes of spun sugar and fruit. Cuticula's candy scents are my absolute favorite! They always smell so fresh, yet sweet. If only they were edible! lol.

Find more from Cuticula: shopcuticula.com


Dollish Polish

"No Wire Hangers EVER!"

Price: $13.00 | No Cap

Inspiration: Joan Crawford, queen of the silver screen....more like drama queen!

Description: "No Wire Hangers EVER!" is a cranberry linear holo with ruby red holo micro glitters! Shown here in 3 thin coats, plus gloss and matte top coats.

Thoughts: This is such a classy, elegant, go-to red. Clean-up/touch-up is very easy without any cuticle or nail plate staining. I did notice that the formula dries quickly, so it can become slightly thick if overworked. If this is something that happens for you, a few drops of thinner will fix it right up. There is a slight bit of texture when dry, but it is smoothed out very nicely by a single top coat.

Find more from Dollish Polish: dollishpolish.com


Fair Maiden Polish

"Wildest Dreams"

Price: $11.00 | No Cap

Inspiration: Inspired by a gorgeous dress Taylor Swift wore to the Grammy's.

Description: "Wildest Dreams" is a deep teal based multichrome that shifts to emerald green and magenta. Shown here in 3 thin coats, plus gloss and matte top coats.

Thoughts: I'm loving this polish! Its simplicity is beautiful. I had very easy, smooth application with some light brush strokes left behind, but they are easily straightened out and not a problem. Clean-up/touch-up was very easy as well. I also found this stunning matte, creating a softer, yet still super shifty look.

Find more from Fair Maiden Polish: fairmaidenpolish.com


Glisten & Glow

"Pink in the City"

Price: $12.50 | No Cap

Inspiration: Sarah Jessica Parker's hot pink, '80s-inspired Zac Posen gown worn at  the New York City Ballet Fall Fashion Gala in 2019.

Description: "Pink in the City" is a bright pink jelly polished filled with color shifting iridescent flakes that shift between dark blue and purple. Shown here in 3 thin coats, plus Glisten & Glow's gloss and matte top coats. Also shown is a single coat over black plus G&G top coat.

Thoughts: This polish is electric! Both the base and the flakes seem to emit their own glow. Application was super easy in nice, thin coats with the included premium paddle brush. There is some VNL however, being that the polish is naturally sheer from the jelly base. If VNL isn't your thing, this polish would look great over a creme base. I love how it looks over black!

Find more from Glisten & Glow: glistenandglow.com


Glisten & Glow

Cuticle Remover & Oil Pen Duo Scented in 'Cranberry Pear'

Price: $12.00 | No Cap

Description: Glisten & Glow's Cuticle Care Pen Duo features their Cuticle Remover Pen and Cuticle Oil Pen scented this month in 'Cranberry Pear,' a custom blend of sparkling cranberry, sweat pear nectar and luscious black currant.

》Glisten & Glow’s Cuticle Remover gently softens and removes excess cuticle as well as eponychium skin. It contains distilled water, potassium hydroxide, coconut oil and fragrance. Directions: Apply generously to the cuticle area and let sit for 60 seconds. Next, gently push back with your favorite tool. Finally, wash hands and cuticles thoroughly with soap and water.

》Glisten & Glow Cuticle Oil Pen is a custom blend of Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E oil, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, sunflower oil, argan oil, castor oil, acai berry extract, tea tree oil and fragrance oil. Directions: Apply liberally to cuticle area and underside of nail plate; it can be applied to the nail plate approx 2x’s daily.

Thoughts: Jill swooped in to the rescue with these pens this month! I'm the worst at remembering to regularly use a cuticle remover, but I didn't realize just how bad I let my cuticles get until I used the remover pen! lol. Check those before and after photos! They speak volumes on their own. The cuticle oil is fantastic, providing long lasting nourishment when massaged into the cuticles. I love the 'Cranberry Pear' scent as well! It is fresh, lightly fruity and perfect for the fall transition to winter. The cranberry scent comes through first for me, followed by the pear. This combo smells absolutely delicious, and may just be one of my favorite G&G scents so far!

Find more from Glisten & Glow: glistenandglow.com


Heather's Hues

"Beauty is Transient"

Price: $12.50 | 150 US Cap | 15 UK Cap

Inspiration: "Beauty is transient and changes with time..." - Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. This polish was inspired by her exquisite iridescent mermaid gown worn at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

Description: "Beauty is Transient" is a pale beige crelly packed with iridescent copper-gold-green-blue-turquoise shimmer and a kiss of copper holo. Shown here in 3 thin coats, plus gloss and matte top coats.

Thoughts: What a beautiful, shimmery nude! I think this will be perfect for the upcoming winter months. I also think this tone would flatter a wide range of skin tones. Application was smooth and easy with brushstrokes not being any sort of problem. I found it to appear like a pink leaning nude in the bottle, but once swatched, it looks to have more of a sandy nude tone.

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



"What’s it Worth to Ya?"

Price: $12.00 | No Cap

Inspiration: A vintage fashion gown from House of Worth.

Description: "What’s it Worth to Ya?" is a black to white thermal with green to violet shifting shimmer, red to green to gold shifting flakies, and touches of gold holo sparkle. Shown here in 3 thin coats, plus gloss and matte top coats.

Thoughts: This is a polish of many different faces! I feel like I don't see too many thermals that sit on the shimmer dense or multichrome-like side like this one does. It is very unique in that sense. It applied very easily in thin, quick drying coats. Transition was very easy as well, creating a nice natural gradient from cool to warm states. I did notice the gold glitters like to settle quickly, so I would suggest letting the bottle sit upside down for a bit before application.

Find more from LynBDesigns: lynbdesigns.store


Night Owl Lacquer

"Write Your Own Part"

Price: $13.00 | No Cap

Inspiration: An ensemble worn by Mindy Kaling that is beautiful perfection in its simplicity.

Description: "Write Your Own Part" is a black filled with holographic micro flakies and aqua/green crystal flakes. Shown here in 3 coats, plus gloss and matte top coats.

Thoughts: I absolutely love these little shifty crystal flakes! They, along with the holo micro flakes give this polish starry night sky vibes that I just adore. I found the formula to be slightly thicker than usual for Night Owl's jelly formulas. This didn't make application a problem or anything, I just found the coats to naturally apply a bit thicker than usual. This polish looks amazing matte as well.

Find more from Night Owl Lacquer: nightowllacquer.com


PI Colors

"Lala Ngoxolo Kumkani"

Price: $11.00 | 80 US Cap | 5 UK Cap

Inspiration: This polish is a tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman and the amazing Danai Gurira, inspired by a lovely red carpet photo of the two in matching orange, coral and blue attire. The name of this polish is taken from Danai’s beautiful tribute to Chadwick, and is Zulu for “Sleep in Peace, King.”

Description: "Lala Ngoxolo Kumkani" is a lovely peachy coral, filled with iridescent rainbow and blue flakes, plus blue/red shimmer. Shown here as 3 coats, plus gloss and matte top coats.

Thoughts: Y'all... This name and inspiration sent chills down my spine. It's not often I can say a nail polish made me cry, but this polish managed to do just that. Such a beautiful inspiration and tribute to a life taken too soon. As for the polish itself, it applied very smooth and easily, with coverage building with each coat. The peachy, strawberry shade is beautiful and would be flattering on a wide variety of skin tones.

Find more from PI Colors: www.picolors.com


Again, all of these beautiful products and many more will be available to pre-order Friday, November 6th, at 11am Eastern, through Monday, November 9th, 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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