Polish Pickup "The Four Elements" August 2021

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

Y'all. How is it August already!? Time, I'm gonna need you to slow on down a little! I have to admit, I was a bit worried about color variety when I found out this month's theme would be based on the four elements: water, earth, fire, and air. But, as they do every month, the makers have done an amazing job at putting their own spin on the theme, creatively showcasing unique inspirations with a wide variety of colors and finishes! All of the products shown here and many more will be available to pre-order Friday, August 6th, at 11am Eastern through Monday, August 9th, at 11:59pm Eastern only at PolishPickup.com!

BCB Lacquers

"Petal Dance"

Price: $13.00 | 150 Cap

Inspiration: The earth element, specifically from Pokemon's grass-type move Petal Dance when used by Bulbasaur.

Description: "Petal Dance" is a light pink polish with a strong green shifting shimmer. You will pick up hints of blue and gold as well at certain angles. Shown in 2 coats, plus gloss and matte top coats.

Thoughts: This is such a beautiful dusty rose pink with a fresh minty green shimmer! The green shift of the shimmer sits at the forefront and quickly shifts to gold, silver, then pink. Some sparks of blue can be caught at some angles as well. The formula is perfectly smooth with wonderful opacity, being nearly a single coater. Adding a gloss top coat really brings out the sparkles, while a matte top coat creates a sophisticated, satiny look.

Find more from BCB Lacquers: bcblacquers.com

Cuticula Nail Lacquer

"Dragon Glass"

Price: $12.50 | No Cap

Inspiration: The element of fire and Dragons.

Description: "Dragon Glass" is a blacked amethyst base with shifting glass flakes in blue, green, and pink variances. Shown in 3 thin coats, plus Cuticula's Limitless and Cloud Cover top coats.

Thoughts: I love the stunning mix of flakes in this polish! The jelly formula is smooth and easy to apply, with coverage building and becoming more even with each coat. The crystal style flakes build dimension with each thin coat and catch the light beautifully. Adding a gloss top coat really makes this polish pop and smooths the finish right out. It is very nice when matte as well.

Find more from Cuticula: shopcuticula.com

Cuticula Nail Lacquer

Limitless Quick Dry Top Coat scented in 'Pink Starburst'

Price: $9.00 | No Cap

Description: The 'Pink Starburst' scent is described as sweet, ripe honeydew, with hints of kiwi and mandarin. Followed with watermelon and cherry notes with the tiniest hint of cassis. Rounding off this fragrance is a sugared musk bottom note with a shot of tart apricot. Smells just like a Pink Starburst candy! Some benefits of Limitless include: a 5 free formula that is non-smearing, non-shrinking, and dries to a rock hard finish. Click here for a full list of benefits and ingredients in Limitless Quick Dry Top Coat.

Thoughts: I applied this Limitless over some stamping with “Dragon Glass.” I am no expert when it comes to stamping, so I did have a the tiniest bit of streaking. Over time I've figured out that I'm just super bad at floating the wider style brushes over stamping without touching the images. The top coat itself is fantastic as always though! Limitless always provides a beautiful high gloss finish with durable, lasting wear. The scent was quite surprising, as I expected pure strawberry from a pink Starburst. Rather, it is a pleasant scent that is both cooling and refreshing with watermelon and citrus notes, not being overly sweet. Since this truly smells just like the real deal, I found myself hung up on what the candy is actually flavored like, because it sure ain't strawberry! Maker Amanda confirmed with me that I'm not the only one who's now questioning everything they ever knew about pink Starbursts. lol.

Find more from Cuticula: shopcuticula.com

Fair Maiden Polish

"Violet Storm"

Price: $11.00 | No Cap

Inspiration: An image of a violet-gray lightning storm amongst a field of tulips.

Description: "Violet Storm" is a violet gray base with holo sparkle, rose shimmer and pink-gold-green iridescent flakes. Shown in 3 coats, plus gloss and matte top coats.

Thoughts: This is a lovely, dusty lavender gray filled with holo and flakie sparkles. In person, the pink forefront shift from the flakes absolutely glows! It’s a great shade for the fall and/or winter. The crelly formula is nice, applying easily and drying down quickly, but it does sit pretty sheer. At 3 normal coats, I found it to be JUST opaque. I love the look of this glossy, but I’m also pleasantly surprised at just how much I love it when matte as well.

Find more from Fair Maiden Polish: fairmaidenpolish.com

Glisten & Glow

"Nights at Red Rocks"

Price: $12.50 | No Cap

Inspiration: One of the most beautiful concert venues in the US is Red Rocks Amphitheatre located in Morrison, Colorado. The sunsets, reflections off the amazing rocks, and the starry skies are breathtaking.

Description: "Nights at Red Rocks" is a rich burgundy jelly polish loaded with red, orange, pink, gold, green iridescent flakes with holo micro flakes and a touch of holo magic. Shown in 3 thin coats, plus Glisten & Glow gloss and matte top coats. Some may reach opacity in only 2 coats.

Thoughts: This is such a perfect, flakie packed polish for fall! The maroon toned base perfectly mimics the look of the natural rock amphitheatre at sunset. It has a wonderful, smooth formula that applies very easily and controlled. It is beautiful both when glossy and matte.

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. Shown over some simple stamping with “Night at Red Rocks” as the base.

Thoughts: Glisten & Glow's top coat is super shiny, quick drying, and my go-to top coat for stamping. Lately, I've found it to be my go-to top coat for both swatching and personal wear as well! Personally, I'm not a fan of the wide paddle style brush for top coats, as I feel like I have more control with the thinner style brush. Maker Jill has informed me that for those that share similar preferences, she has both her premium rounded tip and standard top brushes available in her shop.

Find more from Glisten & Glow: glistenandglow.com

Heather's Hues

"My Yellow Flame, She Dances"

Price: $12.50 | No Cap

Inspiration: The fire dancer logo of Dave Matthews Band.

Description: "My Yellow Flame, She Dances" is an orange jelly packed with red-orange-pink-gold shimmer, pink-red-orange iridescent flakes, red-copper-gold metallic flakes, and fire red holo microshreds. Shown in 3 coats, plus gloss and matte top coats.

Thoughts: What a perfect polish for both fall and Halloween! It is a super shimmer dense jelly, so coverage and dimension build with each coat. The formula is wonderful, applying smoothly and easily. I am sensitive to orange staining, but I was able to wear this for nearly a week with no signs on stains at all! It looks gorgeous with both glossy and matte finishes.

Find more from Heather's Hues: heathershues.com

Heather's Hues

WiTS Lotion scented in 'Lemon Cucumber H₂O'

Price: $7.25 | 50 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. 'Lemon Cucumber H₂O' is a blend of fresh Sorrento lemons, citron zest, cucumber, sea moss and pepino melon with bottom notes of coconut water and cane sugar. **CONTAINS OILS DERIVED FROM SEEDS/NUTS** Click here for a full list of ingredients in WiTS Lotion.

Thoughts: As I've said before, WiTS has been my go-to lotion for years now! I always have a jar somewhere within reach. It absorbs quickly with a non-greasy formula, and provides intense hydration. A little goes a long way. I would highly recommend it. As for the 'Lemon Cucumber H₂O' scent, I'm loving this one! The scent is spot on and doesn’t come across as artificial at all. It smells like real cucumbers and lemons are blended into the mix! The cucumber notes come across first when smelling the jar, but once on the skin, the lemon notes “bloom” and it becomes wonderfully light and refreshing!

Find more from Heather's Hues: heathershues.com

LynBDesigns

"Full of Hot Air"

Price: $13.00 | No Cap

Inspiration: Hot air balloons, and in a round about way, Belinda Blinked from My Dad Wrote a Porno.

Description: "Full of Hot Air" an indigo based magnetic polish with green to blue to purple shifting magnetic pull, holo micro shimmer, and green to yellow to orange crystal flakies. Shown in 2 coats, plus gloss and matte top coats. Also unmagnetized shown as a single finger swatch in 2 coats, plus gloss top coat.

Thoughts: This polish has an absolutely stunning and strong color shift! The dark base pigment allows for so much depth to be created by the magnetic pigment and lets the shifty flakes pop. The formula is very nice, being rather opaque in only 2 coats. When magnetizing, I applied the first coat like normal and let it dry. For the second coat, I held a bar magnet over each nail for a full 60 seconds as it dried. I repeated this same action after applying the top coat, holding the magnet over each nail for a full 60 seconds while it set. However, I did notice the sharp line settled quite a bit while photographing. In motion, the depth created by magnetizing is fully there, but in still photos, it may not come across as strongly.

Find more from LynBDesigns: lynbdesigns.store

Night Owl Lacquer

"Magic Itself"

Price: $13.00 | No Cap

Inspiration: The fire element, as maker Lindsay and her husband are both fire signs: Leo and Sagittarius.

Description: "Magic Itself" is a blackened purple/burgundy/red/copper multichrome. Shown in 2 coats, plus gloss and matte top coats.

Thoughts: This is such a gorgeous, deep, and vampy multichrome! And the formula is fantastic! It is super smooth, applying in nice even coats with great opacity, being nearly a single coater. In indirect lighting, this polish looks like it may just be black, but once it catches the light, you catch all the beautiful sparkling shimmer.

Find more from Night Owl Lacquer: nightowllacquer.com

PI Colors

"Cu(II).000"

Price: $11.00 | 120 Cap

Inspiration: The blue green flame emitted when the Copper (II) isotope is burned.

Description: "Cu(II).000" is a sparkling polish with red, blue, green and gold aurora shimmer over a silvery green blue violet shifty base. Shown in 3 coats, plus gloss and matte top coats.

Thoughts: This is a beautiful, delicate, and shimmer packed polish! The formula is fantastic, being much more opaque than I initially expected from looking at the bottle alone. The green to blue shimmer shift is perfectly peppered by pink and gold micro flakies. Love this one both glossy and matte.

Find more from PI Colors: picolors.com

Wildflower Lacquer

"Wait, My Bebes!"

Price: $13.00 | No Cap

Inspiration: The Schitt’s Creek episode called “Smoke Signals” when the apartment next door catches on fire.

Description: “Wait, My Bebes!” is a hunter green base with teal undertones, and strong pink to red to orange to green shifting shimmer and linear holo. Shown in 3 coats, plus gloss and matte top coats.

Thoughts: This polish has an amazingly strong shift! The larger particle shimmer along with the generous dusting of holo shimmer is just stunning! I did find the formula to apply slightly on the thicker side, but I truly believe this was due to the very hot and humid weather we had the day I swatched it since my top coat was acting the same way. So with that being said, the formula itself is very easy to control, and self-leveled nicely. Adding a gloss top coat really makes this one sparkle, but I rather like it with a matte top coat as well.

Find more from Wildflower Lacquer: wildflowerlacquer.com

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