Polish Pickup "Trick or Treat" September 2021

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

Halloween lovers! This month's for you! There seems to be a bit of everything this month, from stunning shimmer and flakie packed polishes to super fun glitter mixes. I have a wonderful variety of goodies here to share with y'all, from a fantastic group of makers. All of the products shown here and many more will be available to pre-order Friday, September 3rd, at 11am Eastern through Monday, September 6th, at 11:59pm Eastern only at PolishPickup.com!

BCB Lacquers

"I AM CALM!"

Price: $13.00 | 150 Cap

Inspiration: Inspired by fan art of the Sanderson Sisters.

Description: "I AM CALM!" is a dark teal polish with a blue/green shift, blue micro flakes and holo. Shown in 2 coats, plus gloss and matte top coats.

Thoughts: This is one of my all time favorite colors of polish! Such a gorgeous green leaning teal holo. The formula is wonderful! It is smooth to apply, easy to control, and dries quickly. I’m loving the finish both when glossy and matte!

Find more from BCB Lacquers: bcblacquers.com

BCB Lacquers

Whipped Sugar Scrub scented in 'Witches Brew'

Price: $9.50 | 50 Cap

Description: This is a 2 oz jar of whipped sugar scrub soap with a custom oil blend for hydration and exfoliation! The 'Witches Brew' scent has top notes of ginger, fizz, oranges, toasted orange zest, lemon, sugar, and musk. It has white and brown sugar for extra exfoliation. Throughout the scrub you will see orange and purple jojoba beads. On top you will see a sprinkle of the orange, purple and gold jojoba beads. Click here for a full list of ingredients in this scrub.

Thoughts: This sugar scrub soap feels super luxurious, and leaves the hands feeling soft and hydrated. The “Witches Brew” scent is warm, and inviting. There is a nice tang from the citrus notes of orange, orange zest, and lemon, while there is a spicy and fizzy note from the ginger. The sugar and musk pleasantly round everything out and seem to be more noticeable after use than in the jar.

Find more from BCB Lacquers: bcblacquers.com

Cuticula Nail Lacquer

"Home Is Where The Haunt Is"

Price: $12.50 | No Cap

Inspiration: A creepy house in the middle of a field.

Description: "Home Is Where The Haunt Is" is a black base with purple - blue shifting shimmer and green, purple, silver shiny metallic flakes. Shown in 3 thin coats, plus Cuticula's Limitless and Cloud Cover top coats.

Thoughts: This polish has a wonderful formula that applies smoothly and easily, while drying nice and quickly. Coverage builds nicely with each thin coat. I'm loving the color combo of the add-ins used. The teal and purple flakes work so well with the electric blue shimmer. Love the look of this when matte as well.

Find more from Cuticula: shopcuticula.com

Cuticula Nail Lacquer

Limitless Quick Dry Top Coat scented in 'Caramel Apple Pops'

Price: $9.00 | No Cap

Description: 'Caramel Apple Pops' is a blend of green apply candy with a hint of caramel. This time around, the caramel isn't as in your face as the last version. Nice, strong and sweet! 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: The 'Caramel Apple Pops' scent is spot on! The cool crisp apple comes through first, followed by the warm sweetness of caramel. I have shown it here over some stamping using Quixotic's "Hemlock" and Moyra plate #83 [both purchased]. I had no streaking this time! I tend to be heavy handed with the top coat brush, but maybe practice is finally making perfect for me. lol. The top coat itself is fantastic as always! Limitless always provides a beautiful high gloss finish with durable, lasting wear.

Find more from Cuticula: shopcuticula.com

Fair Maiden Polish

"Creepin' It Real"

Price: $12.00 | No Cap

Description: "Creepin' It Real" is a violet purple jelly base jam packed with chroma and iridescent flakies shifting from orange-golden-yellow-green-teal. While this polish could be worn in a thin coat as a topper, it also builds beautifully to opacity. Shown in 3 coats, plus gloss and matte top coats. Also shown as a single finger swatch in 1 coat over olive green, plus gloss and matte top coat.

Thoughts: This polish sings to me! It is a perfect, true flakie bomb! Application is super easy, with coverage building nicely with each coat. It is highly metallic, creating an almost encrusted look. It kind of reminds me of flashy fish scales in a way, especially when matte. This polish also makes for a perfect flakie topper as the slight violet tint does not seem to affect the color beneath. I tested it over a handful of creme bases, but found it to be absolutely stunning over olive green! I used Night Owl’s “Olive Me Loves Olive Fall” [purchased] for this swatch.

Find more from Fair Maiden Polish: fairmaidenpolish.com

Glisten & Glow

"Cats & Bats"

Price: $12.50 | No Cap

Inspiration: Halloween’s superstitions of black cats and the spooky bats that fly at night when trick or treating.

Description: "Cats & Bats" is a very vampy and mysterious dark, dark purple, almost black jelly polish filled with iridescent flakes that shift from dark blue to purple and iridescent flakes that shift from pink/red/orange/green/gold. Added holo flakes and holo sparkle round out this beauty. Shown in 3 coats, plus Glisten & Glow's gloss and matte top coats. Some may reach opacity in only 2 coats.

Thoughts: This is a perfect Halloween polish! The formula is wonderful, easy to apply, and filled with shifty flakes. The polish is dark overall, but the flakes catch the light beautifully, making it flashy and bright as well. It’s wonderful when glossy, but I love this with a matte top coat too.

Find more from Glisten & Glow: glistenandglow.com

Glisten & Glow

Glitter Grabber

Price: $8.00 | No Cap

Description: Glisten & Glow Glitter Grabber is an amazing product that works to grab any extra texture that glitter or flakies can have. After applying your glitter or flakie polish and having let it dry fully, add a nice layer of Glisten & Glow Glitter Grabber on top. Allow that to fully dry and then add your glossy or matte top coat. Click here for a full list of benefits and ingredients in Glisten & Glow Glitter Grabber.

Thoughts: Shown over 3 thin coats of Glisten & Glow's “Honky-Tonk @ Tootsie’s.” I have a couple different collages included above to show a glitter texture comparison when using Glitter Grabber vs multiple top coats. Glitter Grabber definitely does a fantastic job smoothing out any texture of a polish. One coat of Glitter Grabber equals out to 2 to 3 coats of top coat, depending on how thick it is applied. As always, Glitter Grabber smooths out the glitter texture while not sacrificing any holo or shine from the glitters.

Find more from Glisten & Glow: glistenandglow.com

Heather's Hues

"Get Lit"

Price: $12.50 | No Cap

Inspiration: Jack-o-lanterns hanging out on a porch.

Description: "Get Lit" is a black base with a touch of black to red multichrome flakes then loaded with a mix of metallic and holo glitters in orange, red, and purple and red-copper-gold multichrome flakes. Shown in 3 thin coats, plus gloss and matte top coats. Some may reach opacity in only 2 coats.

Thoughts: This polish screams Halloween! It has the perfect mix of glitters and flakes that shine through the jelly base and catch the light beautifully. The small purple glitters are a perfect touch as well. I love it both when glossy and matte. I did think the formula sat a touch thick when applying though. Adding a few drops of polish thinner seemed to fix it right up, allowing nice self leveling.

Find more from Heather's Hues: heathershues.com

Heather's Hues

WiTS Lotion scented in 'Tricks or Treats'

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. The 'Tricks or Treats' scent smells just like a bag of Halloween goodies! It's a blend of pumpkin, persimmon and apple, with notes of blueberries, elderberries, currants, orange and cinnamon, all rounded off with kisses of sugar cane and vanilla. **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 'Tricks or Treats' scent, it is definitely a warm, comforting scent with some crisp notes. The cinnamon comes though first for me, followed by apple, pumpkin, and sugar.

Find more from Heather's Hues: heathershues.com

LynBDesigns

"Spirit Offering"

Price: $13.00 | No Cap

Inspiration: Leaving treats for spirits during Samhain so they won’t trick you.

Description: "Spirit Offering" is a dark pink to yellow to green shifting multichrome with silver magnetic pull and scattered holo flakies. Shown in 2 coats magnetized, plus gloss and matte top coats. Also shown as a single finger swatch unmagnetized, plus gloss top coat.

Thoughts: The silver magnetic pigment in this is so perfect over the shifty multichrome base! The formula is great, applying smoothly and evenly. Some brush strokes can be seen, but they really aren’t bad. I tested the settling time of the magnetic pigment with my pinky by holding the magnet on the 2nd coat and top coat layers for 60 seconds each. The line did settle some while I was working on the other nails, so some patience may be needed if you'd like a sharp line to hold. I opted to hold the magnet over the rest for around 2 minutes or so.

Find more from LynBDesigns: lynbdesigns.store

Michelle Mildred Art

G(h)oulish Notebook

Price: $3.50 | 104 Cap

Description: This is a custom designed witchy Halloween notebook! Unfortunately a ghost cloaked the "h" in "ghoulish" and now it's hidden! (jk, it's a typo) Due to this typo, these will be sold at cost. This notebook measures 5" x 7", has 80 lined pages, and a black metal spiral binding.

Thoughts: This is such a cute little notebook! I truly never noticed the type until Michelle told me about it, after I had taken these pictures. The notebook itself is a great size, easily fitting into most purses or bags. Also, the little positive message on the back is a wonderful touch and a great reminder that you are enough. <3

Find more from Michelle Mildred Art: www.etsy.com/shop/MichelleMildredArt

Night Owl Lacquer

"That Halloween Glow"

Price: $13.00 | No Cap

Inspiration: Glowing jack-o-lanterns.

Description: "That Halloween Glow" is a blackened orange base filled with orange/bronze/gold/green shimmer. Shown in 3 thin coats, plus gloss and matte top coats. Some may reach opacity in only 2 coats.

Thoughts: Oh, I'm loving this one! It is a stunning burnt orange polish that's super shifty and shimmer packed. The formula is wonderful, applying smoothly and easily. I wore it overnight, and found that it doesn't stain the nail plate either. While it looks ok when matte, I highly suggest keeping this beauty glossy!

Find more from Night Owl Lacquer: nightowllacquer.com

Night Owl Lacquer

"The Answer is Treat"

Price: $12.00 | No Cap

Inspiration: Brightly colored candy wrappers.

Description: "The Answer is Treat" is a clear base with holographic micro flakies, red/orange/gold & green/blue/purple multichrome flakes. It can be worn in 1 coat as a topper or 3 coats on its own. Shown in 1 coat over black and 3 thin coats alone, plus gloss top coat.

Thoughts: This is a wonderful topper or standalone polish! I personally love it over black as it allows the bright, colorful flakes pop beautifully along with the ultra holo micro flakes. It applies very easily and dries with very little texture.

Find more from Night Owl Lacquer: nightowllacquer.com

PI Colors

"It Was Agatha All Along"

Price: $12.00 | 150 Cap

Inspiration: The MCU version of Agatha Harkness in WandaVision!

Description: "It Was Agatha All Along" is a deep violet purple base filled with a super shifty shimmer of red, gold, green and even blue at extreme angles. Shown in 3 coats, plus gloss and matte top coats.

Thoughts: This is a stunning purple jelly filled with super shifty, large-particle shimmer. Application is smooth and easy, but the base is quite sheer. There is still some VNL at 3 coats. It can easily be applied over a tinted base or a purple creme base if full coverage is preferred. To get the most out of the shift, keep the matte top coat off this one and let it shine glossy!

Find more from PI Colors: picolors.com

Again, all of these beautiful products and many more will be available to pre-order Friday, September 3rd, at 11am Eastern through Monday, September 6th, at 11:59pm Eastern only at PolishPickup.com!

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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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