Monday, October 14, 2013

Lilypad Lacquer Swatches!

Hello everyone! I meant to have this posted like a week ago, but for whatever reason blogger wouldn't let me post, then my internet went down, and basically the universe decided I wouldn't be able to post this until now.
About six weeks ago, right around my birthday, I ordered a ton of polishes from Lilypad Lacquer. I first found them on Instagram, like many indie polish makers, and was totally smitten. The variety of holos and shimmers and duochromes totally got me hooked on them and I'm very excited to share these with you all. Lilypad Lacquer hails from Australia. They have an Etsy store and also recently joined the Llarowe family, making them much more easily accessible. I think mostly, their stock is going to be more available on Llarowe, as I haven't seen a lot of their polishes on their Etsy store for some while.
I bought 12 colors for $11 AUD, which roughly converts to $10.21 USD. One thing to be aware of, if you happen to purchase from their Etsy site - I had to pay extra shipping costs because she could only send 7 polishes per package. Since they were being sent from Australia, it was about $15 per package, so the shipping costs were a little high, but for me totally worth it. If you purchase from Llarowe, you won't encounter this sort of issue. To get from Australia to me, it took about 10 days.
Here are the colors I purchased:
  • Berry Beautiful - reddish gold shimmery base that shifts to a bronze and has a scattered holo going through it. In concept, I think it's very similar to Enchanted Polish's Autumn, which I don't have, but justified NOT purchasing because I already had Berry Beautiful. The formula is at first on the thin side, but layers really well and is opaque in 3 coats. It has a slight jelly formula to it, but it isn't obvious at 3 coats. This is an awesome fall color.
  • Black Pearl - slightly blackened gray base with a bright pinkish purple shimmer that shifts almost blue. There's also a scattered holo running through it. The pink is the most bright of the colors in the shimmer but at extreme angles you can definitely see the blue. Again, this had that slight jelly formula.
  • Chocollo - caramelly almost Coca-Cola brown shimmery base with a holo speckle running through it. This was opaque in 2 coats. It applied really smoothly and felt more like a shimmer when applying it than Berry Beautiful or Black Pearl were.
  • Golden Delicious - aside from True Blood, this was one of the colors that I was most looking forward to playing with. It's a bright candy apple green shimmer base with a super strong gold shimmer. It's fun and playful and awesome on the nail. There's a holo speckle running through it that makes this polish even more awesome. It applied like Chocollo - it was opaque in 2 coats and glided on beautifully.
  • Luscious Larimar - pastel light blue with a holographic speckle and a pinky-purple shimmer running through it. Like black pearl, the pink shimmer was strong, and the primary shade in the shimmer. It also had the same almost jelly formula of Luscious Larimar. It applied evenly and was opaque in 3 coats.
  • My Enchantmint - super bright aqua creme with a delicate holo shimmer running through it. The creme base of this is super opaque and applied so nicely! It's color base is very similar to Barry M's Gelly Hi-Shine color in Greenberry. I was actually super surprised with how fond of this polish I was - it was one of those colors you order because it sort of piques your interest (i.e., it's aqua, so I automatically put it in my cart but don't focus on it like I did with Golden Delicious) and then suddenly when you apply it and play with it, it's a diamond in the rough. I think it'll look great on a lot of different skin tones, and is definitely going to be a color I reach for a ton in the summer, especially for my toes :D This was opaque in 2 coats.
  • Mystical Marine - this, first of all, has the most accurate name. It's mystifying, and super ocean-y. The color base is a shimmery teal with a blue and green shift to it. It's not an overwhelming shift, it's just slightly there, but gives it a very deep and rich looking base. Mixed in is a scattered holo glitter. It's got the most "chunky" feel to it compared to the rest of the polishes I have, but by no means is it a chunky nail polish. The pieces of holo glitter are just larger than the rest of the holo shimmer polishes I have so it's very vibrant and also very apparent on the nail. This had the same almost jelly feel to it as the first couple polishes and was opaque in 3 coats.
  • Seasong - vibrant sky blue with a gold color shift and slight holo. Basically the blue version of Golden Delicious. It has the same formula and is opaque in 2 coats. 
  • Slimey Limey - neon lime green base with a holo running through it. This is much more neon and much more green than the photos on the Lilypad Lacquer site. Since these are handmade polishes, a difference should be expected between batches. The base is definitely very neon. It's got a slight translucence to it, which isn't the same as a jelly, but just sort of that sheer/matte feel that happens with neons. The holo is very delicately dispersed throughout the polish. This was opaque in 3 coats.
  • Too Much Excitemint - aqua blue-green holo base with a holo running through it. It's pretty mermaidy. This had sort of a standard holo nail polish formula. Since it's a linear holo, it's got a slight jelly feel to it, like the Hits holos and the Ozotic holos do. It also looks sort of glassy on the nail. It's a different "slight jelly feel" than the first couple were though. Those had a little bit more "substance" to them, I think because of the shimmer in the base color. Since this polish is just one color it's got less "substance" to it, if that makes sense? If you've ever played with other indie holos, you'll know what I mean. This was opaque in 3 coats.
  • True Blood - this is the polish that I was most excited for. Not only am I a mega True Blood fan, but also because I love a dark nail, and the holo running through it makes it look AMAZING. This is the polish I saw on TenLittleNubs that first introduced me to Lilypad Lacquer. It's so deep, and so rich, and looks just fantastic. The color base is a dark wine-y purple with a red shimmer. It's a very regal color. The red shimmer running through it definitely gives off a vampire-y vibe but also totally reminded me of rich velvets, like what you'd see Anne Boleyn wear in the Tudors. This was opaque in 2 coats and had a great formula. It was smooth and applied very easily. It's for sure my favorite of the bunch and I'm going to purchase a backup!
  • Zombee - this is like a yellow version of Slimey Limey (at least for me, I think the original version of Slimey Limey was much less neon than mine). It's a yellow, almost green, neon base with a delicate holo shimmer. It's got an identical formula as Slimey Limey. This was opaque in 3 coats.
Again, each polish is (usually) available on the Lilypad Lacquer Etsy store for $11 AUD. That converts to roughly $10.20 USD a polish. On Llarowe, each polish retails for $12 USD, which I think accounts for shipping costs from Australia to the US, as well as a fee for the Llarowe website. The upside to purchasing from Llarowe's website, if you live in the US is minimizing shipping costs. From the Lilypad Lacquer Etsy site, 7 polishes is $15 to ship, and between 8 and 14 polishes is $30 to ship (***This is JUST for the U.S., there's other international shipping information available for other countries on the Etsy site), which is quite expensive, and depending on what type of collector you are can be totally worth it or something that steers you away. Lilypad Lacquer just restocked on Llarowe, so there is going to be a little bit of a wait until you see them again, probably a few weeks, but I personally think the wait is worth it!
And now, for swatches! Each picture shows 3 coats of the polish, with indoor and outdoor lighting. 
What do you guys think? Do you own any Lilypad Lacquer Polishes that I absolutely need? Let me know in the comments :D

Berry Beautiful
indoors with flash

Berry Beautiful
outdoors with natural lighting


Berry Beautiful
Top: outdoors with natural lighting
Bottom: indoors with flash / indoors with fluorescent lighting


Berry Beautiful
indoors with fluorescent lighting


Black Pearl
indoors with flash


Black Pearl
outdoors with natural lighting


Black Pearl
top left: outdoors with natural lighting
top right: indoors with fluorescent lighting
bottom row: indoors with fluorescent lighting


Chocollo
 indoors with flash


Chocollo
outdoors with natural lighting

Golden Delicious
 indoors with flash

Golden Delicious
outdoors with natural lighting

Luscious Larimar
 indoors with flash

Luscious Larimar
outdoors with natural lighting


Luscious Larimar
 left column: indoors with fluorescent lighting
right: indoors with flash

My Excitemint
 indoors with flash

My Excitemint
outdoors with natural lighting

Mystical Marine
 indoors with flash

Mystical Marine
outdoors with natural lighting

Mystical Marine
left column: outdoors with natural lighting
right: indoors with flash


Seasong
indoors with flash


Seasong
outdoors with natural lighting


Slimey Limey
indoors with flash


Slimey Limey
outdoors with natural lighting


Too Much Excitemint
indoors with flash


Mystical Marine
outdoors with natural lighting


True Blood
indoors with flash


True Blood
outdoors with natural lighting


True Blood
left column: outdoors with natural lighting
right: indoors with flash


Zombee
indoors with flash


Zombee
outdoors with natural lighting

2 comments:

  1. Gorgeous post, i just shared it on our facebook group <3

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