Hope your holiday was a happy one! Mine was super-duper. I took a couple of days away from the office, and got to spend time with Liz, family and friends. I sampled much great food and drink; and opened lots of beautifully-wrapped gifts, many of which - no shock, I'm sure - were nail polish-related. How's about we start with something blue....
Cobalt Surprise is what Paris Sparkles' calls its most popular custom-blended polish.
This bright blue jelly is said to be filled with purple, pink, and silver halo glitter. My bottle leans so heavily toward silver that I can't detect anything beyond blue and silver . No purple. No pink. Still, we're talking about a hand-crafted line of polish here, and variations can be expected.
I'm impressed with the uniform suspension, so important with handmade glitter polishes. I, for one, would prefer not "fishing" for chunks of glitter. The result of uniform suspension is great coverage with a minimum of buildable coats. In this case, two coats did the trick. And, there was no need for base or top coat!
I confess to being curious about the "Surprise" part of this polish's name ever since noting at least one lacquerista's report of a tiny bit of large hex glitter that appeared in her bottle. Since the manufacturer doesn't speak about this feature, I presume it's a processing anomaly that that I can live without.
Cobalt Surprise is a hand-crafted polish that can be had for $8US at Paris Sparkles' Etsy shop. Like other lacquers in the line, Cobalt Surprise needs no base or top coat to achieve non-staining shiny coverage.
FYI, I understand that the brand will soon release a holographic color line of polishes. Holos are a sparkly alternative for those among us who don't don't like chunky glitters, and a bonus for those who appreciate both (like me).
Happy New Year!