Happy Friday! For today's installation of Liz's Friday Indie Daze (an institution started to help me work through and appreciate my indie polish stash), I'm going to be
showing off swatching and reviewing four glitter polishes from Chaos & Crocodiles. For Valentine's Day I wore Three Little Words, but that's just the tip of the C&C iceberg! There is so much more... CHECK IT OUT!!
First up today is a really cool polish that goes by the name of Piggy Bank - different shades and shapes of pink glitters with silver and copper circle glitters suspended in a clear base. All of its loveliness aside, one of the best things about this polish is how it has captured the appearance of a smashed piggy bank.
Piggy Bank applies well so that one coat will dispense evenly over your nail color of choice. I was thrilled to see that the large circle glitters were plentiful and came out of the bottle easily. While this polish would be fantastic over a black base, I love the way that Piggy Bank looked against Piggy Polish's Make Waves.
I literally only just now realized that there's a whole lot of piggy stuff happening with this combination... too much!?! Rather than think further on that happy coincidence, have a macro shot! Ooooooooh. Aaaaaaaaah. Look at the circles, squares, hexes, and generally pretty things. Oh yeeeeeeeeah.
I'm sorry, I think that got a little weird. Glitter does that to me sometimes, but I'll do my best to contain my fan-girling so that we can move on to the next polish.
Feast you eyes on Winter Gift - it's a really funky mix of varied glitters that I chose to layer over Zoya Wednesday. Greens, reds, pinks, blues, small hexes, tiny silver bars... I could go on and on!
I love this polish! This is another one-coat topper, and the scale on this baby is awesome. As cool and breathtaking as large glitters can be, in my opinion it speaks to the talent of the polish-maker when they create a polish that lets the smaller pieces shine.
I personally fell in love with this brand because of their use of circle glitter, so I think that it's pretty exciting there's more to Chaos & Crocodiles than the use of circle glitter. Check out the macro above. I'm drooling... Probably ruining the keyboard as I type, but these are the sacrifices that we make when obsessed with nail polish. WE SHALL PERSEVERE THROUGH THE DROOL!
The scrumptious polish shown above is Love In The Jungle - one coat over Essence's Modern Romance. Personally, I adore the combination - it was a very sad time for me when I had to remove this manicure... nail bloggers suffer so. LOL! Now, I'm normally not a fan of heart glitter, but what could have been a super girly polish became more interesting to me thanks to the color scheme.
Mixed into the hexes of various sizes and the red hearts, is a subtle shimmer/fleck effect that really brings the whole polish to life. It flashes and shines every time you make the slightest motion with your hands... it elevates this baby to nail polish porn. That's right. I went there.
Check out that shimmer/fleck effect! Crazy gorgeous, no? I found that Love In The Jungle applied easily, though there was a bit of active searching when it came to the hearts. For someone that isn't usually fond of heart glitters in nail polishes, I was all about getting these beauties on my nails. I think that the contrast between the earthy greens, blues, and browns (which happen to be some of my favorite colors) against the red is what really sold me.
Okay, brace yourself, because this next polish is insane. If you're anything like me, you're not fantastic at creating galaxy nails yet. If that is the case... I feel your pain, and I'm sure that we'll get through this difficult time, and I'm certain that it will make us stronger in the long run. Until the time comes when I can create perfect galaxy nails, Zero Gravity will more than suffice!
This polish is literally galaxy nails in a bottle. Stars, moons, circles, flecks... it all comes together into a stunning glitter top coat. The polish looks cool but it's pretty underwhelming in the bottle. That ALL changes once you get this on your nails. I chose to paint one coat of Zero Gravity over Cult Nails' Time Traveler. Suddenly my nails are transformed and I'm staring at the night sky, looking deep into the galaxy towards the unknown.
These are just four of the many polishes that are offered by Chaos & Crocodiles, and they are all lovely. The application is perfection - neither too thin nor too thick, and the ratio between glitter and the actual polish base allowed for a good amount of glitter to be applied with each stroke. It's worth mentioning that these polishes were fairly smooth on their own, so all I needed was a hearty coat of a quick dry top coat to seal the deal. Seriously, if you haven't checked out Chaos & Crocodiles' Etsy store yet, you should get hopping! While there are currently a bunch of polishes available, I believe that there will be a restock on February 28th which will include some new polishes - if you're interested, the Chaos & Crocodiles Facebook page has regular updates.