Saturday, January 31, 2015

Addicted To Holos: February Box

The Addicted to Holos box is brand new bi-monthly polish box packed with holographic goodness from five different polish brands and it's launching for the first time in February. Aren't the polishes pretty? Read on for more images and details about each!

xoxoJen's collage of the Addicted to Holos Box

The Polish Bar created Midnight Kiss for us who love shifty holos - they DO have quite the entertainment value! When I was applying it I felt like I was painting outer space on my nails. It's described as a blue-purple duochrome linear holo with silver micro glitter. I have to say though, while I was indoors at work I also saw a beautiful deep shade of teal! I wore two coats for opacity and the formula is one of those that you want to get the first coat down with as few brush strokes as possible, then the second coat glides on smooth and easy.

xoxoJen's swatch of The Polish Bar Midnight Kiss
xoxoJen's swatch of The Polish Bar Midnight Kiss
xoxoJen's swatch of The Polish Bar Midnight Kiss
xoxoJen's swatch of The Polish Bar Midnight Kiss

Literary Lacquers contributed Laughs in Flowers which is a princess-y shade of pink filled with holographic fairy dusts of all different sizes. It was inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson's poem, Hamatreya. Amy says that this polish is like her Tequila Mockingbird and the Always Winter Never Christmas polishes had a nail polish baby. And I have to agree, this one is a real stunner and my favorite in the box! I wore two coats for opacity, formula was perfect as we've come to expect from Literary Lacquers polishes.

xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Laughs in Flowers
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Laughs in Flowers
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Laughs in Flowers
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Laughs in Flowers

Cuts in My Heart is made by Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer and is an ox blood red linear holographic with silver and red holographic microglitters. It may dry a bit textured due to the glitters in the polish. In one coat this was opaque and it stamps beautifully over lighter shades. I'm seeing a lot of the gold from the holo rainbow flashing around in the bottle which makes for a lovely effect! The formula was on the thick side and I usually like it thick but with the glitter in it, I decided to thin it out just a wee bit so that it was a little more fluid. It's beautifully done with such a rich color while keeping the holo strong.

xoxoJen's swatch of Blue Eyed Girl Cuts in My Heart
xoxoJen's swatch of Blue Eyed Girl Cuts in My Heart
xoxoJen's swatch of Blue Eyed Girl Cuts in My Heart
xoxoJen's swatch of Blue Eyed Girl Cuts in My Heart

Candied Violets is made by Sweet Heart Polish and is a frosty violet mega linear holo with silver holo micro glitters. I often catch a pink shimmer in this, but it's not listed in the description. Is it there, or isn't it? The world may never know the true answer but my eyeballs say yes! I wore two coats for opacity. The first coat seemed very sheer, but I had full coverage after applying the second coat. The formula was fluid and easy to use as with other Sweet Heart Polishes.

xoxoJen's swatch of Sweet Heart Polish Candied Violets
xoxoJen's swatch of Sweet Heart Polish Candied Violets
xoxoJen's swatch of Sweet Heart Polish Candied Violets
xoxoJen's swatch of Sweet Heart Polish Candied Violets

Fortunate Rainbow was made by Philly Loves Lacquer and is a blue-ish green linear holo with a gold flash and gold and green flecks. This one proved challenging to photograph! It wanted to lean blue and not show the gold, but I hope you can see that it does have a gold flash in at least one of my images. I wore two coats for opacity and I think I probably should have done a third just to get a more even coat on the sides of my nails. The formula for this one requires as few brush strokes as possible to insure a smooth finish.

xoxoJen's swatch of Philly Loves Lacquer Fortunate Rainbow
xoxoJen's swatch of Philly Loves Lacquer Fortunate Rainbow
xoxoJen's swatch of Philly Loves Lacquer Fortunate Rainbow
xoxoJen's swatch of Philly Loves Lacquer Fortunate Rainbow

So what did you think? Do we have winners here?!

I think one of the cool things about this box is that it's going to be available for preorder for a whole week - with no sell outs or rushing to order. Stress free shopping! Yay!

The preorders will be open from 2/9-2/16 at addictedtoholos.bigcartel.com which is a shared shop between the five polish artisans. Each time they launch a box, they will rotate who manages the shop. Now if that isn't coordinated teamwork, I don't know what is!

The Addicted To Holos box is $60 plus relevant shipping for the above five exclusive indie holos.

That's a wrap! Mark your calendars and bookmark the link - the next box after this one won't be until April so there's lots of time in between to enjoy your new polishes and plot out shopping for the next one!

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