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Elevation Polish: Naughty by Nature Collection

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Hello everyone!  Today I have the gorgeous new polishes from Elevation Polish to show you all!  The Naughty by Nature collection was just released on Thursday.  I *really* wanted to have this post up on release day- but the universe had other plans!  My family was super sick the whole week- and by the end of the week of taking care of them, I was down for the count too.  But better a little late than never!

There are 6 BEAUTIFUL colors in this collection- and the exciting part is that they’re all water based!  I don’t know about you guys, but my experiences with water based polishes in the past haven’t been that great (though they’ve also been limited).  I could barely tell a difference between these polishes and other Elevations!  I did notice that all 6 got a bit thick when exposed to air more quickly than my ‘normal’ polish does, and a few were thicker in general.  I probably will add a few drops of thinner later (I did not for photos).  That’s more of a personal preference- as you can see from the pictures, they all apply wonderfully!  I could barely smell a polish smell at all (it was very subtle), and the dry time was just fine.  Lulu has really impressed me with these- and that’s just the formula, not the beautiful colors!

First is Forest of the Fog- a beautiful teal jelly polish filled with blue and purple shimmer.

Elevation Polish Forest of the Fog

This polish is so pretty!  I really love the purple shimmer with the teal base- it’s a fun combination.  The shimmer is definitely a little shy- it’s noticeable, but it’s not super in-your-face and instead is more subtle.  These photos are outside in the sunshine, which is why it’s cooperating!  Inside, you have more of a dark teal jelly polish.  Photos show 2 coats with no topcoat.
Elevation Polish Forest of the Fog

Then I topped Forest of the Fog with Pitaraq, a gorgeous flake topcoat!
Elevation Polish Pitaraq

After years of being a polishaholic- my love for flakies of all types has never diminished.  So of course, this is one of my favorites of the collection!  Pitaraq is a fun topper filled with white, silver, and blue flakies and blue microshimmer!  This polish will be PERFECT for the winter months coming up- it feels like I just spread frost over my nails!  This is 1 coat (no topcoat) over Forest of the Fog.
Elevation Polish Pitaraq

Next is a wonderful red cream, Volcanic Dust!
Elevation Polish Volcanic Dust

This polish really surprised me and was another favorite in the collection.  I’m normally not a fan of creams- I have a good amount of them, but I rarely get excited for them.    But Volcanic Dust looked great on, and applied great!  Pictures show 2 coats with no topcoat.
Elevation Polish Volcanic Dust

Ah, and now for my favorite of the collection- Darkest Storm, a beautiful dark blue holographic stunner!
Elevation Polish Darkest Storm

Darkest Storm is a very dark, almost midnight blue holographic polish.  Because of the darker shade, the holographic effect is blinding outside in the sun!  Photos show 2 coats with no topcoat.
Elevation Polish Darkest Storm

Next is Black Ice, a charcoal polish filled with lots of shimmer!
Elevation Polish Black Ice

Black Ice dries to a velvet matte finish on it’s own.  I ADORE how it looks with topcoat on top though!  This beauty sparkled so much in the sun that it almost looks holographic.  But it’s not!  It’s filled with a silver and white shimmer that is always visible, and also with multicolored shimmer that comes alive with topcoat.  This polish applied like a DREAM- I didn’t have to do any cleanup at all!  Photos are 2 coats with topcoat.
Elevation Polish Black Ice

Last but not least is Naked Night Sky, a brown jelly polish accented with aqua and blue glitters!
Elevation Polish Naked Night Sky

I actually ended up liking this polish a bit more than I had anticipated- unlike Lulu, the creator, I don’t love brown nail polish (her blog is http://lovebrownnailpolish.wordpress.com/ lol).  But I did really like this!  On her store listing, Lulu advises to wait for each coat to dry before applying the next one, and I would agree with this completely.  This polish is actually the only one that gave me a bit of trouble, and it was because I was initially not following that advice, and the second coat would pull and ruin the first coat.  Once I waited, I had no more issues.  Photos are 2 thick coats plus topcoat.
Elevation Polish Naked Night Sky

And there you have it, the Naughty by Nature collection!  As I said earlier, these polishes were released on Thursday- Darkest Storm is sold out for now, but the rest are still available!  Elevation Polish restocks on the 7th and 22nd of the month, so Darkest Storm will be available again then.  The collection is also going to be launched at Llarowe.com, though I don’t believe the restock date has been announced yet.

Elevation Polish: http://elevationpolish.bigcartel.com/ and http://www.llarowe.com/

Also, Elevation Polish is now on Instagram!  Be sure to go follow- @elevationpolish!

*Some products in this post were provided for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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Flakie Friday- Revlon Moon Candy in Milky Way and Moondust

It’s time for another Flakie Friday!

Today I’ll be featuring 2 of the colors in Revlon’s new ‘Moon Candy’ line.

These… aren’t exactly cheap.  They run at around $8 each, which is why you only see 2.  I just couldn’t justify the cost (Imagine that, me not justifying a polish purchase!).  They’re a double-ended polish, which Revlon seems to be releasing a lot of lately.  Crackles, neons, now flakes.

I knew this before I purchased, but sadly these aren’t true flakies.  They’re the thick, mylar flakes that will stick up on your nail and feel chunky.  I still like these kinds of flakes, but they’re not my favorite.

There’s 8 colors total right now, with 2 more set to be released at a later time.  On one end you have a solid color, on the other you have the flakes for ‘layering’.  Most of the time, the 2 colors are coordinated.

First up, we have Moon Dust!

This one comes with a black unnamed color on the other end.  It was a 1-coat polish, though there was a tiny bit of bald spots.  Since I was sticking heavy flakes overtop, I didn’t bother with 2 coats.

This is 1 coat of the Moon Dust flake topcoat.  I had to do a tiny bit of dabbing, but not much.

I honestly was not a big fan.  These large flakes can be a pain to work with- and this one I just didn’t think looked that great.  I bought it because another great write up showed this as being a blue flake- but my bottle is completely different than hers, and mine is just an identical dupe to Color Club’s Covered in Diamonds and China Glazes Lush and Luxe- but not as nice as either (especially Lush and Luxe).   I was sad 😦

The second polish I bought from this line is Milky Way!

This one, I did like.  It comes with a dark grey unnamed polish- and I don’t have a darker grey, so that’s always a plus.  These are also different than any other flakes I have- and as someone devoting 1 day of each week to flakies, you can be sure I have a ton!

The shards in Milky Way look to be similar, though possibly smaller, to Color Clubs Diamond Drops (which I don’t own yet).  Rather than being iridescent, they’re solid silver with a holo finish.

Like Moon Dust, I used 1 coat of the grey, and 1 coat of flakes.  Coverage was ok- only some bald spots and some dabbing.

One word of advice- be sure that bottom coat is dry before you add the flakes.  I was in a hurry, and adding the flakes sometimes pulled my undercoat and completely messed it up.

These also took forever to dry- I didn’t add a topcoat, but usually with only 2 coats of polish the dry time isn’t too long.  Not the case here.

Overall, I’m pretty disappointed.  I’m still happy I bought at least Milky Way, but when these were first announced I was really hoping they’d be more traditional flakies, ala Hidden Treasure or others like it.  But it’s a start!

If you’d like to see a great comparison of the *entire* collection, head on over to SoFlaJo’s writeup here!  You can enlarge any photo by clicking on it to get a closer look.  And also compare her Moon Dust with mine- they look nothing alike!  I want hers, haha!

I need to go out to help with a fundraiser tonight, but I’ve already been organizing pictures for both the next giveaway (I PROMISE it will go live later tonight!) and my NOPI Target post.  That was supposed to be for yesterday, but my week was more hectic than anticipated- but photos are edited, so I will have it set to post tomorrow.