Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Mermaid Lacquer, Part 1

I am very, very excited to share the first half of my swatches of Mermaid Lacquer polishes that creator Jacquelyn was kind enough to share with me! This indie brand is both new on the scene and new to me, so I really had no idea what to expect. Spoiler alert: they're freaking great!

Polishes in this post were provided for review.

Nude Beach is a creamy nude polish with perfect full coverage in one (yes, one!) coat, shown here topped with Seche Vite. Amazing! I am a total sucker for nude polishes, and this one just shot to the top of my favorite non-sparkly nudes list. Because I have a list of nudes, and a separate list of sparkly nudes. Don't judge.

Can you believe this is one coat?! I was truly impressed with this one. The formula appeared thick when I first opened the bottle, but it actually applied very evenly and without any trouble. The thickness wasn't goopy or sticky, and I think the formula was a big reason why this polish was so opaque after just one coat. However, if you're a stickler for two coat application, (I know you're out there!) you would probably want to add some thinner to this polish. But personally, I wouldn't want to mess up a good thing!

This beauty is You Can't Sit With Us, a lavender crelly with scattered silver holo glitters. Here I applied to thin coats, and topped with Seche Vite. Again, I was blown away by the quality of the formula and the appearance of this polish. This is a rare case of the holo/glitter showing up way more on the nail than in the bottle.

Also, I'm sure many of you recognize the name as a Mean Girl reference. Mermaid Lacquer has a trio of Mean Girls inspired polishes! You go, Glen Coco!

Here is How I Wonder, a glitter topper with matte white, gray, and yellow hexes, white bars and stars, and scattered silver microglitters. Photo shows one coat of polish layered over You Can't Sit With Us and topped with Seche Vite.

For anyone who didn't pick up on it, this is, again, ONE COAT! Per my usual glitter application routine, I sat the bottle upside down for about five minute and gave it a good shake before application. Each stroke produced a workable amount and a nice variety of glitters. This swatch required absolutely NO placement, as in the variety shown is exactly what came from the bottle. Also, I'm not generally a fan of bar glitters, but they somehow work here. And I love how the yellow pops with the bright lavender!

Another polish from the Mean Girls trio, this is THE Regina George, a hot pink metallic with silvery shimmer. Photo shows two thin coats topped with Seche Vite. 

Another perfect formula. I find that metallics very often show brush strokes, but this one did not. On Wednesdays we wear pink indeed!

And here's the last one for now, Material Girl, another glitter topper in a clear base with medium sized neon blue, pink, and green hexes, a few sizes of matte white glitters, and white microglitters. Photo shows two coats over Regina George, topped with Seche Vite. 

What can I say that isn't totally repetitive and makes me sound like a weird cult member? I am seriously obsessed with these polishes. Once again, absolutely no fishing for glitter was necessary, and those bright pops of color always appeared in a good ratio to the amount white glitters. I would love to try this one over black!

The second half of my swatches and an indie spotlight on Jacquelyn of Mermaid Lacquer is coming soon! In the meantime, you can follow her on Instagram and browse her shop

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