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Swatches for House of Usher by Pretty Jelly

This post is purely comprised of swatches for House of Usher by Pretty Jelly. All photos were taken with indirect natural lighting (no lamps, just cloud-covered sunlight). I’m not doing a review for this polish but will say it’s absolutely GORGEOUS! Liz (the creator of Pretty Jelly polishes) really does take great care in creating high quality products. Without further ado… I present to you House of Usher!

Remember to click any photos you want to see enlarged. The bigger the photo, the clearer the polish! 

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A bit of an aside: It has been my experience that some indie polish sellers are more or less “half-assing it” when it comes to measuring, mixing, and showcasing their products. It’s not necessarily because they don’t care but rather because of possible inexperience. I try to give the benefit of the doubt when trying out a somewhat low quality indie polish and assume they might be new to hand mixing polish.

However, there are also sellers out there who are just plain lacking when it comes to passion for their craft. It’s obvious when their product ends up shoddy or lacking in some way. (And by “shoddy” I mean their polishes are often too runny or thick, have too little or too much of certain ingredients, they aren’t mixed well, the quality of the various supplies are low end, the polishes aren’t creative, etc.) I am guessing a lot of them end up like this because they don’t want to spend the amount of time it takes to create truly wonderful polish (or maybe they just plain lack an artsy “eye” that’s required to truly excel in the indie polish world).

I mention all of this in order to truly show how special brands like Pretty Jelly are (as well as Mentality Polish, Spellbound Nails, etc.). They’re special because of their thoughtful creative process, attention to detail, good taste, and their ability to remain unique in a sea full of carbon copied products. It’s because of brands like these that indie polish has taken off as much as it is and it’s because of the owners so many are inspired to take up nail art as a meaningful hobby.

It might sound silly to say that indie polish is inspiring to many but that’s the honest truth. It speaks to a lot of people and often makes high quality polishes obtainable for the average nail aficionado (whereas before you would often have to spend time looking for certain brands in certain stores and cough up lots of money for specific trends). Now high quality polishes that are truly unique and even one-of-a-kind are just a few clicks away!

And it’s all because of people like the ones I just mentioned.

I didn’t mean for this post to get so long and serious but it all needed to be said. I mostly wanted to mention that the indie polish genre is something a lot of people do but only a few people do really well.

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September Haul

New month, new haul… right? Some of these are old and some of them are new. I’m behind on the textured polish trend because I honestly didn’t like it at all until just recently (but I adore it now!) so a lot of these have been posted before on other blogs. However, I’ve never been one to check on whether or not my posts include the most up-to-date polishes. I would like to do more of that though so I’m beginning to make it a point to find newly minted colors. I’m pretty sure I found some stuff that comes from 2013 fall collections so without further adieu, my September haul:

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First up are the glitter polishes! From L to R we have…

  1. You Tacht to Know Better by Finger Paints
  2. Hue Brighten my Day by Finger Paints
  3. Call the Coppers by Nina Ultra Pro
  4. Glamrock by Nina Ultra Pro (Glamrock was swatched and reviewed in my last post.)
  5. Peaceful Opposition by ORLY

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Aren’t they gorgeous?! I took closeup photos of these so you could really see the glitter. The lighting became altered between each photo due to changes in my position but the photos are true to their beauty!

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And then we have the China Glaze and Seche Vites… Sally’s Beauty Supply had a “buy one, get one” sale on the Seche Vite which I had to take advantage of! You can never have enough topcoat anyway (this time I got a base coat too… we’ll see how it goes!). From L to R:

  1. Kiss My Glass by China Glaze
  2. First Matte by China Glaze
  3. Base Coat by Seche Vite
  4. Dry Fast Top Coat by Seche Vite

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Now for the textured polishes I picked up! From L to R:

  1. Sweetie from the Sugar Coat line of Sally Hansen
  2. Sugar Fix from the Sugar Coat line of Sally Hansen
  3. Unrefined by China Glaze
  4. Blue-Berry Sweet on You from the Gumdrops line by Nicole by O.P.I.

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Remember when I got three bottles of polish from Spellbound Nails and two of them were broken? Well, when I placed an order for two more bottles from her shop she was kind enough to include the original polishes that didn’t make it one piece. She even left a sweet handwritten note in the box! Now to the polish! From L to R:

  1. Pishsalver/Drink Me! by Spellbound Nails
  2. Upelkuchen/Eat me! by Spellbound Nails
  3. Jaded for Green by Spellbound Nails
  4. Lilac You by Spellbound Nails

I will start swatching more of these beauties as soon as possible. I have tried every single one on at least one nail though and so far, so good!

Spellbound Nails: Jaded for Green

Aaaand here’s the second polish from Spellbound Nails. It’s appropriately named Jaded for Green and it’s a teal holographic  polish. Like Watermelon Seeds this polish applies smoothly in just two coats and dries quickly enough. Photos are shown with a topcoat of Seche Vite.

I see more Spellbound Nails in my future!

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Swatches and a Review for Watermelon Seeds by Spellbound Nails

 

I haven’t done a legitimate review in quite some time! Here to break that trend is Watermelon Seeds by Spellbound Nails. If you didn’t catch the post below, this polish was the only one of three that survived the shipment. I was able to salvage some of the other two but won’t get to them until later. I tried the one that struck me the most: Watermelon Seeds.

This polish is a bright pink creme jelly with teensy tiny black specks of glitter. It’s eye-catching and it’s different, not to mention how great it looks. Application was done in just two coats and it dried fairly quickly. Photos are shown with a topcoat of Seche Vite but it looked fine without. If the other polishes are as good as this one I will definitely be ordering more from Spellbound Nails! I highly recommend this shop and for $8 a bottle it’s well worth it.

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Last photo is a little blurry because I couldn’t get the focus quite right. Hopefully the first two still do a decent job of displaying this gorgeous polish.

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Good news: I got three bottles of polish from Spellbound Nails.

Bad news: Two bottles were broken in transit.

Good news: I have spare bottles and was able to salvage a good bit of each bottle.

So, all in all there is more good news than bad. I will be trying these polishes out later on and making a post for them. I will say they were wrapped particularly well so it wasn’t a lack of bubble wrap or tissue paper or peanuts (all three were used!) that caused the breaks. Sometimes crap just happens and it’s no big deal.

 

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