Friday, July 22, 2016

Nibs & Nails Presents Contrary Polish in Stormy Grey (inspired by J Herbin Stormy Grey Ink) | Swatches and Giveaway!

*press sample*

Hi guys! Welcome back to yet another week of Nibs & Nails where we ask indie polish makers to dupe or simply be inspired by popular fountain pen inks with shimmer or sheen. There's still a few hours left in the Great Lakes Lacquer giveaway, and both polishes are now for sale in their Etsy store. Go purchase the duo for $15 or individually for $8.50. Tonight we invite a new brand to the blog...I've wanted to purchase from Contrary Polish for a long time, so I'm super thrilled to be able to work with Carrie. If you know anything about Contrary Polish, you know that she can rock a shimmer polish.

Up until now we have only looked at the ink brand Diamine, but there are other companies on the shimmer and sheen bandwagon. J Herbin is a French company and they were the first company to release an ink with shimmer and it's called Stormy Grey. I love grey polishes, and I love shimmer, so you can only imagine excited I am about this polish! Carrie was kind enough to provide a second polish for a giveaway, so stay tuned to the end of the post to enter!

As always, my husband has thoroughly reviewed J Herbin's Stormy Grey ink on his blog called Inkdependence. Let's get a better look at the ink and polish, shall we?

Top: J Herbin Stormy Grey Ink
Middle: Contrary Polish Stormy Grey (matte)
Bottom: Contrary Polish Stormy Grey 

The gold shimmer in the ink stands out so much more than the polish (this is a common theme every week). I thought that the matte version would be closer to the ink, but the matte topcoat makes the base a bit too light. The normal finish is pretty much an exact dupe of the ink if you ask me. Another great job by a polish maker! 

Contrary Polish Stormy Grey (3 coats)

Stormy Grey is a deep charcoal grey crelly with lots of gold shimmer. The gold in here is more of a bronze gold than a yellow gold finish. I think it would look gorgeous with silver shimmer as well. You will need 2-3 coats for full coverage, depending on your nail length. I used 3 coats, but if you have short nails you could probably be safe with 2. The formula was pretty fantastic if I do say so myself.

Contrary Polish Stormy Grey (3 coats, matte)

It's weird how much the color changes with a matte topcoat, right? Unlike the past few weeks, the matte finish didn't make the shimmer stand out more with Stormy Grey. With this polish, I would stick with a shiny topcoat. 

Well, I think I need to go and buy some more Contrary Polishes immediately! You can purchase all of their polishes in mini (0.17 fl oz, $5) or full (0.5 fl oz, $10) sizes on their website. As I said above, there's yet another giveaway! Good luck! 

Giveaway Rules:
1. Open to the US Only (I'm so sorry my lovely international readers...I hope to have a non-polish giveaway for everyone so it will be easier to ship)
2. Please do not use giveaway or empty accounts. Winners will be checked for verification.
3. You must be at least 18 years old to enter
4. The giveaway will end on July 29th at midnight (EST)
5. A winner will be chosen randomly by Rafflecopter. They will have 48 hrs to respond before new winners are chosen.
6. Please do not immediately unfollow after the giveaway ends. :-(

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*These polishes were provided by the company or PR representative. All reviews are based solely on my opinion. For more information, please see my full disclosure at the bottom of the site*


Polished Hippy said...

I can't say I have a favorite pen brand, but I know I loved playing with calligraphy and inks my mom had when I was a kid!

TropicalChrome said...

I'm afraid I'm an office-supply pen kind of girl - anything with purple ink :).

Jamie Leigh Martin said...

I like Bic.

craftyone said...

I do not have a fave, but I use BIC more often than not.