Hi guys! Tonight is a bittersweet post because Frenzy Polish announced last week that she is closing her doors. I've been a huge fan of Rachel and her brand, so I am super bummed about it. Currently her store has been restocked and most polishes are still in stock, but the turnaround time is ~3 weeks. If you have ever wanted to try them, get purchasing now! If not, you still have 2 chances to win this week's Nibs & Nails polish inspired by the J Herbin ink called Emerald of Chivor. If you were still under the impression that fountain pen inks were boring, I think this ink will quickly change your mind. Information and giveaway widget can be found at the end of this post.
As I say every week, please head over to my husband's ink blog called Inkdependence for more swatches of the ink and his thoughts on how well it works in fountain pens.
J Herbin Emerald of Chivor ink on Tomoe River paper with artificial light
J Herbin Emerald of Chivor ink on Tomoe River paper with natural sunlight - that sheen and shimmer!!
On Rhodia Paper:
Top: J Herbin Emerald of Chivor
Middle: Frenzy Polish (2 coats, matte)
Bottom: Frenzy Polish (2 coats, w/topcoat)
First of all, look how you can really see the red sheen on the Tomoe River paper (it's a Japanese paper that doesn't soak up ink well) and it's basically nonexistent on the Rhodia paper. The ink is green or teal depending on the angle and always has that golden sheen. If you have the right paper and/or pen, the red color will stand out. The ink is very unique, and I knew it would be hard to duplicate. Rachel was up to the challenge and ended up making beautiful polish. This is more of an interpretation of the ink than a dead-on dupe, and that's what I expected. The base color is extremely close to the ink, but the polish has ultrachrome flakes you would never be able to have in a fountain pen ink (it would clog the feed with too large of a particle size). I did my best to capture the red of the polish...it's there, I promise!
Frenzy Polish Emerald of Chivor (2 coats)
Rachel is known for complex polishes, but this is over-the-top. The color saturation, flakies, red microglitter, gold shimmer...I'm sure I'm missing more aspects. I love this polish, and I wish she would have been able to release this to the public. The formula was thick in a good way. I would definitely use a good basecoat with it because it's that type of color to stain nails or cuticles.
Again, stop by her store now for the last of her stock. I was given 2 polishes to give away to 2 lucky winners, so make sure to enter now!
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 September 2nd at midnight (EST)
5. Two winners 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. :-(
a Rafflecopter giveaway
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