Monday, February 27, 2017

Tonic Nail Polish Holiday 2016 Swatches and Reviews Part I

Hi guys! Today was a manic Monday, as usual. I'll definitely be watching The Bachelor tonight (as I have all season) since it's the Fantasy Suite episode. These are usually extra cringey, and I can't wait to watch it! You've probably heard a lot about the newish brand Tonic Nail Polish, that is, unless you don't follow the indie nail scene. The owner and maker is Lindsey, and she really started her brand off with a bang. I believe it was only about 7 months ago that she opened up shop, and now she is one of the most popular brands out there. Tonight I'll be posting the first 3 polishes from the holiday collection, and they are all beautiful multichrome holo polishes. The Tonic Nail Polish Etsy site is currently in vacation mode until Lindsey gets over the flu and caught up with orders, but I believe this collection will be restocked when she gets back.

*note on the formula and application* 
There has been some debate on whether or not the formula is too thick on these polishes. Personally, I found all of them to be a bit too thick for my taste. This doesn't mean that they were unmanageable, but I found it a lot easier after adding a few drops of thinner. Several other bloggers have stated that they found the formula to be perfect, so YMMV. 

Tonic Nail Polish Alchemy (2 coats)

You'll likely see more colors in the bottle of Alchemy than you'll be able to see on my nail. The bottle shows flashes of pink, red, gold, bronze, green, and blue, but it mostly translates from red/pink to bronze/gold on the nail with fine holographic glitter. At extreme angles the green becomes more apparent. The formula was thick and I ended up using some thinner to make the application easier.

Tonic Nail Polish Dragon Tears (3 coats)

Dragon Tears was easily my favorite polish from the collection. If you're on a budget and can only get one of these, get Dragon Tears. It was the polish that shifted the most with flashes of purple, green, and blue depending on the angle. It also had a strong holographic finish, even with inside lighting. Again, I found the formula to be thick and I ended up using a few drops of thinner to smooth things out. 

Tonic Nail Polish Incandescent (3 coats)

And finally we have Incandescent which has the most subtle transition. It has flashes of beige, pink, gold, and green in the bottle, but the green is a bit more elusive on the nail. It's not as in-your-face, and if you made me choose a polish that is my least favorite of the collection, then Incandescent would be it. I still like it, but it's just not a stand-out for me. Like all of the other polishes, I found the formula to be really thick (and needed thinner). It was also a bit sheerer than the others and needed 3 coats for full coverage. 

So far, I'm really impressed with Tonic Nail Polish. Make sure to stay tuned for the second half of the collection later this week! You can find out more information about Tonic on their Etsy, Instagram, and Facebook Group pages. 

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