Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Polish Pickup (PPU) June 2019: Weather Phenomenon Swatches and Reviews

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Hi guys! Polish Pickup (PPU) starts this Friday, and I have 3 shades to share with you tonight. This month's inspiration is weather, and I was curious to see what the maker's would come up with. Just in case this is your first PPU, here's the low-down on what to expect. First, definitely join the Polish Pickup Facebook Group. You don't necessarily need to actively participate in the group, but it will give you a look into the polishes coming in the coming month. Polish Pickup themes are chosen by the people, often a few months in advance (brands need time to find their inspiration and test their polish). Any indie brand that has been around for at least a year can participate and each has their own specific inspiration picture and polish for that month. All you need to do is go to the Polish Pickup site during the pre-order window (the first Friday-Monday of the month) to make all of your purchases of these exclusive polishes. There's no need to pay for multiple shipping charges; since this is a pre-order, all polishes get sent to Polish Pickup and they send you the polishes you ordered. Yup, it's that simple. Oh, and shipping is a flat-rate of $3 to the US ($5 for Canada and more for international). Recently they also opened a UK site which you can find here. Since all orders are pre-orders, shipping will take place about 3 weeks after the end of the pre-order

PPU starts this Friday, June 7th at 11:00 AM ET and ends on Monday, June 10th at 11:59 PM (but if a polish has a cap and sells out before the end of the pre-order, it's gone) on the PPU website. Shall we go ahead and get a closer look at these beauties? 

Noodles Nail Polish

Underwater Icicles (2 coats)
Price: $12
Cap: None

Up first is Noodles Nail Polish Underwater Icicles which was inspired by brincles, which are underwater icicles that form from the surface and move downward into the ocean. Google it, you'll thank me. This is a vibrant blue jelly with green/blue shifting flakes, silver and blue glitters, and fine silver metallic flakies. The beautiful flakes are the first thing that caught my eye. I was expecting to need 3 coats, but I was impressed with the opacity and it fully covered in just 2. It applied flawlessly, and dried with a little bit of texture from the flakes and glitter. If you want a smooth, glossy finish, you may want to add a second coat of topcoat. 

Pepper Pot Polish

A Twister...With Teeth! (3 coats)
Price: $11
Cap: 75/US 5/UK

Mackenzie went out-of-the-box with a polish inspired by Sharknado! I've only seen one of them, but it was very memorable. You guys know how I feel about contrasting shimmers, and this one is a stunner. It's a greige crelly base with contrasting blue shimmer, and ultrachrome flakies. The base is perfectly shark-colored, and the blue just pops. I found the formula to be perfect, although it was a bit sheer. I needed to use 3 heavy coats for the photos above (if you use really thin ones, you may need a fourth). It dried with no texture and was easy to remove. 

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Starlight Polish

St. Elmo's Fire (2 coats over a black creme)
Price: $15
Cap: 230 bottles

Issa is the queen of shimmer toppers, and this month's inspiration is St. Elmo's Fire which is often seen by sailors and pilots. It's a color-shifting topper with blue to purple UP sibling pigment, blue to purple iridescent glitters, blue to purple translucent flakes, and a touch of silver sparkle. I went with 2 thin coats over black to get the full effect, but you could definitely get away with just 1. It dried quickly and with no texture. This one just glows on the nail and I love it. 

The website is open for wishlists now, so fill up that cart. I've been scoping out the website since Sunday, and my list keeps getting longer. Don't forget, the shop opens at 11:00 AM, and some items go quickly. You can find out more about PPU on their Facebook page and website.

*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*

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