Thursday, January 30, 2020

Noodles Nail Polish Winter and Valentine's Day 2020 Collection Swatches and Reviews

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Hi guys! I know, I've been lacking in posts lately. I've been traveling most weekends with pen shows starting back up for my job, as well as having some unexpected things come up. For example, back in November, my dad had lung surgery where they found that he had lung cancer. They think they removed it all, but they still wanted to do chemo just in case. So basically he's been recovering from surgery as well as having chemo, so I've been trying to visit them as much as possible. Unfortunately they live over 5 hours away. I know I haven't mentioned it here, but thought it was a good time given my absence. Good news is that he only has one more treatment in a few weeks and should have a full recovery! I know he reads my blog, so I'm sure he'd love to see some well wishes for him if you have a minute to comment. :-)

On a much lighter note, tonight I have the Noodles Nail Polish 6-piece Winter Collection as well as a Valentine's Day Duo to share with you tonight. They will all be $9.50 each except for Skis & Slopes and The Alps which will be $10. I will make sure to mention it below as a little reminder. Both sets release tomorrow (Jan. 31st) at 5 PM EST in the Noodles website. I hope you're a fan of crellies and toppers, because I've got a ton of beautiful ones to share with you tonight. This is going to be an extremely pic-heavy post, so we should get going to swatches, otherwise we'll be here all night. 

Best Techniques for Smoothing Out and Removing Glitter

If you read my posts about Noodles, you'll see this little blurb posted each time. And if you can believe it, I do update this as I find new products I think would be helpful. Noodles Nail Polish are very glitter-heavy polishes, so I thought I'd mention the best techniques to remove glitter. Since they all contain glitter, they will dry with some texture, so I recommend at least 1 coat of topcoat. If you are especially sensitive to feeling your polish, make sure your topcoat is a thick one, or apply a second coat of a thinner one. I recently purchased a topcoat from Dollish Polish that is called Glitter Wrangler and can be used to handle pesky glitter. For the most glitter-dense polishes, I used a coat of Gelous followed by a coat of Glitter Wrangler and had completely smooth finishes. The other product I purchased from Polish Pickup last month was from Esmaltes da Kelly called the Smooth and Shine Duo which had 2 toppers that you put over glitter to smooth it all out. It sold out fairly quickly, so maybe it's something they'll bring back soon. 

I also use peel-off basecoats to make removal a breeze. I recommend UNT Ready for Take Off, or Hit the Bottle Keepin' it Peel as they both work well (I am not affiliated with either site or brand...I'm just sharing the love). The UNT works better for my body chemistry as the Hit the Bottle will sometimes pop off during the day. If you want your polish to last a little longer, I completely understand. In that case, the foil method will work best for you when you're ready for a change. Clips like these are cheap and great for keeping the cotton balls in place. I hope this helps, and feel free to email me or leave a comment with any questions you may have. 

Noodles Nail Polish The Alps ($10) (3 coats)

Up first we've got a shifty one! The Alps is a sheer light crelly base with pink/gold/blue shifting shimmer, tiny micro flakes, and really fine silver/lavender holo glitters. The pink and blue shimmer stand out the most to my eye. Being on the sheer side, I needed 3 coats for full coverage, but it definitely had less texture than the others. Since it has less glitter, the formula was a little thinner, but in a good way. This one checks off all the boxes for me (grey with shifty shimmer), so you know this is a top pick of the collection. 

Noodles Nail Polish Apre's Ski (3 coats)

Up next we have Apre's Ski which is a dark grey crelly base with rose gold metallic flakes and glitter. I don't know what it is, but I think the rose gold flakes and glitter makes this one look more brown than grey to my eye. Doesn't matter, I like it either way! I used 3 thin coats for my photos, but you may be able to get away with just 2 depending on your coats. It applied well, and dried with texture from the glitter. 

Noodles Nail Polish Aspen (2 coats)

Aspen is yet another top pick for me. It's an indigo blue crelly base with silver/periwinkle glitter, silver micro flakes, and light purple micro shimmer. I'm really digging the periwinkle glitter in this, and I didn't expect to see it pop so well with the base color. I used 2 thicker coats for this one, and it dried with lots of texture from the chunky glitter. It dried a little dull, so make sure to use a thick topcoat with it. 

Noodles Nail Polish Ice Dance (1 coat over black)

Who doesn't love a good glitter topper?! Ice Dance is a clear base with blue to purple shifting shimmer, iridescent glitters, and silver holo glitters. I also have some extra photos over Vail coming up soon, but I love this one over black even more. Just look at the shifting shimmer in this one! I can hardly handle it. It was extremely glitter-dense, and photos show just 1 simple coat over Zoya Raven. I didn't try it on its own, because I'm not 100% sure it would build up to enough opacity. For some reason when I read the name of this one, I instantly think "Dancing Queen." Weird, right? 

Noodles Nail Polish Skis & Slopes ($10) (3 coats)

Skis & Slopes is a light blue scattered holo with green/pink shifting shimmer, silver/green/pink color shifting flakes, purple iridescent flakes, and silver holo flakes/glitters. Basically this one is pure sparkle in a bottle. This one reminds me of something Shannon from Pahlish could put out, and I'm living for it! If you can only get one from the collection, this one is my favorite. I used 3 thin coats for my photos, and it dried with texture from the glitter and flakes. It's so worth it though. 

Noodles Nail Polish Vail (2 coats)

I can't believe it, but I think the last time Natalie did a plain crelly/cream polish was back in the Winter 2018 collection (which also happened to be the first time I was able to swatch for the brand). It's a medium dusty plum crelly with pink undertones. While this isn't a 1-coater, it was an easy 2-coater with the perfect formula. Oh, want to see it with Ice Dance over it? Good, I'm glad you asked. 

The purple shifting shimmer sort of goes away, but just look at how the blue pops! 

Valentine's Day Duo

Noodles Nail Polish A Bushel & a Peck (3 coats)

The Valentine's Day duo will be released tomorrow with the Winter Collection and up first we have A Bushel & a Peck. When I see the name, all I can think of is my mom singing that song to me as a child. So special! It's light bubblegum pink crelly base with silver/gold glitter and shimmer as well as multiple shades of pink glitters. It's such a soft and feminine color. I used 3 thin coats for my photos, but you may be able to get away with 2 with thick coats. It dries with texture, so use some of my tricks mentioned above to smooth those nails. 

Noodles Nail Polish Better Together (2 coats)

And last, but certainly not least, we have Better Together which also happens to be a Jack Johnson song that was my first dance at my wedding! Man, both of these have such special meanings to me. This one is a raspberry crelly base with rose gold/pink glitters and pink metallic mini hearts. This one will NOT be restocked, so pick it up before it sells out. It's not packed with the heart glitter, so if you don't want them on the nail, you can have a mani without them. I actually didn't get any in my swatches, but I definitely didn't fish around for them (truth be told, I completely forgot they were in there). If you want a better chance of picking some up, go ahead and flip that bottle upside down for about a half hr and that should help. This one was more opaque than I expected, and I only needed 2 medium coats for full opacity here. 

Well, there you have it! Natalie has continued to surprise me over the years and I'm always surprised to see what she's come up with. My top recommendations are The Alps, Ski's & Slopes, Aspen, and Better Together. Don't forget, Better Together will not be restocked, so pick that up ASAP before it's gone.  These debut TOMORROW on the NNP website. You can find out more about Noodles Nail Polish on their websiteInstagram pageFacebook page, and Facebook Fan Group.

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1 comment:

Ananka said...

These look nice, I like the topper a lot :-D