Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Polish Pickup May 2020 Candy Land Swatches and Reviews

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Hi guys! I hope you guys are staying healthy mentally and physically right now. I haven't been sleeping well, but I'm fortunate that's my only issue at the moment. Tonight I've got 3 polishes and one IPU product to share with you for this month's PPU. This month's theme is Candy Land (more candy in general than the game, but some makers did use Candy Land the game for inspiration) and I must confess, I LOVE candy. Like, love it. My biggest indulgence is sour and gummy candy. New to PPU? If so, here's how it works:

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 at the polishes that will be available in the coming month. PPU 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 (more for international and they just had to increase the pricing to Canada). 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 Friday, May 1st at 11:00 AM ET and ends on Monday, May 4th at 11:59 PM (but if a polish has a cap and sells out before the end of the pre-order, it's gone, unless you get lucky and the cap gets raised...which is rare) on the PPU website.

The website is currently open for wishlisting, so go check out this month's offerings STAT. Time for swatches!

Chirality Nail Polish Want Some Candy? (3 coats)
Price: $12
Cap: None
Inspiration: Predator 2

What? Predator 2 for inspiration? So awesome! Chirality Nail Polish's Want Some Candy? is an apple green jelly with green-gold multichrome microflakes, red-gold multichrome flakes, and red shimmer. At first I thought it would be similar to March's Girly Bits polish, And Gaia Wept, but they are definitely different. I don't have swatches, but Chirality's polish is more of an apple green with smaller and more dispersed flakes, while the Girly Bits is a more vibrant lime green with larger flakes. This one needed 3 coats for full opacity, and it dried quickly and with no texture. 

Noodles Nail Polish PEZing Around (3 coats)
Price: $12
Cap: None
Inspiration: Pez candy

You can't help but smile when you see a Pez dispenser! Noodles Nail Polish was inspired by that chalky candy to give us PEZing Around which is a light purple crelly base with red/gold shifting shimmer, pink/orange/gold color shifting flakes, fine pink holo glitters, and pale peach and yellow matte glitters. I used 3 thin coats to fully cover the nail, and it dried with a bit of texture from the glitter, so bust out that thicker topcoat. 

Starlight Polish Fateful Pink (3 coats)
Price: $12.50
Cap: 200/US 15/UK
Inspiration: the pink cards in Candy Land to create Starlight Polish Fateful Pinks! Those cardstock controllers of destiny, capable of sweeping players across a board with the flip of a card, raising and crushing hopes, bringing games to unexpectedly swift ends or drawing them out interminably.

The last polish I have to share is Fateful Pinks from Starlight Polish. It's a pinkish red linear holographic polish with color shifting aurora flakes, translucent blue flakes, and silver galaxy holographic glitter. Don't be alarmed by the word glitter; it is extremely fine and removal was easy. Under bright lights, the rainbow comes out to play, while the flakes stand out in lower light. I used 3 thinner coats for my photos, and it dried quickly with a tiny bit of texture. So much sparkle!

Starlight Polish Candy Land Charm and Page Marker Set 
Price: $14
Cap: 45/US 3/UK
Inspiration: sweet treats, especially those seen in various versions of a sweet board game

You guys know I love these page markers! I use them for myself, of course, but they also make a wonderful gift for your book-loving family and friends.This is a seven piece set, with six paperclip page markers and one clip-on charm. The six page markers are a cupcake, a milkshake, a chocolate bar, a donut, a lollipop, and an ice cream bar. The donut marker arrived late, so I don't have that one to show, but it will be included in sets you purchase. The clip-on charm is a slice of cake with white frosting and rainbow colored layers, with a stainless steel lobster claw clasp. 

The page markers use rectangular paper clips (also called owl clips), frosted crystal beads with a bit of a blue flash (these reminded me of sugar!), various charms, and stainless steel and gold-plated stainless steel findings (the lobster clasp and the rings).  Due to the shape of the paperclip, the charms can’t freely slide all around, and I find these type of paperclips to be quite secure, reliably able to hold quite a few sheets, and my experience is that they’re usually less likely to leave paperclip imprints in the page they’re attached to. 

There you have it, folks! The website is open for wish listing and I've started mine already. If anything you like has a cap, it's best to add your items to the cart the night before the sale goes live. You need to have an account and sign in first before adding your wish listed items to the cart. Easy peasy. What do you think? Which ones are you picking up? 

*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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