Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Noodles Nail Polish Fall 2021 Collection Swatches and Reviews

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Hi everyone! I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend! I spent the time resting up since I traveled for the first time in a year and a half. Honestly things have been quiet around here otherwise. My husband teaches college, and he's been doing online classes exclusively since March 2020. Classes just started up again for the fall semester, and some of his colleagues have in-person classes now. I just want things to proceed as safely as possible. In case you didn't know, Natalie from Noodles Nail Polish is also an elementary school teacher, and I have no idea how she juggles it all. I think every teacher deserves the upmost respect and a huge raise for their hard work. 

I know that fall happens to be Natalie's favorite season, so I'm always extra excited to see what she comes up with. This 8-piece collection is full of crellies, jellies, flakies, and toppers so there's something for everyone. This set will be available this Friday, September 10th (my husband's birthday! ­čÄë) at 5 PM EST. All polishes besides the glitter topper (Crushed Leaves) will retail for $10 each. I'll make sure to mention the price on each set of photos as well. You know this is going to be a long post, so we should get into it. 

Best Techniques for Smoothing Out and Removing Glitter *updated 2/1/21*

Noodles Nail Polish is all about the glitter, all the time. While we all love the bling, it can be a pain to remove. Oh, and it can be known to eat topcoat which leaves texture on the nail after it dries. 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. 

Instead of applying 2 coats of thick topcoat, several indie brands have come out with a product that you use after your last coat of polish and before your topcoat. These are generally thick and "fill in" the gaps left from the glitter. Here are several products I use and recommend (in no particular order):

1. Glitter Grabber from Glisten and Glow
2. Gelous from American Classics 
3. Smooth from Painted Phalanges (dries with a matte finish unlike the others)
4. Smooth and Shine Duo from Esmaltes da Kelly (available through Polish Pickup some months)

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. It seems like the UNT has been harder to find lately, so there's always the Holo Taco one if you really need one. 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 Cozy Flannel (2 coats) ($10)

I'm not gonna lie, when I first read the description for Cozy Flannel, I thought my bottle was mislabeled. It's described as a dusty blue grey crelly base with metallic bronze flakes, holo flakes, and strong copper shimmer. All of the bronze and copper made this look a bit more like a brown-leaning taupe. This is one of those neutral shades that's work-appropriate, but still interesting. We're starting off with a bang, and it's one of my top picks from the collection. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by the amount of 2-coaters in this collection. I ended up using 2 thin coats for full opacity, and it applied easily. Oh, and since there's NO glitter in this one, you only need 1 coat of topcoat and removal was pretty easy. 

Noodles Nail Polish Crushed Leaves (1 coat) over 2 coats of Zoya Lou ($9.50)

Up next we've got the one glitter topper from the collection, Crushed Leaves. It's a clear-base with light gold flakes, light gold/caramel/copper metallic hexagonal glitters. I absolutely love the larger flakes, and somehow they laid completely flat on the nail, and didn't add too much texture. It was glitter-dense, but I think it works best as a topper and not a stand-alone polish. I found a combination of dabbing motions and full strokes for the best flake/glitter placement. 

Noodles Nail Polish Fall Fever (2 coats) ($10)

OoOoOo we have a squishy vampy one! Fall Fever is a deep red jelly base with orange metallic and holo glitters, red metallic glitters, orange iridescent glitters, and red/orange UCC flakes. You have to feel fierce when wearing a fiery shade like this. I expected to need 3 coats since it's a jelly, but I was perfectly happy with 2 medium coats. I definitely recommend a glitter grabber for full maximum squish and smooth finish. 

Noodles Nail Polish Good Gourd (3 coats) ($10)

Continuing on we have Good Gourd which is a off-white crelly base with a mix of matte and metallic hexagonal glitters in aqua/peach/red/brown/orange. I love Natalie's white crellies, and this one just calls to me with this glitter color combination. This one is definitely a top pick for me. I used 3 thin coats for full coverage, but if you use thicker coats or have shorter nails, you could likely get away with just 2. It dries with texture, so a glitter topcoat is a must. 

Noodles Nail Polish Harvest Sunset (2 coats) ($10)

What an interesting twist for a fall collection! A lighter purple isn't the most expected, but that's what makes me love it. Harvest Sunset is a light lavender crelly base with copper/lavender/orange/red metallic glitters and red and lavender matte glitters. Most sunsets have more red/orange/pink, but it's always a special sight to see a purple sunset, am I right? This reminds me of the sun going down with dry cornfields in the foreground. Am I making sense? Here is a photo of what I'm picturing, but with more purple: 

It was another 2-coater, and it had a perfect formula. 

Noodles Nail Polish Leaf Peeping (2 coats) ($10)

Leaf Peeping is a black-based scattered holo crelly base with red/orange/gold shimmer, copper and caramel metallic and holo glitters, and a touch of aqua glitters. Basically it's full of bling. While it says it's a black base, there is enough shimmer and glitter in this to look more chocolatey. If you're unsure of the aqua glitters, it's subtle, but I love that extra pop of color. This is yet another 2-coater that self-leveled easily.

Noodles Nail Polish Rake 'n Roll (2 coats) ($10)

Squee! I say this every time, but Natalie's flakie/glitter combos are some of my favorites in my collection. Rake 'n Roll is a deep navy jelly base with copper/gold/orange/green shifting flakes with a touch of orange/caramel/light green metallic glitters. The flakes are the stars of this polish. This is another one that benefits from the glitter topcoat because flakes love to eat topcoat, too. I expected to need 3 coats since the finish was more jelly-like, but 2 was plenty. Make sure that no flakes extend beyond the nail edge or you'll need to file that down. 

Noodles Nail Polish The Pumpkin to My Spice (3 coats) ($10)

Last, but certainly not least we have The Pumpkin to my Spice which is a cream-colored crelly base with orange shimmer and orange hexagonal metallic glitters. This one gives my fingers a bit of lobster hands in photos, but I won't hold it against the polish. This one is definitely more yellow than Good Gourd which is an off-white. You could use 2 coats, but for lighter colors like this I tend to do 3 coats for the bright lighting I use for photos. 

There you have it, folks! This is one of those collections that has a bit for everyone. My top picks are Good Gourd, Rake 'n Roll, and Cozy Flannel. We won't be away from Noodles Nail Polish for long, because I will be showing this 5-piece Halloween collection in the next couple weeks! I'll just say I hope you like fun glitter shapes :-D You can find out more about Noodles Nail Polish on their websiteInstagram pageFacebook page, and Facebook Fan Group.

*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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