Thursday, August 11, 2022

Noodles Nail Polish Summer 2022 Collection Swatches and Reviews

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Hello everyone! Whew, I had a long weekend. Trade shows for work are back in full swing, so I had to travel to DC for one of the largest fountain pen shows in the country. We were so busy, and I've been working 11 days straight. So time really snuck up on me because I totally thought this collection released next Friday instead of this Friday...oops! While this is late for me, I'm glad to get this up before they go live on Friday, August 12th at 5 PM EST on the Noodles Nail Polish website. This collection has it all *said in the famous Stefon voice....if you know, you know).

It's got glitter, it's got flakies, it's got crelly finishes, it's got jelly finishes, it's got toppers. All polishes will retail for $10 each as well. Time for swatches!

Best Techniques for Smoothing Out and Removing Glitter *updated 8/11/22*

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)
5. Ooh Smooth! Glitter Smoothing Mid-coat from Dreamland Lacquer
6. 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 OffHit the Bottle Keepin' it Peel, or Black Dahlia Lacquer as they all work well (I am not affiliated with any 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 Beachin' (3 coats)

We gotta have a white crelly in this collection! We're starting off with a bang with Beachin' which just so happens to be one of my top picks from the set. It's a bright white crelly base with magenta/light pink/blue/turquoise/peach/tangerine matte glitters in hexagonal and square shapes. You'll need 2 or 3 coats depending on your nail length and application, but I used 3 thin ones for the swatches. 

Noodles Nail Polish Hibiscus (3 coats)

When I applied Hibiscus on my first nail, I instantly thought of Above the Clouds from the Spring 2022 collection, but in pink. In case you forgot, that one happened to be one of my favorites, so you know this one is as well. Hibiscus is a vibrant pink jelly base with white and pale pink matte glitters and a touch of silver holo glitters. Since it is a jelly, I recommend 3 thin coats, and it does dry with texture, but it's oh so worth it!

Noodles Nail Polish Mermaid Hair, Don't Care (2 coats)

While Noodles Nail Polish is known for their glitters, the last few collections have featured one polish with holo flakes instead of glitter. Mermaid Hair, Don't Care is an indigo crelly base with silver holo flakes and turquoise metallic microflakes. It dries a bit matte, and in the matte state, the silver flakes stand out more than when a shiny topcoat is applied. The flakes seemed to settle in to the base color a bit more after topcoat if that makes sense. I used 2 coats for full opacity, and since there's no glitters, you can get away with no glitter topcoat and just one coat of a regular one. 

Noodles Nail Polish Ocean Minded (3 coats)

If you like a little bling on the nails, you're going to love Ocean Minded which is a turquoise semi-sheer crelly (but not quite a jelly) with matte/metallic/holo glitters in blue/light pink/lavender/gold and silver/turquoise metallic microflakes, and a touch of silver reflective glitters. If you aren't a huge fan of reflective glitters, I don't think the amount in here will bother you. It does have some of that grittiness that comes with reflective glitters, but that also goes hand-in-hand with regular glitters. I definitely think you'll enjoy this more with a glitter topcoat for more of a squishy look. 

Noodles Nail Polish Shell-abrate (3 coats)

Continuing on we have Shell-abrate which is another top pick of mine from the collection. It's a light cream-colored crelly base with bright neon pink and gold holo glitters in various hexagonal sizes. I didn't expect to love this one as much as I do; there's just something about this subtle base with the bright pop of color. You can get away with 2 or 3 coats depending on your nail length and application. I always go with thin coats, so it was a 3 for me. 

Noodles Nail Polish You Wish, Jellyfish (1 coat) over Zoya Maddy (2 coats)

Last, but certainly not least, we have You Wish, Jellyfish is a clear glitter topper with silver holo flakes, turquoise and silver holo glitters, and purple/yellow/turquoise matte hexagonal glitters. It's a party on the nails, and a great continuation of glitter toppers after the popular Cherry on Top Collection that featured all glitter toppers that came out a few months ago. It has a fairly high glitter density, so dabbing on the nail worked best for an even application. 

There you have it, folks! My top picks from the collection are Beachin', Hibiscus, and Shell-abrate, but I am very interested to hear what your favorites are. 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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