Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Noodles Nail Polish Spring 2024 Garden Collection Swatches and Reviews

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Hello hello! I hope your week has been going well. Honestly, mine hasn't been great. I just lost my Clipsy cat in December, and now my other almost 19 year-old cat Mr. Nose isn't doing well and we've been a worried mess. That said, there are lots of things to brighten your day, like nail polish. Nail polish is my form of self-care and I've been doing it for decades. I hope nail polish is your safe haven as well. Tonight I've got the new Noodles Nail Polish Garden Collection to share with you. This is a 6-piece set which features crellies and glitter toppers. They will be available this Friday, April 26th at 6 PM EST on the Noodles Nail Polish website for $10.50 each. 

As always, this is gonna be a picture-heavy post, so shall we get started? 

Best Techniques for Smoothing Out and Removing Glitter *updated 1/30/24*

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. Criminally Smooth Glitter Smoothing topcoat (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)

To use these glitter grabbing topcoats, it's best to let the polish to dry for several minutes before applying. If you apply the glitter grabber too quickly, the nail polish can eat up the glitter grabber a little, making the polish continue to have a little texture, even after the addition of a quick-dry topcoat. Using it this way requires a little more patience, but it's totally worth it. 

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 Baby's Breath (2 coats)

People don't talk about baby's breath anymore. Remember back in the 90's when bouquets always had baby's breath in them? I can't remember the last time I had flowers with them in there. Anyway, Baby's Breath the nail polish is a white crelly base with soft green shimmer and metallic aqua/melon green/light gold glitters in various hexagonal sizes. I especially love the shimmer in this one. You'll probably hear me call lots of these polishes "soft" because of the whites and muted pastels, so be warned. You know I love a white crelly, and I bet you do, too. This is 2 coats for full opacity, but it does dry with texture due to all the glitter. 

Noodles Nail Polish Blue Hydrangea (3 coats)

Up next we have another soft shade, Blue Hydrangea. This one is definitely on the sheerer side compared to some of the others. It's a semi-sheer pale blue crelly base with green/blue shimmer, white and pale mint matte glitters, and lime/gold iridescent glitters. I used 3 thin coats, but as you can see, you can still see a little of the nail underneath. I couldn't really use any thicker coats, otherwise it wouldn't dry right if you know what I mean. I expected it to be slightly more blue on the nail, but it's super pale when applied. This isn't a negative, just an observation. This one is choke full of glitter, so I recommend a glitter-smoothing topcoat for pretty much all of these. 

Noodles Nail Polish Darling Dahlia (2 coats)

Up next we have one of my top picks from the collection, Darling Dahlia. This one is a light cream crelly base color with metallic rose gold/melon green/copper glitters in various hexagonal sizes. I just love the glitter colors in this one. There's just something about the combination of the melon green and copper that really draws the eye. This one also only needed 2 coats for full opacity, and dried with texture due to the glitter. Love it! 

Noodles Nail Polish English Rose Thumb/Ring/Pinky Fingers (3 coats)
Index/Middle Fingers 2 coats Zoya Kayleigh under 1 coat English Rose

Glitter topper time! You don't have to use this one as a topper, though. My pictures show English Rose as both a topper and on its own in 3 coats. I honestly don't know which way I like it better! English Rose is a clear-based glitter topper metallic rose gold/melon green/lavender/copper glitters and matte lavender glitters in various hexagonal shapes. I went ahead and used it over a dusty lavender Zoya polish named Kayleigh and I think it goes well. If you use it alone, I recommend using regular strokes as well as some dabbing motions for the perfect glitter placement. If using alone, you will definitely need a glitter smoothing topcoat as I'm not sure if using 2 coats of topcoat would be enough to smooth it out. 

Noodles Nail Polish French Lavender (3 coats)

Yet another favorite from the collection is French Lavender! It's a pale green crelly base with matte, holo, and metallic lavender glitters and a touch of scattered holo thrown in there. I never knew how much I'd love a minty green with lavender purple! I thought I'd get away with 2 coats, but depending on your application and nail length, you may need to use a third like I did. This one is a beauty, and I don't have anything like it. 

Noodles Nail Polish Secret Garden (2 coats)

Last, but certainly not least, we have Secret Garden which is a dusty medium purple crelly base with metallic rose gold/lilac/copper/light gold/aqua/melon green glitters and matte lavender glitters in various hexagonal sizes. This one has slightly chunkier glitter sizes like those in Blue Hydrangea. As always, Natalie works her magic with choosing just the right color combinations to make the perfect polish. This one was a bit more opaque and only needed 2 coats, but a glitter-smoothing topcoat is recommended yet again if you want that smooth, squishy look. 

There you have it, folks! Noodles Nail Polish was definitely inspired by spring flowers and all of our upcoming gardens this summer. I hope you enjoyed these swatches as much as I loved making them. My top picks have to be French Lavender, English Rose, and Darling Dahlia, but I'd love to know what your favorites are. Don't forget, these go on sale this Friday, April 26th at 6 PM EST so set your alarms. 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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