I was really excited to be selected to review these polishes by Above the Curve Nail Polish (ATC), an indie nail polish brand created and operated by a fun husband and wife duo. They've always been very pleasant to interact with, but I am even more thrilled to have the opportunity to work with them because of their mission to rise awareness for Shriners Hospitals for Children and scoliosis. For every bottle you purchase, $1 is donated to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. It is a wonderful cause, and their mission speaks volumes about this team as people. I am including a link below to the Shriners Hospitals, so please check it out when you have a moment. Now, let's go check out some polish!
Aslan (sun and shade)
Caspian is a gorgeous dark green polish with silver hex glitters, and it was inspired by Prince Caspian's armour. I was in love with this colour before it even arrived, and ATC definitely nailed it on the head with their inspiration! I used two coats of polish for this photo. Unfortunately, Caspian also applied strangely on me. I had a similar problem with it seemingly drying too quickly on me and dragging, and it did not apply evenly. In a single brush stroke, some colour was deposited thinner in some areas than others in spite of even pressure of the brush on the nail. The second coat of colour filled in the areas that were thin and needed more colour, but overall the polish finish (not the wet polish itself) seemed lumpy and off somehow. I have to admit I was very disappointed with it as I was a little crazy about the colour when I first saw it.
Jadis was inspired by The White Witch, and wow, is she stunning! Jadis is a sheer polish, so it needs to be painted over something if you don't want any visible nail line. I used two coats of Zoya Kristen as the base and then used 1+ coats of Jadis. There was no digging necessary to retrieve any of the glitters, but occasionally the brush would come out of the bottle with more glitters than others. The blue moon-shaped holographic glitters are a little sparse, but I didn't need to dig or hunt for the one on my middle finger, and it placed easily enough on the nail. I did add one coat of top coat over this polish combination, and it smoothed it out nicely.
Final ThoughtsI had some issues with two of the three polishes from this collection, and to be honest, I'm not really sure what happened with them. I don't know if it has anything to do with the fact that I live in Arizona and a warmer climate, or if they just don't play nicely with me because I kick out a lot of heat. I am seriously a walking furnace, so I think that may be part of the problem. Whatever the case, I am happy to report that the Above the Curve team have been contacted, and not only are they aware of the problems I am having, they are going to be investigating them further. I know that this set was sent out to other bloggers for review and I am the only one reporting any issues, so I'm inclined to believe the issue has something to do with me. Yay, me? I truly hope they're able to figure out what is going on as these polishes are stunning!
Shriners Hospitals for Children
Until next time, dear readers, stay good! Santa is watching you. ;)