Provided for Honest Review
My lovely readers welcome! I bet you’re thinking, “huh she got a new job, so what, show us polish grr!” But no I have not! I also have no background in science or medicine whatsoever unless you count freshman biology! So what could I possibly be talking about?
I’m talking about nail polish, natch! Recently I became a Lab Assistant for Alchemy Lacquers. The head alchemist over there was recently looking for Lab Assistants to test and swatch polishes, report on how they wear, the formulas, and also to review them! SO you know I had to jump on board for that. I’m going to share three polishes with you today but there will be more in the future as well!
Let’s start with my favorite today…who doesn’t like to shake things up now and then? The reason it’s my favorite is because it is probably one of the most versatile polishes I own and I will be snagging a backup bottle I can tell you that!
Without anymore fanfare…Unicorn Horn!
So now you’re probably saying to yourself…huh that’s one funny looking polish it’s all different colors. But NO what Unicorn Horn brings to the table is amazing! It is a micro glitter topper that will take your mani right over the top! I wanted to show how it will work over a variety of bases. There is an insane amount of multi-colored metallic micro-glitter packed into a clear base…SO MUCH SPARKLE. I cannot express this enough. I have micro glitter top coats…but they are not multi-colored and that really sets this one apart in my opinion!
I showed it over a nude/mauve color (upcoming review look for that!), navy blue (I don’t own a black polish, don’t judge me), white, and an amazing purple (another upcoming review!). You can see that Unicorn Horn works with all of them! You can also see some of the colors in this picture since the sun came out to peek at me through the window!
Here’s another shot. I really wanted to show what kind of sparkle factor you can expect with this polish! I had zero issues with formula and I actually did wear test this polish along with another one so the wear on it is great! This polish also did not dry to the consistency of sandpaper that you might expect…it really was quite nice and a nice topcoat was all that was needed to smooth out the glitter a little. These pictures show ONE coat over undies. Yes, there is that much glitter in ONE coat!
Polishes used: Glisten & Glow – Stuck on Blu; Sally Hansen – White On; Essie – Midnight Cami; Carpe Noctem – Sapphire Abyss; Ruby White Tips – Constance; Alchemy Lacquers – Unicorn Horn; Glisten & Glow – HK Girl Top Coat
Next up is the amazing Hydra Venom!
Hydra Venom is a seafoam green shimmery polish with what the maker describes as a blue interference. What that means is that it gives it a slight duochrome effect and in some lights it may look more blue than green. In fact these pictures were taken with indirect sunlight, but when I went into other rooms where the only light source was incandescent lights it looked almost baby blue at some angles.
The polish went on a bit sheer at first, but reached full opacity in two coats. It wore like iron. I wore this mani for almost a week and I had little to no tip wear. For me this is impressive because I type for a living and I’m not exactly the easiest on my hands at all and I often do things like wash dishes…by hand…without gloves *GASP*. Yes that is Unicorn Horn on the middle two fingers…I did a double accent with it to see how that worked and it worked beautifully!
Polishes used: Sally Hansen Complete Care – 4-in-1 Treatment; Alchemy Lacquers – Hydra Venom; Alchemy Lacquers – Unicorn Horn; Glisten & Glow – HK Girl
Last but certainly not least is Quicksilver!
This is a wonderful full coverage (and I really mean full coverage) glitter polish. It’s full of glitz and glam while retaining a sophisticated air and style. I could totally see this one being worn with a spectacular red or black dress for a formal event. I will not let this stop me from wearing it to school with jeans and t-shirt though!
Excuse the weird shadow – I was trying to catch some of the detail of the glitter and well…the polish still looks great that’s what matters! It’s blingy like crazy! It’s different sizes of metallic silver glitter, micro-glitter and small hex glitters. All in a clear base. There is no base color it’s all glitter! The picture shows two coats with NO undies! When it’s on it gives this kind of disco-ball effect and the coverage is amazing! I’ve had full coverage glitters…but they don’t really always live up to the name…this one does!
Polishes used: Glisten & Glow – Stuck on Blu; Alchemy Lacquers – Quicksilver; Glisten & Glow – HK Girl
Overall I am super impressed, Alchemy Lacquers is really showing that she has the chops even though she is still up and coming! I absolutely love that she has a theme and she holds to that theme beautifully, right down to having her tester/swatchers called Lab Assistants!
Unicorn Horn and Quicksilver are both currently available at Alchemy Lacquers’ Etsy store! Hydra Venom will be added to the Alchemical Imaginarium collection in an upcoming release!
You can keep up to date on all things Alchemy Lacquers at the website or their Facebook page! You can also see swatches, works in progress, and other nail goodies on their Instagram feed.