Provided for Honest Review
Dearest Readers, nothing could have prepared me for what happened a few weeks ago. Digital Nails released her new Scientist inspired line and it is AMAZING. I snagged one that I wanted the most and quickly added the rest to my wishlist. Then, Raphaelle messaged me and asked if she could add some extras for me to review on the blog. Once I picked myself up off the floor and stopped flailing around the room (Oh, yes! There were flails) over the fact that the maker of my FIRST ever and FAVORITE indie brand asked me to review well I said yes…of course! I mean really, we could blame Digital Nails for my love and obsession with indie polish.
Now a little bit about this collection. Aside from being full of all sorts of wonderment it’s also a really cohesive themed collection all based on famous scientists. Not ONLY are the names perfect but the actual polish itself manages to make you think of the scientist that the polish is inspired by.
First up is Cannon’s Balls of Fire:
This one is probably the most straightforward of them all. This polish was inspired by Annie Jump Cannon who classified over 500,000 stars! I seriously love the names on these polishes…stars are of course just balls of fire (over simplification for the win!)
Now look at that – it’s like a Galaxy Mani in a bottle! This is a deep black jelly based polish filled with orange, teal, white, and lavender glitters in holographic, metallic, and matte finishes. There are hexes, STARS, and some holographic microglitter thrown in as well.
This was a fantastic formula. I didn’t fish and as you can see I did get several stars. The glitter went on smoothly and I didn’t have any other problems with polish application. This is two coats plus topcoat.
Polishes used: Tip Top – Toughen Up Basecoat; Digital Nails – Cannon’s Balls of Fire; Digital Nails – Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That Topcoat.
Next up is Curie-ouser and Curiouser. This is a glitter topper that CAN be built to opacity. Let’s take a look shall we…
This is a fun glitter topper and while I never ever thought I’d need a glitter topper like this I have used it no less than three times since I got it. That’s like a record for me! In fact I’m wearing some nail art right now where I used this topper. Clearly this was a serious hole in my collection and I may need to pick up a backup bottle sometime. I rarely say that! This can also be built up to opacity with three thin coats. This is a black and white glitter topper with some color shifting microglitter that shifts from teal to purple (gorgeous!) Of course Marie Curie is famous for her work and research in radiation so this polish glows of course!
These two pictures show three thin coats plus topcoat. I didn’t need a glitter smoother it seemed to really smooth out on its own with topcoat. No fishing, the glitter spread is really nice as well I didn’t have to mess around with it to get it to spread evenly. I’m also going to show you two manicures that have it used as part of nail art so you can see how it looks over some other bases!
Products used: Polishes used: Tip Top – Toughen Up Basecoat; Digital Nails – Curie-ouser and Curiouser; Aly’s Dream Polish – Hottest Pink; Polish Pet – Ivora; Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer – Ocean Warmed by the Sun; Literary Lacquers – Camazotz, Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster, Raspberry Cordial; Sally Hansen – White On, Black Out; YouPolish – TARDIS nail decal; Digital Nails – Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That Topcoat.
Next up is one that I found totally a surprise. In fact it has now got the distinction of the first and only “brown” polish I own. I also know what I’ve been missing now! Let me show you Bitch, Plesiosaur!
Bitch, Plesiosaur is a sheer taupe to chocolate brown thermal polish packed with gold flakies and palest gray satin hexes and squares (looks like bones in the dirt!). This polish is inspired by Mary Anning who discovered the first full skeleton of a Plesiosaur!
I had so much fun wearing this polish – getting ice for my drinks was an adventure! Sitting in front of the Air Conditioner? Way more fun than it ought to have been. For days I went around checking the transition on my nail polish. Application was fabulous. Seriously no issues at all. I did do three thin coats so that when it was fully warm it wasn’t too sheer. In transition it looks as if you’ve been digging in the dirt…and what to paleontologists do? DIG IN THE DIRT! Have I mentioned how much I love how central the whole theme in this collection is? Oh I have…whatever I’ll probably say it again.
Oh and while I don’t normally mention wear because I change polish every 2-3 days, I did happen to wear this polish for like five days with minimal tip wear. No chips and it looked beautiful all the way through.
Polishes used: Tip Top – Toughen Up Basecoat; Digital Nails – Bitch, Plesiosaur; Digital Nails – Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That Topcoat.
Up last is my favorite of the group that I got (and the one that I ordered myself) Pale Blue Dots. Pale Blue Dots is inspired by a quote from Carl Sagan. Get ready for a whopping punch of feels because I’m going to share the story/quote with you:
Upon finishing the job it had to do in our solar system, Carl Sagan convinced NASA to turn the Voyager spacecraft around and have it photograph planet earth as it was leaving.
“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.” Carl Sagan
Doesn’t that quote just give you the chills? Talk about powerful stuff right there! Raph did a perfect job capturing this story/quote in a polish.
Pale Blue Dots is a denim blue scattered holographic jelly polish with gold holographic microglitter and pale blue satin dots in various sizes throughout. This is another one that looks sort of like a Galaxy Mani in a bottle. It’s a really lovely balance of all the components and looks elegant and knowing the inspiration I get all feely when I see it!
One thing that I have to say about Digital Nails is that the formulas have absolutely kept getting better and better as time has gone on. I’ve got polishes in similar finishes from last year that, while they are amazing and I love them, have been improved on formula-wise this year. The application on this was flawless and I didn’t have any problem getting glitter out of the bottle or spread evenly over my nails. It’s perfectly smooth with a nice coat of topcoat despite being packed with glitter not to mention utterly gorgeous and depthy.
Polishes used: Tip Top – Toughen Up Basecoat; Digital Nails – Pale Blue Dots; Digital Nails – Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That Topcoat.
Now – Digital Nails’ shop has been on Vacation but she is going to be opening back up at the beginning of this week for a short time and then she will be back on vacation again. NOW is the time to prepare to snag these and SO MANY OTHER awesome polishes from her shop. In order to keep up to date on when and what time the shop will be re-opened you can follow her on Facebook and Instagram. Oh and don’t forget you can get your Digital Nails fix by purchasing them in her Shop.