If you know me, you know I can’t resist a good nail polish. In the last year or so, I have turned into a big time indie-lover. These small, home-grown businesses put out such creative, beautiful polishes, filling gaps left by mainstream businesses (or sometimes putting out even better versions of existing polishes).
Lac Attack is one such indie brand, based out of northern VA. The company taglines itself as “fiercely unique nail lacquer” and that’s no lie! Lac Attack first caught my eye with its release of Magical Musings, a Harry Potter themed line of polish. Let me tell you a little something about me – I’m an HP nerd. I’ve read each book multiple (upon multiple) times, own the movies (and may or may not have went to see them at midnight openings…), have an owl post necklace, cook from my HP cookbook, am a Ravenclaw…well, you get the idea. So you can imagine my delight at an indie brand with a Harry Potter collection. Unfortunately, I missed Magical Musings I didn’t hear about it until after it sold out and didn’t have the cash to put in for an advance order of a limited re-release of the entire set when that was offered. I’m a little sad and salty over that whole scenario The bright side though is that now I know about Lac Attack and can keep a close eye on new releases – huzzah!
One such new release is Kiss Me, part of the Candy Hearts Limited Edition trio (Small Talk and U R 2 Cute are the other two of the trio). I was on an attempted buy freeze when Anastasia released this minis Valentine’s Day collection – “attempted” because clearly it didn’t work. But I compromised with myself by only ordering 1 shade instead of all 3. Sigh.
Kiss Me is a clear base filled with bright pink, light pink, and white shard glitter.
There are a lot of layering combos available with such a pretty glitter color combination, but I decided to wear Kiss Me over Nicole by O.P.I Am I Making Myself Claire? I thought the gray-lavendar combined with the pink and white shards would be a lovely, feminine manicure. I will warn you now, this post is picture heavy. I couldn’t seem to capture the polish just right, which means I took a million photos trying to. I’m still not 100% pleased with the photos but this polish is limited edition, so time is of the essence. I also matte topcoated my ring finger. Click to enlarge, you know the drill:
- What a great Valentine’s Day mani! I can also see myself putting this with maybe a pastel yellow for Easter or on the tips of green nails around Christmas (even though the shards are pink, not red).
- I love how this looks mattified! I ended up going back and matte coating all of my nails after I finished photographing swatches.
- Kiss Me is only available as a mini, but this mini is SO much bigger than any of my other mini bottles! It’s really great value for the cost.
- I don’t own any other shard glitters, so this stands out in my collection.
- Great customer service. There was an issue with PayPal and shipping, and the owner emailed me to let me know about the issue and keep me up to date on when to expect my package. I really appreciate when I’m told of any problems with my order instead of blindly wondering where the heck my products are.
- The bottle is packed with shards, but they don’t want to come off the brush. I had to dab my little heart out and place shards on nekkid spots. This requires some patience, which is not for everyone.
- For some reason I got a lot of air bubbles. I don’t shake glitter polishes because I know that you can get bubbling – I place them upside down for a bit and then gently roll the bottle before applying. I still got bubbles! I don’t know why
- My nails were still a bit textured feeling after 2 coats of topcoat, which surprised me. Not a big deal for me, but I know that textures after topcoating can bother some.
My verdict? I really like Kiss Me It’s a fun, unique shard polish. I still prefer normal glitters, but it’s about time I had shards in my collection! You can purchase Kiss Me or the other polishes from the Candy Hearts trio on the Lac Attack website; the mini bottles from this collection cost $4.25 plus s&h.
What do you think of Kiss Me? What about shard polish – hit or miss in your book?
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