So. Let’s celebrate the end of a successful move to Philadelphia, a mostly-successful week of working remotely and the launch of a new Philly-themed nail polish collection that I’m going to buy myself as a “Yay, new home!” present by talking about the last bottles of nail polish I bought from Esther at Philly Loves Lacquer. (Also because it’s Friday and I’m currently using all of my brain power trying to get my previously-functional printer/scanner/etc. working again.)
First, can you even imagine my delight when I discovered Philly Loves Lacquer on Instagram? Indie nail polish! Made in my new city! I knew I had to have some.
Right around the time that I made this discovery, Esther released the Holo-day on Broad collection, a gorgeous set of holiday-themed polishes inspired by and named after Philadelphia landmarks and traditions and things. I recognized some of the names but had to investigate the others, which was a great way to learn some new things about my new town.
Anyway. Pretty polishes! I ordered four of the collection in mini bottles: Fancy Brigade, Festivus for the Rest of Us, Christmas Village and River Rink.
First of all, the packaging. It’s glorious. Each bottle arrives surrounded by bubble wrap and nestled in colored shred, and the whole thing is wrapped in tissue paper. Opening the package itself was almost as exciting as the pretties inside. Almost.
After much thought (because that teal was just CALLING my name) I went for the light violet polish, Festivus for the Rest of Us, and for a little extra sparkle, I paired it with some purple striping tape. Festivus has a gorgeous darker violet flash and a light holo sparkle.
Next up was that beautiful deep teal holo, Fancy Brigade, because I couldn’t resist my favorite color any longer. I added some dots using a silver holo polish; it’s a look I fell in love with on Instagram a few months ago thanks to marijonails. It was everything I hoped it would be, too.
And now, let me introduce you to what I believe is the perfect raspberry holo: Christmas Village. I used striping tape to create a clean line when I layered it at an angle over black polish. Time consuming, but so, so worth it. The tips of my nails look a little messy here, but I attribute that to the number of layers of polish I was wearing. (Two of black, followed by one coat of top coat to protect the black from the striping tape, and then three of the raspberry, and then another layer of top coat.) I cannot tell you how many compliments I got when I wore this to a family brunch right after the holidays.
Last but not least: River Rink. Let me just start by saying — I am not in love with this manicure, and it is no fault of the polish. Late one night I decided I really, really wanted to use this pale baby blue holo in a nautical-style mani. I had visions of cute white stripes dancing in my head, but no matter what I did, it wouldn’t work. Either my lines got smudged or the white underneath peeled off or… you name it, it happened. So in the end, determined to go to bed with stripes one way or another, I cheated and applied white striping tape, the ends of which you can see sticking up along the edges of my nail. So I ended up paying more attention to my pretty blue (stripeless) nails on my right hand instead.
All in all, I am completely in love with these polishes; they have a beautifully smooth formula, apply like a dream, and clean up just as nicely. I wish I had been able to share them with you earlier so you could potentially buy your own, but this is what happens when you’re in the middle of moving across the state and accidentally have them shipped to your new address 350 miles from where you’re actually living. I will, however, encourage you to go and check out Philly Loves Lacquer’s Fancy Winter Wench collection that launches today — because hi, still gorgeous.