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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Pirate Polish Swatches: Part 3

Tonight I have Part 3 (check out Part 1 and Part 2 if you missed them) of my Pirate Polish swatches- this will be the last instalment before my lacquers go on sale for the first time this Wednesday! I'll have more details on ordering at the end of the post. On with the show! 

Salt & Pepper is a shredded glitter topcoat in black and white; here you see it layered over Essie Mojito Madness, which is a lovely vivid green. Black and white glitter topcoats have been all the rage lately, but I can see why- it's an incredibly striking effect, and layering possibilities are endless. This is my rendition of the black and white glitter trend! 

This is Walk the Plank, which you've seen before in Part 2 of the Pirate Polish swatches; because I re-did some of my swatches, I've decided to post a couple more pictures of it: 

Walk the Plank is a vivid blue with two kinds of blue glitter (including holographic blue glitter), as well as multicoloured flake glitter.

This next polish is an unusual one; it's something of an Anomaly. I've combined two kinds of colour-shifting pigments, and this was the result.

While Anomaly might not be a conventionally pretty lacquer, I'm rather taken with it. It's fun to play with in different lighting, and the colour shift is quite pronounced. In the sun it looks very sparkly, while in the shade it looks smoother and more like a metallic.

Because Anomaly is a mysterious polish, here's a mysterious swatch of it... very film noir, no?

The Jackal: a mixture of intense neon purple pigment and holographic shimmer. I recommend using a topcoat with this one, as colours with neon pigment tend to dry matte as opposed to glossy.

"And in case you hadn't known... they call me 'The Jackal'."

Finally I have Scimitar to share with you; this is a deep steely charcoal-grey with holographic shimmer.

I was having a hard time capturing the holographic sparkle in this, so this is another shot of a Scimitar prototype- same base colour, but including gunmetal hex glitter which I later omitted (it simply got covered up by the base colour). This should give you an idea of what the base colour looks like, but please ignore the hex glitter you can see in the bottle (and the corresponding lumpiness on the nail).

Before leaving you, I wanted to make a note about another lacquer I posted about recently- remember Pirate's Booty, from my first set of swatches? Well, the bling-y gold glitter in it has curled in the lacquer base. I'm not talking completely folded over "taco" glitter, but there is a definite curve to it (not entirely unusual in large glitter pieces). A thick topcoat like Seche Vite helps immensely in smoothing out the curved glitter, but you'll still feel texture. Here's a picture of me wearing it recently, and while I'm personally not bothered by the texture of the glitter on the nail, I know some people dislike it. If you're thinking about ordering this, it's something to be aware of. 

As mentioned previously, this first round of orders will not be done via Etsy, but will be taken via email, and payment will be made directly with PayPal. This will allow me to calculate shipping costs, work out any kinks, and figure out what lacquers are most popular. Lacquers will be sold in a full sized (15ml) bottle, for $10 each. I'm mostly anticipating orders from friends and acquaintances, as well as the lovely readers of my blog. If you're interested in ordering, I'll begin taking orders this Wednesday, July 11th- please send an email to piratepolish@gmail.com with your order requests at that time.

Lacquers available for purchase (bearing in mind that some of these lacquers are being produced in limited quantities while I'm waiting for more materials to arrive!) include:

Poison Apple
The Buffster
What's Up, Doc?
Salt & Pepper
Matrix Code
Down the Rabbit Hole
The Jackal
Walk the Plank
Pirate's Booty (please see my above note about curling glitters)
Buried Treasure (I had been planning on reformulating this one, but because I've received requests for the version shown in my recent swatches, this version is available on request).


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  1. Salt an Pepper is (much to your surprise LOL) my favorite :), The Jackal comes next - but I like them all!

    1. Haha, I certainly had an idea that you might like that one! Good to hear these get your stamp of approval. ;)

  2. I LOVE THEM ALL. But I just blew all my cash on birthday presents for the kids I babysit. Pirate-themed presents too. The irony. Someday I will own them all, someday, *evil laugh*

    1. Pirate-themed presents?! That sounds amazing!! Best. Birthday. Presents. Ever. :D

  3. i love that you added a black and white glitter to your collection! i love it!

  4. These are lovely. I especially love Salt & Pepper!

    1. Thanks, Kas! I'm happy everyone has been liking my take on the black and white glitter schtick.

  5. Wow! Just stumbled upon your blog and I love Anomaly and Buffster! I'm a huge BVTS fan, so I may or may not be biased towards Buffster =P

    1. Glad to hear you like them! And I'm looking forward to doing a few more Buffy themed polishes- Orb of Thessala would be a good one for a bottle of lacquer, and I can't wait to work on it!

  6. oh!! i really need to get some, they are great!

  7. amasing!!they are sooo cuuutee :D