13 March 2014

Swatches & Review - 2 shades from Contrary Polish

Hi loves! Long time no see.. I had my blog all prepared the last few weeks, but then good weather came around and everything I prepped was published.. and I didn't prep more! Oh well, sometimes you gotta make decisions right :-)? I also had a fun event last weekend: I ran my first 10k race! My mom ran it together with me and she was such a support - couldn't have done it without her ♥. Thanks mom!

Now, for today's post I have 2 shades from Contrary Polish. This is a new to me indie (I knew of the brand before, just hadn't had a chance to try them!) and Hypnotic Polish was kind enough to send me these 2! Hypnotic Polish is a new webshop located in The Netherlands, and Maria (the girl behind the shop) has a great line up which will be expanding in the future. For example, she sells El Corazon, Dance Legend, a england, Shimmer but also Pretty Serious and Contrary Polish among others.

The package with my 4 sample polishes arrived well packed and wrapped, and for me personally it's a big plus she's in the same country as I am - less risk of damaged goods and no issues with customs. For now she has a shop set up through Facebook but the official webshop will hopefully launch later this month.

Contrary Polish Gift Wrap purple grape blue green shimmer
Contrary Polish Gift Wrap is a very Scrangie-esque color. The grape purple based is filled with a blue/greenish shimmer and is sure to catch your attention. It's funny how it looks like it is much darker on my index and middle finger - actually it is the same amount of polish, the other 2 nails just caught a bit more light!

I used 3 coats for opacity and I'll admit the formula did not wow me at all.. slightly gooey, a bit patchy, and it dries down to a flat finish. But, topcoat always helps and I am sure if I thin it a bit, it will behave better next time.

Contrary Polish Gift Wrap purple grape blue green shimmer

Contrary Polish Gift Wrap purple grape blue green shimmer

Contrary Polish Gift Wrap purple grape blue green shimmer


Contrary Polish River Market purple jelly raspberry sparkle
Contrary Polish River Market is a deep, deep, deep, inky purple jelly base filled with a gorgeous raspberry shimmer. This is really one to see in real life as it is so hard to capture the true beauty!

Again, the formula wasn't my favorite, and the fact it's so jelly doesn't make it better. You'll have to be sure there are no bald patches or they'll show up in harsh lighting. But that sparkle! I used 3 coats and topcoat. Just mesmerize over the beauty like I did ♥.



Contrary Polish River Market purple jelly raspberry sparkle

Contrary Polish River Market purple jelly raspberry sparkle

Contrary Polish River Market purple jelly raspberry sparkle


Which of these is your favorite? I love the shimmer in Gift Wrap but that deep sparkly finish on River Market really wins me over.
Hypnotic Polish is a European based indie stockist that ships internationally. For more information check out their Facebook page! This is also the place you can shop right now, but hopefully the webshop will be live soon. You can bookmark the website already to be sure you don't miss it :-).

17 comments :

  1. both are so gorgeous and unique!

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  2. That River Market has been on my wish list. So gorg!

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  3. Beckinstein Shinn13 March, 2014 21:39

    Oooh River Market! Purple and red, my two favorite colors. I haven't managed to get a true jelly polish yet, this might have to be the one!

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  4. Thanks Ali, glad you like them :).

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  5. Ooooh yes, if you want to dip a toe in the jelly world, try it for sure!

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  6. These are stunning! You photographed them both so well :)

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  7. Thanks so much :)! Glad you like them!

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  8. River Market is a must have! Gorgeous!

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  9. I still have to sort my feelings toward this brand out. I see tons of gorgeous swatches but I haven't felt that "love at first sight" yet. Anyway, Gift Wrap looks really amazing, and what about that red shimmer in River Market? I think you had some great picks here :D

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  10. Hmm, maybe try one someday if possible? I recognize that feeling, sometimes I feel overwhelmed with all indies available and just don't have that *click* immediately with a brand, but they might surprise you :)!

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  11. Deanna mancini25 March, 2014 20:18

    River market!!! Beautiful!

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  12. I envy your collection !! It's all so stunning

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  13. It has been build up with a lot of love and time ;-) I've been collecting for almost 4 years now O.o (surprising myself there haha)

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