11 October 2014

Swatches & Review - 6 shades from the Black Dahlia Lacquer Fall collection!

Hi loves! Today I have something exciting to share with you all: a brand new indie brand! A while back I was contacted by Deanna and Aubrey, the mother-daughter duo behind Black Dahlia Lacquer. They asked me if I had any interest in reviewing some of their polishes launching soon. It was actually quite amazing because they were releasing 3 (!) collections at once and I could pick whatever I liked! To have a nice representation of the brand without a too scattered look at it, I went with the full Essentials collection (swatches & review coming soon) and 6 shades from the Fall collection which I'll be reviewing today.


Black Dahlia Lacquer is a 5-free and vegan indie brand run by the mother-daughter duo Deanna and Aubrey, and it seems they really put some thought and preparation in the launch of their brand. From the unique bottles to the website, everything looks very professional to me. When my polishes arrived they were all wrapped up nicely and put in cute pouches. The bottles have a unique shape and hold 14 ml., the brush stem is long but offers a nice control over the formula. The brush itself is flat, not too wide nor narrow and paints really nicely.

Each polish had a good formula, though some needed a coat more than others. Maximum coats needed was 3 which isn't bad at all! I want to apologize in advance for the weird matte tips you'll spot on Blood Roses, somehow my topcoat decided shiny wasn't enough anymore and went matte as well in the process..

Let's get to it, shall we ^^?

Black Dahlia Lacquer African Violets

Black Dahlia Lacquer African Violets

Black Dahlia Lacquer African Violets


Black Dahlia Lacquer African Violets is the sweetest shade of periwinkle blue. In the bottle you detect a strong holographic effect but on the nails this translates as a very scattered holographic sparkle instead. The formula was flowy and nice, 3 coats were used to be sure of opacity but I think in real life 2 might be enough as well. 

Black Dahlia Lacquer Basket of Gold

Black Dahlia Lacquer Basket of Gold

Black Dahlia Lacquer Basket of Gold


Black Dahlia Lacquer Basket of Gold is a silver and gold glitter topper in a clear base. Some glitter is also holographic which makes it really sparkly! The website says you can build this up to a full coverage glitter as well but I just adore it like this. Application was nice, I both dabbed and brushes to place the glitter a bit. The basecolor is Black Dahlia Lacquer Black Iris which I'll review soon!

Black Dahlia Lacquer Blood Roses

Black Dahlia Lacquer Blood Roses

Black Dahlia Lacquer Blood Roses


Black Dahlia Lacquer Blood Roses is totally my kind of shade and I had actually worn this already before taking these swatch pictures! I am sorry about the weird matte tips, I noticed when editing or I would have redone my topcoat to take better pictures.

This vampy dark bordeaux shade needed 3 coats for opacity (I use thin coats) and it dried really glossy by itself. Application was good just be careful with it around your cuticles, clean up is always a bit harder with shades this dark.

Black Dahlia Lacquer Olaf's Snowflower

Black Dahlia Lacquer Olaf's Snowflower

Black Dahlia Lacquer Olaf's Snowflower


Black Dahlia Lacquer Olaf's Snowflower was a surprise favorite for me. A creamy white crelly base filled with white and gold glitter as well as holographic glitter. Formula was great, just 2 thin coats for opacity and it didn't seem to dry vert gritty or bumpy so one layer of topcoat is enough.

Black Dahlia Lacquer Silver Willow

Black Dahlia Lacquer Silver Willow

Black Dahlia Lacquer Silver Willow


Black Dahlia Lacquer Silver Willow is a medium blue shade in the bottle, but pulls very greenish/grey on me. I don't mind as I looove the color that way but it might turn up differently on someone else! The holographic effect is quite strong but not overpowering and the formula was perfect, 2 coats that almost applied themselves.

Black Dahlia Lacquer Wild Cherry Blossoms

Black Dahlia Lacquer Wild Cherry Blossoms

Black Dahlia Lacquer Wild Cherry Blossoms


Black Dahlia Lacquer Wild Cherry Blossoms is the cheeriest shade out of these 6, being a pink toned red holographic shade that reminds me of juicy fruit. The holographic effect is a bit absorbed by the pigmented base but still provides a nice sparkle. Even though the basecolor is quite pigmented, I used 3 coats to be sure it was opaque. Again, flawless formula!

After painting these 6 shades and also trying out one for a day I can say I'm impressed with this new indie brand and this release. The colors are all very pretty, the formula is great with each shade and you can tell by everything around it this wasn't created in a rush. Somewhere next week I'll show you the Essentials collection and hopefully it's as good as this one!

Which shade would be your favorite? And have you heard of Black Dahlia Lacquer before? Tell me in the comments!
Black Dahlia Lacquer is a 5-free and vegan indie brand based in the United States. All polishes are available as full size (14 ml.) and petite (8 ml.) with varying prices. Shipping is available internationally. 

You can connect with Black Dahlia Lacquer on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

31 comments :

  1. African Violets is stunning! It's quite unique, I love that.

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  2. These are gorgeous! I am completely in love with Olaf's Snowflower, the subtle holographic sparkle is so, so pretty <3

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  3. WOW! I am absolutely in love with all of these!! I love African Violets - just a stunning collection!

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  4. These are so pretty! I can't choose a favourite!

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  5. What a great, well rounded collection! So lovely that this is a mother-daughter team brand. The holos are gorgeous and Basket of Gold and Olaf's Snowflower are so unique and stunning ♥ I can't pick a favorite, either! Blood Roses makes me wonder if someone's a Tori Amos fan :)

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  6. Victoria - manicurator11 October, 2014 21:34

    All gorgeous but Olaf's Snowflower gah!

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  7. These swatches are beautiful but I especially love Basket of Gold!

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  8. I really love these! Another indie I need to try :) Olaf's Snowflower is FAB!

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  9. These are gorgeous! I love Olaf's Snowflower, but the red holo and the periwinkle holo are so beautiful, too. You picked colors I would have picked for myself.. now I want them all!

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  10. MyBeautyJunction12 October, 2014 08:36

    Basket of Gold is really gorgeous!

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  11. Incredible swatches!!! Olaf's Snowflower and African Violets are totally up my alley.

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  12. Marisa (Polish Obsession)12 October, 2014 18:22

    Wow!! I can honestly say I love them all. Great swatches as always Debora ;0).

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  13. I've never heard of this brand before but man, their polishes are gorgeous!! I love so many of them but my favorite is Olaf's Snowflower.

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  14. Cosmetic Sanctuary13 October, 2014 09:12

    All of these are stunning, but I need Olafs Snowflower!

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  15. I can see some things going on my wishlist....

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  16. I was blown away by it as well! I think it'd suit you quite well :).

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  17. Thanks Lindsey! Glad you like them so much.

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  18. :D do you think you'll order some eventually?

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  19. I really love the uniqueness as well of both the glitters. And good question :D!

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  20. Haha, it seems to be the favorite of everyone!

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  21. Thanks Nidia! Glad they are so well received!

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  22. ♥ stop it Em! And yes, African Violets reminded me of you!

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  23. I don't have polish money at the moment but hopefully once I do - although there are so many stunning indies out there that I don't know which I'll end up trying.

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  24. It's a truly gorgeous glitter!

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  25. ;-) tell your wallet I'm sorry!

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