NerdLacquer Firefly Series – Swatches & Review!
I’m super excited to show you this collection today! I got my hands on the NerdLacquer Firefly Series minis a few weeks ago and I finally had time to swatch them yesterday. I’ve been drooling over pretty much EVERY NerdLacquer polish on Amanda Collier’s Etsy shop since early December. I even got a few of them for friends at Christmas time, but these are the first that I can call my own! You may not have realized this by now, but I am a super nerd and her polishes are right up my ally. As soon as my friend told me she’d released a collection based on the Serenity/Firefly series I pounced!
The sci-fi space western tv series Firefly and the accompanying movie Serenity are hands down one of my favorites and I am a super fangirl when it comes to that show/movie. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve re-watched the series and the movie over the past 10 years (has it really been that long!?). So basically I’m a Browncoat for life!
Shiny. Let’s move right on to the swatches, shall we? I used Sally Hansen Nail Quencher Base Coat and Seche Vite top coat for my swatches today. I’m going to use Amanda’s descriptions for the polishes because they’re made of win and awesome. ^_^
GORRAMIT is a cantankerous golden yellow with silver and gold microglitter, gold glitter, medium square red glitter, and multiple sizes of copper and rust hexagonal glitter. A little feisty, but easy on the eyes, and quite opaque in two coats. Keep away from liquor, women, and firearms.
So I frickin LOVE this polish! It’s such a beautiful goldenrod yellow and I have nothing like this in my collection. *le swoon* And true to her word, I barely needed 2 coats to reach opacity. And even with the glitter party going on in this polish Gorramit applied like buttah!
Look at this macro. Click on this macro. Die happy. Favorite. Yellow. EVER. ♥
SHINY is a clear sky blue with sapphire shift, silver and white microglitter, ultrafine opalescent blue glitter, multiple sizes of silver hex glitter, plus medium square white and silver glitter. It’s spacey, it’s cool, it’s synonymous with “fine,” and it’s very shiny indeed. Quite opaque in two coats, and surprisingly smooth with a single layer of top coat.
Shiny was pretty sheer for me, I had to use 3 coats to reach the level of opacity I preferred. And the square glitter was being difficult at first. But after I inverted the bottle for 15 minutes and scraped the inside down with a toothpick to loosen the glitter from the bottle that did the trick! The things we do for polish.
Here’s your macro shot of Shiny. You’re gonna need to enlarge this one too. The shimmer is gorgeous! I didn’t even notice it until I had it on my nails and I was floored by how pretty it is. I may try layering Shiny over a pale blue next time I wear it for a different look.
I Aim To Misbehave
I AIM TO MISBEHAVE is a deep plummy wine base with silver microglitter, medium bronze hexagonal glitter, silver and garnet red glitter and ultra fine bronze glitter, plus a slight blue-shift shimmer. It might seem a little naughty or difficult to get along with, but it’s really pretty easy going. Note that this shade is a gorram glitter bomb, so go heavy with the top coat.
She is NOT kidding about this polish being a hungry glitter. The swatches above are with two thick coats of Seche Vite. I tried to use just one coat of SV and it was gritty at hell. This is 2 coats of polish.
You know the drill, enlarge this macro folks! I Aim To Misbehave is just so darn pretty! It’s totally worth the effort to make it smooth. I couldn’t stop staring at the fine multi-colored glitter. It felt like I had jewels encrusted into my nails!
Here’s a photo of I Aim To Misbehave with just one coat of Seche Vite. Grity City folks, definitely un-shiny. I’m glad I ended up adding a 2nd coat of TC because I was ready to write this one off as a ‘meh’.
Ever since I got my one friend her mini quad gift set for Christmas she has been hooked, now after trying the polishes myself I can totally see why. Do you have to guess? I love, love, LOVE, these polishes! They are close to my fangirl heart and I’m happy I was able to get my hands on them. The names are great, the colors are unique and the formulas are superb. So basically I’m gonna need MOAR NerdLacquer polishes in the immediate future. I’ve got my eyes on her Flying Circus Collection next.
I purchased my 5ml minis as part of the boxed mini quad set, which I think cost $12.00 for 4 mini bottles of polish. You can purchase her regular 15ml bottles of polish for $8.00 each from NerdLacquer’s Etsy Shop, or for $10.00 each from Harlow & Co. She restocks pretty frequently on her Etsy shop so I check (read as STALK) that page pretty regularly for updates. I think Katie from Harlow & Co. is due to receive more inventory in February. ^_^