Takko Lacquer Collection Swatches and Review
I hope you’re all having a great start to your weekend! I’m looking forward to having a nice weekend off to spend time with my friends and boyfriend. And maybe throw in some swatching and gaming. You know, the usual stuff. I’m really excited to show you a polish brand that’s entirely new to me. Sheryl, the creator of Takko Lacquer, contacted me last month and asked if I would like to swatch her new 8 polish collection. I took one look at the polishes and said hell yeah! Each color looked beautiful, shimmery, and well made. All traits that I look for in an Indie polish brand.
According to Sheryl’s FAQ page on her Etsy shop, Takko (or Tako) means Octopus in Japanese. Which I love because they’re one of my favorite animals! I also like that all of her products are made with safe, top quality pigments/ingredients that she researches before she uses them in her polishes. All Takko Lacquers are also 3-free, no formaldehyde, no toluene and no DBP (Dibutyl Phthalate). And they are vegan and cruelty free!
Once I had the polishes in hand they looked even more beautiful than in pictures. Let’s get right into the swatches! I used Cult Nails Get It On base coat and China Glaze Fast Forward top coat for all of my swatches today.
Blushing Nude is a nude light beige with a flash of pale pink shimmer. It’s a great ‘band-aid but better’ shade, and I can see myself using this as a base for nail art in the future. I really enjoy nude polishes that have a little bit of “oomph” to them, so the hidden shimmer is a winner for me here. This is 2 coats. It’s thicker, but not horribly difficult to work with. If you’re careful you could probably get away with 1 coat here. ^_^
Here’s a shot of Blushing Nude with flash so you can get a better look at the shimmer. Me gusta.
I Love Rock & Roll
Sheryl describes I Love Rock & Roll as a “deep black jelly lacquer with bursts of pink shimmer and micro glitter”. The pink shimmer has a multichromatic/glass fleck quality to it that reminds me of the darker polishes in the Models Own Beetlejuice Collection. But I Love Rock & Roll is definitely not a dupe to those. I think of it as their American cousin.
I used 3 coats here to reach the opacity I preferred. It’s a little on the thick side, so you want to wait a few minutes between coats or you’ll get cuticle drag. And yes, I did get the song stuck in my head.
This polish has my heart y’all! Kaleidoscope Eyes is a gorgeous… GORGEOUS blue/green/purple multichrome polish that’s filled with holographic shimmer! The purple was camera shy but it’s there, I promise! It reminds me of the Ozotic Mish Mash polishes and the Beatles Collection by Enchanted Polish. I really did not want to take this one off to swatch the other polishes in this collection, I loved it that much! Kaleidoscope Eyes has a thinner, easy to apply formula. I did use 3 coats here, but 2 would have been perfectly fine.
You can see the holographic shimmer pretty well in this shot. It’s not in-your-face, but it’s definitely noticeable in most light settings. Another great thing about this polish is that it’s Spectraflair Free! She uses a natural mineral based pigment with holo qualities instead. There has been some concern in the polish world lately about the safety of Spectraflair in cosmetics, so it’s nice to know that Kaleidoscope Eyes can achieve the same holo glow without Spectraflair. ^_^
Kiss The Sky
Another winner here! I posted a sneak peek shot of Kiss The Sky on Instagram and my Facebook fanpage the other night and I’m pretty sure everyone fell in love with this one too! If Max Factor Fantasy Fire and Clarins 230 had a baby, that baby would be Kiss The Sky. It’s a ‘blurple’ jelly with green/orange duo-chrome shimmer, just look at that macro shot!
And this baby has a great build up, all I used here were 2 coats of Kiss The Sky! I can’t wait to try layering it over other polishes.
Lemon Macaroon is a FABULOUS yellow jelly creme that’s filled with orange/green duo chrome shimmer. This polish is amazing! It’s so hard to find great yellows, and this one is SO so fly. Yes. I said fly.
It has a great thin formula and I achieved full opacity in just 2 coats, which is a feat for any yellow polish. So basically, if you love yellow polish YOU NEED THIS.
The Blue Flamingo: MIA
The Blue Flamingo: MIA is Sheryl’s tribute to Miami. Sheryl is also an artist and fashion designer in real life so she spends a lot of her time traveling back and forth from Miami and NYC (haaaay Fashion Week! :-P). I like that she found a way to incorporate that into her polish line. ^_^
The Blue Flamingo: MIA is a sky blue jelly that’s filled with pink glass fleck shimmer. The pink is hard to capture on camera but you can see if in the macro pretty well. I used 3 coats here, and once again make sure you wait between layers to avoid cuticle drag with this one. The finish on this one is almost metallic, it’s a nice change up from the rest of the collection.
The Electric Apple: NYC
The Electric Apple: NYC (her tribute to New York City) is another surprise hit for me. I love the combination of the cement grey creme and the golden yellow shimmer. I don’t have anything quite like this in my collection! It really has that glowing-from-within feeling that I just love in polishes. It’s a little thick, but not unmanageable. I used 2 coats here, but it has the potential to be a careful 1-coater. ♥
Here’s The Electric Apple: NYC with flash. O.M.F.G. I cannot wait to wear this in the sun!
Last, and absolutely not least, we have Wanderlust. This wonderful polish is described by Sheryl as a ‘smokey lilac jelly creme hybrid lacquer with vibrant teal shimmer’. I couldn’t have said it any better myself. And man, Wanderlust is AMAZE-ING. I used 2 coats here, but again it could be a 1-coater if I didn’t rush it. It has a thick formula, but like the others in this collection with a similar consistency it was not hard to work with.
And here is Wanderlust with flash. HOW CAN YOU NOT LOVE THIS?!
I’m pretty much smitten with my Takko Lacquer polishes! I can be pretty picky about my Indie polish brands, but Sheryl and her lovely polishes have definitely won me over! If her debut collection is this unique and versatile I cannot wait to see what Takko Lacquer has to offer in the future! My top picks for this collection are Wanderlust, The Electric Apple: NYC, Kaleidoscope Eyes, Lemon Macaroon, and Kiss The Sky.
If I have one single complaint about the polish it’s that the brushes are a little tricky to work with initially. They are full length but a little soft/loose, if that makes any sense. Not loose as in ‘strands falling out’, but loose as in you get a little too much polish on the brush. It takes some getting used to, and I think it caused me to have to use 2 coats instead of 1 coat of polish on a few of these. But really, I can handle a minor brush complaint when the polish is this gorgeous!
Which ones are your favorites?
Takko Lacquer nail polishes can be purchased on Sheryl’s Etsy shop, http://www.etsy.com/shop/takkolacquer! They retail at $15.00 per .5 fl oz bottle of polish. And she DOES offer international shipping! Check out her shop policy page for more details on that.
They’re a little pricier than some Indies but I think that this collection is certainly worth the money. ♥
This Just In: Sheryl just let me know that she will be discounting all Takko Lacquer polishes to $12.00 per bottle to celebrate their first full review on Nails and Noms! Thank you Sheryl!! I’m not sure how long this sale will last so snatch ‘em up ladies!
MOAR Updates!: Holy cow did those polishes sell out fast! But Sheryl stated that she plans to restock her Etsy shop on Friday, August 24th and she will extend the sale until then as well! For further updates, stay tuned to Takko Lacquer’s Etsy Shop. ^_^
* The product(s) in this post were sent to me for unbiased review consideration.
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