Sunday, April 21, 2013

kim and the holograms- Super Black Lacquer review

The other day I had a pretty rough day and was looking for any ray of sunshine when I looked down and realized I had gotten a package in the mail...and not just a regular package...a package of nail polish [!!!]....and not just a package of nail polish...but a package free nail polish for a blog review [!!!!]...and not just a package of free nail polish for blog review...but a package of 5 bottles of fancy Super Black handmade lacquer by Natalie Dee. [!!!!!]


I first heard about this product a couple weeks ago from my friend and foremost polish sensei, Laura, [Tangent: You may remember her nails from this post.] who told me that the sassy lass behind hilarious comics like Married to the Sea and the bad ass wife to the guy behind the Toothpaste for Dinner comics was making homemade polish now. Naturally, I was intrigued...anybody that could mastermind this is clearly someone I wanna throw my business behind [Tangent: And possibly become best friends with!]

After looking at her polish website and checking out all 18 shades, my mag pie tendencies overtook, and I immediately gravitated towards the holographic collection.  I don't really keep up with trends very well, but those seemed extra fun for springtime. Imagine how sunlight would make those pop!

As you can see, I got a butt load of color options but I went with Fatima first because it was a light lilac-y purple. [Tangent: Let me go ahead and get this outta the way- Sorry guys, I have dry peely cuticles and not unlike Karen Smith in Mean Girls, my nail beds suck. 


Please don't point it out, I am aware that I have the fingers of a small, effeminate carpenter and tried to pose my hands accordingly to hide the bad parts. Below is my attempt of one of those cliche painted nails holding nail color bottle pics that the blogosphere and instagram seems to go apeshit about!]


True my hands are fairly elflike in size, but it is still a hefty .61 fl oz of pretty.  I dug around and double checked, most bottles I have run about .23-.40 fl oz., so I was right! I had been ripped off for years! [Tangent: Truth be told, I have never ever used up an entire bottle of nail polish, but I like to have the option that I could.]  Thanks ND for being a generous broad.


If you care about being natural, then you'll appreciate the fact that it's 4H free. Being that I am not chemistry inclined, I had no idea what that meant. It means it's made with no Formaldehyde, Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, or Formaldehyde resin.  SCORE! [Tangent: I looked it up because I am not in any way up on all my PC trends, but having chemical free cosmetics are healthier and more environmentally sound...and less smelly. ]

You won't even miss all those words you can't pronounce, because this shit is quality. It in really thin yet highly pigmented, which means 2 coats is really all you need. Also it dries in about 30 seconds and I mean DRIES IN 30 SECONDS....not like "Oh I think its dry" and then "oh damn, why is there a thumbprint in my polish?" [Tangent: Goopy polish full of fingerprints and nicks is the 8th deadly sin. If I have spent an hour doing my nails, and that is my fate- I am driven to drink.] Because it's thin, it doesn't feel like a foreign body, it bonds nicely to your nail and doesn't feel apt to peel off in one sheet. Thoroughly impressive. [Tangent: Even my mom, who never has painted nails was hanging out the other evening and painted her thumbnail blue and commented on how "it felt nice and wasn't a tacky blue." This is high praise from my mother who thinks everything that I wear on my nails is awful looking.]

After 2 coats, I was pleased with the nice matte finish. If you are more of a glossy gal [Tangent: ...or guy. Not judging.] , get a topcoat...but if you want to take your hologram to the next level, use the Wishful Thinking topcoat because it is the cat's pjs.


 It's kinda like how I love pizza, but then I discovered that if you dip the crusts in ranch dressing- the entire experience is exponentially better. The Wishful Thinking top coat is the ranch dressing of the nail polish world. It takes an already great product and next levels it, except instead of making it tastier, it makes it more hologrammy.


My friend Laura tried it on Grassy Knoll, which is one of her solid shades...and the effect is pretty cool.  Also she is a better and less hangnail afflicted hand model. Gah...some girls have all the luck/pretty cuticles.




See how it makes it glitzy and prismatic! [Tangent: The website states that you can wear it on its own for a silvery look...which trust me, I'm gonna.] Below are some pics of when I got carried away and wanted to change my nail polish, but it looked so pretty....so I just opted to add polka dots in Torque and then another coat of Wishful Thinking. I can't leave well enough alone.  Sidenote; These were all taken in the garden center at Home Depot. Now bring on the polish porn! [Tangent: Not to be confused with Polish Porn. Capitalization is important!]


The only bad thing I could find with the product is that their are no color labels on the bottles, which is OK if you only have one bottle of the stuff, but I had 5... and soon found myself holding them up the swatches on the computer to figure out which shade I was putting on my nails. In fact, because the top coat isn't transparent- I was difficult to recognize it as such. I figured out it was a holographic top coat by trial and error.

Real talk time: I am a cheap, cheap person. I have never spent $12 on polish ever. [Tangent: OK. Maybe once...but I definitely had buyer's remorse.]  It would have to be pretty incredible cancer-curing polish for me to break my $10 limit...until now. I'm being completely serious when I say that this polish is incredibly user friendly, especially if you want a quick streak-free manicure in literally 10 minutes. I can't wait to order some from the other collections. That's a huge step for this cheapskate. [Tangent: I will say for those other budget conscious ladies of the web- if you only order one from the Super Black collection, I definitely think Wishful Thinking is the way to go, only because it can transform any existing color you have.]

 Later this week, I will be having MY FIRST GIVEAWAY, YA'LL and Spoiler: There may be a Super Black product tie-in. That way I won't be the only one that is Super Black from head to toe.[Tangent: Wait...ummm...like not in a racial way. ]

Oh, and me and Natalie Dee are definitely on the fast track to friendship.


Hope that you all give it a try and are you so excited for a giveaway!?!?

24 comments:

  1. Did you get The Whale in your package? It's my favorite right now! It's goes from gray to blue to teal to almost purple-y back to gray. I think I am going to end up ordering the rest of the holographic collection!

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    1. NO! It's sold out right now but it's definitely one I would like to try in the future

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  2. I can't believe you just got me excited about nail polish!!! We're poor but I'm totally thinking about an order. Just don't tell Ho! (PS- love your pics and your elfin hands. xoxo)

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    1. I know! I seriously am such a cheapskate but already wanna order some of the solids or that glittery one called Drunk Dial

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  3. So I just painted my fingernails for the first time in several years the other day and realized how much I like looking at them (especially while driving, apparently. Sorry, honky car behind me.) Anyway, the fact that it dries quickly has my intrigued...because I commit the thumb print felony fairly often. And really, who doesn't love glittery top coats??

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    1. I know! It keeps me from gnawing on my cuticles and nails to the point of bleeding. Thanks nail polish for helping me take pride in my appearance

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  4. Does it really dry in 30 seconds? Like, I can wash the dishes now kind of dry? Because I am the most impatient person with manicures.

    Also, what is the chipping factor? I need it to last at least 5 days before it looks gnarly.

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    1. To give you an idea... I painted one coat on both hands then immediately went back for coat #2. No waiting. If recommend a top coat...because with no top coat it is prone to chip. With the wishful thinking top coat, it's done really well...after 3 days I only have chipping on the tips of my thumbs...and I had a fairly busy weekend and washed my hands several times and took two showers. I think next time I may add another top coat in addition to wishful thinking just for security. The polishes are so thin that I don't think it should feel like I have a mountain of junk on my fingertips

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  5. I'd love to try some of that line. I am super freaked out by all of the chemicals that are in nail polish - and nail polish remover. I especially love that grassy green color...though the name of it reminds me a little of the JFK assassination.

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    1. JFK chic! Yeah I was never aware of all the chemical junk and the harms but apparently it contains carcinogens!!! Thanks internet for ruining everything I love

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  6. i love that green color! ever since i bought those dumb nail stickers i am obsessssed with doing my nails!

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    1. We should have a nail/shitty movie party soon

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  7. Great blog post on Super Black Laquer!
    And I am kinda laughing at all your tangents (I am tanjents.com)
    Found via: OMG! Natalie shared this - BFF forever. (:

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    1. Us tangent enthusiasts must stick together. They are the common thread in all my bllogs

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    1. Ummm you can come over and paint nails soon

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  9. I also tend to buy my polish on the cheap, but I had to have a bottle of Lombard. I love it to pieces. I'm also a holo fan, and would love some Fatima.

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    1. Both are really pretty. I'm in love with Fatima. It's not too crazy... It's subtle and looks awesome in the sunlight

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  10. This polish looks supa rad. I have teeny weeny nail beds, so I feel your pain.

    Adrienne
    What Lola Wants

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    1. I know I have baby hands but I keep my nails short bc otherwise my hands look like a toddler in tiara

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  11. Oh Kim, I've never heard of this brand before, and now I am totally seeking them out! I LOVE the shades of polish you've worn, especially with the top coats! SO VERY PRETTY!
    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights
    the shop of worldly delights

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    1. Its so good! I wore the blue shade Torque the last few days and with a no chip top coat- it stayed put and looked amazing till I got bored with it....plus I got loads of compliments. Pretty nails just make me happy!

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  12. Pity there is no international shipping, I get stuff fine from elsewhere...

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    1. Maybe eventually she will expand internationally. She's still a small indie new brand at this point

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