Wednesday, August 06, 2014

August Is Indie Month! Day 6: Enchanted Polish - Kids

Yay! Day 6 of the Indie August mani challenge! (what's this? you ask, click here to find out more!)
For day 6 I chose Enchanted Polish -- an indie polish indeed, though highly, highly coveted. I have several of them, and I reviewed a few here (not many since I've only been blogging since May!). The one I selected for today is called "Kids". I did wear it over a black polish base, so it may look a bit different than other photos you've seen. But give it a whirl, I think you might like it! (NB: Picture-heavy post!!)

More after the jump!
"Kids" is from the Enchanted Polish Time To Pretend 2013 Collection (summer?). It is a multichrome polish which appears to have both scattered & linear holo. What does "multichrome" mean?? It's when a polish has strong colour shifts depending on what light you are in and how you tilt your nails. Usually you see duochromes (i.e. 2 colour shifts), but in this polish you get green, teal, purple, and copper/gold. It is NOT a glitter polish!! It is a holographic polish -- tiny particles that spark rainbows in either a linear fashion (like a line down your nail that is very clear) or scattered fashion (little sparks throughout with no line). Removal is SUPER easy, like regular polish, no fighting like you would with glitters. This polish is 3-free and cruelty-free. I'll have details on purchasing at the bottom.

As with some other Enchanted Polishes, the formula was a bit sheer. Nothing wrong with that, it builds up nicely in a few coats. But I prefer to layer the over a black base polish, in this case Julep's "Jet". In sum: one layer of Seche Clear base coat, one layer of Julep's Jet (black), 2 layers of "Kids", and one layer of Seche Vite. I have heard a lot of people say that using Seche Vite over holo polishes diminishes their intensity or makes the polish do weird things, I have not found that to be the case at all.

Under LED desk lamp.

Macro under LED light.

Indoors, bright daylight (no sun), near windows.

Outside, bright daylight (no sun).

No sun today so I took the next few under halogen track lighting in my kitchen.

I don't think I need to tell you how much I love this!! Application was super smooth & easy. I have no complaints! (except no sun when I took these photos *boo*). 

I purchased this polish for myself. Now here's where it gets tricky. Enchanted Polishes are in VERY high demand. This happened for a number or reasons -- it's an indie polish so there are only so many bottles made at a time (a lot but still does not meet demand), they are pretty!, some people buy them up then list them on eBay & other store sites (usually auction-style) for VERY huge markups (I've seen some Enchanted Polishes go for $500 for ONE bottle!!). It's all hype, I assure you. There is nothing super special about this polish. Yes, it's very pretty -- but a LOT of other indie brands make equally stunning polishes (as you will see if you keep following the challenge posts!). But $500 for a polish? In my opinion (which is an observation, not a judgement), that's a lot of money to spend on nail polish. It won't make you healthier, prettier, happier, richer, cooler, etc. In fact, it won't really enhance your life much at all. It's just a bottle of chemicals swirled together, not the fountain of youth! But hey, to each her own.

That being said, there are scheduled and random restocks on the Enchanted Polish Big Cartel site (this is Chelsea's own site, there are no price markups here & she ships worldwide). There are only a few other distributors -- there used to be more but the onslaught of people during restocks would crash sites and cause so much drama that a lot of distributors said "no more!". In Canada, there is Nail Polish Canada -- they do restocks from time to time & ship to US & Canada. Internationally there is Mei Mei Signatures who also does periodic restocks and ships worldwide. Note that the prices at the distributors is slightly higher than what Enchanted Polish's site has but it's usually fair and covers the cost of importing and such. Shipping costs vary depending on where you live and how much you order.

Restocks can be like a shark feeding-frenzy and polishes sell out FAST (even if you have them in your "cart", they can disappear!) so you need to move lightning-fast (& you still may not get what you want, if anything). My first restock I ended up with nothing. But you get better at it! If a restock is at 3pm then be ready and refreshing the page at 2:55pm. The site may crash, be patient and keep refreshing! Once you get what you want in your cart then SPEED through checkout. It's not certain you will get what you want, but you'll see it in the order confirmation. Your heart will race and hands get sweaty! It's all very dramatic! People who lose out will bitch/moan online, others will cheer with triumph. It's worse than Black Friday!

You can also find Enchanted Polish through various sale/swap sites and store sites like eBay & StoreEnvy. If you choose to buy/swap through one of these sites DO YOUR RESEARCH!!! Read feedback and check Safe Swap Sites to make sure the person you are selling/swapping with is not scamming you (or "swaplifting"). There are a lot of people who get cuckoo over Enchanted Polish and will not hesitate to rip  you off. That being said, there are a lot of legitimate sale/swap people who really do just want to get rid of a colour they don't like or get one they've been looking for. Just be smart about it!

OK! For more Indie August love, check out the other participants and see what they've been selecting for their manis this month!

NB: I purchased this polish for myself and have NO affiliation whatsoever with the polish maker featured. I am doing this just for fun!!

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