But anyway, I went with 2 different polishes called "Storm". Seriously fun there!
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I'm not one for chunky glitter toppers and if I didn't win this one in a giveaway, I never would have tried it. Of course, once I did try it I totally fell in love!! It really does look like a snowstorm hit your nails and there is nothing I love more than snow! <3 So I went for an "earmuffs covered in snow" look. Make sense?
For the base colour I used Zoya's "Storm" -- a black creme polish with holographic shimmer. I used 2 coats and it's sooo pretty! I even took pics of it before giving it the snow treatment so you can see! Zoya describes this shade as a "full coverage holiday black with a high concentration of micro fine diamond holographic glitter". That's a pretty fancy and over-the-top way to say "black polish with holo shimmer". It was released as part of the 2012 Ornate collection. Zoya polishes are 5-free, cruelty-free, and vegan. (yay!) I will show you Zoya's "Storm" without the snow treatment first then explain about the other polish. One thing at a time! ;)
Zoya's "Storm" without topcoat, under LED desk light.
Macro of Zoya's "Storm" (no topcoat), under LED desk light.
OK. So the glitter topper is piCture pOlish "Storm" -- multishaped matte white glitter in a clear base. This shade was released in May 2014. piCture pOlish is 5-free, cruelty-free, and vegan (yay!). After applying 2 coats of Zoya's "Storm" I used one coat of piCture pOlish "Storm" and topped with Seche Vite (not 3-free but cruelty-free and vegan). The glitter went on smoothly and I love how some of them clumped together like real snow does! Of course, it would have been easy to smooth it out and have just a light dusting of glitter -- or build it up and make it really heavy. :)
Under LED desk lamp.
Macro under LED desk lamp.
Indoors, bright cloudy day (no sun), near windows. Sorry for the blurring, I didn't realize until I went to edit the photos. Grr.
Outside, bright cloudy daylight (no sun).
No sun. Boo. October in Ontario is always cloudy/raining. Such is life. See the orange trees in the background?? :)
I really love how this turned out. Like I said, I'm not a chunky glitter person but this one is so fun -- I will definitely use it again. The Zoya "Storm" is pretty on it's own and the piCture pOlish "Storm" would look good over a lot of different colours. I have a feeling it will get a lot of wear over the winter!!
Where to buy?? Zoya polishes can be purchased from their website (though they don't ship outside the US & that TOTALLY sucks!). I think some salons and beauty stores carry them?? In Canada I always buy them from Nail Polish Canada. piCture pOlish can be purchased from their site (though it's based in Australia) and from a LOT of online distributors (check their site for local links). In North America you can buy their polishes from Nail Polish Canada, Harlow & Co, and Llarowe.
NB: I won both of these polishes in a giveaway hosted by Nail Polish Canada. piCture pOlish was one of the sponsors -- thank you!! Zoya was not one of the sponsors. Though I received these polishes as the winner, they were not given in exchange for a review. My opinions are entirely independent of the giveaway. I also have NO affiliation whatsoever with the polish makers or websites discussed in this post.