samples provided for honest review
When Sarey, the lovely creator/mastermind behind Chaos &Crocodiles, reached out to me to ask if I would review some of her upcoming Winter Collection I was thrilled and super happy to be asked! Today I feel very lucky to share three of the new polishes that will be available tomorrow during Chaos &Crocodiles’ pre-sale: the pretty and pastel Epic Snowday, the boldly jewel toned Not A Creature Was Stirring, and the spectacularly shimmery Secret Identity.
Check these babies out! Aside from rolling out new polishes tomorrow, Chaos & Crocodiles will be bringing sexy back with new square bottles, new wide brushes, and new adorable labels featuring Chaos the Crocodile!! Enough exposition, let’s get this show on the road!
A delightfully delicate mix of pale blues, lavenders, and soft pink mingle with white in a polish that will certainly have you skipping around waiting for a… wait for it… EPIC SNOWDAY! How precious is this polish? Jam packed with tons of different glitter shapes – snowmen, snowflakes, hearts, circles, AND hexes?! Crazy sauce. On top of the glitter goodness, Epic Snowday features some epic purple shimmer that lends itself well to all different colors of base polish. To capture those moments I chose to layer Epic Snowday over a black creme polish as well as over a grayed out blue.
When considering undies for this polish, I was inspired by my own personal experiences with epic snowdays, how I would press my nose against the window pane with eyes squinted as I would try to make out just how heavy the snowfall was against a pitch-black nightscape. The next morning would find me, nose pressed back against the glass, taking in the snow falling against a wintery, blue-gray morning sky.
Personally, I can’t decide which base color I prefer Epic Snowday over – the shimmer is lovely and subtle over lighter shades, and I think that the grayed out blue really accentuates the pastel shades within the polish.
On the other hand, over black the shimmer becomes electric and eye-catching. What was once a black creme polish has been transformed into a shimmery, deep purple covered in pastel glitters!
The application for Epic Snowday was fairly standard for chunky glitter polishes. Starting out with a thin coat of Epic Snowday, I found myself returning to each nail as I did a little digging and dabbing in order to get a wide array of glitters. The glitters applied easily and evenly across the nail. The digging and dabbing came into play to ensure that I could get some of the snowmen and snowflakes on my nails, but in my experience that is par for the course with larger glitters.
My overall impression of Epic Snowday is that it is a FABULOUS and unique take on a Winter (especially snow inspired) polish. In my opinion, what really sets Epic Snowday apart from other wintery glitter toppers is the mixture of pastel, funky shapes melded with that gorgeous purple shimmer. I have nothing similar in my collection, and I haven’t seen a similar mix of glitter, shimmer, and fun elsewhere. What I’m trying to say is that you just might need this.
Reminiscent of a box of Christmas ornaments begging to be hung, Not A Creature Was Stirring is an incredible mix of silver holo mouse heads (WHAT?! CUTE!) mingling with blue, green, red, and purple circles and hexes in a clear base. The second that I unwrapped this bottle I was in love. Much like Epic Snowday, Not A Creature Was Stirring is one of those rare polishes that would look gorgeous over pretty much any shade of polish.
It turns out that for a blogger this can be both a blessing and a curse – so many options to be swatched from juicy, hot pink jellies (it was so funky fresh I can’t even…) or sexy black textured polishes (coal in your stocking suddenly becomes a lot more appetizing) you can’t go wrong. Since this IS part of a Winter polish collection I decided to go classic with my swatches – nothing says Winter to me like the stark white clean of freshly fallen snow against the boughs of an evergreen tree. With that inspiration firmly in mind I swatched Not A Creature Was Stirring over a white creme polish as well as over a textured green.
Personally, I really dig how the brightly colored glitters pop against a white background. The starkness of the base really allows each piece of glitter to shine, and the overall effect is incredibly jewel-like and beautiful.
Next I wanted to show Not A Creature Was Stirring over a rich, deep green… remember how I said that this polish reminded me of a box of Christmas ornaments begging to be hung? Over this shade of green I am immediately transported to the Christmas trees of my youth – the smell of pine lingering in the air as I hung family ornaments up with my family. Each ornament was special and unique to our family, and by the time we were done the tree was alive with lights, tinsel, and color.
THAT is what this manicure reminds me of, and it makes me so happy. So. Happy. Against the green, Not A Creature Was Stirring still stands out with it’s jewel tones and holographic mouse heads. I was concerned that the green glitter pieces would get lost, but they still made quite the impact.
Much like Epic Snowday, this is another ”dig and dab” polish. It applies easily to the nail, but I had to work a little harder to get the mouse heads. Totally worth it! When everything is said and done, I have a huge soft spot for this polish. I’m smitten with the rich, bright colors, the fun shapes, and the memories that this brings to mind. Not A Creature Was Stirring is a real winner, and I highly suggest it!
Deep, shimmery, and dare I add… sexy? Secret Identity is a deep indigo polish filled to the brim with shimmers that span the gamut from pink to blue, blue to purple, purple to awesome… you get the idea.
Super gorgeous and easy to apply, I used two thin coats in the pictured manicure. While it was perfection at two coats, I could have gotten away with a single thick application.
Even now as I write out this review I find myself enamored with Secret Identity - how the shimmers play together without trying too hard; from the purple popping out electrically in certain angles to the bright blue flashing across the nail, I can’t imagine anyone finding this polish boring.
With that being said, the other polishes got me into a glitter mood. I’m sure you’ve been there… you’re staring at your nails and you’re in love BUT! BUUUUUUUUUUT! wouldn’t it be stunning with the perfect glitter topper?! The answer is YES!
I pulled out Delighted from my Chaos &Crocodiles stash, and the mix of periwinkle, purple, and fuchsia glitters are amazing over Secret Identity!
The only thing better than a great shimmer polish is one that plays well with others, and I’m super excited to try pairing Secret Identity with some of my other treasured polishes. If you’re a fan of purples, blues, and fabulous Secret Identity might just have your name all over it!!
Before I let you get back to your regularly scheduled programing, let me tell you about my new favorite glass nail file. When Sarey sent over one of her nail files for review, I was excited to try it out. Unlike other glass files I own (which admittedly are super cheap and brandless), this file allowed me to effortlessly shorten and shape my nails. I found the file to be of nice quality and appreciated the black velvet storage sleeve… I also find the addition of Chaos the C&C mascot to be adorable branding. So cute!
After having my swatchy way with these polishes, I am beyond excited to check out the other polishes that will be available at the pre-sale tomorrow! Sarey has posted bottle shots on Facebook, so I suggest that you check out the Chaos &Crocodiles Facebook page if you’re interested in what else will be available. From the excellent polishes themselves to the updated bottles, labels, and brushes, I continue to find myself impressed with the C&C brand and the overall customer experience. I know that I’ll be at tomorrow’s pre-order tomorrow, will I be seeing you there?!
If you’d like to learn more about Chaos & Crocodiles and tomorrow’s pre-order, check out the below links!