Ketlyn Austin is the creative muscle behind BG Cosmetic‘s custom-made indie polish label, Bitch Glitz (gotta love that branding!). Recently, she approached us about reviewing her new Valentines Day Collection of lacquers. Never one to turn down an opportunity to play with polish, L O Z L O S A enthusiastically said “Yes!”
When it comes to her 2013 Valentines Day Collection of polishes, Dallas-based Ketlyn Austen’s got sweet romance in mind. And by sweet, we mean Chocolate Covered Strawberries with Vanilla Frosting, Satin Ribbon Candy, and Sprinkles. That kind of sweet.
|L to R: Chocolate Treasure, Candy Coated Innocence, and Strawberry Sunrise|
Quick Note: Liz and I tackled this collection together. After swatching the polishes in downstate New York, they were lovingly packed and shipped off to Buffalo for Liz’s turn at bat.
Here’s what we found…
|there’s a whole lot going on here!|
Lisa: With its creamy milk chocolate brown base, Chocolate Treasure gets my mouth watering. There’s no escaping that my fingertips looked dipped in melted Hersheys. That it’s then sprinkled with a confection of turquoise hexes, blue and gold microglitter, white holo bars, and candy-like pink hearts, only intensifies the gourmand nature of the theme. Anyone else getting hungry?
Liz: I have to agree that this polish perfectly captured the spirit of milk chocolate. This confection was probably my favorite out of the three polishes in the collection. I have become a sucker for brown polishes, and this was no exception. While I’m not much of a “hearts-in-my-polish” kinda gal, even I can appreciate how the heart glitter played to the Valentine’s Day theme. Adding all sizes and shapes of blue, gold, and purple glitter only sweetened the deal.
Lisa – Application took three healthy coats of Chocolate Treasure to eliminate any visible nail line, and bring me to opaque. The glitter came out of the bottle uniformly, and required little in the way of “fishing” for pieces. The only redistribution was done with the large heart-shaped pieces, to be expected with this type of polish. I actually prefer Chocolate Treasures without the hearts (Gini has some un-hearted swatches you should check out), and on my next wear, I’ll simply avoid applying them.
Liz – I found that Chocolate Treasure applied well for me too, but I was able to reach full opacity after two coats… granted, they were thicker coats, but the polish leveled well. I decided early on that I would not try to fish out the heart glitters – I wanted to see how they naturally came out. I’m pleased to say that I was able to get a pretty decent distribution out of my bottle. Perhaps in future uses I will try adding a little polish thinner to my bottle. The polish was a little thick, but it was certainly workable as-is.
|such a sweet confection, this one ….it reminds me of creamy vanilla frosting with sprinkles|
Liz – Just like my mom, I was able to reach full opacity after two coats. Because there was visible streakiness due to Candy Coated Innocence‘s frosted finish, I had to pay special attention to my application so that I would be able to get a uniform appearance. I will say that the hearts that I was able to snag during my manicure were almost completely covered by the base color. At first, I was a little put out by this – it’s always so exciting to get a larger piece of glitter, so when it’s covered it’s disappointing – but then I thought back to the name of the polish. Any hearts that you apply will truly look candy coated. Very cool!
|2 coats of Strawberry Sunrise, topped with Sally Hansen Mega Shine|
Lisa – Well, knock me over with a feather… I wasn’t prepared to like Strawberry Sunrise, because it’s a rare pink that doesn’t look perfectly awful with my skin tone. Turns out, I love this polish!
|reflective strawberry “seeds”|
Lisa – Here’s a blue-toned hot pink that sparkles with silver metallic, as well as holographic white, purple, and pink glitter. The formula is on the thicker side, but not negatively so. One heavy coat would have brought me to full opacity, but instead I went with two thin coats for greater application control. The silver metallic glitter is radiant, and furthers the “strawberry” vibe with its sparkly suggestion of seeds. This is a playful polish, and my favorite of the three!
Liz – For Valentine’s Day, I have to say that Strawberry Sunrise is a perfect pink. Not too girly, but full of promise (By promise, I mean glitter. Check it!). I used three thin coats this time to reach full coverage, but I could have survived with two. This polish went on smoothly, and I found that it dried to a vaguely matte finish – not quite matte, and not quite shiny. A healthy topper of Seche Vite brought me the shine that I so craved.
BitchGlitz polishes are void of The Toxic Three: formaldehyde, toulene, and DBP; and are produced without animal testing. To provide long-lasting wear, diamond dust is added to their formulas.
On the brand’s Etsy site, this Valentines Day Collection is available in 15 ml bottles, and can be had for $10.00 individually, or $26.00 for the complete set of three, plus shipping.
At the current time, there’s still stock available on these custom-made lacquers, but with the holiday approaching, there is no guarantee that will be the case, if you procrastinate. Order now to be assured of availability and delivery before February 14th.
Well, be sure to hook up to Bitch Glitz on Twitter and Facebook, for notice of new releases and sales. You can also find BG’s Ketlyn Austen blogging at Whisky in Teacups.