Hi, everybody! Happy Almost Weekend!
I’ve got a super polish to share with you today from the indie polish-maker, Chaos & Crocodiles (C&C)!
Balloon Darts is a custom-made glitter topper that I began pining for in March, when a small batch of the stuff appeared for sale on the C&C site, along with another newbie: DDC (Double Decker Carousel), a lavender creme-based glitter. Several weeks later, when it was next re-stocked, Balloon Darts and DDC emerged as part of the label’s first-ever “themed” set: the cohesive 8-bottle Carnival Collection (think: moonlit ferris wheels, fluffy cotton candy, balloon dart games, double decker carousels, etc.). Somehow, I managed to miss both sales.
That’s why I was so tickled when a few weeks ago, the brand’s polish-maker, Sarey Booth-Neades conducted a re-stock at the label’s new shop on the web, and Balloon Darts was among the returnees. This time, I made a point of nabbing a bottle for myself!
Balloon Darts features large translucent neon hexes of yellow, pink, green, fuschia, orange and blue (the “balloons”), and a veritable light show of small gold and silver holographic circles (the “darts”). This unique blend is suspended in a clear lacquer base that’s been ever-so-lightly sprinkled with teensy-tiny iridescent glitter particles. The combination of particle sizes, textures and carnival colors is beautifully balanced and spot-on to the theme.
As for the genesis of that theme, Sarey tells me…
“I LOVE amusement parks and carnivals, so after I created the first two polishes [Balloon Darts and DDD], I realized that a Carnival Collection was inevitable. I went to three parks/carnivals before releasing the collection – it really was to do research and take pictures, but I can’t say I didn’t have fun!”
Here now, are the swatches…
|Balloon Darts (Chaos and Crocodiles), over L to R (base colors): Cream Tea (ivory crelly/butterLONDON), Muggins (lilac creme/butterLONDON), Bossy Boots (pistachio creme/butterLONDON pistachio creme), and Lady Muck (periwinkle pearl/butterLONDON).|
|Balloon Darts over Bread and Butter Pudding (ivory pink crelly/butterLONDON)|
Like other large-particle glitters, Balloon Darts works best when the brush is first swirled around in the bottle, and the resulting particles are then applied in small amounts, with smooth brushstrokes. I applied 1.5 coats of Balloon Darts over each nail, meaning that after that first thin layer, a tiny bit of touching up was needed on those areas where I sought more coverage.
TIP: Keep an orange stick or dotting tool nearby, to quickly move stray hexes into position!
For a different vibe, let’s take a look at 1.5 coats of Balloon Darts over Honey Ryder, OPI’s gold-toned “liquid sand” polish…
|Balloon Darts over OPI Honey Ryder|
“The upcoming restock will be in a few weeks and it will be the biggest yet! If you are a collector of limited edition C&C polishes, you won’t want to miss it!”