Swatch Saturday: Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer’s Luck o’ the Siren

Happy Saturday, reader! I have a Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Siren to show you today! This was a special holiday Siren made for St. Patrick’s Day 2015. This polish actually came in a duo; we’ll be seeing the companion polish to this one next week. This is Luck o’ the Siren; I’m wearing three coats with one coat of Seche Vive top coat.

Luck o’ the Siren is a frosty emerald green polish with a blue shift. Application is good; since the polish is so shimmery, I got some brush-strokes in the final look, but I don’t consider that a huge issue. The product consistency was easy to work with; I had full coverage in two coats. The shift in this polish is easy to see but difficult to photograph; it turns a very bright and icy turquoise when facing the light. The product dried quickly and with a glossy finish.

I didn’t think much of this polish when I first got it. It looks like a standard mainstream green polish in the bottle. Once I had it on my nails, though, it stopped being boring. The shift in this polish is unexpected and unadulterated; there’s no holo or glitter to get in its way. It’s gorgeous.

It looks great in the sunlight, too! The emerald is warmer and richer out here than in the studio, and the blue shift is pretty vivid. I love this polish.

Luck o’ the Siren was a limited edition that has since sold out; her duo counterpart, Siren’s Lucky Shamrock, is still available in the BEGL shop.

I bought this polish myself.

Swatch Saturday: Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer’s Cuts in My Heart

Hello, reader! I’m excited about today’s swatch. We have Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer‘s Crooked Hearts behind us, and in the next few weeks, we’ll see some special edition polishes, some prototypes, and some Sirens from 2015. I’m so late to the party on these, but I can’t wait to get there. This polish, Cuts in My Heart, is the first of these; it was an Addicted to Holos box-exclusive. I’m wearing three coats with one coat of Dream Polish‘s Gem Glam top coat in the Melon Baller scent. All photos were taken in direct sunlight outdoors.

There’s a wee bit of color settling on the bottom. This didn’t affect the color quality at all.

Cuts in My Heart is a deep red holo with red shimmers. Application is good; would you believe this polish is a one coater? Depending on your application style, it totally could be. I actually did have an opaque first coat, but I added more just because I like the thickness. The product consistency is very good; it’s thick but doesn’t need thinning, because it’s still easy to use. The polish dries quicky and with a satiny finish; top coat is necessary for shine.

So, I love this. Red holos are already amazing, so of course I like it. One thing I notice about this one is that I can actually see the shimmers in it. With a lot of the BEGL holos I’ve worn, the shimmers either get covered up by the color, or they blend into the color so well they’re undetectable. In this polish, I can really see them. They’re the same color as the polish, but they also stand out. I quite like it.

Cuts in My Heart, as I mentioned, was a box-exclusive and is since sold out. Other Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer polishes are available in their online shop.

I bought this polish myself.

Swatch Saturday: Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer’s The One Worth Leaving

Welcome back! It’s Swatch Saturday, and I’ve swatched the last polish in Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer‘s Crooked Hearts collection. I’ve loved wearing every polish in this set; each one was a gorgeous shimmery marvel. This last one, The One Worth Leaving, is vampy magic. I’m wearing three coats with one coat of Dream Polish‘s Gem Glam top coat in the Melon Baller scent.

The One Worth Leaving is a wine polish with purple shimmers. Application was good, the product consistency was great and I had no issues. The first coat goes on a little sheer, but builds with additional coats. I like that it’s a little sheer, so that those shimmers get seen. After three coats, my shimmer didn’t seem as strong as it looks in the bottle, but it does pop up wherever the light hits it. It dries with a glossy finish; I used top coat for extra shine.

I enjoyed wearing this polish. I’ve talked before about my relationship with burgundy polish, and I mentioned Monday how short nails like this reminds me of my youth and my days as a nail biter. I get a nostalgia buzz from this polish, too; plums and berries and wines were among my favorites back then.

Outdoors, this polish warmed up to a deep and gorgeous red. You can see the translucence out here; you can see the actual specks of shimmer, not just the ones the light activates. These photos were taken in direct sunlight.

At publication time, the BEGL shop is temporarily closed, but I’m pretty sure The One Worth Leaving was in stock before the hiatus.

I bought this polish myself.

Swatch Saturday: Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer’s Sick Inside Wondering

It’s Swatch Saturday! Today’s post is very late, but it is still Saturday somewhere. My polish today is Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer‘s Sick Inside Wondering; I’m wearing three coats with one coat of Dream Polish‘s Gem Glam top coat in the Melon Baller scent.

Let me address the bandage. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw the photo of the break I posted. I won’t post it here, but go there to see the gore. Long story short, I hit the nail, it tore off, it was very painful and it bled a lot, hence the bandage. I hope it’s not too distracting from the swatch; I went for the novelty Pac-Man ones, because I never get a chance to use them.

Sick Inside Wondering is a kelly green polish with blue shimmer. Application was easy; the product has the perfect consistency and went on with no issues. The polish dries with a satin finish.

I love green polishes, and BEGL makes some of the best. I love the shimmer in this; it’s a subtle shimmer that only really comes when the light touches it. This was my favorite from the collection when it launched; the green is vivid, and the blue shimmer cools it off. Allow me to remind you, again, that this is a Valentine’s day collection.

I have some outdoor photos for you, and like last time, I’ve taken photos of Sick Inside Wondering with its original finish and with top coat. The original finish is on the left, top coat is on the right. The shimmers stand out a bit more with top coat, but satin-finish lovers will enjoy the softness of it.

Sick Inside Wondering and other Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquers are available in their online shop, though currently they are on hiatus. The Pac-Man bandages were from Paradise Arcade Shop.

I bought this polish myself.

Swatch Saturday: Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer’s Cold Inside Me

Welcome back to Swatch Saturday! Last week, we took a break from Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer‘s Crooked Hearts collection to have a look at a limited edition Siren. We’re jumping back in with another shimmery beauty, Cold Inside Me. I’m wearing three coats of Cold Inside Me with one coat of Dream Polish‘s Gem Glam top coat in the Melon Baller scent.

Cold Inside Me is a teal polish with blue-to-purple shifting flecks. I didn’t realize the flecks were shifters until I was processing these photos, so none of my photos capture it. I do apologize. As it is shown here, however, was what it looked like most often on my nails, so I do feel that it is represented accurately. Application was good; the first coat was nearly opaque, just a slight hint of translucence without streaking or gaps in coverage. The second coat evened it out very well. The consistency is very smooth and easy to work with. It dries quickly and with an interesting satin finish; I have photos of it in the sunlight set toward the end of this post.

How gorgeous is this, seriously? The base color itself is already very cool, but then the glass-fleck shimmers come in and make the whole thing sparkly and shimmery and BEGLesque. I love it.

The following photos were taken outdoors in direct sunlight, but you’ll notice these photos are also comparisons; the photos on the left are at two coats and without top coat, while on the right it’s at three coats and top coat. I prefer the glossiness of the top coat, but the satin finish is pretty enough that I had to photograph it.

Cold Inside Me and other Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquers are available from their online shop.

I bought this polish myself.

Swatch Saturday: Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer’s Together Dead and Lonely

Hello, reader! It’s the last swatch of the year! I’m almost a little sad about that. wacie.com has grown tremendously in 2016, and I’ve tried some new things and I’m so happy that we’ve come so far together. I actually plan to do a 2016 retrospective, so I won’t get too far into the sappy stuff just yet. Let’s look at a swatch! Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer‘s Together Dead and Lonely is the polish of the day; I’m wearing three coats with one coat of Seche Vite.

Together Dead and Lonely is a black jelly polish with fine silver and red holographic microglitters. Application was easy; since the polish is a jelly, you can expect a little bit of streaking on the first coat, but it was pretty good compared to other, less pigmented black jellies I’ve used. The streaks, if any, are evened out by the second coat. Consistency was on the thicker side, but worked for me pretty well. The polish dries with a satin finish and some slight glitter texture, so top coat is necessary for smoothness and shine.

This polish is a cousin to Noticing Face and Bound to the City Life, a strong-colored jelly with microglitter that is just amazing. I love the red in this mix; it adds color and sets a mood, so to speak: it’s vampy, it’s melancholy, it’s even a little grunge. Let me remind you that it comes from a Valentine’s Day collection. I love it!

Here are some sunlight photos! The glitters are pretty well-defined out here. In the studio, you can see them, but there aren’t so many; you can see all of it in the sunlight.

Together Dead and Lonely and other BEGL polishes are available in their online shop.

Happy new year!

I bought this polish myself.

Swatch Saturday: Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer’s Believin’ Won’t Fly

Swatch Saturday!! Today’s post is a little late due to Christmas parties, but it is still Saturday somewhere. For today’s post, I’m wearing Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer‘s Believin’ Won’t Fly. I’m wearing three coats with one coat of Seche Vite top coat.

Believin’ Won’t Fly is a deep blue creme with a strong bright blue flash. Application was a breeze; the product consistency was a little on the thin side, but it covers unbelievably well. I had an opaque first coat, if you can believe that. Of course, I added additional coats because I like the thickness of it, but I could have gotten away with that first coat if I wanted to. Drying times were good, and the polish dries with a satin finish.

Here’s a second polish in the Crooked Hearts collection. I love that there’s nothing about this polish that says Valentine’s Day; the deep color and sapphire flash make it seem more wintry than romantic, and I think that’s awesome. I was seriously impressed with the product quality, but the look itself is just so spot-on. It’s pretty simple for an indie, so much so that I kind of forgot it was an indie while I had it on, but it’s a nice change of pace.

The following photos were taken in direct sunlight. This almost looks like a different polish in the sun. In the studio, you can see how the polish is mostly dark, and the shimmer appears wherever the light hits it. OUtdoors, whrere the light is diffused and everywhere, the shimmer is activated all over the nail. It’s a very cool look.

Believin’ Won’t Fly is available in the Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer online shop.

I bought this polish myself.

Swatch Saturday: Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer’s Might Not Recover

Hey reader! It’s Swatch Saturday! Last week’s swatch saw us finish up Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer‘s 2015 Spark in the Dark collection, and what a beautiful collection it was. Everything was wintry and icy and special. This week has us shifting into the collection that came after, the Crooked Hearts collection that was released for Valentine’s Day. I’ve talked before about my love for the BEGL Valentine’s collections because it’s rarely the pink and red shades you’re expecting; this collection is just plain gloomy and I love it. This first polish is called Might Not Recover; I’m wearing three coats with one coat of Seche Vite top coat.

Might Not Recover is a clear-based microglitter polish with glitters in holo lilac and silver, platinum flakes, and reflective beads. Application was good, and pretty standard for the BEGL microglitter; it’s easy to use, achieves opacity quickly, and needs top coat for smoothness. This one felt especially textured thanks to the reflective beads, but one coat of Seche Vite smoothed it out nicely.

So, another swatch, another great microglitter. I had so much fun wearing this that I kept it on for a couple of days after I did the swatch. BEGL microglitters are always fun to wear because there’s always something interesting going on; in this one, the color is my favorite thing. It’s not a color I see often in glitter, and having a polish that’s mostly made up of it makes me happy. The platinum flakes stand out without being seen; you can see something in there breaking up the purple glitter, but they blend in so well you can barely tell they’re there.

I only regret that the sun wasn’t out to show you how this polish really looks. It’s intense. It’s blinding. It’s what every microglitter should be.

Might Not Recover isn’t in stock in the Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer shop, but a few polishes from this collection still are. Make sure you get them!

I bought this polish myself.

Swatch Saturday: Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer’s Never Look Back

Welcome back to Swatch Saturday! Today’s swatch is all about a polish made to spread awareness about depression and raise money for charity. I’ve mentioned the Lighthouse of Hope box previously on the blog; it was a box curated by Julie of Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer for her annual depression awareness fundraiser, and contained eight polishes, all from different makers. $60 of the $80 box went to the charity I Need a Lighthouse. You’ll notice I’m using the past tense; the boxes have all finally sold out! I guess it’s bad news if you wanted one, but the good news is that $1,200 has made its way to a fantastic charity. This polish is Julie’s own contribution to the box, Never Look Back. I’m wearing three coats with one coat of Seche Vite.

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Special Lighthouse label, too!

Special Lighthouse label, too!

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Never Look Back is a clear-based emerald green microglitter polish. While the emerald green is the main element, there are also pops of blue and purple. Application is easy; the glitters go on easily and build to opacity around two coats. The product consistency is thick but still nice to work with. It does dry with a slight bit of texture, so top coat is necessary for a smooth finish.

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Here’s a note from Julie about the polish:

“I’m constantly reminding myself to look to the future and not dwell on the past. It can be immensely difficult to do so, but it is completely necessary for my recovery. Remember that the future holds amazing things, so don’t dwell on the bad from the past!”

I admire Julie for being so open about her depression and for working so hard to break down the stigmas of mental illness. Even in today’s world, where being open and honest and forthcoming is encouraged, mental illness is still something people have a hard time opening up about, and it shouldn’t be that way. The more we talk about mental illnesses, the less power they have over us, and that’s definitely a good thing.

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So this polish is perfect for the upcoming holidays! I will probably end up breaking it out again for that. There’s so much shine and sparkle to it. I kinda failed to do it justice; I have a hard time focusing on all those tiny magical glitters.

As I mentioned, this box has sold out. Other Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquers are available in their online shop, including this year’s fundraiser polish, My Head’s Above the Rain, of which all $15 of the purchase price goes to the I Need a Lighthouse organization.

I bought this polish myself.

Swatch Saturday: Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer’s It’s Almost After Midnight

Happy Saturday! Thanksgiving just happened in America, and I am so wiped from cooking. This was the first year I made the dinner myself, and I did my best to express myself through food; I used a lot of fruits from my own fruit trees and nearly every dessert had some kind of alcoholic ingredient. I wanted my dinner to reflect on me as a person. Unfortunately, the only thing it said about me is that I’m incredibly disorganized, because nothing got finished on time. At least Swatch Saturday is on time! I’m wearing It’s Almost After Midnight from Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer; I’m wearing three coats with one coat of Seche Vite.

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There’s a teensy bit of ugly bottle syndrome on the bottom.

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It’s Almost After Midnight is a gray polish with blue shimmer and blue flash. Application was very nice; the product consistency, though on the thin side, was very smooth and easy to work with. The first coat was on the sheer side, but it evened out to full opacity at two. It dries down to a satiny finish. The polish isn’t described by the maker as a shifter, but the blue shimmer does appear to shift purple at some angles. I used top coat for extra shine.

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This is the last polish in the Spark in the Dark collection, and it’s a great wintry addition. The blue shimmer is icy, and it’s intense enough to fool one into thinking the polish itself is blue. It’s a very cool (pun) look. I like that it’s a gray base and not black; I love grays for not being as severe as black, which makes it a little more stylish.

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I didn’t get any outdoor photos, because it’s been overcast for days. I bet this is a stunner in the sun, though. The shimmer is really intense in bright lighting.

It’s Almost After Midnight has been discontinued by Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer. The BEGL shop is closed for the moment, but there will be Cyber Monday sales this Monday the 28th. Get you some!

I bought this polish myself.