These polishes were generously provided to me for review by Kristin Marz, owner and creator of Northern Star Polish. The provided polishes and gifts are graciously accepted and kept, and do not affect my opinions regarding the products. This blog review post is my honest opinion for the owner's and any consumers' benefit. Thank you, Kristin, for the opportunity to review these awesome polishes!
Good evening, all! I have some lovely goodies to show you from Northern Star Polish! This awesome Indie brand has been on Etsy since March 2012 but these new polishes will be released on June 28 at noon Central Time. These two beauties are part of the Paranormal X collection inspired by The X-Files. Kristin thoughtfully included a description of ingredients as well as some other information and a wonderful little mini bottle of her cuticle oil (which I already have and LOVE by the way! Yay for two bottles!). First I will show you these gorgeous babies and then I will list information below regarding her Big 4-Free formula, etc.
First up is TRUSTNO1, a purple base with electric blue flakie glitter! My jaw dropped when I saw this one - there is nothing even close to similar in my collection! Purple is the way to my heart! I used my usual Orly base and G&G top coat for all of these swatch photos. This is two coats of TRUSTNO1! The formula is flawless. It goes on evenly, the glitter is perfectly dispersed, and it's nice and opaque.
TRUSTNO1 is in the new bottles Kristin will be using now. This is the first bottle of this shape that I have used and I love it! It's easy to hold, store, and I admire the shape. The brush is wide and flat making application that much easier and I was so happy to see it! I think this is a change that will be welcomed! :)
The second color that I received for review is called Enigmatic Doctor S, and it is a glitter blend that is super versatile! Various sizes of purple, red, gold, blue, silver, and teal. I am not one to buy a bunch of glitter bomb polishes, but I definitely loved the color combo in this one. The application was wonderful: no fishing for glitter (and I realllly wanted those big ol' turquoise hexes! So glad I didn't have to dig!) and it was nearly a totally smooth finish on its own. No glitter stuck up off my curved nails and only one layer of top coat was added just to smooth out the whole mani.
I immediately knew I wanted to wear it over a sky blue to compliment each glitter! Here is Enigmatic Doctor S dabbed on in a reverse gradient over Sinful Colors Sugar Rush.
I also tried it out over TRUSTNO1 out of curiosity! It looks nice as a reverse gradient, I think, but the colors don't pop off the dark base when layered on. My pointer finger has two coats, my pinky has one, and the other two are sporting the awesome gradient! You can see from the layered fingers that this densely packed glitter can be totally opaque on it's own in two coats.
Kristin was so sweet to provide a description of her products for us so that we know exactly what we are getting. She uses "only stainless steel agitator balls, solvent resistant glitters, and proper suspension base (Big 4-Free: DPT, Toluene, and Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde resin free and never diluted with clear top coat)." Northern Star Polish glitters and pigments are held and tested by Kristin before release.
You can really see all the hard work that went into making something new and creative with these two! I cannot wait to see what else Northern Star Polish has in store for the opening on Friday! You can purchase Kristin's creations on etsy at www.etsy.com/shop/NorthernStarPolish. Northern Star Polish is also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NorthernStarPolish.
I hope you all love these as much as I do! Mark your calendars for when her shop opens FRIDAY JUNE 28 AT NOON CENTRAL TIME!!! :)
Have a great night!