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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Northern Star Polish - The Valentine's Trio: Pucker Up, Sweet Treat and Kiss This.


     January is almost over and that means it's time to start thinking about Valentine's day! Ahh Valentines, the holiday that has always ended up being a disappointment for me. Is it really too much to ask for a card or some flowers delivered to work? At least this year I can have some pretty tips thanks to the Valentine's Trio from Northern Star Polish.  This post is going to be very picture heavy, so sit back, relax and get ready to look at some pretty polish.


      Sweet Treat, Pucker Up, and Kiss This will be available for purchase on Jan 30th for $9 each. This trio has something for everyone. It's got Holo, flakies, pink and berry wine color, crelly and Jelly finishes. Let's start things off with Pucker Up.


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Photo was taken in Lightbox

    The darkest of the bunch, Pucker Up is a deep burgundy red with micro flakies. Shown here is 2 coats plus top coat. The application is easy with a lot of pigmentation in this little bottle. You could possibly get away with 1 thick coat for full coverage, but I had some uneven coverage when I tried it that way. Your best bet for nice even coverage is with 2 thin coats. The finish is best described as a crelly leaning slighter more to the creme side. 

Photo was taken in natural light
  
     Even without the top coat, Pucker Up has a glassy finish, add the top coat and your nails end up with a high shine. In fact, they are so shiny that I couldn't avoid capturing reflections in the pictures.

Photo was taken in natural light


     The one slightly disappointing part of Pucker Up is that there is a lot of flakies noticeable in the bottle but they get a little lost on the nail. I tried adding a matte top coat to see if that would bring them out more but it had the opposite effect. 

Photo was taken in lightbox


     Next up is Sweet Treat a fuchsia jelly with multi-colored flakies. This pop of pink is sure to make you smile.

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Photo was taken in lightbox

     Show here is 2 cost plus top coat. Again application was easy and smooth. Just like Pucker Up, Sweet Treat dries to a glossy finish. The addition of top coat makes for a high shine.

Photo was taken in lightbox
   
     Sadly the flakies in Sweet Treat tend to disappear on the nail just like Pucker Up. But this time they are slightly harder to see, even in my macro shot.



     A matte top coat made the flakies stand out a little more but also left a fun finish just begging for the addition of some nail art. I actually tried to make it look like a chalkboard but my attempt was so bad that I didn't even bother to photograph it. The color also seemed to darken a little with a matte top coat.


     Rounding out the trio is my favorite of the 3. Kiss This is a medium pink linear holographic polish that covers in 1 coat! The holo in this one is so intense it practically jumps out of the bottle at you. My daughter actually came running from across the room when I pulled this out of the box and yelled: "Mom it's a rainbow polish!"

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Photo was taken in lightbox

      Application of Kiss This is a dream come true. I had complete even coverage with just 1 coat but I used 2 plus top coat for my pictures because well I always apply 2 coats. 

Photo was taken in lightbox


     I couldn't get enough of Kiss This and ended up wearing it for a few days and the ladies at work loved it. My mother actually applied it to her pinkie just to see what it looked like quick. She had no base coat or top coat and Kiss This lasted for 4 days before showing any  real signs of tip wear.

Photo was taken in lightbox


 I love seeing manicures of holo polishes stamped over holo polishes so I used Color Club Cloud Nine and Shandy plate SH215 for a love themed manicure. 

Photo was taken in incandescent light
     
     What I ended up with was a more subtle look than I was expecting but it got me wondering how well Kiss This would stamp.  

     I used Finger Paints Paper Mache as my base and Shandy plate SH214 to test it out. Kiss This works great as a stamping polish, my skills could use a little work, though. 

   
   Whew that was a lot of photos. If you've made it this far, thanks for sticking with me. Id love to hear which polish is your favorite in the comments. As a reminder, this collection is releasing this Friday, January 30th and can be purchased on Etsy for $9 a bottle. Make sure to hop on over to Facebook or Instagram to keep up with all the latest news and sneak peeks at up coming collections. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

17 comments :

  1. I couldn't wait to put it on when I got the package. I had to wait 24 hrs to open it because it was so cold here, longest 24 hrs of my life!

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  2. Thanks =) Kiss This is stunning, and the flame effect is really intense in person. I couldn't believe I captures it in my light box, normally I have to go outside or hold my hand directly under a light to do that.

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  3. Kiss This is super pretty! I like the added glitters. :) The other two are a bit disappointing, I also was hoping to see more flakes on the nail.

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  4. The flakes are a little more visible to the naked eye but not much. They seem pretty dispersed in the bottle but I might try letting it sit upside down for a bit before using it again to see of that helps get more of them on the nail. Kiss This is so amazing! I'm going to use it for my pedicure on Friday. =)

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  5. I think these are all really pretty!! It doesn't really bother me that the flakies are hidden in the first two polishes because I don't really like flakies, but that's just me. The colors of those two are gorgeous!

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  6. I really like the first one! And the super sweet stamping!

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  7. I love the colors of all 3 of these. And I agree the first 2 look great matte.

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  8. I like the matte version also but there's something about that super glossy finish that's calling to me.

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  9. Kiss This is a must have for me, and I actually need to get my bottle back from my mother. She borrowed it yesterday and I have a feeling it might disappear if I don't hound her. The labels on these have a special place in my heart, not only is this a local brand for me but it also captures my love of Northern Minnesota.

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  10. I like the deep beery shade of Pucker UP too, but Kiss This stole the show for me. I'm a sucker for anything holographic.

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  11. Really loving Kiss This! It's gorgeous!

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  12. your nails look great and so special!
    Love this post :)


    xx <3

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  13. There all pretty. I like the hint of berry to each of them.

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