Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Frankenstain Nail Polish Reviews & Swatches

I have a new to me new brand to share with everyone today, called Frankenstain Nail Polish! I'm sure a lot of my readers don't know, that I have a love for all things Frankenstein and I even have a tattoo of the bride of Frankenstein on me. :P 

Diamonds In The Twilight has a deep blue jelly base with holographic shimmer and silver holographic hexagons. All nails are 3 coats with a top coat of Seche Vite.
One thing I will mention now and continue to mention is the smell of these polishes. It is very strong. Think KleanColor, but stronger and the smell does not dissipate even with a top coat or a long period of time. Besides the smell, the formula has a very long dry time and a fast dry top coat like Seche Vite is a must. Formula of Diamonds In The Twilight was thicker, but I did not need to fish out any of the larger hex glitters. The color is very pretty and I love how the deep blue jelly base makes the glitter looks nice and "squishy". ;)
Kaleidoscope is described as a clear base with a collection of different color shards and shapes glitters. All nails are 1 coat of Kaleidoscope over 2 coats of Pure Ice Black Velour and a top coat of Seche Vite.
I had to layer this over black just so all those fun little yellow glitters could pop out! :P It reminds me of the circus with all the fun bright colors and in just one coat my nails were so darn glittery! ;) Formula was a little thick, though I didn't have to fish out any of the larger glitter or shards. It did have a strong smell, but had a quicker dry time than Diamonds In The Twilight being about average.
Psychotic Pussy Cat has a clear base with pink, green and blue glitter. I used 2 coats over 3 coats of Road Rats with a top coat of Seche Vite.
This color of this polish is a fun glitter that I'm sure would look great over a variety of other colors! The formula was a great consistency and I got plenty of glitters out in 1 and 2 coats. Again, I know I sound like a broken record here, but it had the same strong smell as the previous 2 polishes and a long dry time. 
Road Rats is a gun metal gray with a pearl finish. I used 3 coats with a top coat of Seche Vite.
Besides the smell and long dry time, Road Rats was very thick and goopy. I needed to add a few drops of thinner to get it to apply nice and evenly. The color is a nice dark gray pearl that can be worn alone or layer with glitter! ;)
Sleep Deprived is a clear based polish with holographic pigment and various shapes, sizes and colors of glitter. All nails are 2 coats over 3 coats of Hard Candy Bitty Blue and a top coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri.
I love how the added holographic pigment in this polish gives Hard Candy Bitty Blue a galaxy look to it! This polish is not a glitter bomb by any means, but that's ok! I know plenty of people don't love having disco ball nails and a little bit of glitter is just a nice added touch to any manicure. ;) Formula wise, again, had a strong smell and but a quicker dry time than the other polishes.

As much as I try to always outweigh negative things about a polish with positive ones, it was very hard to get past the smell of these. It came to the point I could only swatch 1-2 a day because the smell gave me such a headache. I did email Sarah, the creator of Frankenstain, and mentioned the smell to her. I was told that the base was in fact big 3 free and they already switched bases. I received polishes from an older batch of base so while I cannot confirm personally the base switch, I can tell you it was very hard to enjoy these polishes due to their smell.

Find Frankenstain Nail Polish on Etsy here. Road Rats and Sleep Deprived have yet to be stocked, but I am told they should be soon. Make sure to follow Frankenstain Nail Polish on Facebook here.

These products were sent for review, all opinions are my own.   
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