At the Birchbox event I went to a few weeks ago I met a blogger called Emily and fangirled a bit when I found out that she was one of the creators of The Lacquer Lab. I am always on the look out for independent, UK based nail polish brands and this one had been on my radar for a while. I was lucky enough to be sent their new limited edition festive trio to review and I will apologise now for the photo heavy post: these polishes deserve a lot of pictures!
Introducing: The Lacquer Lab Festive Trio nail polishes
So here is the trio, L-R: Fred & Ginger, I Want A Pony, and Snow Globe. Don’t you just feel Christmassy looking at them?
I tried out Snow Globe first as I am a sucker for holographic and white glitter. This is a seriously stunning polish. It’s a clear base with matte white hex and square glitter (I LOVE square glitter). It also has tiny circle holographic discs as well as larger holographic fragments. This means it changes colour in the light whenever you move. I tried to capture just how sparkly and vivid the blue holo is in this but believe me when I say it’s even prettier in real life.
I put this over ‘Take It Outside’ by essie – a pretty taupe grey, and topped it with two coats of Seche Vite. LOOK AT THE SPARKLE.
Next up is I Want A Pony – the best name for a Christmas polish I’ve ever heard! This is a perfect gold polish for the festive season. It dries almost matte and has a lovely glittery finish. This is so pretty by itself but obviously I had to top it with glitter later… This is two coats and one coat of Seche Vite.
Fred & Ginger is a unique polish in my collection: it is a clear base polish, with large copper, gold and rose gold glitter hex, as well as small circular gold, copper and rose gold glitters. I love the combination of these colours – it is so pretty and unusual. This was two coats of polish with one coat of Seche Vite.
Overall I’m super impressed with this collection. The colours are unusual and eye-catching. The lids are rectangular (they don’t pop off to reveal a smaller cap on the brush), so if you find these types of lids a bit of a faff then maybe be aware of that. I didn’t find them hard to use though. Some of the glitter needs a bit of a helping hand when it comes to placement, but it’s rare for polishes as packed with glitter as these are to not need some placement. They lasted really well on me: I wore Snow Globe for about a week with no chips, and Fred & Ginger over I Want A Pony for just under a week and it was still perfect when I removed it.
The Lacquer Lab launched this year and are already causing a stir (cover of Vogue, anyone?) and it’s easy to see why, these polishes speak for themselves but the ethos behind the company is also really appealing:
“We are a Made in Britain brand; hand blended with love. We are passionate about mixing you fashion-forward, luxury lacquers that are ethical, vegan and 5 toxin-free nail colours – there is NO Formaldehyde, Toluene, Camphor, DBP, phthalates or formaldehyde resin in any of our beauty products.”
I will definitely be picking some more of the polishes. Getting to support a home-grown and independent business while also getting beautiful polishes? SOLD.
EDIT: Sadly Lacquer Lab is no more, but I have heard rumours that you haven’t seen the last of this mother-daughter team…