Philly Loves Lacquer: Swatches & Review

Hellooooo, Ladies!

Yesterday I ate a lot of doughnuts in honor of National Doughnut Day. A loooooot of doughnuts. I will not tell you how many, because then you will mistake me for a doughnut vacuum. That many.  You ever go somewhere and you can't decide between options, so you get both? Yup. Except there were way more than two options I had trouble deciding on.  Couldn't leave any of those cute little doughnuts out! ;-) And that is my justification. -_____-

Today I have three sassy polishes to show you, sent to me for review by the even sassier Esther, the owner, designer, and creator of Philly Loves Lacquer, 3-free and cruelty free nail lacquer, handmade and hand-blended in the City of Brotherly Love. Yayyy, Philly!

First up is South Street. South Street is an east-west street forming the southern border of the Center City neighborhood of Philly, and the northern border for the neighborhoods of South Philly. The stretch of South Street between Front Street and Seventh Street is known for its "bohemian" atmosphere and its diverse and urban mix of shops, bars, and eateries. It is one of Philly's largest tourist attractions. As you can see, South Street the polish is just as sparkly and diverse as the real South Street. It is a clear base, made up of fine turquiose and lavender glitters.

Shown below is a quick tape manicure I did using South Street.  To achieve complete coverage, it took three thickish coats.  This polish in general is on the thick side, so I definitely suggest you use it for more of a glittery accent over a solid color, or else it will take quite a while to dry!

Next up we have The Devon. Located in the Mayfair district of Northeast Philly, designed in late-Streamline Moderne style by the firm of Thalheimer & Weitz, the Devon Theatre opened in 1946 with 878 seats, all on a single floor. A feature of the auditorium were large mural plaques midway on the side-walls over emergency exits, which depict Classical female figures with movie camera and the 'Oscar' statue. The plaques were back-lit. The Devon is a black jelly base with ultrafine lavender glitter, green hex, pink diamonds and squares, blue hex and lavender holo circle glitters.

The photos below show one coat of this squishy perfection over a dark blue shimmer polish.  You could also go for the depth-look and use three coats with no undies. (hehe, that sounds silly) Application for The Devon was perfect - this jelly had a perfect consistency, and I had no trouble getting the glitters to come out with every dip of the brush.

Finally, I have Mummer's Parade.  The Mummers Parade is an American event held each New Year's Day in Philly. It is believed to be the oldest folk festival in the United States. Local clubs (usually called "New Years Associations") compete in one of four categories (comics, fancies, string bands and fancy brigades). They prepare elaborate costumes and moveable scenery, which take months to complete. This is done in clubhouses – many of which are on or near 2nd Street (called "Two Street" by some local residents) in the Pennsport neighborhood of the city's South Philly section – which also serve as social gathering places for members. It is a purple-y jelly base with dark pink diamonds, purple hex, orange bar, blue hex, and fine pink, orange and purple glitters.

This polish is a jelly base, so you could definitely build it up with a few coats and wear it on its own, but I opted to layer it over a hot pink creme. Check it out! Application was easy-breezy for this one!

Esther is such a sassy beotch and she is very involved in the nail polish community; she's incredibly nice and so helpful! Please show her some love and check out her polishes! Here are some links for her:

Keep polishing!