Buying Local & Indie: Beyond the Nail (pt 2)

30 July 2013

On to the second batch of polishes I bought from Beyond The Nail, Part 1 is here if you missed it.

The next polish I tried out was the Magenta Holo in Black. There are a few things to say about this polish. First, I am a sucker for dark shades with glitters, there’s enough in there to pack a punch – so that’s great. Secondly, and I have no idea if this was intentional on the creator’s part – but this polish dries with a rough finish – almost like a liquid sand! It was an expected delight to have bought a black-based-glitter-textured-polish since I had been eyeing Zoya Dahlia for so long, but hadn’t gotten around to buying it yet. Now, obviously they aren’t dupes by any means (the glitters being entirely different), but I’m definitely satiated for my Black-Glitter-Texture lust for a while. Also, as you can see from below, it smooths out nicely with a top coat, so it really offers the best of both worlds!

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Top-Left: One Coat, no Topcoat. Top-Right & Bottom-Left: Two Coats, no Topcoat. Bottom-Right: Two Coats with Topcoat.


Just as another example, after a couple days I got bored with just the polish, so I jazzed it up with some striping tape – I think it really helps bring out the glitter:

Next up, and this one is a bit briefer, as I haven’t done a full mani with it yet, we have Phoenix Glitter (which appears to be sold-out on their store at the moment).

Although I don’t own it so I couldn’t do a direct compairson, this polish reminds me very much of China Glaze’s Electrify from the Hunger Games collection. Although there are some obvious distinct differences – the large hex yellow glitter in Phoenix sets it apart, a feature I love as it reminds me of the bright sun. See swatch below:

Left to Right: One Coat, Two Coats, One Coat on White, One Coat on Black. No Topcoat on any.

I think this is one glitter topcoat that looks really great on its own, but also goes well with warm hues. Here it is below over a shimmery brown (Mani I did for Angelina, she called it ‘Autumnal’):

That concludes the two-part series of the polishes I bought, although I still do have a couple of tricks and treats up my sleeve from Beyond The Nail in the future. Please do check them out, and tell them Chantelle sent you (maybe I can get a bigger discount that way! ;)

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  • Maddy S

    I love your reviews and pictures :) Thank you so much for sharing!!
    & don’t worry, message us before you make any purchases and we’ll do something special for you ;)

    Maddy | beyond the nail.

  • Maddy S

    Oh, and all our microglitter nail polishes are supposed to have that “textured” look after :) That is why we recommend a layer of topcoat if you prefer a smoother look!