I’m not usually one to do full-collection posts. I like giving a lot of attention to polishes I love, one at a time. But Freda was nice enough to send me her new collection for review, and I wanted to show these before they were released, so I thought I’d give it a go. I’m still going to give each polish the attention it deserves, so get ready for the longest post in Polish Squirrel history :)
If you’ve been reading this blog for any significant period of time, you know that I love the indie brand Windestine. I could list the reasons, but that might get a little long, so I will just show you her six amazing new polishes.
First up, Home Sweet Home.
Home Sweet Home is a gorgeous chocolate brown polish with holographic shimmer and some really pretty dark pink shimmer. It’s really the pink shimmer that makes this one extra special. As soon as I saw this in the bottle, I knew it would be a favorite! And I’m not big on brown polish, so you know it’s good. I want this in every color. Really.
Formula was pretty good. It was a bit thick, but unmanageably so, and a little sheerer than I expected. Here, I used three coats with no topcoat.
Next is what Freda described as the “glitter bomb” of the collection. It’s called Pond Patrol.
Pond Patrol is a medium green jelly packed with different glitters. There are some medium-ish sheer white and pale pink glitters along with some smaller sheer white glitter (I really love sheer white glitter) and tiny sheer pink glitter. But what makes this really unique is the addition of the tiny red glitters. Love this one!
Formula was thick and a little difficult due to the amount of glitter in the bottle, but that’s to be expected. I used two coats with topcoat to smooth it out a bit.
As soon as I saw this one, I was reminded of another Windestine polish: Spring Into Fall, so I did a comparison in case anyone wanted to see. SIF is more of an olive green, and while it has similar pink and white glitter in it, it lacks the red glitter and instead has a golden shimmer. I can’t decide which I like better, but I’m glad I have both!
Next up is a polish called Inner Glow.
Inner Glow is a yellow-toned nude with a lot of holographic shimmer. I knew this was going to be a favorite, but I was a little worried about how it would look on my skin tone, since I am very pale and very pink (especially on my fingers). But, even though it doesn’t match my skin (which is totally a good thing), this polish actually looks pretty good on me!
This swatch was two coats with no topcoat. The formula was a teeny bit thick, but overall, really great!
This one is called Twirling Upwards and it is gorgeous.
Twirling Upwards is a pumpkin orange color with two different sizes of tiny gold glitter. I didn’t notice until it was on my nails, but if you look closely, you can also see that it has some pretty pink shimmer to it. I really love this combination! It somehow manages to be a polish that definitely looks like fall in a bottle, but is appropriate year-round. I think the addition of the pink shimmer makes this really unique and special. This is one of those polishes that is just stupid pretty. I want to stare at it all day.
Again, this was a bit thick, but, that means the glitter goes on evenly and you don’t have to shake it. This was two coats with topcoat. It was still a teeny bit sheer at this point, so you may need to add a third coat depending on how long your nails are. This dried a little bit matte on parts of my nails (not the whole thing), which was kind of weird, but not really a big deal.
Next, I have Jacquimo, which totally reminds me of this:
If you don’t know what that is, go watch Thumbelina (the 1994 one). Right now. Jacquimo was always my favorite character, so I really love the name of this polish!
Ok, on to the actual polish:
Jacquimo is a coral/pink with silver holographic microglitter. You might already know that I’m not a pink person, so I wasn’t expecting to love this one, but I really, really like it. It’s so pretty and flattering, and I really like how the glitter isn’t overpowering. It’s just right.
This was two coats with no topcoat. The glitter in this one does tend to sink to the bottom of the bottle, but it’s easily mixed with a good shake.
I tried to get a picture of the holo, but it just wasn’t working for me, so you’ll have to imagine all the tiny silver specks sparkling like twenty times more.
And, last but not least, is Crushed Rose.
Crushed Rose is a glitter topcoat. It’s has different sizes of both pink and yellow glitter along with some white shards. Ok, again, because this was pink, I totally underestimated it’s awesomeness. I honestly thought this was going to be my least favorite of the bunch. But how freaking gorgeous is this? Seriously? It’s so pretty and delicate. The glitters in this are a bit sheer, so I feel like it will kind of blend with whatever you put under it.
I used one coat over Zoya Malia, because I thought the purple would compliment the yellow and pink glitter. The combo reminds me of spring. The formula was surprisingly excellent for a glitter.
And here’s a bottle shot so you can see all the glitters:
And…. we’re done!
I just want to say that even though I raved about each of these polishes, these opinions are 100% my own, and not influenced in any way. I will honestly say that if I didn’t like any of these, for whatever reason, I would have said so.
That said, I really did love them all. I will definitely be purchasing full sized bottles of all of these! I can seem myself wearing them a lot, especially as we get into spring. They’re so pretty, and I really think there is something for everyone in this collection! I was going to do a “my picks” thing, but I don’t think I can since they’re all so different.
UPDATE: This collection will be available on Etsy starting tomorrow!