Vivid Lacquer As You Wish Trio, Pin-Up Collab and Theoretically Nude Swatches and Review

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nailproHappy Monday! I hope everyone is refreshed and ready to go for the New Year! The Blogging for a Cause Guest Post Series to benefit the Polished Girlz was a HUGE success. Now it’s time for ME to get back to blogging. I’m excited about 2014. I have some big opportunities in the works for WPP (as a matter of fact, my first article in a three part series called “The Blog Log” (which provides a step-by-step guide on how licensed nail techs can start a blog to promote their business) is in the current issue of NAILPRO magazine! Woot! This was my first “real” writing assignment and I’m super proud! You can download the digital version of the mag here). In the midst of all this action, I also have some plans to slow down and regain some balance in my life. Nail polish is my passion, but my family is first. Most of the changes will happen behind-the-scenes (i.e., taking on fewer press samples) so there won’t be too much of an impact to my posting schedule. :)

So my first swatches of the year are from Vivid Lacquer. Which is fitting because Vivid Lacquer happens to be the first polish brand (indie or otherwise) to send me samples. :) Plus, I love how the title of this post came out. LOL. I have a triple, duo and a single to show you today. All are available in the Vivid Lacquer shop which just reopened on 3 January. All the links are at the end of the post.

As You Wish Trio (I LOVE this movie!)

The Sea After the Storm (my absolute fave!) is a described as a “darkened teal scatter holo filled with gold flakes.” I seriously couldn’t do any better describing it than that! The flakes are very subtle and the overall effect is a really rich green shade. My swatch is one thin coat and one generous coat.

Vivid Lacquer The Sea After the Storm

Not a Lot of Money in Revenge is a purple jelly with tons of silvery green shimmer and a hint of red. Does that sound amazing? It is! My pics don’t do it justice. My swatch is again one thin coat and one generous coat.

Vivid Lacquer Not a Lot of Money in Revenge

Fire Swamp is a green/gold duochrome with red shimmer. You really have to see this in person to see the color change. It’s very cool. In the bottle it reminds me of Ninja Polish Shillelagh…but the shimmer is more pink and less golden. It took three thin coats to achieve full opacity.

Vivid Lacquer Fire Swamp

Pin-Up Collab (this is a collaboration with Jess W Photography)

Crimson Vixens is an orange-red crelly with a beautiful pink shimmer. Very pretty. This is two easy coats.

Vivid Lacquer Crimson Vixens

Bettie Sage is a mint crelly with the most delicate copper shimmer. It’s undetectable in most light (and you can’t see it in my pic)…but the polish is pretty both with and without it. I really had a hard time capturing this color. It’s a bit more dusty and less bright in person. The formula was a little streaky with the first coat, but full-coverage in the second. I had to use a thin third coat for smoothness.


Theoretical Line

Finally, we have the newest addition to the Theoretical line (which includes many of my favorites!) Theoretical Nude is right up my alley. This nude creme has a subtle pink shimmer and darker flecks. The darkness gives it a unique depth. Anni says this shade is reminiscent of the discontinued, hard-to-find Borghese Almondine. So if you’ve had that on your wishlist, you should definitely check this out. Like Bettie Sage, it was opaque in two coats, but I used a thin third coat for smoothness.


All swatches were finished with a single coat of HK Girl by Glisten and Glow. So what do you think? Will you be picking any of these up?

Vivid Lacquer is BIG3 free and available in the VL Etsy store for $9 for a generous 15mL bottle. Be sure to follow Vivid Lacquer on Facebook for info on new collections and restocks! I also love VL stamping plates…so check those out too!

Disclosure: Products for this post were provided by Vivid Lacquer for my consideration. All opinions are my own. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.

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  1. Deborah says:

    I actaully thought of that Borghese polish while picture browsing! Gorgeous!

  2. Jenni says:

    I think I already commented on this post, but I can’t remember. lol I loved your article in NailPro! I immediately downloaded in from their app and read it!! I’ve been doing the #wordpress #zerotohero challenge, so your article fit right in with what I was/am doing. I’m still having a hard time deciding if I should change the name of my blog though. Do you mind taking a look at it and giving me some advice? I’m down as Jenni’s Nails on fb, twitter and instagram, so I have the branding part down. I just keep thinking that it sounds lame. lol

  3. Kelly R says:

    These are stunning.

  4. Beautiful swatches! And I LOVE your Nail Pro article…you are such a big deal, girlfriend!!!! :D That’s amazing!

  5. Jen Sky Walker says:

    Wow, these are gorgeous! Beautiful swatches!

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Lovely pics as usual! I have been blown away by everything you have going on… Good for you for taking the time to ensure you take care of yourself.

  7. Ali says:

    These are all so pretty and unique! The Sea After the Storm and Fire Swamp are my favorites.

  8. Jess Scull says:

    These look amazing on you – Fab swatches as always!

  9. Shipra says:

    Whoa to the Sea after the Storm and Fire Swamp!

  10. Kerry says:

    The Sea After the Storm is so, so SO gorgeous! Love it!

  11. XO, Noelle says:

    I love Theoretical Nude!

  12. Katrina says:

    Fire Swamp and Theoretical Nude are my favorites of these.

    Wow, it must take a lot of self-control to say no to some press samples. Good for you, though. Family is very important.

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