Hey everyone! Today I am sharing with you my first ever (sort of) Polish Pickup haul. My first PPU was actually April, but that order still hasn’t arrived due to this mad, mad world. Why did May get here before April? Who knows. But I’m thrilled to have at least one of my orders.
Polish Pickup (PPU) is an online store that offers new indie nail polish, bath and body products, wax, and jewelry from 100+ brands every month, inspired by a different group-chosen theme. All products made each month are limited edition and can only be purchased during the first Friday-Monday of every month, when the PPU shop is open. PPU has a very cool community of makers located all over the world, coming together to sell their super unique products. Most of the information on PPU is in their facebook group, where you can see swatches and reviews of the upcoming products for each month. The one important thing to note is that when you order with PPU, it is effectively a preorder and items purchased won’t be shipped for around three weeks, so you need to be patient! For example, I purchased this May order at the beginning of May, it was shipped near the end of May, and I just received it now, two weeks into June. But, from this first haul, I can say that it is so worth it!!
What I am showing you today are swatches of all the polishes I purchased. Even though these are LE items that can no longer be purchased, some are being brought back for July (the theme is “Rewind” so the makers can bring back a past LE polish from PPU), and a lot of people trade past PPU polishes in this facebook group here. So, if you really fall in love with something you see, it may be possible to still buy it at some point. However, this is also a great opportunity just to showcase some really incredible indie brands that have whole lines of polish that are permanent! Check them out and support small businesses! When has there been a better time?
May 2020 Candy Land
Whether you are a fan of the old board game, or just a fan of candy, anything sweet was the inspiration for the makers this month. There were around 115 products to choose from this month, so it was definitely a challenge to narrow down what I actually wanted! From what I noticed purples definitely dominated the colour selection, and I was ok with that! But you’ll see I also picked a few wild cards as well. In all of my swatches the majority of pictures show a glossy top coat, but each polish is also shown matte at the very end.
Fair Maiden “Limey Bean”
Limey Bean is a bright neon yellow-green with yellow-orange-green shimmer and iridescent flakies. The inspiration for this shade was lemon-lime jelly beans. This shade is LOUD and so fun! The formula is great and the flakes and shimmer really make it for me. Here I used three coats with one coat of glossy top coat.
By Dany Vianna “Zombie Rainbow”
Zombie Rainbow is a cool grey crelly with multicoloured metallic microflakes. The inspiration for this shade was the limited edition Zombie Skittles that were released near Halloween. The pigmentation of this shade is impressive, to the point where it is almost a one coater. Sometimes the flakes in crellies can get lost, but here you can see they show up really nicely. This is a fun, yet low key shade. Here I used two coats and one coat of glossy top coat.
Whatcha Indie Polish “Candy Cake”
Candy Cake is a baby pink crelly with two different sizes of multicoloured glitters and gold flakies. The inspiration for this shade was pastry cake. This shade makes me so EXCITED! Doesn’t it look exactly like funfetti cake?! There is something so special about this shade to me, with the combination of the delicate pink with small shiny multicoloured hex glitters. I think it might be my favourite shade from this haul! Here I used two coats and two coats of glossy top coat, since the glitters did cause it to dry with some texture. This shade also looks incredible matte.
Femme Fatale “Sugar Cubes”
Sugar Cubes is a light blue-toned purple with red-green shimmer, matte pink glitters and yellow and holographic microglitters. The inspiration was, I’m guessing, sugar cubes. I am such a sucker for lighter metallic blurples and this one is no exception, especially with all the glitter goodness added in! I didn’t notice any of the green shift that they mentioned in the description, but I am plenty happy with that red shining through. Might require natural light to get that end of the shift. Here I used three coats and two coats of glossy top coat, since the glitters did cause it to dry with some texture. Again, this shade looked stunning matte!
Beyond the Nail “Lovable Nerds”
Lovable Nerds is a medium purple crelly with white and pink matte glitters. The inspiration for this shade was strawberry and grape nerds candy. This has got to be one of the cutest crellies with glitters out there. I love how sheer the crelly is, so you can get a really beautiful layered look with the glitters. Here I used two coats. Interestingly, even after two layers of top coat some of the glitters caused little pockets to form in the top coat above them. Not sure why this is! This shade is too adorable matted up as well.
Lollipop Posse Lacquer “Skip to the Sweet Shop”
Skip to the Sweet Shop is a bright neon purple jelly with loads of bright pink flakies, iridescent microglitters and holographic accents. The inspiration for this shade was pink and purple sprinkles. The depth in this shade is insane! It is chock-a-block full of flakies and glitters, making the more layers you use, the more detailed this polish looks on your nails. Here I used three thin coats and two coats of glossy top coat, since the glitters did cause it to dry with some texture. This shade also looks quite cool matte since there is so much going on in it.
Charlie is a trithermal that shifts from a medium blurple (hot) to a mauve-y plum (warm) to a deep blackened eggplant (cold) with pink-orange-gold flakies. The inspiration for this shade was the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This is a very cool trithermal and it’s really quite stunning how different all of the states can be within one polish! I have found that it has naturally been shifting on me between the warm and cold states on my hands, but when I wash my hands or work out I definitely see the hot shade come out. I think this will be an especially spectacular shade in the Fall, when that blackened eggplant is super prevalent. You’ll notice I have included an excess of pictures for this shade so that you can see the various combinations of shades that I am seeing appear depending on what I’m doing, plus all the possible solid shades. Here I used three thin coats and two coats of glossy top coat to knock out any texture.
Apipila Cosmeticos Candy Land Stamping Plate
This is the sweetest stamping plate you will find! Packed full with all the treats you could ever think of, I am going to have a great time putting this to good use. I haven’t used it yet, but you better bet you’ll be seeing me using it a lot in the next little while with all of these newest polishes! I’m thinking the first mani I will do is some sort of ice cream mani with Whatcha Candy Cake.
Overall, I am super pleased with everything I purchased. Definitely no regrets here. Once you get into PPU, the addiction is definitely very real!! Now that I have my first order in, I can’t wait to start producing some nail art with the Apipila plate! What kind of designs or shades are you interested in seeing?
Until next time! And hopefully my April order will be here soon…