Cupcake Polish Cartoon Collection

Hello everyone! Today I have swatches of the Cupcake Polish Cartoon Collection*. I first learned about Cupcake through PPU and have been tempted many a time by their offerings, but shockingly haven’t indulged yet! Therefore, I was thrilled to be introduced to this brand through such a fun collection! This collection launches August 30th at 12 PM CDT. Don’t forget to check out my swatch video of all the shades at the end of this post!

This post contains products received in PR*

About Cupcake Polish

Started in 2013, Cupcake Polish is an indie nail polish brand based in Dallas, TX. They have made a name for themselves through their incredible holographic polishes and all of their polishes are handmade with high quality glitters and micas and are five-free.

My thoughts on the formula

Overall, I am very happy with their formula. For this particular collection the crelly finish is decently sheer, so depending on your nail length and VNL (visible nail line) preferences, you will want 2-3 coats for all of the shades, with near full opacity at 3 coats. The polish self-levelled easily and dried fairly quickly (3-5 minutes). All of the flakies also laid very flat, so while noticeable, the texture was minimal. For those who love a glossy finish, you will want to use a smoothing top coat in conjunction with your regular top coat, or two layers of your favourite top coat. I have been wearing these shades on my natural nails for four days now and have minimal wear on the tips, with one small chip that happened on day 2. I will likely post another update on wear in the next week.

Five day update: Unfortunately I had to do very rough field work which resulted in a lot of chipping, so this will have biased the wear test!

Cupcake Polish Cartoon Collection

Long ago, before wifi existed and every kid had an ipad glued to their hands, kids woke up early every Saturday morning to catch their favorite cartoons!  This collection is an homage to those nostalgic favorite cartoons that we grew up with.  This collection’s color palette features muted brights in a crème formula that are filled with iridescent flakies.

This collection contains six shades of bright crellies filled with flakies. All are priced at $13 USD.

D’Oh

D’oh is a mustard yellow crelly filled with red iridescent flakies. Based on the name I’m assuming this shade was inspired by the Simpsons. The colour combo of a yellow base with pink-looking flakies totally makes me picture Homer Simpson holding a donut with pink frosting, yum! Here I used three coats, one coat of a smoothing top coat and another of a glossy top coat to knock out any texture. The last two pictures show this shade matte.

Yabba Dabba Do

Yabba Dabba Do is a raspberry pink crelly filled with red iridescent flakies. Based on the name this shade is likely inspired by the Flintstones, and perhaps more specifically, their pet Dino that is pink? This colour is so saturated and luscious, I love it! Here I used three coats, one coat of a smoothing top coat and another of a glossy top coat to knock out any texture. The last two pictures show this shade matte.

Zoinks!

Zoinks! is a lavender purple crelly filled with gold/green/pink iridescent flakies. Based on the name this shade is likely inspired by Scooby Doo, and perhaps Daphne’s purple outfit. This shade definitely has the most contrast with the flakies and is really stunning both glossy and matte! Here I used three coats, one coat of a smoothing top coat and another of a glossy top coat to knock out any texture. The last two pictures show this shade matte.

Good Grief

Good Grief is a cornflower blue crelly filled with blue iridescent flakies. Based on the name this shade is likely inspired by Charlie Brown. The flakies in this shade blend in the most but are definitely brought out by using a matte top coat. Honestly I kind of like the subtle effect of the flakies and matching base colour! This base is also one of the most transparent, but still builds up well with three coats. Here I used three coats, one coat of a smoothing top coat and another of a glossy top coat to knock out any texture. The last two pictures show this shade matte.

Cowabunga!

Cowabunga! is a turquoise crelly filled with green iridescent flakies. Based on the name this shade is likely inspired by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This turquoise is so pretty and perfect for any end of Summer manis you may have planned! Here I used three coats, one coat of a smoothing top coat and another of a glossy top coat to knock out any texture. The last two pictures show this shade matte.

What’s Up Doc?

What’s Up Doc? is a medium charcoal grey crelly filled with  pink/gold/blue iridescent flakies. Based on the name this shade is likely inspired by the Looney Tunes. This understated grey paired with the blue and pink flakies is so stunning! I can totally see myself using this shade in an upcoming Halloween mani! This was the other shade that had a much sheerer base, but builds up really nicely with three coats. Here I used three coats, one coat of a smoothing top coat and another of a glossy top coat to knock out any texture. The last two pictures show this shade matte.

Thoughts on the Cartoon Collection

Overall, I think this is such a fun release and what a throwback to think about all these cartoons! It was actually really fun for me to guess which shade went with which cartoon, and the inspirations are really well matched with their polish shades!

If you are interested in any of these shades, make sure you check out the full collection here on the Cupcake Polish website!

Want to see the shades live and in action? Check out my live swatches below!

Have you tried out products from Cupcake Polish? What is your favourite shade from the collection? Let me know down below!

Disclaimer: These products were sent to me for review. As always, all of my opinions expressed here are never solicited and are entirely my own.

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