It’s been a long while since I’ve done a nail polish review but I started picking up a few indie polishes because, well, they’re fantastic. They’re more complex than the typical polishes that you find out there and if you get a glitter bomb polish you’re going to have some really great glitters floating within the polish base.
I’ve seen Octopus Party Nail Lacquer around and I’ve always been intrigued by the name – if I had to list off my favorite underwater creatures, the octopus would be in the top three (the other two being sharks and jellyfish). I went to their Etsy site a few days before the release of their fall collection and picked out the polish that screams JAMIE: Plume & Bloom.
When trying out new brands, I’m worried that I’m not going to like the product that I choose and I’ll wind up not exploring the brand more. I’m happy to say that I had a great first experience, and I’ve already made my second order!
The swatch below is three coats of Plume and Bloom with one coat of Seche Vite’s top coat taken under a daylight bulb.
The official description from the website:
Plume and Bloom is a beautiful, “conservative” glitter lacquer. A fine mix of chartreuse, lavender, and rose, Plume and Bloom appears as a demure shade of mauve in some lighting; fiery and gold in others. This lacquer is easily opaque in 3 coats and well-suited for nail art, such as stamping and gradients.
While this is a glitter polish, it’s not as textured as I’ve experienced with other polishes with a similar consistency and finish. Even with a top coat, I’m used to the texture pushing its way through. I’m happy to say that this one has a slight texture, but nothing that I’m concerned about my clothes with.
It’s opaque in three coats, no more and no fewer. With my Seche Vite top coat, I was able to start doing things around the house 15 minutes after painting my nails without causing any issues in the polish.
Just so you can see how fantastic the glitters are in this shade, here’s the polish out of focus:
You can see more of the chartreuse with it out of focus. To me, it’s more gold than chartreuse. A quick Wiki search showed that this would be closer to the traditional chartreuse color rather than the “web” version.
Plume and Bloom is such a statement polish in the right way. It’s not over the top and it doesn’t remind me of what my fifth grader cousins would want to paint their nails with. I’m planning on wearing this to a wedding I have to go to, and I’m so glad that I found it because boring French nails are boring and I’m going to have fantastic flashy-but-not-annoyingly-so nails.
Here’s another photo of the polish that was quickly taken by my iPhone in direct sunlight, both in focus and out of focus:
There are absolutely no words for how much I love this polish. I’ve had this on since Tuesday and there hasn’t been any chipping. The only way you can tell it’s been on for so long is that my nails have started growing so the polish is a little further from my cuticles than with fresh polish.
Octopus Party Nail Lacquers come in two sizes – Minis (5 mL) and Full Sizes (15 mL). The holographic shades are more expensive.
Minis: $4.50 to $5
Full size: $10 to $13
I wish I could comment more on the shipping process, but for some reason my package kept getting bounced between two post offices that weren’t mine for about four days. After I called the customer service line and got the package rerouted, I got my package two days later. Dave, the owner, was great to work with and offered to send me a new bottle of polish if mine didn’t pop up again or I didn’t hear back from USPS after 48 hours of filing the complaint. I really appreciated the offer, especially because I was super excited for this shade.
Plume and Bloom was a $10 full size bottle, but it’s now out of stock. You can find the Fall collection from Octopus Party Nail Lacquer on their website here.