You might have noticed a little bit of a change in the way I've been doing nail polish reviews of late. I've decided in order to give some extra value to those of you kind enough to read even though you're not super into nails, I'm only putting up reviews I can either spin into an interesting article, or reviews of local indie polishes, because I really like supporting people putting themselves on the line to create something. Happily, today's review knocks both those birdies down with one stone!
Shades of Phoenix is a brand new Australian indie maker, and like Alanna Renee are a really good example of just how exciting and interesting indie nail polish can be. As with any kind of "home made" product, indie nail polish in general can be a bit of a crapshoot - some of it is godawful, but some of it just blows me away. And Shades of Phoenix definitely falls into the latter category.
I picked Hades and Zeus for my first two purchases from this company, because if there is something I love writing about, it's Greek mythology. The Greeks viewed their mythology as almost the Days of Our Lives of the time, and unlike those hoity toity Abrahamic gods, the Greek gods were forever getting up to ridiulous shit, tearing across reality on long trips full of shenanigans. And no-one got into quite so many shenanigans as Zeus.
To keep going with the party metaphor, let's imagine that right behind the drunk frat boy, a sulky little Goth boy slinks in, and sets up in a corner somewhere. He's got a sketch book, and every time a girl asks to see what's in it, she runs off pretty rapidly. That is, until one girl takes pity, and sits down and talks to him for five minutes. The next day the Goth boy is telling everyone they've been dating for months, and there is nothing the poor girl can do to convince anyone otherwise. That guy? That's Zeus's brother, Hades. Poor Persephone ended up being Hades bride-by-force for half the year
by his use of just this sort of sneaky shit. Hades kidnaps her, tricks her
into eating some pomegranate seeds, and the next thing you know he's
insisting she has to marry him and stay in the underworld with him
forever. It was only because her mother Ceres threw a truly magnificent
tantrum (she stopped anything growing anywhere) that Persephone was ever
allowed back at all. Even then, Zeus refused to totally cock-block his
bro, and insisted she had to go back and pretend to like him for half
the year. What total dickheads.
As much as I'm a little embarrassed by it now, I fell for that little Goth boy more than once back in my youth, and I've fallen for this polish just as badly. Because the base is a jelly, I assumed I would have to put something under it, but it's actually so pigmented this is totally unnecessary. However, the jelly base still lets the chunks of holo and blue glitter shine through beautifully, in a way that reminds me a lot of Illamasqua's Glitterati.They both have this delightfully seductive glitter, that lies in wait until you move your fingers and then flashes like little flashbulbs of rainbow colour. If you couldn't afford or couldn't get your hands on Glitteratti this Christmas just gone, or if you just wished it was done in black instead of red, Hades is a much more economical polish with just as awesome a formula.
You can check out either of these lovely specimens and the rest of Shades of Phoenix's brilliant mythology themed Olympus Collection at their Etsy shop.