I'm not ashamed to admit I was THRILLED when Dead Set Babes contacted me to review their budding polish collection. They are the very first company to approach me as a proper Beauty Blogger who's Opinion They Would Like, and I ended up bouncing around for a good ten minutes until it something dreadful occured to me - what if I didn't like them? I would have to say something mean! And then no-one would ever ask me to do reviews again! And I would be back to pretending I'm a Real Beauty Blogger and suddenly I wasn't 100 per cent I should have said yes in the first place.
I know, I know, my brain can ruin ANYTHING.
As it turns out though, thank goodness, I DO like the little bundle that Dead Set Babes were kind enough to send me! Not only are they very pretty, all their polishes are 3-Free, Vegan, and they give a portion of all sales to the RSPCA, which is rather decent of them.
|From left to right, we have Midnight at Tiffany's, Teenage Crime, and Rocket Man|
These are all matte glitter creations in a clear base, quite similar in formula to Emily de Molly's Bright Young Things. The clear base means you do have to put another colour under it, but it also means you can pick whatever colour you think will look best with the glitters, making it really quite versatile.
First up is Midnight at Tiffany's - I'm a sucker for both teal and clever names, so I was pretty much guaranteed to like this one. This is two coats of black and teal goodness over Pretty Serious Nightopia.
Next up is Rocket Man, which I sincerely hope is named after Elton John, because it seems like the sort of thing he'd dig.I don't know if it really shows up in these pictures, but there is a bunch of holo sparkle in the clear base, along with green and yellow small glitters and big black dot glitters. These pictures show two and a bit coats over Ulta 3 Mojito.
And last, but definitely not least, is Teenage Crime, a pretty purple potion of white, magenta, and purple glitters in various sizes. This is two and a half coats over Ilamasqua Baptise.
As you can see from the last photo, this is actually the one I have on today, and three different people commented on how pretty it was. Considering the vast majority of my co-workers wouldn't notice if I walked in ON FIRE, this is a hell of an endorsement.
So you can see, they all look great. My only issue with this brand is the formula - unfortunately it is a little tricky to get as much glitter out of the bottle as I would like. I did find myself fishing around quite a bit to get the "good ones". However, I am, as you might have noticed, a glitter FIEND. I've had a couple of people say they'd like to see some polishes with less glitter, or smaller glitter, which frankly boggles me - HOWEVER, if that's what you're looking for, Dead Set Babes will be perfect. The looser distribution of glitter means it's much easier to get them smooth than say, Femme Fatale polishes, and if you put them on in thin coats you can get a lot of control over where the glitter goes exactly. You can also use them over a bunch of different base colours, unlike polishes with coloured bases, which means you can wear the one polish a bunch of different ways - if you're looking to get the most from every bottle you can afford, this is a big plus.
While I'm not 100 per cent on the formula as it stands this is easily tweaked. I've noticed with indie polish you also have to have an eye for what does and and doesn't go together, otherwise you're just tossing glitter in a bottle and hoping for the best - and often getting the worst. When it comes to an eye for colours, Dead Set Babes are totally set. They can obviously pull together beautiful combinations in their sleep, so with a tiny bit more glitter in the formula to satisfy the glitter fiends like me, this will definitely be a brand to watch.
In celebration of my very first Proper Beauty Blogger Review, I have decided to run a little competition. Since receiving my bundle for review, I've added to my little Dead Set Babes collection, and would like to share the fun with you guys. For my very first competition I have a bottle of Teenage Crime to give away - and yes, I will happily send it internationally. All you have to do is confess to your best/funniest/most daring teenage crime, right here in the comments. Remember, you can comment anonymously here, but if you will you''ll have to contact me by email so I can send you your prize!