Friday, April 4, 2014

A Pretty Perfect Package - Collection Two

Hello and welcome to another post packed full of perfectly pretty polishes! (Hush, I couldn't resist.)

The lovely ladies behind Prettypots Polish and Powder Perfect released a limited edition collaboration box similar to What's Indie Box a little while ago called A Pretty Perfect Package, and after seeing swatches all over the place I was really kicking myself for not getting in on the action. Luckily, I was offered an advance viewing of the upcoming second Pretty Perfect Package!

Both brands have come up with some absolute must have polishes this time around, and the colours won't be available for individual sale until all the boxes are sold out, so you're definitely best off getting them while you know you can. At this stage, the brands plan to put out the Pretty Perfect Packages quarterly, so you've got plenty of time to save your pennies in between releases and the blow them on a fantastic package of delight.

You might remember Prettypots Polish from my post about the February What's Indie Box, or from my numerous overexcited posts about them on my Instagram. They entered the Australian indie market at the same time as a lot of other competitors, but the consistent quality of everything they put out has always made them stand out for me when deciding what to exchange my hard earned cashes for. Prettypots' contributions for A Pretty Perfect Package are a delightfully romantic duo; Golden Chariot, inspired by Apollo's daily trek across the sky, and Spellbound In Perpetuity, inspired by an Emily Bronte poem.

Golden Chariot is a delightfully smooth, yet glitter filled bottle of liquid sunshine, totally appropriate for the god it's inspired by. These swatches are two coats, plus topcoat - there's no undies required for a polish this packed to the brim with glitter. Unfortunately it turned out to be a little camera shy, or perhaps I'm just not very practiced photographing gold tones. The top picture is closer to the real life colour, but the bottom picture shows at least some of the beautiful glow that all the glitter brings to this polish.

If you aren't familiar with the story of Apollo and his chariot, the very short version is that it was the Greek explaination for how the sun went from one side of the sky to the other every day. Being the god associated most closely with the sun, Apollo theoretically hauled the sun across the sky every day with his golden chariot, as shown in this delightful illustration by Donn P. Crane.

Spellbound in Perpetuity is a dark "blurple" based polish, with loads of dusty pink, blue, turquoise and green hex glitters in between a generous serving of purple micro glitters, with a sprinkling of large diamond holo glitters on top. The base on this one isn't quite opaque enough for my liking, so I've swatched it here over Kleencolour Disco Purple.

The poem it's inspired by is quite beautiful, if rather bleak: but then, Emily Bronte isn't exactly known for her uplifting, cheerful tone.

by Emily Bronte

The night is darkening around me,
The wild winds coldly blow;
But a tyrant spell has bound me
and I cannot, cannot go.

The giant trees are bending
Their bare boughs weighed with snow.
And the storm is fast descending,
And yet I cannot go. 

Clouds beyond clouds above me,
Wastes beyond wastes below;
But nothing drear can move me;
I will not, cannot go.

I think the mixture of colours and shapes used in this polish really capture the feeling the poem invokes of being caught in the middle of a storm - flurries of colour drift across each nail, over an appropriately dark base. It's also really quite pretty in and of itself.

Powder Perfect's polishes have recently been moving away from simpler, larger glitters towards more dense, shimmery micro glitter concotions, and their contributions to this box are no exception. Another Time, Another Place is a dense berry purple with a scattered holographic gleam in sunlight, and Around The Salvatore Fireplace is a rich burgundy that appears to glow from within.

As with most of their recent polishes, neither of these Powder Perfect creations require undies. In fact, these swatches of Another Time, Another Place are only a single coat, with top coat - the colour is that dense and rich! Because of the huge proportion of glitter in this polish, it does need a good gooey topcoat to prevent it drying textured (unless you want that, I guess) but take it out in the sunshine and it is just breathtaking.

This polish is inspired by those times you wonder how things, people, life in general would have turned out if certain things had been different. What if you'd been born in another time, or place? What if your partner had? These are the sorts of things I always find myself pondering at four in the morning, and the way this polish comes across quite dark and melancholy in the shade, but then bursts into life in the sun really mirrors the way these thoughts always vanish, or at least get lighter, by morning.

Now, I'm going to come clean and admit I had to good the inspiration for this next polish. It's called Around the Salvatore Fireplace, but because I am very out of touch with what the cool kids are watching, I had no clue what that actually meant. Turns out the Salvatore family are in The Vampire Diaries, and their house has a super cool fireplace where lots of plot and brooding happens!

Without knowing anything about the inspiration, I still fell desperately in love with this polish the moment I put it on. The glow is so difficult to describe, and as it turns out, even harder to photograph. But trust me, if you like vampy, burgundy beauties, you really must get your hands on this polish. As with Another Time, this didn't need undies, but I did use two thin coats and topcoat for these swatches.

The presale for this Pretty Perfect Package (I love alliteration so much) begins on April 7th, and what's left over will be available for general sale on April 14th. There are also a limited number of the first Pretty Perfect Package collection available, so set yourself an alarm and hit up the Powder Perfect page come April 7th.

Just a little self promotion while I'm at it - there will be some new jewellery up on my Etsy store very soon featuring these polishes, if you're interested in matching your accessories to your awesome mani.

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