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Polish Pickup Guilty Pleasures May 2021 Swatches and Review

Polish Pickup’s Guilty Pleasures-themed May 2021 pre-order is open from May 7 at 11AM EST to May 10 at 11:59PM EST. In case you didn’t already know, Polish Pickup is a Facebook group and pop-up shop that offers monthly pre-orders of indie polish and crafts made to themes voted on by members of the group.  I have products from Alter Ego, KBShimmer, Nail Hoot Indie LacquersPretty Beautiful Unlimited, Serum No. 5, and Supermoon Lacquer. Let’s check them out!

*sent by the makers for photography and review*

Alter Ego Get Yer Red Hot Dog Here! is a ruby red shimmer with slight golden shift. I wore it in two thin coats and it has a great, fast-drying formula. 

Inspiration: hot dogs

Inspiration: fresh cut flowers

Inspiration: tropical blended drinks

Ingredients: Sucrose, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, Emulsifying Wax NF, Stearic Acid, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Fragrance, Cetyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol, Mica

Price: $10 / no cap

KBShimmer Freshly Blended Sugar Scrub

KBShimmer Freshly Blended Sugar Scrub

KBShimmer Freshly Blended Sugar Scrub

Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Strawberry Shortcake is a hot magenta jelly with black and white matte glitter. It dries slightly redder/warmer on the nail than it looks in the bottle. I wore it in four thin coats, but two or three will cover. It has a nice, fast-drying formula. I wore it with peel-off base coat for easy removal and two layers of top coat for smoothing. 

Inspiration: Strawberry Shortcake cartoon

Price: $11.25 / no cap

Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Strawberry Shortcake

Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Strawberry Shortcake

Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Strawberry Shortcake

Nail Hoot Indie Lacquers Strawberry Shortcake

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited It’s Too Pretty to Eat! is a black jelly with black and silver holo microglitters, silver holo star glitter, and four types of multichrome iridescent crystal chameleon flakes. I  wore it in four thin coats, but two or three will cover. The star glitters did not really come out of the bottle easily – I only got one. I wore this polish with peel off base coat and it smoothed nicely with two layers of top coat, even with all the glitters and flakes. 

Inspiration: fancy cakes

Price: $12 / 160 cap

Inspiration: cakes and sweet treats

Scents include:

  • Almond Biscotti – Notes of toasted almonds, chocolate, and cake.
  • Banana Nut Bread – Fresh baked bread of ripe banana blended with cinnamon spice, walnuts, sugar and vanilla.
  • Blueberry Cheesecake Icecream – Rich cream cheese tones are perfectly balanced with a blueberry accord and tiny hints of cinnamon blended with super sweet vanilla ice cream.
  • Butter Brickle – Rich, strong sticky drops of Vermont maple and toffee followed by creamy butter and base notes of vanilla and hints of almond.
  • Coffee Ice Cream – Sweet buttery cream is laced with smooth Brazilian coffee. Hints of brown sugar and cocoa powder add richness to the creamy vanilla base.
  • Creme Brulee – Creamy buttery milk based custard flavored with vanilla beans with a hard scorched caramel topping.
  • Lemon Sugar Bundt Cake – Top notes of sweet lemon and freshly baked cake are drizzled with buttery lemon and mandarin zest followed by middle notes of caramelized sugar and finishing with a creamy vanilla base note. 
  • Monkey Bread – A warm, bakery delight with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, buttery bread, and maple & brown sugar glaze.
  • Orange Caramel Crumble – Rich, yummy caramel blended with a rich, moist orange pound cake with even more caramel crumbles.
  • Pie Crust – The warm aroma of buttery, flaky golden-brown pie crust.
  • Pineapple Whip – Super sweet and tart, fresh cut pineapple blended with sweet delicious soft serve vanilla ice cream.
  • Pistachio Macaroon – A blend of crushed Pistachio, Sugar Crystals, Cocoa Powder, Maraschino Cherry, Vanilla Extract, Amaretto Cream and Vanilla Ganache. 
  • Rainbow Sherbet – The aroma of fresh lime, pineapple, orange, and raspberry, with creamy base notes of vanilla. 
  • Strawberry Shortcake – The aroma of buttery vanilla cake with notes of freshly sliced strawberries, with base notes of rich vanilla cream.
  • Vanilla Buttercream Crunch – Rich and heavy; thick and creamy, buttery – toffee vanilla with just a very light touch of crunchy nuts.
Price: $8 / 200 cap

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Sweet Treats Wax Sampler

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Sweet Treats Wax Sampler

Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Sweet Treats Wax Sampler Charm
Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Sweet Treats Wax Sampler Silicone Cup

Serum No. 5 Dark Chocolate Hazelnut and Mint Chocolate Chip Serum Set includes two pen-type cuticle serum applicators containing .5 oz. These are very light and don’t leave a residue – great for folks who don’t like the texture of oils or creams. 

Inspiration: loving chocolate but being allergic to it

Price: $10 / 50 cap

Serum No. 5 Dark Chocolate Hazelnut and Mint Chocolate Chip Serum Set

Supermoon Lacquer Don’t Make Me Love You is a blue-gray with blue-to-purple and turquoise-to-pink color shifting shimmer, blue shimmer, copper, gold, and red sparks, rainbow pearl and snow white microflakies, and holographic and iridescent microglitter. I wore it in three thin coats, but two cover easily. It has a great, fast-drying formula and needs top coat for complete shine. 

Inspiration: the music video for Snapping by female KPOP soloist Chungha.

Price: $13 / no cap

Supermoon Lacquer Don't Make Me Love You

Supermoon Lacquer Don't Make Me Love You

Supermoon Lacquer Don't Make Me Love You

Supermoon Lacquer Don't Make Me Love You

Supermoon Lacquer Don't Make Me Love You

Supermoon Lacquer Don't Make Me Love You

Supermoon Lacquer Don't Make Me Love You

Now for live swatches!

Polish Pickup’s Guilty Pleasures-themed May 2021 pre-order is open from May 7 at 11AM EST to May 10 at 11:59PM EST. The shop is open for wishlisting right now. There is so much variety on offer this month, be sure to check it out and take advantage of that flat-rate $3 domestic shipping on Friday!

*sent by the makers for photography and review*

The Polish Pickup is a monthly event in which multiple indie makers create polishes on a single theme. Find them at: 

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