It's taking me a long time to warm up to the indie brand polish trend, but the biggest reason is because most indie polishes are glitters. I appreciate glitter, but as you know, it's far from my favorite thing, and I would be lying if I didn't confess to being a liiiiiiiiiiittle butthurt about the lack of cremes within that niche market. The polish you're about to see today is actually from my first indie brand purchase, although it's not the first indie brand I've featured on Stuff.
What prompted me to hitch a late ride on this train?
Right before Christmas of last year, I did this thing where I managed to catch up on Series 5 and 6 of "Doctor Who." Despite scoring Series 6 on DVD for the cheaps on Black Friday and receiving Series 5 as a present from the old balls and chain, I was having some pretty pathetic Doctah withdrawal. So I trolled Etsy (as you do), where I chanced upon some "Who"-themed lacquers by indie creator Amanda Collier, the lady behind now-defunct NerdLacquer.
I have no idea what happened with that. She was coming out with new collections and had polishes exclusive to two e-tailers (Harlow & Co. and Ninja Polish), until one day she just dropped off the face of the earth. I really, REALLY hope nothing unfortunate befell her; on the other hand, I've heard rumors that she never refunded or honored the orders placed before she closed up shop. I can't confirm this -- I'm just telling you what I've heard.
My NerdLacquer wishlist is longer than it should be, but I've accepted that those babies are long gone and I'm just going to treasure the ones I have that much more! So here's my January order, the day it arrived in its packaging. The polishes could have been wrapped a LITTLE more securely, but the presentation was lovely!
And the spoils!
I ordered Don't Blink and the Mad Man with a Box trio, composed of All of Time and Space, I Think You Call Me ... Sexy, and today's polish, Home of the Untempered Schism. Since HOTUS goes on a bit too sheer for my liking, I decided to layer it over OPI Warm & Fozzie, which I showed you on Wednesday. Good idea? I say yes.
One and a half coats of HOTUS + SV over three coats of OPI Warm & Fozzie.
Home of the Untempered Schism is one heck of a polish name and one heck of a polish!! There's a tinted, sheer base -- I'm not sure what color that is, really. Is it bronze? Is it copper? Is it gold? Fuck it, I have no idea, but it darkened Warm & Fozzie ever so slightly to make it quite becoming. A variety of glitters in different shapes and sizes are mixed in, too. I think there are two different sizes of gold hex glitter, smaller black hex glitter, some coppery/bronzey glitters, and some smaller red, green and blue holo glitters. These holo glitters are easy to spot in the bottle, and not so much on the nail.
One important thing to note about NerdLacquer polishes is that they are NOT entirely B3F. I never did find out the ratio of B3F to non-B3F components in the lacquers, but I do remember Amanda writing on the NerdLacquer Etsy page that she tried to use as much B3F materials as she could. As a result, your bottle of NerdLacquer might have a slightly non-B3F smell.
I only used one and a half coats of this polish to layer, and I found that it applied and dried pretty well with SV. I'm not sure if that can be attributed to the non-B3F lacquer components, but I'm not gonna knock it.
This polish is incredibly unique and makes for such a fun look. When I get down to it, though, I don't know that I would wear HOTUS again! This particular glitter mixture turns out NOT to be my cup of tea. I think it's the black glitters -- they throw me off. Ah well. Can't win 'em all.
Let's take a couple of minutes to talk about HOTUS as it relates to its namesake, shall we?
Simply put, the Untempered Schism in "Doctor Who" canon is the opening in the space/time continuum. It was a BFD in "The Sound of Drums" and "The End of Time," the last full special during David Tennant's run as the Tenth Doctor. This two-parter and the specials leading up to it took me foreverrrrrrr to watch. I cannot lie -- I was more than ready for Ten to go at that point. Now that I've had some time to put between "Tensanity" and myself, I'm thinking this was more of a case of me being ready for Russell T. Davies to go (ENOUGH WITH THE ROSE OBSESSION, OMG. She was great for a while, but damn if Martha and Donna didn't get the short end of the stick in comparison) and less any fault of Tennant's. I'm noticing a pattern here, however: I *loved* Eleven during Series 5, but I wanted to throw him in the Battlestar Galactica's airlock in Series 6 (I know, different fandom). Not to sound dramatic, but I just think the writers butchered the character and made him a huge asshole, and that was WITH a brand-new official showrunner, Steven Moffat. Moffat was responsible for some of the best new "Who" episodes, but a few episodes do not a competent showrunner make, know what I'm saying?
For you lovely lacquerheads, do you think this glitter is too tame or too busy for you? Does anyone know what happened to Amanda and NerdLacquer? Like I said earlier, I'm hoping nothing bad happened, but it's odd that she exited stage right when she had a good thing going! Did you buy this set, or the other "Doctor Who" ones? Which of my remaining NerdLacquers do you think I should try next?
For the die-hard Whovians out there, do you think this polish matches up to what you know from the show? Who was your first Doctor? My first real Doctor was Nine (my PBS viewing in the '90s was limited to "Sesame Street," "Mr. Rogers," "Keeping Up Appearances" ... and "Lawrence Welk" -- I doubt my stations ever carried older series). Do you perhaps think new "Who" has peaked and it needs to take a little break?
If you read this entire post, congratulations and thank you! :D