Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Indigo Bananas Swatch Spam!


Some polishes provided for review, some received in a gift exchange, some purchased by me.  


Sale info crossed out because the sale has ended.

I was going to make this a proper brand spotlight with nail art and all, but I've been having some trouble bending the fingers on my dominant hand (I blame the weather), so holding nail art brushes properly just wasn't going to happen :-( .  Sooooo, I'm just going to consider this "swatch spam" instead!

Andrea from Indigo Bananas is currently having a sale (coupon code CLEARANCE30, ends tonight (Wednesday, May 22nd) at midnight EST) on her Etsy shop to clear out all the round bottles she will no longer be using!  Please allow me to enable you by showing you swatches of her gorgeous polish (muahahaha!) :-)


Wednesday is a glass fleck duochrome polish that shifts from pinky-purple to gold.  The duochrome effect is nice and strong, but it was hard to catch it on camera (the sun and I really aren't getting along lately!).  Since the glass fleck is suspended in a dark base, Wednesday can be worn on its own, with full opacity being achieved in 2-3 coats (I used 3 for good measure).  Formula was nice, but dry time was slow.



It looks purple most of the time

Lowkey is a glass fleck duochrome polish that shifts from yellow/olive-green to a rich, blue-toned green.  The duochrome effect here is a bit more subtle, since it's shifting from one shade of green to another, but it's still gorgeous and mercifully easy to catch on camera.  Since the glass fleck is suspended in a dark base, Lowkey can be worn on its own, with full opacity being achieved in 2-3 coats (I used 3 for good measure).  Formula was nice, but dry time was slow.



Maui is a multichrome (blue/teal/purple) shimmer with added holo sparkle.  It's very pretty and shifts quite nicely!  The formula was fine and dry time was average.  I used 3 coats.  I have been told that you can use one coat as a topper, but I haven't tried that yet.

I had the worst time photographing this polish!  The only lighting in which the duochrome would show up on the camera was the sunlight coming into my future brother-in-law's room.  After a failed attempt at stealthily taking photos in his doorway, I finally asked if I could come in and take some pics.  He was just sort of sitting there watching my strange behavior, so I got embarrassed, rushed through the photos, and ended up with about 5 blurry pictures lol.

Blurry, but at least you can see the shift

Maui looks teal most of the time

Impact features a dizzying array of yellow and orange holo, metallic, and matte glitters suspended in multichrome (shifts from peachy-orange, to golden yellow, to yellow-green) shimmer base.  It's a very unusual combination and as far as I know, there is nothing else quite like it on the indie market!  The last time I swatched Impact, I had a lot of trouble with clumping, but Andrea has since fixed my bottle and altered her recipe to address the issue.  The formula was fine, but dry time was slow.  I needed 3 coats to reach full opacity, but some may be fine with stopping at 2 coats.  I've been told that it's possible to use one coat for layering, but I haven't tried that yet.

This polish was extremely hard to photograph and looks so much prettier in person!



Rez is a duochrome (shifts from purple to a blue/green/seafoam situation) and also contains silver, black, and purple glitters.  This is a fascinating polish, and I have nothing else like it in my collection.  The formula was great, but dry time was slow.  I only needed 2 coats to reach full opacity.

More photos HERE

Shadow is a duochrome glass fleck that shifts from a rich, deep blue to a pinky-purple color (sometimes even a sort of golden pink at some angles).  This isn't a shy shift, either.  It's easily visible in various forms of lighting.  Formula was great, but dry time was slow.  I used 3 coats, though you might be able to get away with 2 coats.  Indigo Bananas says one coat can be sheer enough for layering, but I haven't tried that yet.

Finish looks a bit flat here, but it's sparkly in person.
More photos HERE

Anansi is an amazing emerald green/purple duochrome glass fleck.  Most of the time, it looks green, but it easily shifts to purple both indoors and outdoors.  It does not need to be layered over anything, but one coat is light enough that you could probably play with layering, if you're into that.  Application was lovely, no problems there.  Dry time was average.  Full opacity is achieved in 2-3 coats.

Finish looks a bit flat here, but it's sparkly in person.
More photos HERE

Klein Trink Wasser is a rich, royal blue creme.  It's one of those "wow, that's really blue" shades, along the lines of Nails Inc. Baker Street.  Klein Trink Wasser has a great formula, applying beautifully, easily, and evenly.  Full opacity can be achieved in just two coats, though you may need 3 if you tend to do very thin coats.  It dries to a semi-matte finish with an almost gritty texture, so I recommend adding top coat.  Dry time was fast.

More photos HERE

Chill Out is like a flurry of smaller glitters.  This glitter topper features several sizes of satin white hex and square glitters, orange/green iridescent hex glitters in 3 sizes, and holographic shimmer.  I had feared Chill Out would be too similar to other white glitters I own, but the fact that it consists entirely of smaller glitters makes it a unique addition to my collection.  The formula was fine and dry time was average.  Shown is one coat of Indigo Bananas Chill Out over 2 coats of Essie Come Here!

Oh, and trust me, you could totally see the shimmer in person!

More photos HERE


Remember, the sale ends TONIGHT, so if you want to buy, buy NOW!!!

Indigo Bananas currently has a lot of the 5mL minis in stock, so if you want to try out a bunch of colors at once or you want to share the wonders of indie polish with your friends without a big financial commitment, now is a good time to do so!  This is also a great chance to get the new Executive Holos (which are priced a wee bit higher than "normal" polishes due to the high cost of the holographic pigment used in them) without breaking the bank!

Indigo Bananas polishes cost $10-$12.50 for 15mL or $4.50-$5.50 for 5mL (price of minis likely to change once IB starts using larger square minis).  You can find the Indigo Bananas Etsy shop HERE and you can "Like" Indigo Bananas on Facebook HERE.  Indigo Bananas also has a website, found HERE.

Let me know in the comments if you were seduced by the sale, or if you'll be waiting for the sexy new square bottles!

Some polishes provided for review, some received in a gift exchange, some purchased by me.

Sale info crossed out because the sale has ended.  

2 comments:

  1. Awesome swatches! I'll check out her etsy shop but I don't think I'll be buying anything since I've spent way too much on polish this month, lol.

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    1. Thanks! I've been good lately, so I got all the Executive Holos in mini form :-D

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