CrowsToes is a brand that I haven’t tried before, although I’ve been admiring some swatches from afar for quite a while, so I was pretty excited when these landed on my desk just after Christmas. I have four polishes to show you all today – Gomez, I Make The Path, Cheshire and VooDoo.
These polishes are the epitome of the phrase “glitter bomb”, I don’t think I’ve tried anything that is quite so loaded with glitter, so shield your eyes, this is going to be a sparkly post. For all these polishes, I would suggest dabbing it on rather than trying to paint it on to get an even coat otherwise the glitter gets stuck together and tends to clump.
First up is Gomez – a gorgeous mix of turquoise, purple, yellow, silver and black glitter. The turquoise hexes are the most dominant colour but the more you look at this polish, the more it fades into the background next to the other colours. What you see here is a mere one coat of Gomez over China Glaze Rodeo Fanatic.
Next is I Make The Path which I have to admit I hadn’t noticed before in the CrowsToes family. It’s a refreshing change to see a chunky pale glitter mix, I don’t think I’ve seen anything even close to this before. Dominated by pale grey matte squares, this polish also features gold, turquoise and pale green glitter which I layered over China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint. Then I couldn’t help myself and I added a coat of OPI Don’t Touch My Tutu to create a jelly sandwich which I instantly fell in love with.
Cheshire’s inspiration isn’t hard to guess. That purple cat from Alice In Wonderland gave me nightmares as a child, I detested everything about Alice in Wonderland but thankfully he has given us this fabulous polish so I guess I can tolerate him a little better now. A mix of pink and purple small hexes with larger gold and holo hexes, and the odd berry coloured super sized matte hex thrown in for good measure, there is no part of that cat not represented here! It lends itself perfectly to be layered over a dark purple and I went with OPI Ink for my undies here.
Finally VooDoo, which took me forever to settle on good combination for – a mix of purple, orange and turquoise glitter including lots of purple squares and shards and orange bar glitter! In the end I settled for Zoya Cynthia which I got in a recent grab bag and I still can’t decide if it’s an extremely dark teal or green. Either way, it provided a nice contrast to show off VooDoo to it’s best. I originally tried it over a teal polish and ended up discarding my swatches because it just didn’t do it justice. This was my first encounter ever with full size bar glitter which kept me entertained – I would suggest if you’re not a bar glitter pro, keep a set of tweezers happy so you can pull off any glitter that overhangs your nail tip.
All of these polishes needed two top coats to even them out to a glassy finish and I would recommend these to anyone who enjoys a lot of glitter. If you prefer your glitter a little more sparse like me, these may not be for you as all of these swatches are one conservative layer. All of these polishes are currently in stock at Llarowe for $13 each.
I’m thinking I need to add the new Pleiades collection to my collection in the not too distant future – those duochromes look amazing. Sadly I just put myself on a no buy for January…maybe my boyfriend could be persuaded they would make a good Valentine’s gift!
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