Earlier this year I had the opportunity to hang out with Laura, the creator behind ellagee & we hit it off immediately! Other than having the common thread of being a small business owner and indie polish creator, upon countless other things, we found of that we share something way less fun, we both have Fibromyalgia!*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience. For more information, please see my Disclosure Policy in the tab above.*
It is so important to keep to keep a sense of humor when dealing with anything so awful, so we decided to to a collaboration project to help bring some awareness to the public, but mostly as an excuse to hang out and just have fun with someone who really and truly understands. I am so glad to have found a friend like Laura!
We had the MOST fun putting this project together! We wanted to make something that symbolizes fibromyalgia and other invisible illnesses, but also wanted to keep it light because you've just gotta keep laughing.
The two polishes we created are exclusive to the limited edition collaboration box which will be available from Monday, May 12 through Thursday, June 11. Pre-orders will begin on Monday in both shops and the first shipment will go out on Friday, May 16.
So, let's get started! The package you get will include both polishes, Chronic Badass and Whack with Poo Brain, as well as a few other goodies that include nail charms! I'm not going to show you guys all of the stuff in the box because I wouldn't want to ruin the surprise! First, we'll take a look at the lovely Whack with Poo Brain! (And before you get all O.o about the name, it comes from an Adventure Time episode.) Get ready for a lot of photos! As always, click on the photo to see it in greater detail!
Color: Light purple with purple, pink, white, and black hexes and dots in varying sizes and small blue/green iridescent glitters that just glow.
Bottle / Brush: Round bottle – the wand is the standard length, but the brush is a super fat and wide one. If you've got smaller nails, you may have a difficult with application. However, the larger brush makes it easier to get the larger glitters out of the bottle.
Glitter Application: Easy – Spreads evenly without much manipulation.
Overall Ease of Application: Medium – applies well with minimal pooling, dragging, streaking, or balding. Spreads well without much manipulation.
Dry Time: Medium – dry to the touch with minimal smudging in 3-8 minutes.Overall Thoughts: The first coat goes on super sheer, and I was afraid that I probably should have used undies instead of doing thick layers. However, it was fairly opaque in two coats with just a slight hint of the nail line underneath. I really liked the jelly sandwich look with this polish, but I think it would also look nice over a similar shade creme. Application was relatively easy, but I had some issues getting it on my side walls. I think that's due to user error and not polish error, though, so keep that in mind. I like that it's purple, which is the Fibromyalgia awareness color.
Now, we'll take a look at Chronic Badass!
Color: Clear base with black and purple hexes and squares, fuchsia dots, black stars, and purple and silver holo butterflies.
Bottle / Brush: Round bottle – the brush and wand are the standard width and length. Easy to control and manipulate.
Glitter Application: Medium – requires the dab method, but glitters are easy to extract and spread evenly.
Overall Ease of Application: Easy – applies well without pooling, dragging, streaking, or balding. Spreads evenly and smoothly.Overall Thoughts: This glitter topcoat is a lovely tribute to Fibromyalgia awareness as it mixes both purple and the symbol of Fibro awareness, butterflies! I'm one of those people who loves butterfly glitters, so this topper was especially fun for me. Application was super easy, and the glitter to base ratio was perfect, and I only needed one coat with the dab method to get great coverage. Most photos show CB over Zoya Julie, but I've included some below that are CB over WwPB. It was a little busy, but not in a bad way. I received two butterfly charms, so I wore one over just Julie on my accent nail. The charms will vary from box to box, so you may receive a different fun shape.
Here are the two layered over one another. There's a lot going on, but it doesn't look bad. It's actually kind of cool! And the varying glitters give it depth! This is three coats of WwPB and one coat of CB.
You can purchase this limited edition set at both Ellagee's and Digital Nails' stores. They will go up for sale tonight at 6 pm central time. They will be available for the next month, so make sure you grab one while you can! Follow both lovely ladies on Facebook, IG, and Twitter for more updates and information on new releases! (Digital Nails FB, IG, Twitter | Ellagee FB, IG, Twitter).
*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience. For more information, please see my Disclosure Policy in the tab above.*