If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, then last week you’ll have seen me sharing the stunning Samhain collection from Dystopia Nail Polish. Well, this collection is now available to buy over on the Dystopia Nail Polish shop. But today I am just showing off these beautiful polishes again and telling you about how they apply, clean up, remove, you know, the usual!
Cerridwen the Crone
Inspired by the Cerridwen, the mythical Celtic goddess, this polish is a grey polish with blue/green multichrome flakes. It is perfect in 2 coats and dries fast to a glossy finish. It cleans up really easily but removal can be a slight pain because of the flakies, not full blown glitter pain though. Photos show 2 coats with a coat of Seche Vite.
In paganism the goddess is often represented as the “triple goddess”, transitioning throughout the year between Maiden, Mother and Crone. The goddess is said to be in Crone form at Samhain. Cerridwen is a popular representation of the Crone.
Fires at Midnight
Inspired by the fires that were traditionally, and in some areas still are, burned on Samhain, Fires at Midnight is a gorgeous orange holo with what I think is a pink shimmer to give it a shifty quality in certain lighting.
It applies like a dream, is perfect in 2 coats, cleans up really easily and removes no problem. It dries fast and to a semi matte finish. Adding a topcoat really brings out the holo. Photos show 2 coats with a coat of Seche Vite.
Let the Guising begin
Inspired by the tradition of guising, which involved dressing up in costume (i.e. disguising yourself) and travelling from house to house singing songs or telling jokes in exchange for a “treat”, Let the Guising Begin is a chocolate brown magnetic polish with a beautiful golden and pinkish shimmer.
Guising is the origin of what we now call Trick or Treating.
It applies beautifully and looks great with 3 coats, although longer nails may require a fourth as you can still see my nail line when the light shines under it. It dries quickly and to a semi matte finish, is easy to clean up and easy to remove. As with all normal polish magnetics (as opposed to gel) you have to hold the magnet over the second coat for quite a while, and I recommend holding it over the topcoat in the same place for a while. The magnetic line may lose it’s definition slightly with the magnetics particles spreading out a bit while drying, this is normal.
Photos show 3 coats with a coat of Seche Vite.
Inspired by the tradition of divination (trying to gain knowledge of the future using tools such as tarot cards), Midnight’s Mirror is a blue/pink/purple multichrome. This is my favourite from the whole collection. it is so shifty and has beautiful flashes of colour.
Since the veil between world is considered thin at Samhain this was/is a popular time for practising divination.
This is perfect in 3 coats and applies beautifully, although you could get away with applying one coat of black polish. It dries fast and to a glossy finish, is easy to clean up and easy to remove. Will go amazingly with everything. Photo shows 3 coats with a coat of Seche Vite.
The Veil is Lifted
Inspired by the belief that at Samhain the veil between this world and the “spirit world” is thin. This means we are more likely to be visited by our lost loved ones at this time, The Veil is Lifted is a lush purple with a very subtle pink shimmer.
I used 3 coats here, which would be perfect if you have short nails, but as I had longer nails it could have done with a fourth or it would be great one coat over black polish. It dries fast and has a lovely thin formula so builds up nicely. It dries to a glossy finish. Photos show 3 coats with a coat of Seche Vite.
Turn of the Wheel
Inspired by the pagan “wheel of the year” which comprises of eight celebrations based on seasonal changes, Turn of the Wheel is a grey to teal thermal with holo and black glitter.
Samhain is considered one of the most important pagan celebrations and is essentially the pagan new year.
This is perfect in 3 coats, as the grey is slightly patchy at 2 but the formula is fantastic and it builds up nicely. It dries quickly to a glossy finish, is easy to clean up and easy to remove. Photos show 3 coats with a coat of Seche Vite.
This whole collection is gorgeous and has awesome inspiration behind each polish. Which ones will you be picking up?
You can grab them here for £6 a bottle or £32.40 for the whole set.
Hope you had an awesome Monday!