Hi everyone! I am super excited to introduce to you a new-to-me indie brand today! I have seven polishes from Tough As Nails Lacquer to share today! Elizabeth, the owner and creator of this brand, is super sweet and has given her brand phenomenal personality. I love the branding: the bottles, the labels, the names...it's all great and catchy! And wait until you see the swatches! There's something for everyone here, so let's get started!
All swatches were done with NYC top coat! I have layered most of these to cover any visible nail line, but if you have short nails without much free-edge, you could probably use many of them on their own!
First up, I have Tough As Nails Blue Tuesday. This is a complex blue shimmery base (sort of duochromatic in certain lights) filled with iridescent blue glitters of various sizes and shapes and a purple microglitter. Super unique and complex and reflective in real life. This is two coats of Blue Tuesday layered over Cult Nails Time Traveler, a dark navy blue. I wanted to layer it over something dark to bring out the gorgeous base, but I think it could definitely be worn alone as well.
Tough As Nails Blitzkrieg Blue is a bright blue base packed with silver and blue glitters. I have layered one coat over Priti NYC Canterbury Bells for this manicure. This is beautiful and reminds me of a snowy, yet sunny, day! Perfectly holiday appropriate, even if it's not intended to be!
My favorite name in the bunch, this is Tough As Nails Obligatory XMas Polish. This is two coats layered over Wet N Wild MegaLast Poison Ivy. This is a clear base packed with green glitters and microglitters, as well as multicolored hexes! With two coats, this got pretty opaque, but with one coat you could layer it over a variety of shades for an instant Christmas mani! I love the description of this one on Tough As Nails etsy: "Obligatory Xmas Polish hates to be dragged to family holiday parties but somehow finds herself wear an ugly Christmas sweater, standing in the corner with a glass of eggnog in her hand, stuck in a conversation with creepy Uncle Fred. She can be found attempting to hide in the basement with her flask, spoiling gifts before they can be unwrapped by the kids, and drunk dialing her ex, who just so happened to break up with her two weeks before Christmas. Bastard." Hahaha...haven't we all had holidays like that?!
Tough As Nails It's All Over Now is milky gorgeous goodness. This is a milky grayish-white base with purple, blue and white hexes, shards and small round iridescent glitters. It's magical. It's quite sheer, so here I have layered two coats over OPI French Quarter for your thoughts...no VNL and it is actually quite close to the bottle shade, so I'd suggest this as a great underwear for this polish! I think as long as you use two coats of the milky polish, you still get the pay-off! The base is sheer enough that you can see all the glitters swimming around in the first layer, and it is just great! A+!
This is two coats of Tough As Nails Moe Money on its own. It is a bright green packed with gold glitter and I love it! Picture a fiercer version of butter LONDON Dosh. Perfection!
The last two polishes are glitter toppers. This is Tough As Nails Flashbang, and it is so complex and gorgeous! The hexes and shards aren't really silver...they're more of a see-through white; does that make sense? The base is packed with a scattered holo shimmer. AMAZING! This is two coats over Milani Black Swift. Really breathtaking =)
Finally we have Tough As Nails Shock & Awe, a coarser glitter mix packed with all different sizes and shapes of golden iridescent/holo flashing glitter!! There's hexes, stars, bars, squares, and small rounds in there! This is two coats over OPI Casino Royale, but I think with only one coat you'd be able to see the individual shapes better. Definitely a glitter BOMB! The only fishing I had to do was for some stars!
Overall, I am really impressed with Tough As Nails! The formulas were great on these...like I said, the only fishing around for glitters I did was the stars in Shock & Awe; everything else spread super nicely and smoothed out well. The polishes I received were "shorty size", which came in 7mL square bottles which I loved. Honestly, the perfect size of polish (who finishes 15 mL bottles anyway?). Full size 15 mL bottles are $9.00 and shorties are $5.50 in Elizabeth's etsy shop [HERE]. She's out of Michigan too...I love supporting a good Midwestern small business! You can also check out her Facebook [HERE] for updates and news!!