Hello and welcome to my post of pure awesomeness! I've got four amazing Daphine polishes for you that I received for review. Daphine Polish is a pretty new indie brand based in Ridgewood, NY. For now, she only ships within the US but she's looking in to the possibility of selling internationally. I think that would be great!
Edit 8/24: Joanne is starting to ship internationally on a trial basis! Be sure to read her shop policy first and have fun shopping!
Joanne was so kind to ask me what kind of polishes I prefer, so she could send me something I'd like. After all, a happy reviewer is a good reviewer. And goshdarnit, I'm happy as a clam! Okay, so let's just dive in!
First of all, I need to tell you about the packaging. I was amazed at how much thought had gone into packing these polishes! There were cute stickers on the wrapping paper and on the box (sadly I had to cut through them), the polishes were wrapped snugly in bubble wrap and there was a hand-written note on lovely stationery included in my blogger package. Everything about this shows how close Joanne feels to her polish, making me feel the same way. I got happy just opening the box, and I hadn't even seen the bottles yet. Speaking of bottles, let's have a look at them!
Daphine Polish uses square bottles with a long cap. Although this isn't aesthetically pleasing to me, the long caps make for great control while polishing. I mean it, I seriously love the longer caps for a neat application! The soft brush helps with this too.
The labels are somewhat mattified, giving them a professional look and feel. I hate it when labels are applied crooked but that was not the case here. And I'm a nit-picker, so you can trust me ;-)
Blue Sun, Grape Is Favorite, The Fashion Club and Boardwalk Carnival. Each mini contains 6,5ml / .22 fl. oz. so that's a bit more than the average mini. Full sized Daphine polishes will come in 16,5ml / .56 fl. oz. size.
The Fashion Club
The Fashion Club is a yummy raspberry jelly polish that gets its name from the Daria TV-series. The pic on the left shows two coats. There's still a tiny little bit of a visible nail line, but the color was just too cute to keep from you.
Confession time! I applied thick coats, which was no problem with this polish. This jelly-goodness has no bubbles, and by the time I got from my pinky to my thumb (that's my polish direction), my pinky was already dry to the touch. How's that for drying time?
I used some different lighting for The Fashion Club because it makes for better color accuracy, so please excuse my vampire fingers.
The Fashion Club has black and purple stars, white glitter in various shapes ranging from micro to medium hex, some white squares got lost in there too and then the really cool part is the small iridescent glitter that flashes blue purplish and then disappears as I turn my hand. You get to see all the pretties in one close-up shot right here!
To honor this beauty's name, I went with high heels in some kick-ass colors, because she herself has some kick to her sweetness.
I almost forgot to mention this little tid-bit of information: with the larger shape glitter, you often see some sinkage occur. No worries, just turn your bottle upside down for a little while before polishing. All the heavy glitter will 'sink' to the top and you have glitters-a-plenty! Swizzle around with the brush if they start to sink again, you'll get the darn things on your brush :-p
Grape Is Favorite
Grape Is Favorite received its name in honor of stand-up comedian Brian Regan's favorite snow cone flavor. Our grape colored crelly does her name justice. This polish feels smooth, but looks a tiny bit bumpy so I preferred applying a top coat. After three fairly thick coats, I had no visible nail line left.
There's no large glitter in this polish, so no tips & tricks for fishing or swizzling. Just smooth, easy polishing here.
Grape Is Favorite, the polish gets a dimensional feel when applied on the nail. Like looking through it, but still you can't see the actual nail. It's amazing! So squishy!
Wrapping my tips was a bit of a challenge. Sure, I can pile up the polish on the surface of my nail, but try doing that on a tiny ridge! Some creative polishing got rid of the white line that wanted to stay visible so desperately, but I did that sucker in.
Confession time again! We don't know snow cones in the Netherlands! The closest things we have are slushies in a cup or ice cream in a waffle cone. So I drew a waffle cone before I knew it was supposed to be a cardboard one. Whatever. This looks better anyways. What do you mean I'm obstinate?
Blue Sun is definitely blue, even your mother can't deny that. With a smooth application and such an intense color, I can't help but fall in love with this polish. Shown here are three normal coats (meaning not too thick, but not super thin either), no top coat because mine has started to dry out and leave bubbles all over the place. I really need to go to the store and get a new bottle *sigh*
Smooth as a baby's butt, n'est pas? You can even see my light box reflected in the surface, it's that smooth. Are you impressed yet?
Boardwalk Carnival is the last polish I will show you today. It's a very bright, happy polish with neon and holo glitters. Yay for neon! I was stumped as to which color to layer this one over. I tried it out over many different colors before landing on OPI's Mod About You. The accent nail is Kleancolor Neon Purple because I really liked that combination too and I couldn't choose :-p
There are so many combinations possible with Boardwalk Carnival that I could just do a whole post with different layering possibilities. The yellow, blue and pink glitters have their own complimentary colors so they stand out differently on various colors. It's fun!
That's it for today, folks! If you like what you see here, feel free to visit Joanne's shop on Etsy. She's also on Facebook and Instagram so you can keep up with beautiful swatches, new releases and sales. Feel free to contact Joanne, she's really nice and will answer any of your questions! Thank you for watching!
I received all of the polishes in this article as a press sample for an honest review. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced in any way other than the quality of the product itself.