If ever there was a nail polish collection whose names drew a visceral reaction from me, it would be this one from Emerald & Ash. I feel so torn, because these toppers are amazing...but I want to be angry while reading the names. I am very conflicted. Being a parent just ruins your brain.
Hold On over Fresh Paint Passion Fruit
Hold On is a stunning purple shimmer matte top coat, from our Terrible Twos Collection, that shifts to blue/green in certain lighting. A smattering of green flakes round out this stunning topper.
I think I agree with all of that. It is a lot harder to see exactly what is going on colorwise with the toppers because of the bright base I used. On the E&A website, they show swatches over a dark color, and that definitely gives you a good idea of what is going on. I just kinda wanted to show what they would look like over...lively colors. I used just one coat of Hold On below.
Temper Tantrum over Sally Hansen Pacific Blue
Temper Tantrum is a stunning blue shimmer matte top coat, from our Terrible Twos Collection, that shifts to purple in certain lighting. A smattering of purple flakes round out this stunning topper.
Yup. It is hard to be more precise explaining the color. It is blue-pink-green-mint...and flakes. Over a dark color, it is a little less sneaky. Over (the original) Pacific Blue it looks soft and delicate...and I love it. I used just one coat below. I love how evenly these toppers dry. No troughs or pits or anything awful!
No! over Fresh Paint Guava
NO! is a stunning red shimmer matte top coat, from our Terrible Twos Collection, that shifts to copper and gold in certain lighting. A smattering of gold flakes round out this stunning topper.
I saw a lot of warmth in the bottle, so I chose this practically neon shade. I think it really brought out the gold flakes, and it feels ultra summery. I used just one coat for the pictures below, and I continue to be astounded at how dense these toppers are. Like, have I been missing out all these years? Should I have been buying toppers all this time? (shush Deb. I know you're reading this)
Terrible Twos over China Glaze Violet Vibes
I don't have any copypasta for this one...because it doesn't exist? Well don't I feel special?! This genuine unicorn has some flakies...and some blue iridescent particles in there. I dunno. It reminded me A LOT of a CND sparkle that an overly generous pal just sent me. There is a delicately clean quality to this one, which makes it even more sad that I don't know where it goes! I used two coats below for maximum carnage.
Why? Why? Why! over Cliche Nascido Para o Frio
Why? Why? WHY!? is a stunning teal/aqua shimmer matte top coat, from our Terrible Twos Collection, that shifts to a green/blue in certain lighting
Ok, so I decided to lay this one over a dark color...you'd never guess that the base for this one is a deep plum-violet jelly/cream! The teal/green shimmer on top of that violet gives it a very...insectoid sheen. I think I might stow that thought away for future use. I used two coats below, and the effect is glorious. On the website it looks like it is one coat over black, and it looks amazingly different.
You're Not The Boss of Me over Sinful Colors Endless Blue
You're Not the Boss of Me is a stunning green shimmer matte top coat, from our Terrible Twos Collection, that shifts to rose in certain lighting. A smattering of rose flakes round out this stunning topper.
On the website, over black, this does not look like it is even remotely the same color. I love it. I threw one coat it over a bright blue (another shade from the land of Untrieds) and all the reptilian green faded back and the pinky rose flakes jumped right out. In person, at angles, you still got a hint of green, but it was very subtle. I think this would also be amazing over a good blush or nude shade, possibly moreso than any other color.
So what do you guys think of this set? I am historically not a huge fan of toppers or layering polish...but these might have changed my opinion. I am actually really curious about how these would do over more SFW colors...let me know down in the comments if you'd like to see a quickie post with these over a blush/nude shade! If there is interest, I might add it to my "to do" list.
Big thanks to Emerald & Ash for sending me this epic set to swatch. Hopefully this won't be the last time they turn my way!