Hot Topic has a place in my heart. It was my mid-90's mecca for all things "edgy". It was my source for weird clothes, chokers, off-the-wall cosmetics, and gothic prom dresses...as an old lady now, I have a hard time looking at what it has become, but at least it still has pretty nail polish.
For my birthday, the kids decided to take me out for some shopping. We were also getting ready to travel for a wedding, so I had a small list anyway. We stopped into Hot Topic because my tiny minions are Whovians who also love Minecraft and Disney. It's like that store is aimed right at them. While they effused over blocky playsets, I poured over the sale cosmetics. I managed to find a few things.
Violet with Blue Glitter
This is a nearly-neon jelly packed with multiple sizes of deep sky-blue hexes. I used three coats and a light layer of Seche Vite and ended up with the pics below. Next time, I might use China Glaze Violet Vibes or 77NL Radioactive Orchid as undies for this...but maybe not. This polish behaved wonderfully, and it was just awesome in general.
Splatter Pink Blue
I love this one. It is a cool neon pink jelly packed with the the same blue hexes as the
so creatively named Violet With Blue Glitter I shared above. There is a newer indie out there that looks just like this, but for certain reasons I can't buy it. Thankfully...there is this one to scratch the itch. I used three coats followed by a thick coat of Seche Vite. Somehow, this one was slightly more lumpy...but I don't even think I care. It is a ton of fun and perfect for summer.
Blackheart needs to hire me to name their stuff...because wtf guys? This is a medium purple polish jam-packed with gold flakes. I love the duochrominess of it. It almost reminds me of a less-dazzling version of Zoya Faye...or really any foily Zoya. I used two coats and a thin layer of Seche Vite, and everything was smooth and happy.
Lime Splatter Glow
This neon tennis ball glitter-stuffed jelly was the only downer of the quartet I picked. I think I will definitely need undies for this one next time. I wore three coats below, and two layers of topper...and it was neither opaque nor smooth. Sadness. BUT...it does have other attributes...
Oh yes. It glows. Wonderfully, in fact. This was taken at night with a quick charge by my black light. But it actually does charge pretty easily with a regular light. I dropped a few bits here and there on my polishing table, and whenever I turn my light out, I giggle a little at the glowing freckles sprinkled across my surface.
And for science, here is a quickie shot of all four polishes under a black light...and immediately after. That neon pink reacts wonderfully, as does the tennis ball shade...but not the violet. I wish violet neons behaved better in UV light...it is one of my favorite colors, but it falls so flat under UV.
So what is your verdict? I know, these aren't as amazing as the Liquid Euphoria polishes of days-gone-by...but maybe in 10 years, people will be falling over themselves for the glowing glitter-packed jelly? Who knows? I just know that whenever they have that BOGO sale...I will be stopping to take a peek.