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Friday, 30 August 2013

Nelly Polish - Jonah's Green and Looe





Nelly Polish - Looe and Jonah's Green
Nelly Polish - Looe and Jonah's Green

I have a couple of polishes from another new UK Indie brand to show you today - Nelly Polish. Nelly Polish is a little different to other polishes in that it can be purchased either as ready mixed polish or as powder to mix with your own clear polish. The idea behind this is so that the polish can be shipped out of the UK without infringing our (newly) very strict mail regulations. I opted for the ready made polish, but other bloggers have reviewed the powder mixture - have a look at Debbie Crumpet's post which explains the whole background to the idea and includes an interview with Hilary, the maker.

The Nelly Polish range are all jelly colours, hence the name - jelly nail polish  ~ *Nelly Polish*. Cute!  The bottles and labels are also super cute too!

Nelly Polish - Looe and Jonah's Green
Nelly Polish - Looe and Jonah's Green

My first choice was Jonah's Green. Named after Hilary's son Jonah, who came up with the colour. This is a rich jade green / aqua with gold holographic glitter of various sizes. I'd say the base is a bit more creamy than most jelly polishes - maybe we should call this one a crelly!

Nelly Polish  Jonah's Green
Nelly Polish  Jonah's Green

I'm usually a bit wary of jelly polish on it's own (just because my nail beds are all different lengths, so I have to make my nails look even by varying the length of free edge), although I love them for layering. However, Jonah's Green looked dense enough for me to try it alone. This is just two coats, with a layer of Gelous to smooth the glitters out and a layer of Seche Vite to finish. Before I added the topcoats, the finish was quite *rubbery* rather than high shine, but I don't think this matters at all since topcoat is definitely needed to smooth the glitters out in any case.

Nelly Polish  Jonah's Green

Nelly Polish  Jonah's Green


I love the colour and finish on this - you can see in the macro shots how the glitter takes on lots of depth and variation in the base. I think Jonah has great taste in colour :)  I seem to have picked up a few odd reflections in these macros; sorry about that, but my nails are smooth!


Nelly Polish  Jonah's Green

Nelly Polish  Jonah's Green

Nelly Polish  Jonah's Green
Nelly Polish  Jonah's Green

The second colour I tried is Looe. I love pink and green together, so this made it an obvious choice for me. That and memories of a childhood holiday in Looe when I was about nine. Looe is in Cornwall, which is a long way from home (well, in the UK scale of things it is) - what I remember most is how long it seemed to take to get there and seeing sharks being landed on the harbour!

Looe is much more of a jelly than Jonah's Green; it includes matt hexagonal glitters (I love matt glitters) of various sizes in a deep raspberry pink and small ones in yellow.


Nelly Polish Looe
Nelly Polish Looe

I decided to layer this over another green - I liked effect Kerrie at PishPosh and Polish got by layering Looe over Barry M Spring Green but I didn't want to copy her exactly so I choose a lighter, brighter green ~ Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Key Lime. I used one coat of Key Lime, two coats of Nelly Polish Looe, a coat of Gelous and a final coat of Seche Vite for this mani. The glitters in Looe are smaller than those in Jonah's Green, and lie very flat and smooth to my nails.  I love the colour of the base and how the glitters contrast with it!


Nelly Polish Looe

Nelly Polish Looe


And a few macro shots to show the glitter in a bit more detail:

Nelly Polish Looe

Nelly Polish Looe

Nelly Polish Looe
Nelly Polish Looe

I purchased Nelly Polish Jonah's Green and Looe from Hilary at her Etsy Shop (actually, I bought three shades and Hilary sent me an extra one to review too, so I have another two Nelly Polish colours to share soon). My Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Key Lime came from my local Boots.

11 comments:

  1. These looks luscious. I don't know if I quite like the concept of ready mix polish but I do love these jellies!

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    1. I know what you mean - I'd rather leave mixing to the experts! But these colours are so pretty :)

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  2. these look lovely, from the bottle shots I wasn't sure but on your nails they look gorgeous!!

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    1. haha, I never judge a polish until I've got it on my nails!

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  3. wow - thanks so much for the lovely review and pics! I showed this to Jonah and he just kept saying 'is that really my nail polish?' - he's so excited! h x

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    1. Thank you Hilary for making them!! Hugs to Jonah - creativity should start young!

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  4. They look gorgeous. I ordered 2 Nelly polishes myself today, almost got a green one, wished I had now! Ah well, next time. :) I've ordered Mena and Beeny, looking forward to trying them. It's great that we have more Indie brands springing up in the UK!

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  5. Both are very pretty! Love your pictures, as always!

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  6. Wow, your nails look so gorgeous! Those colors are so sumptuous too! Your nails are seriously mesmerizing!

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