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WORK OF ART, OR NAIL POLISH? HOW ABOUT BOTH!
Though now mostly known through ubiquitous posters sold at college bookstores, Pop Art was a huge movement in the 50’s and 60’s. Even if you aren’t familiar with the art influenced by advertising, comic book and other popular culture (hence the “pop” art) you’ve definitely seen it somewhere – Roy Lichtenstein’s comics influenced work, Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup series, or most recently in Stef’s awesome Halloween costume. (Seriously, she nailed it.)
Mod Lacquer takes the Pop Art influence and translates it into a collection that captures the unique look of the movement into nail polish. Recently, we heart this got the chance to test out a few of these unique, found on Etsy, nail lacquers.
Far from typical and, surprisingly, my favorite of the bunch, Far-Out ($9.50) is a bright yellow jelly with seriously blue glitter. The blue hexes really pop and you can really tell the collection’s inspiration with this polish. Lichtenstein would be proud!
Radical ($9.50) is a bright blue jelly with pink glitter. Because of the squishy jelly base, Radical’s glitter seems to shift; from pink to purple. The blue is bright, but not neon; I found it extremely wearable for such a bright color.
Satire ($9.50) is a “bright sheer pink/coral jelly base with bright yellow glitter.” The salmon colored base is pretty on its own but the yellow hexes really make this polish, elevating it from fun to fabulous!
Green is pretty polarizing color, but if you like it as a polish, you’ll love Juxtapose ($9.50). It’s harder to see the violet glitter in this polish, but the pretty spring green jelly base stands on its own. This slightly mossy color is the most modest of the Pop Art collection, but just as pretty as the rest.
Subliminal ($9.50) is a “sheer orchid jelly base with small light pink glitter.” This polish also has that squishy jelly base, so the pink glitter varies in color, shifting from dark pink to nearly white, depending on where it is in the polish layer. This is a more subtle color than the others in the collection, very girly and sweet.
We heart this also received a mini of Technicolor Noise ($4) as an add-on for review. Not part of the Pop Art collection, but fitting right in, Technicolor Noise is a neon glitter in a clear base.
While some polishes can be described as a “party in a bottle,” Technicolor Noise is like Carnivale in a bottle; the squares, hexes and teeny little circles just explode off your fingers!
Even if you find Warhol a bore, I think you’ll love Mod Lacquer’s collection. The formula for the whole collection applied like a dream – two coats gave me a nice solid base (shown on all swatches) but three made it opaque. Technicolor Noise performed just as well; I didn’t have a whole lot of issues with glitter placement and a regular top coat smoothed out any bumps.
I’m very glad I found Mod Lacquer; if the Pop Art collection is any indication, her polish is absolutely stellar. I’ve already added a few more items from her Etsy store on my want list, (and I feel like our resident horror fan Krista would love her recent Cryptids collection!)
How about you, readers? Do any of the Pop Art polishes make your heart skip a beat?
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Alyssa is kinda geeky, kinda girly and all the way in love with her cowboy husband who can say words like, “ornery” with a straight face. She live in Texas and is working on her Masters, being a good cook and the art of looking cute in the morning AND being on time for work. Visit her blog Kind of a Mess.