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September What’s In-die Box? swatches & review – Glam Polish, Lilypad Lacquer, Peita’s Polish, Celestial Cosmetics & Emily de Molly

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Hiya! Tonight I bring you the September What’s In-die Box? What’s In-die Box? is a group of five Australian indie polish makers getting together to come up with a monthly collection to a theme. You can see my post of my nail mail here and close-up bottle shots.

This month’s theme is Sex and the City. As soon as I heard the theme, I knew I had to buy it as I love Sex and the City. I was just so excited and I had all these visions of the polishes being inspired by Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, Charlotte and Mr Big. In past collections I either didn’t know of the theme or only had a little knowledge ofΒ  it, so with this month’s I thought I had it in the bag. But boy was I wrong! I just don’t get the inspiration for all the polishes.

Lilypad Lacquer City Lights by Dry, Dammit!

Lilypad Lacquer City Lights by Dry, Dammit!

Lilypad Lacquer City Lights by Dry, Dammit!

Lilypad Lacquer City Lights

This is two coats without top coat. A beautiful dark green-based metallic holo, if that is such a thing. This has gold, green and yellow shifts and sparkles beautifully in natural light and artificial light, but I think it looks better outdoors than indoors. It does look like city lights! The is one of the polishes I understand the inspiration for, New York City, but it’s not what I expected to be honest. However it still is a pretty polish that was wonderful to apply.

Glam Polish Carrie Me Away by Dry, Dammit!

Glam Polish Carrie Me Away by Dry, Dammit!

Glam Polish Carrie Me Away by Dry, Dammit!

Glam Polish Carrie Me Away!

This is two coats without top coat (my ring finger is a little dented because I accidentally knocked it with a finger when painting my little finger, sorry). This is a blue creme with holographic glitters… I was going to call it a total holo, but the base is too solid for that. Out of all the Glam Polishes I have received from the What’s In-die Boxes, this one has been the easiest to apply and the most manageable. I am very impressed with the formula. I’m not sure what about it is inspired by Carrie though, however the first thing I thought of is the Emma Domb gown turned mini dress in the first Sex and the City movie, as pictured below. Carrie wore this to Charlotte’s baby shower.

Sex and the City first movie Carrie's blue dressImage courtesy I Saw It In.

Celestial I Miss New York bby Dry, Dammit!

Celestial I Miss New York bby Dry, Dammit!

Celestial I Miss New York bby Dry, Dammit!

Celestial Cosmetics I Miss New York

This is two coats without top coat. This is a silver foil with red hexes and fine red glitter. I found the formula to be slightly watery and also the red hexes difficult to get out, hence why there’s not many on the nail. This is weird because in the bottle it looked so full of them, but they just wouldn’t budge! This is a nice enough polish but I don’t get how it fits in with the Sex and the City theme. Any suggestions here?

Emily de Molly Neutral Agreement by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Neutral Agreement by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Neutral Agreement by Dry, Dammit!

Emily de Molly Neutral Agreement

This is two coats with a top coat. Neutral Agreement is a brownish nude shimmery creme with gold and silver glitters. Without top coat I have to say this looks a bit dead on the nail and it didn’t have the same sparkle as what it did in the bottle. Even though now looking at it again it doesn’t appear to be that sparkly with top coat, either. I found the formula to be a bit on the thick side, which is really unlike Emily de Molly polishes. Also, I just don’t get what about Sex and the City inspired this polish. I am sad to say I’m really not that keen on this polish, I feel like it’s such a let down. 😦 It doesn’t have the pizazz I think it needs to be part of this collection.

Peita's Polish Labels or Love by Dry, Dammit!

Peita's Polish Labels or Love by Dry, Dammit!

Peita's Polish Labels or Love by Dry, Dammit!

Peita’s Polish Labels or Love

Two coats over one coat of Colour by TBN Garnet without top coat. A really fun multi-coloured glitter in a pink base including red and holo heart glitters, holo squares, pink and holo circles, large pink hexes, small red and pink hexes and fine glitter throughout. The application was easy, I did dab a little bit but not much. I also had to fish a little for the heart glitters, sometimes some hearts would come out, sometimes there would be none on the brush. I also think you could potentially have opacity in this polish at three coats thanks to the pink base, but I didn’t try. This is the kind of polish I was longing for in the box, I totally get a Sex and the City vibe from it. It’s a bit playful, a bit sexy and I’m so glad I got at least one polish that lived up to my expectations!

Overall I’m disappointed with the September box. Peita’s Polish Labels or Love is my favourite but I am so devastated by Emily de Molly Neutral Agreement. I also feel like the other polishes could have upped the ante. I guess though it would be hard thinking of new ideas every month. What do you think?

Next month’s What’s In-die Box? theme is little box of horrors, so I’m assuming it’s a Halloween theme judging by the name. As I’ll be away for the next three months starting from October 6, I’m not sure if I should buy it… but we’ll see! To purchase next month’s What’s In-die Box? head over to Peita’s Polish Big Cartel store and take a look. The cost is AU$55.94 including shipping. I think now that it’s being hosted through the Big Cartel site some limited international shipping is available, so check it out. Also I think it’s AU$20 extra for international shipping. Thanks for reading!

9 thoughts on “September What’s In-die Box? swatches & review – Glam Polish, Lilypad Lacquer, Peita’s Polish, Celestial Cosmetics & Emily de Molly

  1. I haven’t watched much of Sex in the City, but from what I’ve seen, I agree that this months What’s In-die Box hasn’t been great. Labels or Love is probably the closest to what I picture as the show. I did think Neutral Agreement reminded me a bit of Charlotte, how she was so ladylike and classy, but again, having only caught a few episodes I may be off. I did notice that next month is Little Box of Horrors, which seems very appropriate for October and Halloween, even if we don’t celebrate it much in Oz. Wow, sorry this is so long!

    • True, I guess Neutral Agreement could be a bit Charlotte-esque. I thought there would have been a nice pink in there though – and that’s me saying that even though I’m not the biggest fan of pink!

      • Yeah, I really expected something with hot pink, though like you I’m not a massive fan. I also thought they might have a black with lots of gold glitter and hexes, because it makes me think of New York at night. Oh, and I’ve rented season one today, so I should soon know a bit more about the show πŸ™‚

  2. I agree with you on the Silver one about the red hex’s, I think I only got one or two out after some fishing. I like all the other’s though, and yes Glam Polish’s formula was fantastic.

    • It’s such a pity because the Celestial one is a nice polish. I guess individually I like them all, but together as a collection they just don’t gel to me. Apart from Neutral Agreement, still not sure about that one!

  3. OH hahaha, no idea about Sex and City, but judging only from polish wise… I really like Emily de Molly Neutral Agreement! Perhaps I’m in a mood for “fall” though I don’t experience fall here. Anyway, really loving the subtle hues with warm shimmers/glitters! πŸ˜€ Makes them great for everyday wear πŸ™‚

    • There you go. I like neutrals usually too, it’s weird how this grinds my gears so much… I think it’s so odd for a Sex and the City collection. It would be pretty to team up with other polishes though.

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