Tawdry Terrier Handmade Nail Polish: Swatches and Review
Hello gentle readers.
Today I have a new to me indie brand to share with you. Tawdry Terrier on Etsy is a newer brand of shimmer/glitter mix polishes out of Texas. The owner's terrier is the muse for this fun and fanciful polish line. The inaugural collection is summer themed, the names a play on dog puns and beach themes. A new Autumn collection is set to debut on September First. These polishes are packaged in cylindrical 15 mL. 1/2 fl Oz bottles. Tawdry Terrier polish retails for $10.00 per bottle.
I have three of the six colour Dog Days of Summer Collection to share with you. A little bit about the dearth of photographs; my very old, very cranky camera was having a very bad day the day I swatched these polishes. I took many, many shots and I was lucky to get the usable photographs I did.
Okay, on with the show. Tawdry Terrier pay attention to packaging. My polishes arrived packed in a cardboard parcel box, surrounded securely by plenty of packing peanuts. One strand of bright orange raffia trailed up through the white peanuts to guide me down to the polishes, themselves that were wrapped in large bubble wrap. I followed the raffia and reached in and pulled a bundle wrapped in hot pink tissue paper and tied with the bright orange raffia from the blizzard of packing peanuts.
Inside the tissue paper bundle was three boxes with the Tawdry Terrier label. In each box, cradled in a piece of colour coordinated tissue (sorry, all of my photos of that cuteness were an utter fail) were the bottles of polish.
The polishes in the boxes were:
Fort Barkerdale. A play on Fort Lauderdale, get it? I layered one generous coat over two coats of OPI Glitzerland. This delicate, sand gold shimmer suspension base carries with it a glitter mix fine gold square, and small and medium hex glitters in gold holo, pink, orange, blue, green and orange. This is South Florida beach glamour; bikinis that sit poolside and never go in the water, glowing tans and golden sandals covered in sparkling jewels.
I swatched one generous coat of Fort Barkerdale over two coats of OPI Glitzerland and topped it with Gelous and Seche Vite.
Next up is Sunset Bitch. I love this for a few reasons. First of all, the name. I admit it. I like polishes with "edgy" names. I have been known to buy a polish because of it's edgy name. I also dig this because I dig coral polish, I mean, I really dig coral polish. And I love this because it truly does evoke a beautiful sunset. The shades of coral, the glass fleck shimmer that flares, the glitter mix in tiny gold, small red bits, small, medium and large blue and green hex and round pieces. I live in a state that is renowned for it's gorgeous sunsets. This polish brings those magical moments to mind.
I swatched this over a thick coat of China Glaze Mimosa's Before Mani's, topped with with Gelous and Seche Vite.
Here is Moondoggie. Blue. Magical blue. This delicate, deep blue shimmer and glass fleck base is swimming with a glitter mix from tiny square to jumbo hex sequins that all dance and flash blue, green and give up some pink, orange, gold and yellow, as well. This is a pool in a mermaid's grotto. Cool, sparkling and inviting, you will want to dive into your nails.
This swatch is applied over Orly Sweet Peacock. I had to fish some of the jumbo hexes and place them, as is expected from big glitter pieces. I don't mind doing that. I topped this swatch with the usual, Gelous and Seche Vite.
The formula on these polishes is fluid and fairly easy to work with, the glitter spreads easily up the nails with the round, rather mop like brush. You know me and my love of a wide brush, these are nice and full and make me pretty happy. The shimmer is very delicate and sheer and I found getting these polishes fully opaque on their own to be a little problematic. Even at three coats, I had sheer spots, areas where my nail line showed and the glitter likes to stack up on it's self, making the surface of my nails a bit lumpy. I found, through experimenting that these polishes really sing as layering polishes. One generous, smooth coat over a coordinating base coat gave me the prettiest look. All three of these swatches are topped with a coat of Gelous and Seche Vite and they came out so glossy, super smooth and shiny and gorgeous. Dry time is good on these polishes, even better after Seche Vite.
I like these polishes and I suggest that you give them a try. Please remember that just because I need to layer these to make them work perfectly for me, your experience can be very different. YMMV, and all that good stuff.
Tawdry Terrier's Etsy store is here. You can Like them on Facebook to keep up with all of the latest news on their upcoming Autumn release and see cute pics of the line"s adorable muse. Follow Tawdry Terrier on Twitter.
Thank you so much for popping in and reading and have a great day!