Today I've got an assortment of indie glitters from Crowstoes Nail Color. I've been meaning to swatch these for a while and have no good reason why it took me so long—just the usual too much polish, too little time. But I did finally manage to get some of the ones I own onto my nails so have those to share today.
Let's start with Cheshire, because it is mostly my favorite color, purple. I layered two coats of this over China Glaze Beach Cruise-r then added topcoat. I need to use a different topcoat next time, as this one gave me some shrinkage of the glitter layer. (I unfortunately didn't write down and I don't remember what the miscreant was—something from my swatching box where I put topcoats that I don't want to use for full manis.) This is a chunky mix of mostly purple and magenta with accents of lime-y gold in a clear base.
Triple Black Diamond I had to have because I'm a skier. Not that I would tackle a triple black diamond slope if I ever came across one; single blacks are plenty thrilling for me. This one has lots of small black, teal, purple, and holo glitters in a clear base. I put three coats of it over three coats of Color Club Metamorphosis and covered all that with topcoat. I think I'll try a less bright, less sheer base next time.
Here are a couple out of focus shots so you can see all the colors that spark off of this one:
And of course I had to have Bunny Slope—rarely a ski day goes by that I don't end up on a beginner trail for one reason or another (tired, missed a turn, it's the best way to get somewhere I want to go such as lunch). This has a lot of small white glitter with larger silver pieces and some holo twinkles, too. It may look like there's black in there in the photos, but there's not; that was just the silver pieces getting caught at odd angles by the camera. On most of my fingers, I used three coats of Bunny Slope to give that snow dusted on windows effect; on my accent nail, I put Essie Bikini So Teeny on a base first. Topcoat went over everything.
Finally, we have the first Crowtoes I ever got, a deep dark duochrome called Murder by Numbers (if you spell it out, which I do, because # and such in names bothers my OCD). This has a blackish base that looks purple from some angles, green from others. There's small and large green glitter scattered about and tiny holo bits to add to the fun. I used two coats of this by itself, plus topcoat.
I hope you can see the purple on my top nail and the green on the bottom in this shot:
And here are the holo colors come out to play:
Crowstoes has shut down her independent shop but her polishes are being sold at Overall Beauty and Llarowe, though I haven't checked what's in stock right now at either place (my credit card needs a little rest).