Jun 17, 2013

Posted by in Alchemist Lacquer, Harry Potter, Swatches | 7 Comments

Alchemist Lacquer – Dragons Galore

Newish brand alert! I repeat, newish brand alert! Ready for it, Reader? Why do I even ask? I know you are!

Alchemist Lacquer is a brand that I first found out about when the owner, Christina, posted her link on one of my Fangirl Friday threads on Facebook. Seeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, it does help to spread the word, she says realizing that no one has ever once said that Fangirl Friday was useless. I amaze myself.

Anywhoooooo, Alchemist Lacquer was kind enough to let me pick out 3 polishes to review. After a few minutes of perusal, I settled in on 3 from their Dragons Galore: Myth and Fantasy collection. I did have some issues with a couple of the polishes, but I’ll get into that down there. Let’s hop to it!

Accio Lacquer: Alchemist Lacquer: Dragons Galore

Accio Lacquer: Alchemist Lacquer: Dragons Galore

Provided for review

Valley Opaleye

Okay, Okay, I know that the dragon in Gringotts was a Ukrainian Ironbelly, not an Antipodean Opaleye. But there are no gifs of the later, so this is what’s happening.

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Accio Lacquer: Alchemist Lacquer: Valley Opaleye

Accio Lacquer: Alchemist Lacquer: Valley Opaleye

Accio Lacquer: Alchemist Lacquer: Valley Opaleye

Accio Lacquer: Alchemist Lacquer: Valley Opaleye

I guess the pictures might have shown that this lacquer gave me some trouble, huh? I really do hate having to say bad things about a polish, but sometimes it has to be done. Thankfully though, I feel that all of the issues with this lacquer could easily be corrected by tweaking the formula a bit.

Valley Opaleye has a pale pink pearl base with jumbo hexagons in blue, purple, silver, and green. My main trouble was the formula being too pigmented and thick, causing it to drag across the nail. This also caused bubbling and streaking. On the plus side, there was no need to dig out the glitters. In most dips I had so many glitters on the brush that I had to put some back. With minor changes to the formula I really think this polish could be grand. Photos show 2 coats over nude undies

Polishes used in this manicure: Orly Bonder, OPI Glints of Glinda, Alchemist Lacquer Valley Opaleye, Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter Food, Seche Vite, Digital Nails Matte-matical

Hasty Hungarian Horntail

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Accio Lacquer: Alchemist Lacquer: Hasty Hungarian Horntail

Accio Lacquer: Alchemist Lacquer: Hasty Hungarian Horntail

Accio Lacquer: Alchemist Lacquer: Hasty Hungarian Horntail

Accio Lacquer: Alchemist Lacquer: Hasty Hungarian Horntail

Next up is a lacquer inspired by one of my FAVORITE dragons! Hasty Hungarian Horntail has a shimmery charcoal base with mega gold hexagons. I encountered the same issues as I did with Valley Opaleye, but to a much, MUCH lesser degree.  Just like VO, I really think that an easy peasy tweak to the formula would make all the difference here. But everything aside, I still love, love, love this lacquer! The look above shows 2 coats, sans undies.

Polishes used in this manicure: Orly Bonder, Alchemist Lacquer Hasty Hungarian Horntail, Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter Food, Seche Vite, Digital Nails Matte-matical

Welsh Green

Accio Lacquer: Alchemist Lacquer: Welsh Green

Accio Lacquer: Alchemist Lacquer: Welsh Green

Accio Lacquer: Alchemist Lacquer: Welsh Green

Accio Lacquer: Alchemist Lacquer: Welsh Green

Oh yes, Reader, my saving grace! Welsh Green was inspired by…well, the Common Welsh Green. It has a mix of green and red glitters in a green jelly base. Real quick, can we just address how lucky Fleur Delacour was to draw this beaut in the Triwizard Tournament? Also, I now find myself, once again, lusting for one of those Beauxbatons hats. But I digress. The formula on Welsh Green was amazing, giving way to a flawless application. This green baby is the clear winner of the three. Photos show 2 coats, sans undies.

Polishes used in this manicure: Orly Bonder, Alchemist Lacquer Welsh Green, Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter Food, Seche Vite, Digital Nails Matte-matical

Conclusions

While I did encounter a couple of problems I still see tons of potential for this brand, they just have a little bit of growing to do. But, if you are interested in seeing another of the STUNNING dragons from this collection, Wishes of a Blue-Eyed Girl has some amazeballs swatches of  Liondragon. You should totes go scope ‘em out! You can purchase these varnishes at the Alchemist Lacquer Etsy shop, and be sure to check them out on Facebook, too!  Interactive time, yo. What are your thoughts on these lacquers, Reader? Toss me those feels!

Geek & Love,

Mish

[The polishes in this post were provided to me with the express purpose of reviewing them. All opinions are entirely my own, and are based on my experience with the products.]
  1. I see so much potential for the first two if the formula is played with. I love Welsh Green! <3

  2. The Polished Pisces says:

    Just had a potter-a-thon last night :) . Love seeing more theme polishes!

  3. Gorgeous, as always! Thanks for the shout out! ;) Looking forward to giving the rest of the dragons a shot. :D

  4. It always bums me out when a polish is just a smidge too pigmented to showcase the glitter in it! That last one is gorgeous though. Hard to go wrong with dragon and Harry Potter inspired polish!

  5. I really love the inspiration behind these! It sucks some of them had a crummy formula.

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