June 13, 2012

Once Upon a Polish - Flotsam and Jetsam Swatch and Review

Hi all! I'm really excited to share a beautiful polish with you today from indie brand Once Upon a Polish named Flotsam & Jetsam. Flotsam and Jetsam are Ursula's eels in the movie The Little Mermaid. This polish as described by the maker has "multicolored blue and green glitters; green holo hex's, teal squares, and deep blue short bar glitters in a green/blue base".  I love blue and I love green, so I love this polish! In these pictures I've layered 1 coat Flotsam & Jetsam over different colored base polishes, but I don't think it's noticeable in these photos or in person. I also did a quick swatch on an index card so you can see all the different glitters in this polish.

Manicurity: Once Upon a Polish - Flotsam & Jetsam Swatch and Review

Manicurity: Once Upon a Polish - Flotsam & Jetsam Swatch and Review

Manicurity: Once Upon a Polish - Flotsam & Jetsam Swatch and Review

This sparkly glitter polish was a lot more opaque than I expected it to be. I was pretty satisfied with two coats for full coverage. Flotsam & Jetsam dried very quickly, making application a snap. This was a little tricky to apply because it's so very packed with glitters; I think as long as you're patient while applying you won't have any problems. For clean up before the polish dries all the way, I recommend using an orange stick to move the larger glitter pieces from the edges (like along your cuticle or at the tip). The blend of colors in this polish are truly beautiful! I am so thrilled with this polish because I love the shapes and the colors - holo glitters, squares, rectangular bars, and micro glitter make this stunning and impossibly sparkly in sunlight. If you're wary of this one because you aren't a fan of bar glitter, I couldn't worry about it because this doesn't look at all 'hairy' - just small rectangular pieces, which I haven't seen very much of before.

Manicurity: Once Upon a Polish - Flotsam & Jetsam Swatch and Review
two thick coats of the polish with no base color; mmmm pretty!

Manicurity: Once Upon a Polish - Flotsam & Jetsam Swatch and Review

Things I really like about this polish
  • awesome mix of glitter shapes and colors
  • dries very quickly, making application a breeze
  • good coverage for a glitter - one coat layered over a cream is all you need! or two coats alone
  • so sparkly! the holo hex glitters really catch the light
  • I didn't have to place any of the glitters; the coverage was very even
  • the glitters were perfectly balanced in the bottle; I didn't have to shake or dig or tip the bottle at all to get glitter out

Things I don't love about this polish
  • smidgen bit gritty, but Gelous + Seche Vite easily top it off
  • application was a little tricky and takes a little bit of patience, just around the cuticle line and to make sure there aren't any hanging glitters at the tip

Things to think about
  • while this has bar glitter, I wouldn't be turned off by it if you're against "hairy" glitter because it's really short rectangular glitter, not long, thin bars

Flotsam and Jetsam with Ursula
tl;dr summary
Flotsam & Jetsam from Once Upon a Polish is an absolute must have for any green/blue polish lovers. I didn't have to shake or dig or place any of the glitters in this polish; I just had to make sure and remove a few strays from my cuticle line and my tip. I'm in love with this polish and there are so.many.sparkles.

For even more pictures of this polish (trust me, I took a ton) you can check them out on my Facebook blog page. I have another Once Upon a Polish polish to review and then I'll be posting some different looks with each polish the rest of this week.

Once Upon a Polish is on Facebook and Etsy. She has some polishes in stock right now, too!

*Product(s) in this post were provided for my honest review.


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