December 13, 2012

BadAss Polish Are You Ready for Some Football? Collection Swatches - Pic Heavy

Hey y'all, I have something super exciting to share with you today! BadAss Polish is a brand-spanking-new indie polish brand and I've got some swatches of the first two gorgeous NFL-inspired polishes from their Are You Ready for Some Football? Collection that I am excited to show you. This post is picture heavy, so I've put the swatches under a cut.


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

I want to first talk about the details of these polishes + overall impression, and then there will be tons more photos for you to look at!


Where to purchase: the BadAss Polish Etsy store here

Price: $8.50 for a full sized (.5 fl oz) bottle of glittery goodness

Packaging: Each polish ships in an uber sturdy tube, and comes wrapped in a piece of felt for easier glitter removal. I love that I don't have to claw my way through 15 layers of bubble wrap when I get these new beauties in the mail; I just pull the tube apart with a satisfying 'pop' sound and I am ready to paint! BadAss Polish comes in square bottles which I prefer for easier storage in my Helmer (yes, I really do care about that). The brush handle is a simple, round shiny plastic barrel, but is very comfortable while painting. The brand logo and the name of the polish are displayed on an easy to read label around the front of the bottle, and the tubes are labeled on bottom, too.

tube, Go Pack Go!, felt

Go Pack Go! in its snuggly tube

3-Free? Yep! NO Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), NO Formaldehyde, NO Toluen

My thoughts on the formula: These were hands-down amazing to work with! The glitters are perfectly suspended in the base; I had no issues getting the glitters out or painting with them. The larger glitter pieces in these polishes were incredibly easy to work with and I didn't have to fish at all. Each time I dipped the brush into the bottle, at least one of the large glitter pieces was already on the brush without any additional effort on my part. One of the polishes, America's Team, has star glitter and this is honestly the first glitter polish that includes stars with which I can get the stars onto my nails. Typically with America's Team I got at least one star on each nail without having to try.

Overall: I highly recommend these! If you've ever been nervous or skeptical about indie or handmixed polish, this would be a great brand to start with because the formula is a dream to work with - on par with any traditional brand.

More swatches ahead!


First up is America's Team, inspired by the Dallas Cowboys. It features two different sizes of silver glitter and blue stars; this can double as just a silver glitter top coat if you avoid the stars, too. This polish would be great for the 4th of July!! I tried it on my bare nails, over white and black, and over a contrasting orange base. I liked it best over orange because I think it showed off both the silver and blue glitter, while the blue stars got lost over black. The silver glitter in this is really blingy when it's in the light, so I tried to show the different ways the silver can look in different lighting situations. All of the photos feature one dabbled coat of America's Team.

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Official Product Description for "America's Team": is a glitter nail polish that was inspired by the Dallas Cowboys. This is a combination of silver glitters with blue stars. This polish is meant to be a layering polish. For Dallas Cowboys, our favorite base to wear is white. However, this polish can be layered over anything you'd like. The possibilities are endless.

Here's one dabbled coat of America's Team over 1 coat of Deborah Lippmann's Lara's Theme, a bright orange creme.
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this photo is intentionally blurry to show off the silver glitter

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Next I have Go Pack Go! inspired by the Greenbay Packers. It's a mix of large gold hexes, small green glitters, and a handful of tiny, twinkly gold glitters. The tiny gold glitters border on being hard to see, but they add some amazing sparkle and depth. Go Pack Go! can be built up to opacity in three coats and would also be great for Christmas. I have not tried building it up to opacity yet, but the swatches I've seen of it worn that way look really cool and have lots of depth with the large yellow hexes slightly buried. This polish was a little bit thicker than America's Team because it can be built up to opacity, but I didn't have an issue with it. First is one dabbled coat of Go Pack Go! over China Glaze Grape pop, a red-toned purple creme.

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Official Product Description for "Go Pack Go!": is a glitter nail polish that was inspired by the Green Bay Packers. This is a combination of small green glitter with some scattered tiny gold glitter along with some chunky gold glitter. This works well as a layering polish but also can be built up for full coverage with a few coats. Layered over red it could work as a great combination for the holidays.

Here's one dabbled coat of Go Pack Go over one coat of Essies' Case Study, a nude-tan creme. This was my favorite combination!
sunlight lamp + back of bottle

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tl;dr summary
These polishes are really really easy to work with and yield beautiful results! I highly recommend BadAss Polish; I love the shipping tubes, the square bottles, the funky glitter combinations, and the formula. I love polish that makes it easy for me to use; I am impatient and don't like to sit and wait for glitter to re-suspend itself. I am really impressed and I will definitely be buying a bottle of The Vikes soon!

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

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