With the exception of my 4th of July manicures, the PISTOL polish July duo has been a constant on my nails since it arrived on my doorstep. It was basically love at first sight. My love of light blue polishes is very well documented on this blog and more recently I’ve really been getting into metallics, particularly silver and rose gold.
The two polishes this month are Going for Gold, a metallic rose gold, and Determined Dreamer, a sky blue creme. Honestly, I was so excited about this duo I couldn’t decide which one to wear first. So I wore them together. The two look amazing as a pair!
Below the jump are in depth reviews and swatches of both polishes!
I asked y’all to help me decide on a manicure for my birthday. There were so many awesome suggestions that my manicure ended up being this crazy fusion of several recommendations. But hey, if you can’t have a crazy manicure on your birthday, when can you have one?
All the polishes I used were PISTOL polish nail polishes. I figured since I was celebrating my birthday in South End (which is where the PISTOL offices are located) it was only appropriate.
For additional swatches and a list of polishes I used check below the jump.
Thanks again for all the suggestions! Make sure to leave a comment and let me know what you think about my birthday mani 🙂
Last summer I went through a serious orange nail polish addiction. It was bad. I accepted that I had a problem and I moved on. And then the June 2013 PISTOL polish duo arrived in my mailbox. My feelings for orange nail polish came rushing back to me.
Guns Blazing is a warm orange packed with gold shimmer. That’s not as fun as PISTOL polish’s description of Guns Blazing but it’ll do. This color is lovely, wonderful for summer and will look fantastic poolside with a tan. It’s not the best color for my particular skintone but it’s not terrible, either.
As to be expected from PISTOL polish the formula is wonderful. This applied easily in just two coats.
Instead of wearing Guns Blazing I used the other polish from the June 2013 duo, Tough As Nails, to do a Beyonce inspired manicure. The colors looked surprisingly good together. There are additional swatches of Guns Blazing as well as swatches of my Beyonce-esque manicure below the jump!
I get so excited when my monthly PISTOL polish box arrives promptly on the 1st of the month. It’s a great way to start off the month right. This month’s duo included two polishes perfect for summer.
Tough As Nails is a bright pink creme with the slightest yellow undertone. It’s a great summer pink as it’s super bright.
Luckily, despite the fact that this is a bright polish, it is not a neon. The formula is great. I only needed to coats to get an opaque, streak free color.
There are additional swatches below the jump as well as PISTOL polish’s description of this polish (they always have the cutest descriptions!).
Y’all. I am completely addicted to this nail polish!
Run The World was part of the May 2013 PISTOL polish duo along with Nailed It. I was really excited about this month’s duo because of Run The World. It’s the first glitter polish I have from PISTOL polish and was looking forward to trying it.
Run The World is silver, holographic glitter suspended in a clear base. The glitter is large but not what I would call chunky. It is also fairly dense. I used 2 coats of Run The World in all my swatches.
This polish applies beautifully. I had no problems with the glitter clumping together or being distributed unevenly on the nail.
I’ve been using this in most of my manicures recently (it’s a problem…). I even did glitter polka dots! Run The World adds the perfect amount of sparkle (and it really comes alive in the sun). There are many, many swatches below the jump!
My two favorite words in terms of nail polish are purple and jelly. This polish is both!
Nailed It came as part of my May 2013 PISTOL polish duo along with Run The World. The description on the back of the duo describes Nailed It a cheery yet badass amethyst. That is much better description than anything I could come up with! It is worth noting that this is a creme and is a jelly.
The formula is very similar to PISTOL polish Pay Day. Due to the fact that it is a jelly I needed 3 coats to get full opacity. The finish is super shiny.
Overall I really love this polish. Make sure to check out the additional swatches below the jump!
When my April 2013 PISTOL polish duo showed up in my mailbox I was pretty excited. I sort of forget it’s coming every month so it’s always a nice (almost) surprise.
I knew immediately I had to try Dean’s List. In the bottle it looked like absolutely nothing I have in my collection which is sort of scary. But I’m always up for trying something new!
Dean’s List is a yellow based bright green creme. PISTOL polish describes this polish as nearly-neon. That’s the perfect way to describe how bright this polish is. It’s bright and definitely eye catching but it’s not neon.
The formula is fantastic. I used just two coats in my swatches.
I really ended up loving this polish. I was a bit unsure at first but it’s a great color for spring.
For for info on PISTOL polish check out this post. As always there are additional swatches below the jump!
I’d love to know if you’d wear a color like this. It’s definitely a bit out there!
When my March 2013 PISTOL polish duo arrived in my mailbox I was super excited to see a blue polish. Anyone who reads this blog on a regular basis knows I’m a blue nail polish nut!
Pay Day is a super saturated mid toned blue creme that has a jelly feel to it (or, as some people like to call it, a crelly). PISTOL describes this polish as bold and powerful and I have to admit….I agree with them.
Because Pay Day a borderline jelly I did use three coats but was very happy with the result. It dried to a super shiny finish (I skipped a top coat for this manicure).
I’m torn. If I had to pick a favorite PISTOL polish so far I’d have a hard time picking between Firecracker and Pay Day. Both polishes are right up my alley and make any day a little brighter.
If you don’t know about PISTOL polish it is primarily a subscription nail polish service. For all the info you could ever want check out this post or the PISTOL polish website.
Make sure to check out the additional swatches below the jump!
I’ll admit it. I was dragging my feet a bit on trying this polish. When the PISTOL polish February 2013 duo arrived in my mailbox I was so excited about Firecracker that I kind of over looked Smoking Gun. But over the weekend I was going out with the boy and decided on wearing a rather loud magenta dress. When it comes to matching my nail polish to my clothes I’m a bit crazy. I will not leave my house if my nails and clothes clash! So I needed a subtle yet not boring manicure. I finally settled on Smoking Gun and it was perfect!
Smoking Gun is a gray creme with pretty significant blue and purple undertones. For a much more entertaining description of this polish check out PISTOL polish’s description. But either way, it’s a very flattering gray that doesn’t pull yellow on the nail like some gray polishes can. If you need a comparison check out petites COLOR FEVER Vintage Gray. It is a much more yellow gray.
The formula is fantastic. I used just two coats in my swatches.
Now I’m looking forward to the March duo! For more info on PISTOL polish check out my post over on The Daily Varnish Extra or the PISTOL polish website.
As always, there are more swatches below the jump 🙂
I’m so excited to share this polish with you! If you caught my post over on The Daily Varnish Extra then you know all about PISTOL polish. But in case you didn’t I’ll summarize it here. PISTOL polish is a local (Charlotte, NC) company that has a subscription nail polish service. For $17.99 you get 2 polishes a month delivered to your door.
This is the first month I have been subscribed to PISTOL polish and I was really pleased with the February 2013 duo. Firecracker was basically love at first sight. In the bottle I was worried Firecracker might be a neon. But it’s not!
Firecracker is a lovely coral creme with fabulous formula! By the way, PISTOL polish included a much more interesting color description of Firecracker that you can check out here. But anyway, I only used two coats in my swatches and was very happy with the results.
I’m really looking forward to giving Smoking Gun a try, the other polish that came in the February duo.
For more info on PISTOL polish check out my post on TDVE or the PISTOL polish website.
Make sure to check out the additional swatches below the jump. (Spoiler alert: Every bottle of PISTOL polish comes with a super cute pistol charm!)