Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Review: Nayll Create-Your-Own-Indie

(Press Sample)

Hello everyone!

I have the coolest thing to share with you today, an indie brand that specializes in create-your-own-indies! When Sara contacted me about her recently launched indie polish business, Nayll, pronounced 'nail', I was intrigued by the concept, and interested to try it out.

Turns out, it was SO much fun, I didn't want to stop. I mean, I always enjoy picking out polish. But this was above and beyond the normal polish fun.

Create your own polish? Can't I just do that at home? Sure you can. And I have, and I enjoy doing it. But if you're just looking to make a few bottles of polish, and you only want one or two of each, it isn't necessarily cheap or practical to buy all the materials and do it at home yourself. You need bottles and you need a suspension base, and you need glitters and/or pigments. And usually the smallest packet of glitter you can buy makes way more than one or two bottles, so you end up buying 3-4 types of glitter to make one polish, and then you have a ton left over--great if you have a bunch of polish-loving friends you want to gift the extras to, but not really practical for just making something cool for yourself. And, it can be messy. Very messy. Let's not talk about the places I find glitter months after I make a glitter franken.

What Nayll does is allows you to pick the glitters or pigments you want, in the base you want, and then mixes it all up for you and sends it right to your door. In a pretty, mess-free bottle. With the name you choose for your creation on a professional custom label. Check, please.

Right now, you can choose to make your own:

Shimmer polish: (1) Name your polish (or you can do this at the end). (2) Select the shimmer base, (3) pick up to three shimmer pigments to add in.

Glitter polish:  (1) Choose your base; there is a clear option, and a nice variety of tinted options so you can have a colored base if you want. (2) Choose up to 10 glitters to add into your base. (3) Name your polish (or do this at the beginning. I don't judge).

And coming soon:

Gel polishes, and topcoats: She is currently working to add in the ability to make gel polishes and topcoats with special ingredients (like holographic and glow-in-the dark--or wait--maybe holographic glow in the dark???).

I tested out both the shimmer polishes and the glitter polishes, and seriously, it was so easy and so much fun to do. I giggled and squeed and enjoyed picking different glitters and looking at them together and making changes and adding more and taking some away and playing and playing and playing. When you're choosing your glitters, all the ones you've selected appear together in a bar next to each other, so you can get a visual of how the glitters will look together. I found myself putting 5 or 6 up in the bar, and putting my fingers over one or two to see how the mix looked without that color, until I found a blend I liked.

And at the end of the process, my coffee table was still absolutely clean, lol.

Before I show you swatches and talk about the polishes on the nail, here are some bottle shots; I really loved that the bottles came with professional labels that included the names I selected; it made me feel like I'd created something very cool:


How awesome is that?

Here are Sizzling Hot and Cabernet Mousse, both designed by me:


Nayll Sizzling Hot and Cabernet Mousse, designed by me

And here are Hydrangea and Seaside, designed by me: 


Nayll Hydrangea and Seaside, designed by me

And finally, here is Red Bottom Heels, one of the ready-made polishes available from Nayll, and her Smooth It Out glitter topcoat:


Nayll Smooth It Out glitter topcoat and Red Bottom Heels


And some back shots just so you can see all of that lovely glitter goodness:





So remember that one called Cabernet Mousse? I kinda had a little brain-freeze when I was naming it, and couldn't come up with anything I liked until later. So, I'm officially changing the name to 'Mayan Mocha', because it makes me think of a thick cup of mocha with that little bit of red heat to spice it up:


Nayll Mayan Mocha

Nayll Mayan Mocha

Nayll Mayan Mocha

This is two coats; the application was easy and the formula was good; this is right up there with any top-quality pre-made shimmer you'll find. To get this color, I mixed a medium brown pigment with a red pigment, to jazz it up; when the light hits it, the undertones of red shine through, and I love it; it's a beautiful, very wearable rusty brown, I think.


For my next creation, I wanted to make my ideal orange/yellow/red glitter. I have several that I've tried before and that I like, but I've always had a picture in my head of what I wanted, so this was my chance to try. Here is the result, Sizzling Hot, over Mayan Mocha:


Nayll Sizzling Hot over Mayan Mocha, both designed by me

Nayll Sizzling Hot over Mayan Mocha, both designed by me

Nayll Sizzling Hot over Mayan Mocha, both designed by me

This is one coat easily brushed over my base polish, no dabbing. This is a gorgeous fall look, and I'll be wearing this glitter over bright yellows and reds in the summer. If you're interested, I used gold hexes, yellow shards, orange circles, and red squares and circles, and little micro red glitter.

For all of the glitters including this one, I used one coat of the Smooth It Out glitter topcoat, and followed that up with one coat of Seche Vite. The Smooth It Out was a fine topcoat, but it wasn't as shiny as Seche Vite, and I like that extra shine. Some people want less shine, so if you're one of those, this will be perfect for you.

Okay okay okay, I'm so excited about this next one, it came out even better than I had hoped, and I think it's just amazing. I just sit and stare at the bottle, I'm completely not kidding. This is Hydrangea, a blend of blue, green, and purple matte circles, along with green matte shards:

Nayll Hydrangea, designed by me, over Julep Gabrielle

Nayll Hydrangea, designed by me, over Julep Gabrielle

Nayll Hydrangea, designed by me, over Julep Gabrielle

This is one coat, semi-strategically brushed on for effect--this polish has a Monet/Impressionist look to it, so I wanted a look that wasn't uniform or covered each nail completely. In terms of the quality of ingredients and formula, I found all of the polishes to be exactly what I'd expect from a quality indie glitter.

Obviously I'm biased, but I really adore this, and I know it sounds like I'm patting myself on the back for my creation, so let me explain a bit. Yes, I picked these glitters to combine, it's true, but I'm not sure I would have ever thought of this on my own. I was playing around with the glitters, filtering them in different ways so different ones appeared, and as I did, I selected several different matte colors. I put them into my add bar, and then covered one or two of them with my fingers to see which colors I liked together. When I saw the purple and blue and green, I suddenly saw visions of purple and blue hydrangeas, and a polish was born! This is why the process was so fun--I got to play and explore and see what came together, without having to buy 40 different sorts of glitter ahead of time, never knowing which ones I'd actually ever use.

For the last of my creations, I wanted to test out her tinted glitter bases. This is Seaside, a combination of light and medium blue circles, green circles, blue and brown squares, and silver shards, in a blue jelly base (shown here over Julep Alaina):


Nayll Seaside, my creation, over Julep Alaina
Nayll Seaside, my creation, over Julep Alaina

Nayll Seaside, my creation, over Julep Alaina

Nayll Seaside, my creation, over Julep Alaina
This is two coats brushed on over one coat of Julep Alaina, a medium gray creme. I did some extra dabbing on the ring finger, to give a little extra bling on the accent nail. I put this over a creme because I wanted to test out how well the tinted jelly settled; when I put on one coat, there was some streaking, but with two coats, you can see it evened out beautifully. Usually when you buy a glitter polish in a tinted base you're hoping to wear it this way rather than just a single-coated topper, so this will work well.

This is a polish I've been designing in my head for quite some time, and I've actually frankened a different version of it myself, in a crelly base. But for this one, I wanted to be able to create a particular look I've been dreaming of--a manicure that looks like ocean waves washing over the sand. So, I brush/dabbed a coat of Seaside over two coats of Zoya Godiva, an sand-colored textured polish, to get the ocean-waves-over-sand look:


One coat Nayll Seaside, designed by me, over two coats Zoya Godiva



One coat Nayll Seaside, designed by me, over two coats Zoya Godiva

One coat Nayll Seaside, designed by me, over two coats Zoya Godiva

One coat Nayll Seaside, designed by me, over two coats Zoya Godiva
I am so in love with how this came together. I love the way the Zoya glimmers just a bit through the layers, and the colors of the glitter are so perfect in my mind to represent my favorite beach. I dabbed the polish so that the blue jelly isn't uniform, which makes it look (to my eye) like the water is in motion. You can't tell in the picture, but the texture of the Zoya comes through just enough that it does look like it's washing over sand. This is now my go-to beach manicure, and I couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out.


The last polish I have to show you is one of the pre-made polishes you can get on the Nayll site, Red Bottom Heels; this polish has tons of gold, red, and black glitters in a variety of sizes and shapes:


Nayll Red Bottom Heels over one coat of Julep Alaina
Nayll Red Bottom Heels over one coat of Julep Alaina

Nayll Red Bottom Heels over one coat of Julep Alaina

Nayll Red Bottom Heels over one coat of Nayll Mayan Mocha

Nayll Red Bottom Heels over one coat of Nayll Mayan Mocha

The first pictures show two coats of Red Bottom Heels over Julep Alaina, and the second pictures show one coat over Mayan Mocha. I brushed the glitter on in both cases, with a teensy bit of dabbing after the fact to get coverage the way I wanted it. Application was good, I didn't have any problems with it. This is sooo packed with glitter, if you wanted to make a glitter-bomb look with it, you absolutely could. I see myself wearing this over gold polish on my birthday or for other celebrations--it's a party in a bottle, and it's as close as I'm ever going to get to owning a pair of Lubus, lol. :)

If you've looked at any of the polishes above and thought something like 'Yeah, that Hydrangea is kinda pretty, but it would be so much prettier with pink matte glitters in it, too...', well guess what? You can go make that exact polish, right now. I find myself looking at so many polishes thinking, 'that's close to what I want, if only it had a darker blue in it', or 'How come nobody ever makes one like that without the pink!' This is a way you can take your inspiration, whatever it is, and quickly and easily make the polish that you want, just the way you want it.

The site is extremely user friendly, and if you're worried about doing it right (which you really don't need to be), Sara has a short video tutorial that shows you just what to do. And you can do it all for the same price as most indie polishes would cost you anyway, which is very cool, considering many makers charge extra if you want something custom made up.

You can find the Nayll site by clicking here. You can visit her Facebook page by clicking here, and you can also find Nayll on Pinterest by clicking here.

Her products are of course 4-free, vegan and cruelty free, and guess what: she ships INTERNATIONALLY!! So go get your global glitter on, my dear friends! And she has offered a 30% discount on your first order to my readers, good through the end of April; just use code LOLH30 at checkout. :)

Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope your weekend is going well--happy hump day!

Hugs and loves,
M.

20 comments:

  1. O my god this is beyond awesome! I actually wanted to make some polishes for a friend's birthday but indeed, it's quite expensive to buy supplies and I would have had a lot of things left over... This is a great idea (and yeey international shipping!) - I am going to browse their site right now :D I love the polishes you created - my favourites are Sizzling Hot and Seaside :)

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    1. Isn't it cool? I love that not only did she come up with this, but she put together a site that makes it work so well. :)

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  2. I've been hearing more and more about Nayl. I think it's such a great idea!

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  3. FUN! You created very YOU polishes & they look fantabulous. I can't wait for them to start offering holo, gitd & thermal options!!!

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    1. Hee hee, thank you! I have a feeling it's going to take off and grow like crazy. :)

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  4. Love them! I have to do this! This could end up being dangerous, lol!

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  5. I heard some whispers in a nail polish corner somewhere about Nayll. They where like rumors spreading like fire in grass. Never really quite getting the full story. Where, what, why, how.
    And then
    The top of the icing. A picture, a blogpost. You had my interest.
    I was intrigued, curious. Careful I threaded, was not to be mistaken by a curious cat that lost its life. I was on a mission. Found it I did.
    Seek and you shall find.
    Sadly, I think this will hurt my wallet.

    As always, you are a great enabler.
    Thanks for the great review, could you tell some more about the naming process?

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    1. ROFL, you always crack me up. I love your semi-haiku, semi-spy-code creation there, lol. As for the naming process, you just pick a name and type it in the spot. Easy peasy!

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  6. so awesome - i totally just ordered one!

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  7. That is *such* an awesome business idea! (lol, but yeah, that was my first thought)
    And I can see this being such a fun experience for the costumer, too (shame I'm not really into glitters nor shimmers..). I do like your creations, especially the colours used in Hydrangea; but I love how you presented Seaside, with the thicker patches representing waves..so clever!

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    1. Darn you!! I found you one you can get shipped to you!! KHHHAAANNNNNN!!!! (kidding of course. Thanks for saying that about Seaside, I love the look. :) )

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    2. LOL!
      After giving it another thought (this reply helped too :), but really, I kept going back to the site even before), I just might be convinced by ALL THE PURPLE stuff on offer, sooo... *scurries away, to enter the giveaway*

      Thank you, for thinking of all of your readers.. XO

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    3. There is some pretty darn pretty purple stuff...And I'll pick the winner tonight. :)

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  8. I really love hydrangea! this is such a cool idea! I've been wanting to try making my own polish but the hassle has always stopped me... I don't really want to order all the supplies I would need and try and figure out how to mix everything together so it has a decent formula... this sounds like a great service where you can have all the design fun and leave all the mess and formula troubleshooting to someone else :)

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    1. I think it really is a cool alternative to doing your own frankening at home. I predict it will turn out to be very addicting...:)

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