Thursday, May 30, 2013

Review: InDecisive Nail Lacquer (Ichor, Ichor my nails...)


I'm back with 4 more polishes from InDecisive Nail Lacquer, and I promised you something interesting today...and so I bring you InDecisive's Ichor line, sent to me for review.

Why are the Ichor polishes 'interesting'? They're a very cool way (no pun intended). You're possibly saying to yourself, as I did the first time I saw one of these, 'Isn't that just a fancy way of saying 'color-changing polishes?'. Well, technically yes, but in reality, no, they are absolutely not.

Ichor polishes are different for two reasons. First, the polishes change not from one color to another color, which makes a polish only a one-trick pony; rather, they change from clear to their target color, so you can put whatever color you like as your base color--and this means an extremely versatile polish with lots and lots of possibilities. Second, it's temperature that makes the color change, in a very particular kind of way...sure, if you're in a warm room, or outside in warm sun, the polish will be clear, and if you're in a cold room, or outside when it's cold, the polish will turn to its target color. The magic is where the switch happens--at body temperature (86 degrees, to be precise). What this means is that in medium temperatures, the polish will be clear on most of your nail, and colored at the tips. So, your undie color shows in cold temps, Ichor color shows in warm temps, and in moderate temps, you get a French manicure with the combination of the two colors.

That, in my opinion, is brilliant. And incredibly fun.

Aleksandra's original Ichor goes from clear to black. She has added three additional colors to her line: Blue, Red, and Purple, each shifting from clear to the target color. On her website, she shows you each of these polishes over naked nails so you can see the color shift; you can check these pictures out by clicking here. This freed me up to have some fun and play around with color combos, and that's just what I did!

Let's start with the original Ichor, which switches from clear to black; I put it over China Glaze Tart-y For The Party, a springy lavender purple:

Ichor Black over China Glaze Tart-y For The Party

In the second picture, the wind started to come up as I was taking the pictures in my backyard, an you can see how the gradient began to move higher up my nail. That was one of the things I loved best about these polishes--the type of the gradient I'd get changed with things like the wind, and it was so much fun to watch. I wore blue Ichor to an outdoor event, and got about 6 different effects over the course of the afternoon depending on the temperature, wind, etc. :)

Aleksandra suggests that you put two coats of Ichor over your base color, and recommends that you use cremes rather than shimmers, because Ichor dries a bit like a rubber-finish matte polish (my words, not hers), and she suggests you finish it with topcoat for the same reason. I actually love the matte finish it gives, and show it below. Also, I think that as long as you know it's going to have that slightly cloudy effect on the polish below it, you can do some fun things with shimmer and glitters, and I'm looking forward to playing around with that. But you should be aware of that when picking your base color, and factor it in accordingly. In all of my pictures I have two coats of Ichor over my base polish, as suggested.

One last point about original Ichor. As you can see above, in some temperatures, the pigment in the polish gives a flecked effect; this varies a bit from batch to batch. I love the dimension it gives to the gradient when it does show. :)

For the blue version of Ichor, I used Revlon Cloud as my underwear; Cloud is a very light blue with purple tones:

InDecisive Ichor Blu over Revlon Cloud

Seriously, how pretty is that! Of course this would look wonderful over white as well, and I can't wait to try it over a pale green. :)

For Ichor Purple, I decided to try something a bit darker underneath, to see how that would come out. Here I have it layered over Julep Sophie, a medium gray:

InDecisive Ichor Purple, over Julep Sophie; with topcoat

Yep, the color shows up even over a darker basecoat. :)

And here it is again, without the topcoat, so you can see how the finish dries on its own:

Outside semi-direct sun

I love rubber-finish mattes, so of course I love the natural finish of these polishes, and I like that you can leave the topcoat off for a different type of look. :)

For the final color, Ichor Red, I had to try something a little daring and fun. I put it over Zoya Arizona, a bright orange creme:

InDecisive Ichor Red over Zoya Arizona; with topcoat

My grandma and your grandma, sittin' by the fire

My grandma said to your grandma, I'm gonna set your flag on fire

Talkin' 'bout hey now! Hey now!

Ichor Ichor my nails!

Jockomo feena ah na nay, jockomo feena nay!

I love love love how this came out. Tell me that last picture doesn't look like some beautiful tropical drink you'd want to sip by the side of the pool or the ocean! Absolutely gorgeous, summery and fun.

And if you'd like your red to be darker, she can make that up for you, just contact her or let her know in your checkout notes that you'd like a darker shade of red. :)

The formula on all of these polishes is excellent, they apply easily and dry quickly. They can be a bit strange to work with because the polish turns clear almost as soon as you put it on, but it changed slowly enough that I didn't have any troubles applying evenly. However, Aleksandra warns that it can be easily to get some of the polish on your cuticles, have it turn clear, and then forget it's there until it turns colors later, so you may want to clean up your cuticles carefully.

All of these are available now in the InDecisive Nail Lacquer shop, which you can reach by clicking here. As with her other polishes, these are three-free, not tested on animals, and thoroughly human tested for months before she releases them.

I'll be back tomorrow with some nail art, and then I'll bring you the last (awwwww...big sad face) InDecisive Nail Lacquer review on Saturday.

Thanks for reading! Big hugs,

(The polishes in this post were sent for my honest review.)


  1. Oh my goodness these are awesome!! Newspaper blew my mind but everyone of these shattered my mind!! So pretty!!

    1. These are such a great concept. I never really got what was cool about the color-changing polishes that just go from one color to another, the whole nail. These I ADORE. :)

  2. Ack! Need! The black is just ridiculously awesome. I think I should pick that up along with one of the colors... The red looks particularly great with Arizona. I have Arizona but it looks not so good on me, so If I get the red, I'll actually be saving money because I'll be able to wear Arizona again. Lovely lovely photos as usual my sweet!

    1. ROFLMFAO!! You are my hero--that is the absolute best bassackwards logic used to justify a purchase I have ever heard, and I am totally stealing it!!!! (and thank you!)

  3. LOL, I just noticed the Iko Iko lyrics! <3

    1. Hee hee hee ;-). Everytime I saw the word 'Ichor', it put that song right into my head. At first I was singing 'Ichor Ichor ah nay', and then it developed into 'Ichor Ichor my nails', lol. I'm telling you--my mind is a scary place!

    2. hehe me too!!
      Just ordered my a bunch of this awesome nail polishes. I got all the colours :)

    3. I want to see what you do with them! Please share when you play! :)

  4. I love these! I've seen them swatched before, but your post really cleared up some questions I had about it. And Grrl, you make me tee hee. Not cleaning up my cuticle is exactly something I would do! And now I am going to have that song in my head all night!

    1. Hee hee hee...Good, I can't be the only one! <3

  5. Do you think you could stamp with these? That would be brilliant!

    1. Hmm...she advises using two coats so maybe not, but I think this must be tried!!

  6. Wow these are so cool! I was wondering about the stamping too, but now I'm wondering how it would look like stamping UNDER them since they are clear when warm. Hmmm, I might have to get one to try ;-)

    1. Great minds think alike! I'm planning on doing just this exact thing for 4th of July. I'm going to do a white base coat, stamp silver stars. Then over half of the nail put Ichor Blue and half Ichor Red. No idea how it's gonna come out, but I'm looking forward to finding out!

  7. Oooo wow these are amazing I want one tooo. Already like mood polishes but this from clear to color is just soooo cool.

    1. I love this concept, these polishes are so much more fun in my opinion than the one-color-to-another color ones. Not that there's anything wrong with those, but I just feel like there are so many possibilities with these!


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