Ethereal Lacquer: The Craft

Ethereal Lacquer, PR, Regular release

*Disclosure: PR samples- I received these polishes free of charge in exchange for photography.*

Release: 11 September 2020

6 polishes

Ethereal’s Halloween 2020 collection is inspired by the movie The Craft. I’ve seen this movie used as inspiration so many times I might just have to go watch it??

I’m showing the three linear holos of this collection first, followed by the flakies, and finishing with the shimmer.

Dangerous Type

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Dangerous Type is a rich, warm-toned purple linear holo. Oh, the linear holos of this collection are so gorgeous. I’ve been on a serious linear holo kick for months now, and this collection has convinced me to continue for the foreseeable future. This shade is richer and brighter than it photographs, and it may also appear a bit too cool on some screens. It definitely leans a little bit warm, and the linear holo flame is strong and beautiful.

All of the linear holos of this collection have the same great formula…covers really really well on the first coat, but I added a second coat just for perfection. You may not need a second coat. I also found that my normal 5-free top coat did not dull the holo, nor did I experience any bleeding of color into the top coat brush.

2 coats + top coat

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Nancy

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Nancy is a rich red linear holo. Red linear holos are just special. I’m not always in the mood for one, but should I be in the mood for one, absolutely nothing else will do. This one almost seems to have a bit of a metallic edge as well that has an epic shine in direct light. This is a fiery and stunning shade with the same great formula I described above.

2 coats + top coat

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Dark Secret

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Dark Secret is a black linear holo. Little to say about this one other than: black rainbow perfection. Same great formula as the two above.

2 coats + top coat

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We Are the Weirdos, Mister.

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Onto the flakes!

We Are the Weirdos, Mister is packed with silver holographic microflakes and red/green shifting iridescent flakes. This is definitely a holo polish accented with flakes, rather than a flakie polish accented with holo. The formula is packed with so much stuff that it’s quite thick, and I would recommend adding some quantity of thinner. I didn’t for these swatches since I prefer to show polishes unaltered if possible. The thick formula means a lot of texture, so if unthinned I’d recommend two coats of top coat to smooth everything over. I show one coat of top coat to show the texture that remains after one coat.

2 coats + 1 coat of top coat

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Ours is the Magic

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Ours is the Magic features a sheer black base packed with red/green shifting iridescent flakes and indigo/red shifting shimmer. In the bottle, it looks like this might be a multichrome polish with added iridescent flakes, but on the nail it looks more like an iridescent flake polish with added shimmer. This is an interesting concept for a polish, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen this kind of color and finish combination before. It’s a very ambitious polish for sure, and I’m not quite sure how I feel about the result.

Like the above flakie polish, the formula is also a bit thick, so press down the flakes as much as you can, and I’d also recommend adding thinner. I added two coats of top coat here for a truly smooth finish.

I’m showing the polish in two coats on middle and pinky fingers, and in three coats on index and ring fingers. Three coats deepens the black base and intensifies the shimmer, while two coats gives a bit of a lighter and more delicate look. I opted to show both possibilities here.

2-3 coats + 2 coats of top coat

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Relax, It’s Only Magic

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Relax, It’s Only Magic is a shimmer polish featuring a black base loaded with bright red/gold/green shifting shimmer. This is not an Under the Sea-type formula. It’s more akin to a Blue Raspberry formula, where the base is opaque and the shimmer accents. The formula is smooth and easy to use. It is very opaque on the first coat, and the second coat just seals the deal. Ethereal’s shimmers are next-level. And this polish is just perfect for those whose heart belongs to dark polishes or polishes with an intense flash of color.

2 coats + top coat

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Ethereal’s The Craft collection will be available on September 11 at 9pm Eastern time.

Releasing alongside this collection on Ethereal’s site is the long-awaited Under the Sea collection. Find my photos of that shimmering quad here.

And releasing over at Matterhorn Oils’s site at the same time are the Vanilla Chai Latte and Pumpkin Spice polish and oil collaborations! Check out my photos of the polish halves here.

Ethereal Lacquer: https://www.ethereallacquer.com/

Facebook fan group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EtherealLacquerLovers/

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