I love doing my nails and usually have a different colour on them every few days – but i’ve been wearing a particular colour non-stop recently, which I’ve had lots of compliments on – and it has a very timely, Halloween appropriate name 😉
It’s a handmade polish from an indie brand called Prism Polish who sent me a few colours to try out and I always LOVE anything with an edge, a bit of a rock ‘n’ roll vibe about it!
The lady behind Prism Polish is Suzie, a beauty and nail polish addict who couldn’t find the colours she wanted in the UK and was spending money importing them from the US … which ultimately led her to start making and selling her own!
She works for the RSPCA so all her polishes are cruelty free and they are vegan, plus ‘five free’.
The first colour I tried was one of the most ‘traditional’ I suppose you would call it, being a luscious, bright fuchsia pink called Beauty Fiend – which had amazing coverage, I didn’t need a second coat although I applied it to be thorough with the review.
I would say this is the perfect hot fuchsia pink, a hint of cool tones to stop it looking ‘sickly’ pink, if you know what I mean, and a lovely shimmering finish.
The next is a very pretty turquoise called Garda (after the blue of Lake Garda) – which is a shimmering blue with little pieces of pink/iridescent glitter. It’s not too sparkly, plenty of the blue still shows and the polish feels completely smooth when dry – so none of that irritating glitter texture!
I was also sent a nail file that’s a really handy size to keep in your bag – brilliant for me because you can guarantee if I snag a nail I will be out somewhere!
It’s quite tropical looking and is going to be great for a splash of colour in the winter months – I also think it looks really nice alongside the fuchsia pink for a ‘mixed manicure’ which I love doing sometimes.
And lastly is ‘Witchcraft’- and I am absolutely obsessed with this polish!
It might be called Witchcraft but it’s certainly not just for Halloween fancy dress, as although dark and striking, its still a very sophisticated shade that’s perfect for Autumn and goes with tons of different outfits. Everyone who has seen this on my nails has loved it!
I can’t stop looking at it in different light because it’s a mesmerising multi-colour, holographic shade which looks a deep, dark purple from above, but shot through with a rich emerald green that shimmers as you move and there’s also a dark red tone that flashes from other angles – it reminds me of an oil slick on water?
The thing I’m most impressed with about this brand is the formulation of the polish itself – it glides on, gives brilliant coverage, dries quickly to a super-smooth finish and it doesn’t have a strong smell.
Their colour range is unusual and it’s great to see something different – there are vibrant purples, blues, reds and berry tones as well as creamy, smokey blues and neutrals plus darker holographic shades and a bright, neon shimmery green!
The cost of the polish differs depending on the colour. Full-sized 10ml bottles start at £5.50, going up to £8.00 I think, was the most expensive shade – so mid-range price wise I would say and good value considering the unusual colours and performance.
What I like about this brand:
- I love that their colour range is different from anything else I’ve tried.
- The formulation of their polish is great and of course I love that it’s cruelty and nasty chemical free.
- It’s cool they sell colourful crystal nail files and foil transfer papers which are a lot of fun to play with AND thinners for polish that has thickened with age, because I’ve often given up on a colour when there’s at least a third of a bottle left!
- Packaging – the products arrived very well wrapped, as well as boxed and I loved that they also came a little bag with some glitter in it! Will definitely be playing with that at some point.
- …. And I LOVE that they do charity polishes and have been donating to Guide Dogs for the Blind!
What could be better:
- Hopefully their colour range will expand over time as they don’t have the biggest choice right now.
Otherwise, I don’t really have any negatives – I’m not saying I would wear every shade because I think I may be a little past wearing neon green …. oh my god, it’s just hit me, I really am getting old aren’t I?! …. although it would be brilliant for being a sexy witch at Halloween – phew ok, not that old then haha!
Brand founder Suzie says she has a passion for ‘the unusual, individual and beautiful’. Her colours are inspired by lots of different things such as nature and the seasons as well as themes like her Nightmare Before Christmas range … and the fact she’s a self-confessed geek, lover of rock and metal music and Sci-Fi nerd – and you will see that reflected in the names of her polish!
I asked why she chose to make them vegan and she said “I don’t follow a vegan lifestyle myself, but I am a vegetarian and make what I think of as ‘responsible’ choices. My day job is working for the RSPCA so animal welfare is extremely important to me and something I am very passionate about and aware of.
That said, if I can find vegan supplies to ensure that my polishes are vegan and that none of my supplies derive from animal products and therefore no animals could possibly be mistreated in any way for the production of my polishes, why on earth wouldn’t I?!”
That’s a big thumbs up from me.
So if you love painting your nails and would like to see some different colours, please go check out their site