I have managed to avoid indies for the longest of times… I have not looked too closely at them as I have known that as soon as I do, that is the end of my bank balance! Anyway, Sarah from Chalkboard Nails posted a review of Happy Hands’ new Faint of Heart Collection, and let me just say, that was the end of my half-closed eyes!! I immediately fell for ‘Metal Heart’ and within the hour had placed an order for it from the Happy Hands shop, because we all know indies go out of stock as soon as look at them.
Prepare yourselves (and your purses!).
This polish has so much going on that it’s going to be hard to describe but I’m going to have a go! Metal Heart has a beautiful raspberry pink jelly base. On it’s own I don’t think it would build to much in the way of opacity but that’s where the glitter comes to the rescue. First, in order of size, we have tiny, iridescent red and blue flecks of microglitter. Then there are slightly larger red hexagonal glitters, and purpley-blue glitters too. Then there are the smallest black glitter hexagons. Next up there are slightly larger black hexagonal glitters, the occasional red and purple hexagonal glitters and medium sized red and blue iridescent squares. Then there are the large black hexagonal glitters, and the large purple squares of glitter. I think that just about covers it… this polish is so insane! I literally love it more than any other polish I own and I am so glad I took the indie plunge (it’s a slippery slope…). I’m not sure this will be everyone’s cup of tea but Metal Heart can jump right in my tea and dance all over it. I felt like my nails were worth a million dollars while I wore it. Metal Heart is just so… INSANE, it’s like nail polish on LSD (not that I’d know) but it’s psychedelic and gorgeous at the same time!
Application wasn’t as tricky as I expected; the first coat went on pretty smoothly and although some of the glitter was dragged to the edge of my nail as I painted it wasn’t any bother to push them around a little. Second coat was perhaps even easier – I had perfected the slight dabbing motion of application by this point, so the glitter spread happily. The polish dried in average time, to that perfectly juicy, squishy jelly finish. It did require at least 2 coats for opacity - the pictures show two – but it could also be layered to hype up a dull pink or lilac! Finally the finish was the tiniest bit dull and bumpy, but with just one coat of topcoat (I used Revlon Quick Dry Topcoat, as shown in the photos), it was perfectly smooth and glossy as a wine glass.
I can’t recommend this polish enough (and no I’m not being endorsed by Kristi, lol, I am just so insanely in love with this polish I can’t quite put it into words!) and as a starter indie polish, I am 100% hooked! I also might have loved this polish so much that I also might have ordered ‘Am I Not Yours?’ and ‘Afternoon Thunderstorms’ once I had discovered the wonderfulness that lay within Metal Heart. Might have.
What do you think? Did Metal Heart steel your heart? (See what I did there? ) You can order it from the Happy Hands shop, where the polishes cost just $10 each. The postage to the UK is $9 but combined postage is just an additional $2 per polish added. When I ordered Metal Heart alone, it cost me £12.41, and when I may or may not have ordered the other two together, it may or may not have cost me £20.96, if you get my drift!
I’m going to go and ogle my little bottle of Metal Heart now, hope you enjoy!