Sweets for Santa

Santa's Sweet Shoppe BottleHere’s a simple skittle mani (that’s a sort of “every nail for itself” kind of manicure where each nail is a different colour and/or design) that shows off this glitter topper, Candy Lacquer’s Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, to great effect. This manicure was actually at the behest of Mr. Finger Candy, who figured I’d get more mileage out of the swatching experience if every nail gave the glitter polish a slightly different look. And you know what? He was absolutely right! Time to file that one under the special skills section of his resume, methinks.

I am pleased to report that unlike my last outing with a Candy Lacquer polish, the rather disappointing Penguin Presents, Santa’s Sweet Shoppe is a fine return to form. A truly bizarre mix of matte satin glitters of every shape, size and colour, it’s weird and pretty and makes every manicure look as though your nails have been dipped in sprinkles. And as I’m fond of saying, that can’t ever be a bad thing (unless they’re actual sprinkles, in which case you should really wash your hands.)Santa's Sweet Shoppe Hand

‘S No Flakes Here

Penguin Presents BottleSlow clap for me, folks, because that was one torturosly laboured pun. Cripes, I turned myself inside out on that one so many times, I very nearly broke something.

A word or two about this polish, Candy Lacquer’s Penguin Presents, a recent release in their holiday 2014 collection. I’ve shouted my love for Candy Lacquer’s super unique polishes from the rooftops on more than a few occasions. I probably own seven or eight of their glitter toppers, and they have been across-the-board superb. Zero complaints.

But the Candy Lacquer brand seems to have gone through a bit of a freshening-up in recent months, a process that includes a new logo, new labels, smaller bottles and, if Penguin Presents is any indication, a change in their suspension base, which is regrettably not one for the better. A predominantly black and white, square-shaped glitter mixed with a healthy dose of rainbow neon squares, Penguin Presents is a pretty simple polish, but for the cute little white snowflake glitter. Oh wait, what snowflake glitter? I asked myself that very same question, the answer being that lone flake on my ring finger, a feat achieved only after leaving the bottle to rest upside down for about an hour and a number of anger-inducing fishing trips. I’ve never had such a problem with a Candy Lacquer polish before (their polishes, old and new alike, are positively stuffed with all manner of oddball glitter shapes, but they’re never dry and cover like a beast) and I’m inclined to think it’s owing to what seems to be a change in the base. Penguin Presents is thin and a bit watery, and the square glitter itself – to say nothing of the absentee snowflakes – just slides off the brush and right back into the bottle.

This is the first of Candy Lacquer’s polishes I’ve bought since the change-up, and I’m hoping it’s either growing pains or one dud bottle, because I really adore their products otherwise. Looking at it that way, a 1 in 8 record really isn’t that bad, but I wouldn’t want to see a repeat on Penguin Presents (even if Candy Lacquer very thoughtfully included a small baggie of snowflake glitter alongside the polish, which is nice, but somewhat besides the point.)Penguin Presents Hand