Friday, April 11, 2014

Swatches/Sale: To Dye For

Full-Size Sale


Some of my customers have been asking me about selling full-size bottles directly, so here we go! From now through Sunday night, I’ll be taking orders for both full-size and mini bottles. These orders will ship next week in the order received. The prices, available colors, and details on how to place an order are listed in the sidebar. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me at contrarypolish@gmail.com.



New Collection: To Dye For


Now that the sale talk is out of the way... I have new colors to offer! This collection is a little different than what you probably expect from me: 8 of the 9 colors are completely shimmer-free. (I know, crazy!) ;)  Because of this, I do not plan on adding these new shades to the core collection. However, if there is more interest in a shimmer-free Contrary than I anticipated, I’d be happy to bring certain colors back based on demand. :)

The new collection is called To Dye For and it was inspired by the tradition of dying eggs for Easter. Specifically, it was inspired by the deep colors of the dye baths compared with the lighter colors of the finished eggs. It consists of four jellies (the dyes) and four cremes (the eggs) in pink, blue, purple, and green. The jellies are opaque in 2-3 coats and the cremes are opaque in 1-2 coats. Since I didn’t have to factor in shimmer visibility, I really concentrated on making the formulas as smooth and user-friendly as possible.

To top the collection off (literally!), I have a sheer shimmer polish that goes well with all eight cremes/jellies. This topper is called Something Egg-stra and it consists of pink, blue, purple, and green shimmer in a clear base. All of the shimmer is of the color-shifting variety, and it varies in size from extra fine to larger glass flecks. Since the polish is filled with multi-colored shimmer, it registers as contrasting shimmer no matter which base you choose to wear under it.

This weekend only, these new shades will be offered at a reduced rate: full-size bottles at $9 each and mini bottles at $4.50 each.

On to the pictures!


From left to right: Pink Dye, Blue Dye, Purple Dye, Green Dye, Green Egg, Purple Egg, Blue Egg, Pink Egg.



From left to right: Pink Egg, Blue Egg, Purple Egg, Green Egg, Green Dye, Purple Dye, Blue Dye, Pink Dye



The jellies at 3 thin coats plus topcoat. From index to pinky: Pink Dye, Blue Dye, Purple Dye, Green Dye.



The cremes at 2 thin coats plus topcoat. From index to pinky: Pink Egg, Blue Egg, Purple Egg, Green Egg.



Something Egg-stra was very hard to photograph, so I took way too many pictures trying to capture the shimmer/sparkle. :)


Something Egg-stra (sun) 

Something Egg-stra (sun) 

Something Egg-stra (sun) 

Something Egg-stra (sun) 

Something Egg-stra (shade) 

Something Egg-stra (shade) 

Something Egg-stra (shade) 

Something Egg-stra (shade) 

Something Egg-stra over the cremes (sun)

Something Egg-stra over the cremes (shade)

Something Egg-stra over the cremes (shade)

Something Egg-stra over the cremes (shade)

Something Egg-stra over the jellies (sun)

Something Egg-stra over the jellies (shade)



Thanks for looking, and please let me know if you have any questions! :)



Monday, December 9, 2013

Cyber Monday Packages

One final update on the packages from the Cyber Monday sale... The last of the packages went out tonight, though it was after the last pickup so they should get moving tomorrow.

Thanks again for the wonderful turnout for the sale! :)

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Cyber Monday Packages

Quick update: any packages from Cyber Monday’s sale that haven’t already shipped will ship on Monday.

Thanks so much for the purchases and your patience! And as always, please email ContraryPolish@gmail.com with any questions. :)

Monday, December 2, 2013

Cyber Monday Sale

It’s time! From now until 4 pm CST, I will be accepting full-size and mini orders via email. The prices for the new winter collection are $10 for full-size and $5 for minis, and the prices for all older colors are $8 for full-size and $4 for minis (a discount of 20%).

I have bottle pictures of the new collection to share with you! However, if you would rather wait for swatches (or if you just miss this sale), don’t worry because there will definitely be future opportunities to get this collection. :)


Contrary Polish On the Rocks - Winter 2013


Tiger’s Eye (bronzy brown with metallic gold shimmer)







Graphite (muddled grey jelly with varied shimmer/micro-flakes - gold, silver, pink, grey)






Obsidian (purple near-black jelly with varied color-shifting shimmer - green and blue shifting to pink and blurple)








Almandine (oxblood red with gold to green color-shifting shimmer)







Fluorite (blurple with green to pink color-shifting shimmer)


Note: This polish is quite a bit more purple/less blue than it appears in these photos. The base color is similar to OPI Sapphire in the Snow, if that helps you to picture it. :)






Dioptase (bluish green with antique gold and green shimmer)






Please see the sidebar for details on how to place an order, and thank you for visiting my blog!


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Cyber Monday Announcement

Hello! I’m excited to share the news of my Cyber Monday sale with you all. :)

Tomorrow from 12 pm to 4 pm (CST), I will be accepting orders at a discount of 20% off my usual prices. That will make full-size bottles $8 and mini bottles $4 (plus shipping).

I will also be introducing my winter collection at the same time, though the winter polishes will only be available at full price: $10 for full-size, $5 for mini. 

This new collection is called Contrary Polish On the Rocks, and the shade names and base colors were inspired by various minerals.  

I will post bottle pictures of the new polishes at noon tomorrow, but to give you an idea of what’s coming, here are the shade names and descriptions:

Tiger’s Eye (bronzy brown with metallic gold shimmer)
Graphite (muddled grey with various shimmer/micro-flakes - gold, silver, pink, grey)
Obsidian (purple-tinted black with various color-shifting shimmer - blue and green shifting to blurple and pink)
Almandine (oxblood red with gold to green color-shifting shimmer)
Fluorite (blurple with green to pink color-shifting shimmer)
Dioptase (bluish green with antique gold and green shimmer)

Please see the sidebar if you're not familiar with the email ordering process, and please feel free to send any questions to ContraryPolish@gmail.com.

See you tomorrow at noon! :)

Friday, October 11, 2013

Mini Bottles: No Place Like Home

I'm having trouble updating the sidebar, so I wanted to write a quick post confirming that the No Place Like Home collection (The Plaza, The Boulevard, Westport, River Market, 18th & Vine, West Bottoms) is now available for mini bottle orders. :)

Monday, October 7, 2013

Preview: No Place Like Home



My fall collection launches tomorrow on Llarowe, so I wanted to give you guys a small preview of the inspiration behind the collection.

The collection is called No Place Like Home and the polishes are named after different neighborhoods in my hometown of Kansas City.



The Plaza (concrete grey with ruby red, bright blue, and yellow shimmer/microglitter)


This shade was inspired by the Court of the Penguins fountain on the Country Club Plaza.


Besides its amazing shopping and restaurants, the Plaza is also known for its many fountains, statues, and mosaics. This fountain in particular stands out to me; I really love the juxtaposition of the dirty grey of the concrete with the bright colors of the mosaic.



The Boulevard (muted navy jelly with orange shimmer/microglitter)


This shade was inspired by the wall painting at La Bodega on Southwest Boulevard.


Southwest Boulevard is known for its many wonderful Mexican restaurants, but my favorite place on the Boulevard is a Spanish restaurant. La Bodega is a tapas place with fantastic ambiance, tapas and sangria. It's a longtime favorite of mine for happy hours with friends (who could turn down half-priced tapas and sangria??). :)



Westport (dusty olive green with varied gold shimmer)


This shade was inspired by the sign painted on the outside of Kelly's in Westport.


Westport is an entertainment district with plenty of restaurants, bars, and shopping. I suppose it's a little like a grittier version of the Plaza. And while it's older than the Plaza (around 150 years compared to the Plaza's almost-100, if I recall correctly), it tends to attract a younger crowd.

Kelly's is an Irish bar at the corner of Westport Rd and Pennsylvania Ave. One thing that makes it stand out is the small pizza place located in the rear. A slice really hits the spot after a long night out!



River Market (dark purple jelly with raspberry shimmer/microglitter)


This shade was inspired by blackberries and raspberries at the City Market farmers' market in the River Market.


The River Market is another historic neighborhood in Kansas City, and the anchor attraction is the City Market farmers' market which is open year-round on Saturdays and Sundays. The farmers' market is certainly an easy place to draw inspiration from! Between the fruits/vegetables and the flowers, it is a riot of color. There were plenty of options to choose from, but I ended up most inspired by the color combination of the blackberries and raspberries.



18th & Vine (deep periwinkle with pink shimmer)


This shade was inspired by the color of the walls at The Blue Room in the 18th & Vine district.


The Blue Room is a jazz club in the historic 18th & Vine jazz district. I was there earlier this summer and as soon as I saw the walls I knew I wanted to create a polish with a similar color combination. The walls are a blue-purple and the trim is a red-purple, and the overall effect is striking. My red-purple shimmer leans more pink than I intended, but I think I captured the general idea. :)



West Bottoms (fluorescent yellowish green with gold to green shimmer; glow in the dark and UV-reactive)


This polish is pretty different from what I usually do, but I wanted to have one polish in this collection be a "Halloween" polish... and this is the perfect polish for that since this shade is inspired by The Beast Haunted House in the West Bottoms area. :)


The West Bottoms is known for its haunted houses that open for business every fall. I've been going since I was a teenager and honestly, they creep me out almost as much now as they did then! They're the perfect combination of creepy and cheesy. :)

This polish is both glow-in-the-dark and blacklight/UV reactive. Naturally the glow is at its strongest when it's worn alone, but it's still pretty darn strong when layered! When layered one coat over black, the effect under blacklight is very strong (though you have to be careful to make the layer very even during application if you're only going to do one layer; otherwise the blacklight effect can look patchy), and the glow-in-the-dark effect was strong enough to creep my husband out the first night I wore it to bed. ;) As far as longevity goes, I charged my one-coat-over-black mani in the evening before bed (around 15 seconds with a flashlight) and I could still see a glow when I woke up the next morning.

I have daylight pictures to share of this polish so you can see a bit of its layering potential. (I'll leave the glow-in-the-dark/blacklight pictures to the bloggers, because my attempts to capture it in the dark were horrendous!) The first two swatch pictures show one coat West Bottoms over black, and the second two swatch pictures show two coats over black.












For swatches of all the colors in this collection, please see Vampy Varnish. Sometime tomorrow, I think The Polishaholic and Chalkboard Nails will have swatches up too. :)


This collection will be available on Llarowe starting tomorrow at 1:00 pm CST, and mini bottles will be available on my blog starting this Friday. Please see sidebar for details on how to place an order, and please let me know if you have any questions or comments.


Thanks so much for visiting my blog!