Friday, April 18, 2014

Weekend Sale: To Dye For + Full-Size Bottles

Hi everyone! 

The response last weekend so positive that I’d like to offer another weekend sale of full-size and mini bottles, including the new To Dye For collection. Prices will be the same this weekend: To Dye For collex is $9 for full-size and $4.50 for minis, and everything else is $10 for full-size and $5 for minis.

One note: I have my hands full with several stockist orders, so these orders won’t ship until late next week.

Please see the sidebar for details on how to place an order. 

Thanks so much!

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. :)