OH BOY! I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am to do this blog post! As a certified Harry Potter nerd and fanatic, I squealed A LOT (and maybe even cried a little) when I was asked by Stached Polish to swatch this collection! The entire collection is based on the Harry Potter books and films.
It is a 7 polish collection that consists of 4 stunning flakie polishes (one of which is a one coater!!), one gorgeous jelly polish, one holographic glitter polish, and one amazing creme.
Shown above is a slideshow of all the bottle shots.
Now that you know what the polishes look like, lets see them on the nails, shall we?
On to the swatches!!
First up is the namesake of this collection, ‘Lightning Has Struck’…
This polish definitely reminds me of lightning! Stunning and bold! When Harry returns to Hogwarts in the Deathly Hollows, Lee Jordan announces “Lightning has struck!” Such a powerful moment in both the book and the film.
This polish is so much more complex than I could capture in these photos. It has a golden yellow base with flakies that seem to shift between light blue and pink. It was completely opaque for me in two coats, but if you’re not picky about your nail line showing, you could possibly get away with one coat. The shift in this polish is so much more apparent in person. The formula is slightly thick, but not difficult at all to work with. It was easy to remove, but be prepared to have some sparkling fingers, because the flakies like to stick to the skin. Or, you can use a peel off base coat to avoid the sparkling fingers all together. With each polish, I will recommend a good base coat. The polishes in this collection are highly pigmented and can stain your nails. So, a base coat is recommended for this polish, as well as the others to come.
Next we have ‘Transfiguration’…
Nothing beats Ron Weasly’s face when he is asked by Professor McGonagall to cast his first transfiguration spell in class. Needless to say, his worried look is well warranted when he turns his rat, Scabbers, into a furry cup with a tail.
This is another stunning flakie polish. It has a warm purple jelly base and is absolutely packed with light blue flakies. The flakies really stand out in this polish, almost “transfiguring” it into blue. The formula on this polish is also on the thick side, but not so thick that it required any thinner or was at all difficult to work with. Shown is two coats, but it can be opaque in one. Adding two coats will definitely deepen the saturation of the color though. The polish was easy to remove, but again, you need to watch out for sparkly fingers with removal. A good peel off base coat will help with removal and avoid flakies sticking to your skin. And as with all Stached Polishes, a good base coat is recommended to avoid any staining of your nails.
Next we have ‘Malfoy Manor’…
Ahh…The Malfoys. Slytherin to the very core. Deceptive, shifty and villainous.
This polish embodies all the shiftiness of the Malfoys and the villains of the world of Harry Potter. It is a steely gray, almost gunmetal, base packed with flakies that shift from purple to blue and green…even reddish gold. The shift is best seen in indoor lighting or outdoor shade. The polish is also holographic! In the sunlight, rainbows sparkle through the depths of the steely base. The formula was absolutely smooth and easy to apply. Not too thick or thin and didn’t pool or flood the cuticles. It self leveled beautifully. Shown in the swatches is two coats, you could do three depending on your application, but I don’t think it would be necessary. This polish was also easy to remove, but like the other flakies in this collection, be prepared for sparkling skin if you don’t use a peel off base coat. As with all the polishes in the collection, I recommend a base coat to avoid any staining, as Stached Polishes are highly pigmented.
Next up, ‘Triwizard Champion’…
Could you survive the tasks set before you to become a Triwizard Champion? Harry, Fleur, Cedirc, Viktor…each had attributes and skills to win. The ending to this was tragic and a dark turning point in the Potter series.
This polish is powerful, sultry and assertive. It has a raspberry jelly base and packed with flakies that shift from deep pink to purple and even gold. This polish has a fantastic formula and is opaque in ONE coat. The formula was not thick or thin. It did not pool or flood the cuticles. Two coats does deepen the color and enrich the depth of the polish, but I used one for the swatch photos. This polish was easy to remove, but watch those flakies! I did not experience any staining, (I had the polish on for less than an hour) but this polish is extremely pigmented. If you are prone to staining, I recommend at LEAST 2 coats of base coat and even if you are not prone to staining, I still recommend one to avoid staining your nails.
Next up, ‘Undesirable No. 1″…
It seems that making the front page of The Daily Prophet as a fugitive ran in Harry’s family. First, Sirius Black being accused of murder, and then Harry. Such an unfortunate turn of events that put Harry at the top of the Wizarding World’s most wanted list.
This polish is one of my favorites in the collection. It is a blue jelly base with blue flakies, scattered holographic and lightning bolt glitters. This polish was opaque in two coats. The formula was not thick and applied easily. I did have a difficult time applying the larger bolt glitters with general application. To make it easier to apply the glitters, I used two different methods. If you settle the larger glitters towards the top of the bottle, the glitters will be more apparent on your brush making them easier to apply to the nail. Let the bottle sit upside down for about 5 minutes before applying. This helped, but I wanted a few more glitters on the nail, so I used a toothpick to apply the glitters where I wanted. As far as removal goes, I used a peel off base coat for this swatch. Larger glitter and micro glitter have a tendency to adhere to the nail, and I wanted to avoid having to use too much acetone. And remember, all Stached polishes are highly pigmented. So, to avoid staining, I recommend a good base coat.
Next we have, ‘The Gray Lady’…
The Gray Lady. Ghost of the Ravenclaw house. Also known as Helena Ravenclaw. She holds the key to Harry finding her diadem…a horcrux, carrying a piece of Voldemort’s soul.
I can’t say that I own a single grey creme. Shocking, right?! This my first and I adore it! The formula is a perfect consistency and was opaque for me in two coats. It was not too thick or too thin and self leveled beautifully. It even watermarbles! Don’t forget to wear a base coat to avoid staining!
last up, ‘Yule Ball’…
Ahhh….the Yule Ball. When Ron sees Hermione all dressed up and realizes how beautiful she is. Ron is in a hand-me-down “suit” and the Pavarti twins just want to dance; But their dates, Harry and Ron, are preoccupied with others. Ahh..youth. Haha!
This is a stunning glitter polish with holographic, pink, purple and blue glitters set in a clear base. It can be worn as a topper or full coverage can be achieved in 2-3 coats. You could also sponge it on for full opacity. This polish will be difficult to remove without a peel off base coat, due to it being a glitter. Shown in my swatches is 2 coats painted on.
And thats it! This is a fantastic collection. Each polish is so unique and beautiful! The ‘Lightning Has Struck’ Collection will be available on July 31st (Harry’s birthday!) at stachedpolish.com or you can click the link in the bio of Stached Polish on Instagram to purchase!
Thanks for looking and Polish on!!