Indie Thursdays! CrowsToes “Cheshire”
One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. “Which road do I take?” she asked.
“Where do you want to go?” was his response.
“I don’t know”, Alice answered.
“Then,” said the cat, “it doesn’t matter.”
Venture down the rabbit hole after the jump!!
Ah, the Cheshire Cat.
Definitely a popular Lewis favorite. I would say it’s a very close tie for my favorite between the Cheshire Cat and the Caterpillar (Disney’s version of Lewis’s Caterpillar that is). Actually, I intensely desired the alligator poem for a tattoo at one time.
CrowsToes seems to always make my wishlist collections. From Alice in Wonderland to, more recently, The Adams Family.
“Cheshire” comes from a small collection of CrowsToes Wonderland inspired lacquers.
“Cheshire” is a heavy glitter fest comprised of:
-Large Magenta Square Glitter (although the ones in my bottle are hexes – no squares to be seen in my bottle aside from the micro size)
-Medium Gold Hex Glitter
-Small Grape Purple Hex Glitter, Small Holo Hex Glitter
-Xsmall Magenta Hex Glitter, Xsmall Grape Purple Hex Glitter, Xsmall Holo Hex Glitter
-Micro Holo Square Glitter
One Coat of “Cheshire” over a light pink (Ludurana ‘Marmorizado”)
One Coat of “Cheshire” over a light yellow (Korean Brand)
One Coat of “Cheshire” over dark blue-green (Illamasqua “Viridian”)(Mr. NB always points out the faces in my polish pictures. Check these ones out!)
***Keep in mind: I did not do any glitter placement in these swatches nor did I search for certain pieces. I could have done those methods to give you the “prettiest swatches ever” but I want you to really see what you’re going to be getting. This is what Cheshire looked like for me on the three separate occasions I wore it.***
So. Let’s talk formula on these babies.
If you haven’t heard, there are some people thrilled with CrowsToes formulas and others who aren’t so much. When I opened my bottle it was THICK. But this is what I expected and the formula type for Indies that I prefer. To me, thick Indies always mean A) Bang for your buck & B) Tons of glitter, no fishing & C) Minimal coats.
However; if you haven’t tried CrowToes, they aren’t “thick” in the sense you are thinking. The formula is not stringy, lumpy or un-leveling. It is simply very, very dense. CrowsToes uses pure, uncut suspension base.
What does that mean?
One thing is that these polishes are meant to be thinned to your consistency preference by you. I do not have as much experience with Indie polishes and thinner to give you a good recommendation, but I can tell you:
Do NOT use nail polish remover to thin polishes. This will ruin them.
According to my internet research, people are writing that Seche Vite “Restore” is the best thinner for this line. If you feel otherwise or have other suggestions, please leave a comment and let us all know!!
And what does this mean if you’re like me and will be using your CrowsToes fat and happy?
Careful, focused application. While it is thick, it dries extremely fast. That is where I had some trouble. Thick, uncut base I can deal with but when you couple that with fast drying time you can be in for some clumping and icky placement if you go into the battle unprepared. (What preparation is needed? Well, just knowing what to expect is 90% of the battle). So after I understood what this formula was and to move fairly quickly, I had no trouble with it.
I noticed zero curling, and no bleeding. Durability to the extreme, man. Removal? a bitch. Love it? You know it.
You can find CrowsToes at the LLarowe website:
Along with a ton of other amazing polishes, imports and Indies.
Due to Indie polishes being created by hand in different batches, there seems to be several “variations” of “Cheshire”. By variation I don’t mean actual colors but rather ratios. Some bottles seem to have much more gold, others more larger pieces, and others are more holo heavy.
My bottle seems average on gold, heavy on holo and very light on larger magenta pieces. I rolled my bottle around as much as I could and swirled the brush around about 100 times to get an estimate on how many larger pieces my bottle has and, including the ones on my nails in these swatch pictures, I think this bottle probably has about 5. Ten absolute tops.
I’m contemplating adding large gold square hexes, as for some reason I thought this polish contained those and I was surprise to find out that I entirely dreamt that up with absolutely no reason. Hm. I suppose we really are all mad here.