Indie Bunny Box Part 1 - Reveal

Hello Darlings!  Easter is right around the corner, and so I got myself a little Easter present, The Indie Bunny Mani Box.  What is that, you ask.  It is a wonderful collaboration set from a variety of indie makers that includes Easter inspired polishes and goodies. 

Sadly, this box is no longer available.  According to what I read on Instagram it sold out in six minutes after its release.  So, why am I bothering to share this with you?  Well, if you read my One Year Blogiversary post, you know that one of my goals this year is to delve into the indie world.  However, this goal is somewhat difficult for me for a couple of reasons. First, I am very frugal and since I already spend a great deal of money on polish and nail care I have a hard time spending more than $5 on a bottle of polish. Second, there are so many indie brands to choose from, how do you know where to start.  Yes, I have purchased a couple of other indie collections, and also a St. Patrick's Day collaboration (that I didn't have time to review and post before the holiday), but there are so many more that I want to try.  This collaboration set was a great solution, to help me discover and try new brands and products.  I thought I would review these for all of you, so that you could find out more about these indie brands.  I have never tried any of these brands, and some of these product types are completely new too me.

On to the goodies...

There are so many goodies here that I am breaking this down into two posts.  Also, the pail wasn't included, it actually belongs to my daughter.  I just borrowed it for a photo prop.  For this post I will be mostly sharing, reviewing, and swatching what is in the eggs and a couple other things.

Here is a quick peak at what is inside the eggs...

As a nail art addict I appreciate that they included little charms, vinyls, and decals.  As a chocolate lover I really like that they added some sweet treats, they didn't last through the unwrapping of the polishes and products in this box.

The indie makers were very wise to include their business cards in the box.  Many of which have discount codes, for next or first purchases (sorry, but I'm not sharing the codes, they are one time use, so please don't ask).  This is a great way to get me to buy more from them, a very clever business tactic (I recently received a bachelors degree in business management, so I appreciate this marketing device.)

Nail Care and Décor

I wanted to share the nail care and decorative pieces, first.  There are neon studs from Firecracker Lacquer, and decals from Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer.  Paint Box Polish contributed the cute little tub of butter balm. I have had an opportunity to try this, it kind of reminds me of Burt's Bees Cuticle Cream but without a scent.  There are two tubes of cuticle oil, which is great for me because I go through a lot of cuticle oil. One tube is from Finger Lickin Lacquer and is very cleverly named 'Peep Show', it has a sweet candy smell.  The other cuticle oil is from Smokey Mountain Lacquer in 'Cotton Candy' scent, she also included a small emery board and toe separators too!  That blue bottle in the back is from Gothic Gala Lacquers, it is a gentle acetone in cotton candy scent.  I have been using this a lot lately and I love it.  It smells wonderful when dry, even my husband complemented on how good it smells (note: do not smell it in the bottle, its acetone, you'll knock yourself out if you do).  Also, in the above picture is Justricarda's 'Glossy Glam' top coat, which I have used on the last few nail art designs I've done, it is super shiny and dries pretty quickly.

Another non-polish product included in this box was Ellagee's 'Lickity Split Latex Mask'.  I was and am super excited about this product, because I really wanted to try a latex mask.  I've been using generic latex, and I found it a pain to work with.  This product is just perfect for all those messy nail art designs, like gradient sponging, stamping, etc.  This particular color was created just for the Bunny Box, but she has is available in other others.

How about a few polish swatches now.  These are minis that were in the eggs, but are just too perfect.  Some of these are holographic, so I wanted to wait till there was some sun.  That's why I am posting this later than I intended.  The sun decided to shine a bit yesterday, so I chased it around the yard in fridge cold temperatures, trying to catch their gorgeousness.  In all the pictures you are going to see there is a sunlight and a lamplight version as well as macros.  All macros are under lamplight, of course.  On to the swatches...

Ellagee's 'Spring Fever'

This is an absolutely beautiful silvery blue holographic polish.  Sunlight on the left and lamplight picture on the right.  I wore this on Friday because it was the first day of Spring, of course, it was snowing here in NY but this made me feel a little better.  This is swatched in three thin coats, and shown without a top coat.  I love blue, so this has quickly become my favorite.

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer's 'Kaffir Lily'

In the bottle this appeared more purple to me but it turns out to be a very lovely pink holographic polish.  The holographic shimmer in this polish is phenomenal, and hard to look away from.  This was mostly opaque in one coat but I swatched it in two coats, shown without a top coat.  This is a perfect Easter pink shade.

Digital Nails' 'He Doesn't Carrot All'

It was very difficult to catch the really beauty of this polish on camera.  This neon salmon-y pink, is very cleverally named and it does remind me of a carrot.  It is very opaque and though I could have gotten away with one coat, I applied two.  This is very shiny even without a top coat, which is shown how you see it here.  This opaque polish is full of shimmery gold flakies.  It is uniquely bright and pretty.

Gothic Gala Lacquers' 'Pretty in Peep'

So far, this is the big surprise polish for me of the set.  I wasn't very excited about this polish in the bottle, but once I applied it I saw its true character shine through.  This is a very interesting jelly glitter.  It is a greyish purple full of pink sparkly glitter.  Swatched here in three coats and shown without a top coat.  It is so full of pizzaz, I'm sorry I underestimated it.  Some triangle rhinestones were included with this mini but I didn't apply them here because this polish is just too pretty to cover up.

Monster Polish's 'Oh For Peep's Sake!!!'

This is the last swatch for now, and it is what I am currently wearing.  This is a super opaque, lavender holographic polish.  I am in love with it.  Shown with two coats, no top coat in the sunlight picture on the top right.  Shown with Rica's 'Glossy Glam' top coat and cute little peep stickers on the left.

So far, I am very impressed with the products and polishes that I have tried.  Even the things I wasn't that impressed with initially have really surprised me.  I know I will be purchasing from all these brands again in the future.  Shhhh, don't tell my husband though, he doesn't understand why I have so much polish to begin with.

Here is a sneak peak of the remaining polishes that I will be swatching and reviewing soon...

Isn't that magnet at the bottom of the picture perfect?!  Stay tuned for more swatches, and my final thoughts.  Thanks for stopping by, see you next time.

Your Fellow Plebe,