Friday, August 29, 2014

Hard to Find Friday: Lush Lacquer Mr. Bubble and Illamasqua Phallic

What happens when I start talking about how San Diego never really hits over 85 degrees?  I get two days straight at 90 degrees.  Ug I've been dying here.  It's terrible.  You know, with my 90 degree weather.  :-P  I only complain because we don't have air conditioning at all and I'm a big baby.

Originally, when I was choosing my HTF Friday polish I eventually decided on Lush Lacquer's Mr. Bubble for a couple of reasons.  I LOVE this polish so much.  The first time I saw it was in SunOnWater11's stash.  I kept threatening to steal her bottle, so being the amazing person she is, she found me a bottle in a destash sale.  She also told me that the reason that Mr. Bubble was so difficult to find was that Lush Lacquer had been slapped with a few cease and desist orders in the past.  The first was for their brand its self from the cosmetic company Lush.  The second was by The Village Company, which owns the bubble bath Mr. Bubble.  Lush Lacquer did end up changing their name to Polish Me Silly, but they pulled Mr. Bubble.  Last I heard, the company was looking into a supplier that could get them the glitters for Mr. Bubble and they would just rename it, but it has been a while.

I also chose Illamasqua's Phallic as my base color.  So when I went searching online for somewhere to link to purchase it, I discovered that none of the US stores have it anymore.  I had originally purchased this polish at Sephora a few years ago, but it looks like they stopped carrying the brand.  Someone let me know if I am wrong, but the only place I could find to buy this polish was on Illamasqua's site itself.  It is an English brand, so that makes it even more difficult for most people to get it now.  They do offer international shipping, but I wonder if that means that it will be shipped by boat instead of my air, making it take weeks to arrive.  So hey!  I have two Hard To Find polishes for you guys today.

First off, let's start with Illamasqua's Phallic.

Oh be still by polish heart.  I had forgotten how gorgeous this polish was.  It is a midnight blue polish, so dark it is almost black with a bit of shimmer.  Two coats and it is perfection.  Thought looking at my cuticles, this may be a stainer.  This picture is without top coat, so it is that glossy and reflective on its own.

Mr. Bubble is a glitter topper in a clear base full of medium and small hexes along with small glitters in pink, blue, and white.  For being as old as it undoubtably is, it was a pretty good glitter formula.  The glitter was this thick from 1-2 coats.  I wish I could have gotten a few more of the larger hexes on my nails, but they had all sunk to the bottom of the bottle.  I'm going to need to dig out some more stainless steel mixing balls to add to the bottle, but that should fix it right up.  

Over all, I am happy with these polishes.  If you manage to find either of these guys in a destash or by luck at a random Sephora, get you some!  When I had purchased this Illamasqua polish, and my handful of other ones, they had been about $14 a piece.  Now they are 14.50 pounds.  (Sorry, I have no idea how to add the pound sign on this computer) That would make them just shy of  $24!  That's more expensive than my beloved Deborah Lippmanns that I refuse to buy at full price.  

As the usual kind reminder, these polishes were not sent to me for review.  I got it as a birthday present or bought it myself.  :-)

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