Thursday, March 21, 2013

"Serum No 5" Swatches and Reviews (Part 2)

Goodness it's been a month since part 1... but at last here are six more Serum No 5 polish reviews :) Hand made in sunny California, Serum No 5 offers a wide range of polishes from subtle and shimmery to colorful and glittery. I received an assortment of Serum No 5 polishes to review for you and each polish is so different from the next, there's sure to be a polish for all tastes.

Stormy Weather

Stormy Weather is a mix of blue, purple, and silver hexagonal glitter and silver bar glitter in a shimmery sheer graphite base. I even think I spy some teeny tiny holo shimmer mixed in! There are lots of good things happening in this polish - the silver bar glitter adds an electric feel to this stormy polish. I wore (2) coats of Stormy Weather over butter LONDON Chimney Sweep. These two jelled well together, don't you think? No complaints about the formula - the glitter pieces were evenly distributed and even the sparse silver bars came out easily.

Pretty Blue

Pretty Blue is made up of pink and blue hexagonal glitter and larger blue hexagonal glitter with a slight shimmer base. The shimmer in the base is so tiny I can't really make out what color it is, but it's there. I wish the glitter pieces were more densely packed - below I'm wearing (2) coats over Maybelline Color Show Alluring Rose. I like the idea of having a smaller ratio of larger pieces, but unfortunately they were so sparse that the few that I managed to pull out ended up looking a bit random. Pretty Blue is still a pretty polish and is a good one to reach for when you're looking to spice up a few-days-old manicure. This polish reminds me of this manicure I did :)

Happy Special Day

Happy Special Day has a magical combination of glitter that I LOVE! White hexagonal pieces are most plentiful. There are also red, blue, green, gold, and purple hexagonal pieces, smaller white square glitter, fine silver shimmer, and a few bar glitter pieces in the same colors. This polish is a party! Looking at my Happy Special Day nails throughout the day at work was just the pick-me-up I needed to make it to 5PM. Unfortunately, the glitter pieces in Happy Special Day were not as densely packed as I would have liked. The glitter slid off my nail during application (they didn't want to stick!) and took a bit of placing to look evenly distributed. I really wish I could say Happy Special Day has the coveted "one coat" status - two coats looks like how I wish one did. But if you take the time to apply two coats and place the glitter, you will certainly end up with a really fun manicure. Below I'm wearing (2) coats of Happy Special Day over Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Hard As Wraps Magenta Creme.

Thanks For The Memories

Thanks For The Memories is a variety of black and white glitter that makes a really interesting top coat worn over any color base. There are various shapes - bars, rectangles, shards, and diamonds - and opalescent glitter throughout this polish. The pieces were quite challenging to get out (especially the larger ones). I rolled the bottle and spun the brush around inside to get to the walls after each nail, but the pieces had a different agenda in mind and just didn't want to come out. It was as if the pieces were clinging to the side so I could see them, like they were taunting me - those diamonds being the ring leaders, of course. I don't know the intricacies of hand-mixing polish, but I think this one would benefit from having twice as many goodies. Below I'm wearing two coats of Thanks For The Memories over OCC Wasabi.

Starry Nights

Starry Nights is a deep metallic cobalt blue with fine holographic shimmer, silver square glitter, hexagonal blue holographic glitter, and silver holographic star shaped glitter. Those stars were teasing me sticking to the side of the bottle like that and I tried everything to get one on my nail without success. Aside from the fact that I wasn't able to grab a star, this is a really neat polish. I'm wearing (2) coats over China Glaze First Mate. You really only need (1) coat, but I put on (2) in hopes of snagging some of those stars the second time around :)

Spring Into Love

Spring Into Love is a metallic light rosey pink polish with small purple, pink, gold, and holo glitter. This polish was easy to apply and all the goodies come out easily. Hurray! Spring Into Love is quite unique and is much more glittery in real life. This may be my favorite one :) I wore one coat of Spring Into Love over OPI Argenteeny Pinkini (it's very close to the base color). Spring Into Love dried gritty so I added one coat of Gelous& to smooth it out.

What do you think? Are any of these polishes going on your wish list?

Serum No 5 nail polishes can be purchased on Etsy. Full sized bottles (15mL) retail for $12 and mini bottles (9mL) retail for $7. Keep up with the latest from Serum No 5 on Facebook.

Here's what Serum No 5's creator Victoria has to say: "I love nail art and take the extra time to make each polish unique and special by hand mixing each in small batches, meaning that there may be some separation and slight variances between batches. This makes every lacquer unique and special. All of my lacquers are made with high quality pigments, micas, glitters, and of course are 3 free. Every month, a charitable donation is made in an amount equal to 20% of the profits of all lacquers sold." [source]

Product(s) in this post were provided for review. Read my disclosure policy here.


  1. These are pretty as toppers, however does she have any colors which are full coverage?

    1. Hi SchaChia, of the polishes I tried, Mint to Be and Barely There were the most "full coverage" polishes (both reviewed in the part 1 post!)

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    1. I love the purple specks :) It's really different!

  3. Definitely digging Happy Special Day!

    1. Happy Special Day makes me happy to look at :)

  4. Ouw, I like!! Love Thanks For The Memories, Happy Special Day and Pretty Blue. Nice swatches <3

    1. Thanks! It was fun to choose colors to layer these polishes over!