Joy Lacquer is an indie brand based out of Seattle, created by maker Joy Lacher. According to the site, it was “named after the common mispronunciation of my own last name, the name Joy Lacquer was born out of sheer logic. Now it’s certainly a tongue twister, on a daily basis.” Joy has an impressive catalog of thermals, solars, flakies, shimmers, glitters, and many other polishes, in addition to various body products. You can visit the site at http://joylacquer.com/. In May, Joy Lacquer released the Emerald City Itinerary, a 7 piece collection inspired by famous landmarks/locations in Seattle. I had heard of the brand before, but didn’t own any of the polishes. When I saw the polish Gum Wall, I knew I had to have it. It was too fun not to own.
After discovering Gum Wall, I spent a few days browsing the site and narrowing down my selections, and placed a small order. One of the other items I purchased was a solar polish trio, which I will share with you later this month. I’ve been really excited to use Gum Wall and share this mani since I purchased the polish.
Gum Wall is a vibrant glitter topcoat packed with reflective, circular glitter in a numerous sizes and colors. According to the site, Gum Wall, “the cute kind, not the biohazard, is made from millions of multi-sized and multi-colored round dot glitters. An iconic wall of Post Alley in Pike Place Market was the inspiration for this bubbly polish, and to think just last year it was scraped away by the city! And so it begins again…better pack some bubblegum and head to Seattle to help us rebuild the ABC gum landmark!”
The polish pals advised the Gum Wall would pop best on a dark background, so I used Julep Colton as my undie. Colton is a black iris crème polish, with a very smooth formula. It applied well, and had full coverage in one coat, so it was a perfect undie to use. It’s a very very dark purple, almost black in some light. I noticed after the fact that it photographs pretty black, but in person, it has a bit more purple to it. It’s a very rich, smooth color to use as a background, and I’m really glad B recommended it.
I then painted on one coat of Gum Wall on top. For the most part, the glitter distributed well, only requiring a few swipes on each nail to achieve a good amount of coverage. The base had a good thickness that was easy to work with and dried in an average amount of time. You definitely want to make sure you’ve got a good amount of glitter on the brush to make sure it applies to the nail. On one nail, I didn’t get any glitter at all the first application, but I attribute this to not checking if there was enough on the brush before I painted, because it was the only time I had an issue. I was pleased with the first coat of glitter, and decided to do my second coat by using a dotting tool, so I could control the placement of the second coat.
I dropped dollops of Gum Wall onto a plastic tray, and used my dotting tool to pick up and place individual pieces of glitter. I probably got a bit carried away, but the dotting tool worked really well, and I filled in the rest of my nails with this method. Once everything was dry, I topped with glossy top coat to smooth out my mani and to ensure it didn’t chip.
I absolutely love how this mani turned out. Gum Wall is bright, cheerful, and all-around just fun. It’s reflective and catches the light really well. I love the look of this mani; it kind of reminds me of a bejeweled/bedazzled sweater. The glitter is yellow, magenta, true green, light purple, and red, with blue, orange, dark purple, pink, and holographic pieces as well. There are probably even more colors but I won’t try to pick them all out. Suffice to say, it’s an excellent rainbow blend. I will definitely be revisiting this polish, and almost wish I had a second bottle!
This was my first Joy Lacquer mani, and I’m definitely sold. I can’t wait to try more of the colors I ordered, which I will share with you as I go. If you haven’t checked out this brand yet, I recommend it. Thanks for stopping by!