There are a lot of gorgeous indie nail polishes out there, and I'm just starting to get a feel for what makes me love an indie polish on the nail (and not just in the bottle). Sometimes it's hard for me to purge an indie polish, because more often than not, I actually know the lovely lady who created it and how much of their heart went into it! That said, I think those creative women know that I can appreciate how beautiful their polishes are, even if I don't end up keeping them :)
Here are a few things that I love and do not live in indie polishes:
1. I dislike holographic glitter. I love me some linear holo polishes, but that's the only way I like it. This is a bit of a tradeoff, because I love how light-catching holo glitters can make a polish, but for some reason I just don't love how those holo glitters look on my nails!
2. I love hidden shimmer and glass flecks. I think this really gives polish depth and interest. It's especially a nice surprise if it's something you can't see from pictures of the bottle, but once you get it in your hands, you see it. Totally love that.
3. Glitter balance. For me, a balanced mix of glitter means either all medium-to-large glitters or all small-to-medium glitters. I don't really like the look of large hex glitter and tiny glitters in the same mix. I suppose this is because I either like to see 0% of the my base colour (totally opaque glitter polish) or ~50% of my base colour (a glitter topcoat that doesn't overwhelm the base colour). I have yet to be over the moon about a polish of something in-between.
Similarly, I find too many types and colours of glitter in one polish to be overwhelming (I could never get on board with Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday, for instance), no matter how kick ass they look in the bottle!
4. Light-catching and shiny glitters that "glow". I am the biggest sucker for polish that glows, especially in low-lights.
5. Aesthetics. I love square bottles, professional looking labels, and clever names. I know it has nothing to do with how it looks on the nail, but man does it make me think twice about purging a polish if it is looking good in my polish drawer!
That's all I can think of off the top of my head. Are there any specific things you look for or do not look for in an indie polish? :)
(Sorry for a pictureless post... I spilled water on my personal laptop that has all my pics! I am posting from work - shhhh!)