Saturday, 25 March 2017

Lacquester Swatches

Nothing to Disclose/Press  Sample

Hey there!  As much time as I spend online, it does happen that I miss out on amazing brands.  Luckily, we have stockists to bring introduce us to brands we might not have heard of otherwise.  That was the case for me with Lacquester, a Dutch indie brand who has been around for a couple of years.  I saw people asking Color4Nails to bring it in so I googled and fell in love.  During their first stock of Lacquester I bought a pile of them. When I received my order it included a few extras for me to swatch but I decided to swatch them all just in case you also needed a new indie to love.  It just so happens that most of these are being restocked tomorrow at 11 am Pacific Time so set your alarms.  Since they're mostly out of stock today, the links I have here might not work but I'll try to fix them when they're restocked.  There was something about these that cried out for a matte top coat as well so I tried all of them with glossy AND matte top coat so there's a ton of photos in this post.  I hope you like them!


Most of these polishes were fully opaque at two coats but I'll list the number of coats for each.  Their formulas were great and applied easily.  The only issue I had with them was with the brush, which I'll go into at the end of this post.  The swatch photos were all taken in a light box with glossy (Vapid Lacquer quick dry top coat) and OPI matte top coat.  In italics I'm including the descriptions from the Color4Nails website but if I have any additional thoughts I'll include those as well.  



A berry red based polish filled with ultra chrome chameleon flakies in blue, purple, magenta. It also has a shimmer color shift.

2 coats

Lacquester 2 Faced Berries Swatch

Lacquester 2 Faced Berries Swatch

Lacquester 2 Faced Berries Swatch Matte
matte top coat

Lacquester 2 Faced Berries Swatch Matte
matte top coat


A very moody and dark blue nail polish with a strong holographic finish.

2 coats

Lacquester Blue Matter Swatch

Lacquester Blue Matter Swatch

To show off the holo more, I also took a photo in direct light.  The holo is strong but nothing blinding.  

Lacquester Blue Matter Swatch
direct artificial light
With matte top coat, I thought this looked like a perfect pair of dark wash jeans.  Matte top coat kills the holo but I quite liked it like this.  

Lacquester Blue Matter Swatch Matte
matte top coat

Lacquester Blue Matter Swatch Matte
matte top coat




A dusty green/blue polish with a gorgeous copper shift and holographic finish.

2 coats

Lacquester Cocooning Swatch

I described this one as a greyed-out turquoise with a peach shimmer and subtle linear holographic effect.  I had a hard time catching the color shift in the photos but it was quite prominent in real life.  And very, very pretty.  

Lacquester Cocooning Swatch

Lacquester Cocooning Swatch Matte
matte top coat

Lacquester Cocooning Swatch Matte
matte top coat

CuAl6(PO4)4(OH)8.4H2O


A bright green/blue with a violet shift.

2 coats

Lacquester CuAl6(PO4)4(OH)8.4H2O Swatch

As a scientist, I couldn't not buy this one based entirely off it's chemical symbol name (even if some of those numbers should be subscript to me).  If anyone is curious, this seems to be the chemical symbol for turquoise so it's a pretty genius name!  I thought this color might stain but I had no staining using 1 coat of Vivid Lacquer All About That Base.  

Lacquester CuAl6(PO4)4(OH)8.4H2O Swatch

CuAl6(PO4)4(OH)8.4H2O with matte top coat was one of my favourites.  I love a good shimmer matte'd!

Lacquester CuAl6(PO4)4(OH)8.4H2O Swatch Matte
matte top coat

Lacquester CuAl6(PO4)4(OH)8.4H2O Swatch Matte
matte top coat




Almost black, so it seems, but from within it shines purple/violet

2 coats

Lacquester Dark Days Violetta Swatch

The formula here was thin but controllable.  I didn't have any flooding issues with this blackened purple with a purple metallic sheen.  

Lacquester Dark Days Violetta Swatch

Lacquester Dark Days Violetta Swatch Matte
matte top coat

Lacquester Dark Days Violetta Swatch Matte
matte top coat




A semi neon cool lilac colored nail polish with a copper shift.

2 coats

Lacquester Don't Be Shy Swatch

I was most impressed with the fact that a color this light only needed two coats.  I thought it would need more.  Again, I couldn't photograph the shift nearly as prominently as it showed in real life.  This one is another gorgeous one!  

Lacquester Don't Be Shy Swatch

Lacquester Don't Be Shy Swatch Matte
matte top coat

Lacquester Don't Be Shy Swatch Matte
matte top coat




A moody dark violet with a burning gold/red heart.

2 coats

Lacquester Doomed Diva Swatch

Lacquester Doomed Diva Swatch

Lacquester Doomed Diva Swatch Matte
matte top coat

Lacquester Doomed Diva Swatch Matte
matte top coat




A gorgeous purple, partly neon, based polish with bronze/copper/gold/red/fuchsia and green UCC flakies.

3 coats

Lacquester Dragon Heart Swatch

I personally didn't see any neon here but it is definitely gorgeous.  The base is a bit sheer to allow the flakies to shine through so I used 3 coats here.  2 coats was okay but it still looked a bit sheer at the tips so I added a third.  

Lacquester Dragon Heart Swatch

And everyone now knows that we must matte all the flakies.  Dragon Heart is no exception.  It looks great with a matte top coat.  

Lacquester Dragon Heart Swatch Matte
matte top coat

Lacquester Dragon Heart Swatch Matte
matte top coat


A Super Interference Chrome Flakie topcoat.

Lacquester Cornflakes Northern Lights Swatch
1 coat over black
Northern Lights is a flakie top coat with a blue/green shift.  It can be used as just a topper but I used 3 coats over a black base in the photos below for full coverage.  The flakies appear to range in size which adds some nice dimension to this polish.    

Lacquester Cornflakes Northern Lights Swatch
3 coats over black

Lacquester Cornflakes Northern Lights Swatch

Lacquester Cornflakes Northern Lights Swatch Matte
matte top coat

Lacquester Cornflakes Northern Lights Swatch Matte
matte top coat

Purplexit (Color4Nails Exclusive)

Deep blue/purple base with tons of sparkles.

2 coats

Lacquester Purplexit Swatch

Lacquester Purplexit Swatch

Lacquester Purplexit Swatch Matte
matte top coat

Lacquester Purplexit Swatch Matte
matte top coat
I do love this brand.  The Lacquester bottles are 10 mL and the polish is 5 free which is always nice.  The only criticism I have is that most of the brushes were a bit poorly cut, in my opinion.  The bristles weren't even so they were a tad hard to work with.  But not bad enough that I won't be checking out the new polishes being brought in tomorrow.  


Are you thinking of picking any of these up now that they're available to us in North America?  Which ones do you like the best?

$11 each ($12/Color4Nails Exclusive)
Available at Color4Nails (next restock 11 am PDT March 26, 2017)

'Til next time...