I am so excited to share this post with you all. Last year, I started a Facebook group for thermal polish lovers called ‘Holy Shift‘. I teamed up with some lovely ladies and released a fun thermal collaboration box. The box was such a hit that shortly thereafter, I started planning the next instalment. This release is the ‘Shift Into Spring’ box and features some of my favourite brands – Top Shelf Lacquer, Cupcake Polish, Different Dimension, and Pretty & Polished. This post is photo heavy, so I’ll jump right in.
Pretty & Polished – I Have Better Shift To Do
I Have Better Shift To Do is a tri-coloured thermal. It is purple when cold, pink when in transition, and grey when cold. It also has chrome flakes and a dusting of holo sparkle.
My hands were cold when I used this polish, so in it’s natural state, I actually got an inverted shift. It was darker closer to the base of my beds and then lightened as it got further away. Goes to show you that where you live can definitely show these polishes differently.
I used three thin coats for coverage. The first coat went on sheer but it built opacity over the next couple coats. I used a thicker coat of top coat to help smooth out the flakes. It did dry slightly matte, so the topcoat really helped with bringing out the flakes and holo.
Cupcake Polish – Shift Stirrer
Shift Stirrer is an orchid pink when cold that shifts to a whitish silver when cold, with a healthy dose of silver holo microglitter and a strong pink glass fleck shimmer.
Can we all just stop for a second to give thanks for the glory that is glass fleck? Amen. The shimmer of this polish is just out of this world. Cupcake Polish and pink are pretty much synonymous, so this is the perfect polish for those that love either of those things.
This polish is more on the thicker side but still easily workable. It did dry to a slight texture, so I added a thicker coat of topcoat and it smoothed things right out.
There was some talk in a few Facebook groups about the colour of this polish in it’s warmer state. Some people thought it was white/silver, while others mentioned it being more light pink. Both are right. The base is completely more of the white/silver, however, that stunning glass fleck that I was swooning about above is so evident that in some lights, the warm colour does appear to have a pink undertone. It looks like pink sugar to me. I have shown this here in a lower light setting. You can never have to much pink, right? Right.
Different Dimension – Getting My Shift Together
Getting My Shift Together is a denim blue base when cold that shifts into a nude when warm, with purple shimmer and silver holo glitter. On my skin, the nude looks much more like an icy silverish.
I found this polish to be very reactive to my body temperature. Getting photos of it in the all cold or all warm state was a challenge for me, since it wanted to be in its natural transition state on my nails. I am quite okay with that.
I used two coats for the opacity that you see in the photos. One of the challenges of painting thermals is that as you paint, the polish changes colour so it can be difficult to see where you’ve already painted. I found the blue colour of this made it quite easy. No issues with formula.
Top Shelf Lacquer – Shift Faced
Shift Faced is an eggplant purple base when cold and a hot pink base when warm, that has tiny holo flakes and is filled with holo microglitter.
It should come as no shock to anyone that I really like this polish. Amy does some of my favourite pinks and her brand is one of the only ones out there where I buy purples, so this one is a no brainer for me. It is another very reactive polish. It was constantly shifting colours as I was wearing it.
So, there you have it. The ‘Shift Into Spring’ box. I’ll also address the elephant in the room of this box – there’re a lot of pink-toned thermals in one box. Yes, there are. When we discussed this box, we really wanted to keep it as ‘spring-y’ as possible while still allowing each maker to have their own style represented and to have creative licence. Spring is notorious for its lighter palette and warmer colours. There is also the reality that there are only so many thermal pigments available, so the brands have to work within those parameters. Nevertheless, I personally feel it’s a beautiful box and each one is different enough to warrant needing them all. For those who are anti-pink (who are you people? 😉 ), I hear you. It will be taken into consideration for the next box. Promise.
The ‘Shift into Spring Box’ is currently available for pre-order and will remain that way until April 8th. It retails for $39.95 + shipping and can be found by clicking this link.
Which is your favourite? Have you grabbed this box yet?