December 29, 2013

2013 Indie/Niche Brand Favorites!

It's that time of year...favorites time! I'll have 2 posts this year, one for Indie and Niche brands and one for the Mainstream brands. I decided to start out with  my Indie and Niche brand favorites, this was HARD to narrow down. Indie and Niche brands have overall blown me away this year, these brands continue to put out unique and beautiful polishes that rule my favorites. Check out all my favorites after the jump, these are not in order of how much I love them...just alphabetically. I'll include a link to the original posts in case you want to read more about them and/or find out where to buy these!

Cadillacquer Masterpiece.I love this because of the unique glitter combo. I feel like this is a hard combo to make work but Cadillaquer did it wonderfully. This brand was new to me this year and I've totally fallen in love, several Cadillacquer polishes were on my list before I narrowed it down!

Contrary Polish Greenhouse. Contrary Polish makes tons and tons of gorgeous shimmers, I found it extremely difficult to pick just one but Greenhouse was a stand out for me. This is like the epitome of what Contrary Polish does in my opinion!

Cult Nails Masquerade. One of my favorite Cult Nails shades ever, I'm sad this isn't around anymore because I'd probably buy a back up in a heartbeat. It's everything I love in a, duochrome, shimmer. Perfection!

Dance Legend Optical Illusion. Overall I think I could have made this list solely of Dance Legend polishes. They have become a favorite brand for me, they are innovative and everything they have put out this year has been gorgeous.

Girly Bits Blue Eyed Beer Drinkin' Music Lovin' Lawyer. The only color that I love as much as green is blue and Girly Bits blew me away with this one. When I got it I sat on my bed staring at it for white a while...I still find myself doing that even after wearing this several times!

I Love Nail Polish Nostalgia. It was very hard to pick a favorite from I Love Nail Polish, I think I had 7 polishes on my list from them. Barbra has put out a ton of stunning polishes this year but overall my favorite is Nostalgia. It's one of the strongest and most stunning multichromes I have in my stash!

KBShimmer Sand In My Stocking. I bet you all knew this would be on my list, this was my collaboration with KBShimmer and I'm totally in love with it. It's my perfect California Christmas kind of shade. I'm still so impressed with how Christy took my idea and perfectly translated it into this glitter topper.

KBShimmer Teal Another Tale. Another KBShimmer favorite this year, among many others not on this list, was Teal Another Tale. The contrast between the shimmer and base color in this polish is stunning. I need a polish like this in like every single color combo imaginable lol!

Lacquer Lust Topaz. If I could have included the entire Holo Birthstone Collection from Lacquer Lust on this list I would have. Topaz is what ended up making the cut because it's such a unique and gorgeous shade!

Ninja Polish Mystic Glacier. I don't think I really need to say anything about this...just look at the picture! Amazing...

piCture pOlish Imperial. A lot of the blogger collaborations with piCture pOlish this year were stunning but my overall favorite (other than my own lol) was the beautiful's such a stunning shade of purple and the glitter and shimmer just make it even more full of win!

piCture pOlish Mallard. Yep...Mallard. No one is surprised to see this on list are they? This would be on here even if it hadn't been my collaboration shade with piCture pOlish. This is pretty much me in a bottle!

Serum No. 5 Day Glow. This polish is hands down the most incredible glow in the dark polish I have ever seen or owned. Need I say more?

Whimsical Ideas by Pam Big River. Last but definitely not least. It was hard to pick a favorite Whimsy, Pam always makes gorgeous polishes, but Big River was the big winner for me this year. I love the contrast between the cobalt blue and the green glitter. It's gorgeous!

There ya go guys! I'd love to hear what your Indie and Niche favorites were this year, make sure to let me know in the comments!


  1. Gillian from PlumeriaPaintedDecember 29, 2013 at 6:12 AM

    Love these posts!! I'm was looking forward to seeing your indie favourites considering how fantastic the indie scene was this year, my indie favourites are Lush Lacquer (or Polish Me Silly) Clowning Around and Hare Polish The Teen Queen, so pretty!!! :)

  2. Виктория АртамоноваDecember 29, 2013 at 6:23 AM

    They are all so marvellous! Ninja Polish Mystic Glacier is my biggest lemming since Ninja Polish do not ship to Russia.
    But why no a-Englands here? :) Do they fall into some other group in your classification? 'Cause I'm sure a-England is worth mentioning among the best of 2013.

    And it was quite unexpected to see Dance Legends among indie and niche brands :) In Russia it is a true mass market brand - more expensive than drugstore brands, but selling literally everywhere.

  3. Awesome faves! So many pretties!

  4. I do especially love the blue glitter ones. But they are all so gorgeous. Great swatches tho!

  5. Love these! Several are on my wishlist :)

  6. Wow, so many of these are amazing!! I really love the Cadillacquer one, what an awesome color combo!

  7. Great choices! ♥

  8. my absolute fave is Enchanted Polish Dime Piece - look up swatches and you will see why, it is the most gorgeous silver holo I have ever seen!

  9. Wonderful post. Thank you for narrowing it down for us! Happy New Year <3

  10. My absolute favorite by far this year (or ever) has got to be Picture Polish Freya's Cats. That one is literally me in a bottle like Mallard is for you! Cats, blue, holo, and an awesome name? Favorite polish ever. Not even exaggerating. Second is probably Glitter Daze Rainbow Bridge, I love the glitter mix and that it's for a cause important to me.

  11. Freya's Cats is gorgeous, piCture pOlish made SO MANY incredible shades this year! 100% agree with you about Rainbow Bridge too!

  12. That glow in the dark is so cool! I also love both the kb shimmer polishes. Great picks. And of course I'm not surprised mallard is in there. Xx

  13. i always love your favorites posts! the holos are amazing and i still have my eye on mystic glacier. do want.

  14. I just returned from a warm-weather vacay. I wore Sand in my Stocking over Orly Luxe, and it was a gorgeous beachy mani!

  15. That sounds like a great combo!

  16. what lovely polishes! Some are on my wishlist and some are already in my hands :))

  17. Stay Behind, Catch A Wave is absolutely stunning <3 My fave was probably KBShimmer's When the Doves Sigh!

  18. Omg, thank you SO much Jen!!

  19. <3 thank you for making such fantastic polishes!!


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