January 22, 2016

First Impression Friday: Baroness X

Happy Friday! Today for First Impression Friday I have some Baroness X goodies to share with you! Baroness X has been on my to-try list since I first saw their Matte Cuticle Balm being talked about. Baroness X also makes great polishes along with other balms, cuticle oils and mani fizzies. I ended up buying 1 regular polish, a mystery box that came with 2 full sized polishes and the matte cuticle balm. To my surprise when I opened the package the maker had also included an extra polish which was super nice and totally unexpected.

I placed my order on 1/1 and received my order on 1/8. Everything came bubble wrapped inside of a small cardboard box. I have to mention also that Demi (the maker) actually emailed me the day before these shipped apologizing for not getting them out sooner. Talk about fantastic customer service, I thought her shipping was on point considering it was a holiday weekend so if it was what she felt the need to apologize for I imagine her normal shipping is insanely quick!

Check out everything I picked up after the jump!



Before I get into the swatches I wanted to show you guys the tops of the bottles. The caps have a little  domed piece of glass with a swatch of the polish. This is such a fantastic idea (and really nicely executed also). It will make finding these in your storage extremely easy.



Ammil is a blue to purple multi chrome with a scattered holo. This polish was included in the mystery box. The formula was really nice, it was sheer but buildable and easy to apply. You could put this over a black or purple base to save you a coat of polish but its not necessary. I used 3 coats for the photos below.



Shade

Kushy Gig is an olive green with a subtle holo and pink to orange shifting shimmer. This was the polish I picked out, no one is surprised I'm sure. It was actually really hard to narrow down the several polishes I had in my cart but this one is just such a Jen color that I had to buy it. The formula was good, it was easy to apply and had good opacity. I used 2 coats for the photos below.

Quick note about this one, this polish had a different brush than the others in this post. I believe Baroness X is in the process of switching out brushes and this one had one of the new wider brushes. It was reminiscent of the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure brush. I loved it but I know not everyone is crazy about wide brushes so I wanted to mention it :)




Maril'd is a blue to purple multi chrome with green flakies. This was the super nice extra that was included in my order. Its a mini size which I am normally not a fan of but this was possibly the best mini I've ever used. It's tall and skinny and has the same brush as the full sized bottles, if you are normally not a mini fan either you might like this one like I do. The formula was good, it was a good consistency and easy to apply. It was sheer but easily buildable. I used 3 coats for the photos below.


Shade

Sunset Blvd. is yellow, green, purple and pink neon glitter in a slightly pink tinted base. I believe this is also black light reactive but I still don't own a black light so I can't show that :(  The formula was good, it was nice and glitter dense. I used 2 coats plus top coat over Pretty Serious Presence for the photos below. Both photos are in the shade.



Last up is the Matte Cuticle Balm, I got this in the peppermint scent. I've heard from other people that the pistachio macaroon scent is pretty awesome also. This balm is meant to be a low sheen balm that sinks in quickly and is good if you are taking photos of your nails or if you just like a more natural non-shiny look to your fingers while still keeping your cuticles moisturized. This balm is also offered in a vegan version free of beeswax for those that are conscious of that, I think its great that she gives that option.

I really like this balm, it sinks in a lot quicker than other balms I own and does a great job moisturizing. I know it will probably be a staple for me while I swatch.



Overall I like everything I picked up and I have a few more Baroness X polishes on my list to buy in the future.

Baroness X can be found at http://baronessx.com

23 comments:

  1. Thanks for doing these First Impression Fridays, I really like this idea. I really like the fact that you pointed out that the minis have the same full sized brush, why can't all companies do that!! Specially the bigger mainstream brands, I'm looking at you OPI, couldn't they manufacture their own smaller bottles that use the same brush? I can't stand OPI minis because of the brush, so hearing that a brand can give you full sized brushes in a mini sized bottle just makes me happy. :)

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  2. Just went to their site. SO many awesome polishes!! How have I never heard of this brand before?! Thanks so much for sharing! :-D

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  3. :D enjoy the polishes! She has so many gorgeous ones, I'm surprised I don't hear about her more also!

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  4. Thanks Ari! I hear ya about mainstream minis, especially OPI. If indies can do good minis mainstream brands should be able to also!

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  5. I love this project! And great swatches, as usual.

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  6. I have been eyeing this brand for a while now. I really want to try them, I love the mystery bags! That green is really pretty & I normally don't go for those types of green!! I love these First Impression Fridays, so many brands out there I haven't seen/tried! I think I need to pick up at least a mystery bag!

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  7. So glad you like the series! The mystery bag is a great deal, last night when I looked on her site they were on sale so its 2 full sizes polishes for $10...its a great deal!

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  8. That green is amazing!

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  9. Something to look forward to every Friday! I just looked at that! I dont think I could say no! Shipping is reasonable too!

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  10. I bought a mystery bag! Yay!

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  11. Yay! This makes me happy that you love Baroness X as much as I do. I feel like they should be more well known..lol. The mystery bags are such a great idea, might have to place an order for one next payday.

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  12. Kushy Gig is such a Tanya color too! Great swatches, I want to try the vegan matte cuticle balm as soon as it's back in stock.

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  13. I'm interested in trying out the vegan version when its back in stock also!

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  14. woohoo! Hope you get some good ones!

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  15. :D if my mortgage wasn't due next week I'd be buying another mystery bag also, they are such a good deal!

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  16. I'm so glad to see Baroness X on your blog! Her polishes are fantastical and the matte balm is life-changing. Plus, Demi is awesome and I always like giving my money to awesome people.

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  17. I have been intrigued with the idea of matte-balm. Now I need to give it a try.

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  18. I used to hear about Baroness X more a few years or so ago, but haven't lately. Glad to see you doing a review on this brand. Love Kushy Gig. It reminds me so much of China Glaze Zombie Zest! If you have that one, could you do a comparison? Thank you!

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  19. I got one when I placed my order, too. Who could possibly resist two for $10??

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  20. The swatched bottle tops are awesome! I've been seeing so many good things about this brand recently, they are rapidly climbing my must-try list.

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