January 15, 2016

First Impression Friday: Top Shelf Lacquer

Happy Friday! Anyone have fun plans for this weekend? I do! I'm getting a brand new dishwasher tomorrow. The dishwasher I currently have is super old and my parents handyman who fixed up a bunch of stuff in my place before I moved in told me it leaked, so its been on my list of things to replace.I'm excited to finally get that done! Slowly but surely my condo is becoming what I envisioned when I bought it!

Today for First Impression Friday I have Top Shelf Lacquer to share with you. I can't remember where I first heard about this brand but they've been on my to buy from list for a while. All of the polishes from Top Shelf have cocktail inspired names which is really fun.It looks like all of the polishes are available in both full and mini size, so if you like minis you can save a few bucks that way!

I placed my order on January 1st, during a sale, and received the polishes on January 6th. I was expecting shipping to be a little longer due to ordering while they were having a sale so that was a great surprise. The polishes came bubble wrapped and packed in a cloth bag with some candy (yum). There was also a nice thank you note, business card and a cute pair of earrings glass charms. Everything was inside of a bubble mailer. I really liked the cloth bag that the polishes were in, I've already re-purposed it as a camera battery charger holder to hang next to my lightbox (one of my 2016 resolutions was to stop losing my battery chargers lol).

Check out the swatches after the jump!


Electric Smurf Martini is a neon blue creme. To me this felt more like a jelly at first but once the opacity built up it looked more like a creme. This polish is in the clearance section of the Top Shelf website for $8 (or $5 for a mini), so its a great deal! Looks like once its gone is gone though so if you want it go grab it soon. The formula was ok, it was on the streaky side at first but it did level out eventually. I used 3 coats plus top coat since it dries a little matte for the photos below.

The Top Shelf website says that this glows under black light but I don't own one so unfortunately I can't show you that :(

Lavender Margarita is a lavender with a soft holo. The holo is more noticeable in person, I'm still trying to fine tune my whole indoor lighting situation so it doesn't translate as well in these photos as I wish it did. The formula was good, it was a nice consistency and easy to apply with good opacity. I used 2 coats for the photos below. 

Mistletoe Mojito is a green jelly base with green and gold holo micro glitter and a touch of silver holo. I love this one, there is a lot going on which gives it a ton of depth. The formula was good, it was a touch sheer but easy to build. It dried down a little matte so you'll want a good top coat to make it come to life. I used 3 coats plus top coat for the photos below.

Overall I like the polishes I picked up and the shipping time was great. Most likely I will be purchasing again when something strikes my fancy :)

Top Shelf Lacquer is available at http://www.topshelflacquer.com/


  1. You're not the first to think that those are earrings, lol. They're actually wine glass charms!

  2. LOL they are?!? Oh man, talk about a duh moment haha

  3. Love that you're doing this series! Glad to read your perspective. That purple looks so great on you!

  4. They're all so shiny! 😍 was this with topcoat? x

  5. Yep, they are with Rica Glossy Glam as a top coat!

  6. Thanks Jessica! Your post about your experiences with buying from new indies is what inspired me to finally do this!

  7. These look lovely! I really love this series (as you can tell, since I'm catching up, lol!)


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