I purchased these polishes with my own money, and have no affiliation with Nerdlacquer.
There was a time, not too long ago, that I had no knowledge of Nerdlacquer. Heh, honestly, there was a time when I had no idea what indie polish was. But thankfully those days are over.
Nerdlacquer is somewhat of a “holy grail” in the indie polish community, right up there with Lynnderella and Enchanted Polish. The mastermind behind it was really smart when she created it, since there weren’t any fandom-based polishes on the market at the time. So they immediately became sought after.
And what happens when things become popular? They sell out. Wait, no, that didn’t sound right. I meant, sell out in a GOOD way. As in, completely sold out hard to find. So what happens when things get hard to find? People sell them for more more money because they’re rare.
I’ve been misfortunate enough to miss all of NL’s restocks. So I bought a few from some people on the Julep Swap group (which, don’t EVEN get me started on that travesty of a community; that’s another story for another day). Unfortunately, the ones that I purchased were not the ones I’m truly lemming after, and I seriously doubt I will ever get any of those.
I was able to get my hands on Home of the Untempered Schism, No Medal For Chewie, and Warrior Ethos. See below for my thoughts.
From the Nerdlacquer website - HOME OF THE UNTEMPERED SCHISM is a warm and sparkling bronze with red, golden, black, and opalescent glitter. Time-locked, can never be duplicated.
I personally loved this in the bottle. The bronze color of the base, plus the added benefit of the red, gold and black glitter, just made it a winner. However, a lot of brown polish doesn’t look too good on my fingers once I put it on, and as such, this was one of them. Which is sad, because I wanted to like it a lot. Now, that’s not to say that anything was wrong with the formula, because that’s FAR from true. It applied like a dream and dried super fast, which I love in a thick glitter. Aside from it not looking good on my nails, my only complaint was that the glitter tends to shift off to one side of the bottle when it’s laying down. An easy fix, but an annoyance when you first take it out of the package.
All photos show two coats of HOTUS over OPI Nail Envy and Orly Bonder, topped off with two coats of Seche Vite.
The next Nerd that I tried was No Medal for Chewie. I am and always have been a Star Wars fan, specifically of the original trilogy. So it’s no surprise that when I first saw this up for sale in the swap group, I had to get it. And there it sat in my “untried box” for ages. It was such a pretty green…in the bottle. Alas, this one went right back up for grabs (to the same lovely gal that bought HOTUS from me). It’s not that I didn’t love the color, because it was really a gorgeous green, it just didn’t look good on me, in my opinion. I am sure there’s a load of things in my stash that won’t look good on me. I digress.
From the Nerdlacquer website - NO MEDAL FOR CHEWIE is a deep jungle-canopy green with mossy shimmer, packed with emerald green, holo, and gold glitter. GNAAAAGLGHLGLG, HGGGHRHRHHHR? RLLLRGGNNNRR!
Personally, it gave me a Christmas-y vibe. I think it’s just because of the green with the gold. And the gold glitter seemed to be a true gold, rather than a champagne-y gold.
All photos show two coats of No Medal for Chewie over OPI Nail Envy and Orly Bonder, topped off with Seche Vite.
My final Nerd for this post is Warrior Ethos.
In addition to being a Star Wars geek, I am also a Trekkie. So of course, when my friend Amy informed me that she had ended up with an extra bottle of Warrior Ethos, I knew it had to be mine!
From Memory Alpha:
The warrior ethos had been an important aspect of Klingon society since the time of Kahless, but the warrior aspects became much more dominant beginning in the early 22nd century. Previously, Klingon society was regarded as socially balanced, but over time the warrior caste gained greater prominence, to the point where the Klingons widely came to be regarded as a “warrior race.” (ENT: “Broken Bow“, “Judgment“) The Klingon Bird-of-Prey of the mid-24th century was said to be equipped with the Klingon Empire‘s “best weapons” and “finest warriors.” (TNG: “A Matter Of Honor“)
From Nerdlacquer’s website - WARRIOR ETHOS is a shimmering true red with red, copper, opalescent and black glitter. BLOOD, FIRE, AND METAL…Worf would approve.
I wanted to be rebellious when I went to my niece’s first communion, so I decided to wear Warrior Ethos. Pfft, I didn’t care…I liked the color. I was in love with it in the beginning after I first put it on, but by the end of the day I had fallen out of love with it. It’s a gorgeous red, obviously. And the formula is much like the other Nerds I’ve tried…nothing short of a dream. It just so happened that after a day, I just didn’t like it as much as I did the day before.
All photos show two coats over OPI Nail Envy and Orly Bonder, topped off with two coats of Seche Vite.
Well there you have it folks. My first three Nerdlacquers.
Even though they didn’t satisfy my wants, they still lived up to expectations in terms of formula and application. So I will keep the other Nerds I have on my wishlish, even though they are the most sought-after colors and I will probably never ever get my hands on them. Ha! A girl can dream, can’t she?