I don’t do many product reviews anymore, but I had to make an exception for Philly Loves Lacquer (PhLL) for three reasons:
- I love supporting other Philadelphia-based small businesses
- I love promoting safer options for tricky product categories like nail polish
- They made a nail polish color called Holistically Haute!!!!!
Isn’t it gorgeous? I love how it matches my logo so perfectly and also has a subtle holographic effect with coral micro-glitter throughout. I think it’s wearable and classy, and still fun and original. I love nail polish and I’ve written about “How to Have Holistically Haute Natural Nails” in the past, and while I still love some of the other safer nail polish brands on the market, I have to say I think I like PhLL’s polishes even more.
I was first attracted to the PhLL brand when photos of the polishes appeared in my Facebook feed from some of the nail blogs I follow. While I’m fairly conservative with my hair, makeup, and clothing, I LOVE expressing myself with fun, sparkly, and creative nail colors so when I saw images of glitter, holographic effects, and unexpected color combinations I wanted to learn more.
When I learned that these fabulous polishes were made just minutes from my home, I was even more excited, so I reached out to Esther Renee, the owner, to learn more about her polishes. When she mentioned that she creates custom lacquers I just knew I wanted a Holistically Haute nail polish–not necessarily to sell–just to have for fun, and, of course for giveaways–which is one of the reasons for today’s post.
HH nail polish by PhLL giveaway info:
I’m really excited that *this close* to 2,000 Likes on the Holistically Haute Facebook page. How awesome is that! So I decided to celebrate by giving away a bottle of Holistically Haute nail polish by PhLL. All you need to do to enter is Like the page and the post below, share it with your friends, and leave a comment telling me your favorite nail polish color. Once the HH Facebook page reaches 2,000 likes, I’ll randomly choose a winner.
Back to the nail polish.
Philly Loves Lacquer makes a great nail polish. The polishes are 5-free, meaning they are free of the 5 most toxic nail polish ingredients: dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, and camphor which is a huge plus because most mainstream brands still contain some or all five of these ingredients. The polish goes on smoothly and dries super-fast, which I wasn’t expecting.
When I used to have artificial nails, polish dried very quickly. It takes longer on natural nails because there’s no synthetic polymers for the polish to bond with and natural nails contain natural oils which also slow down the drying process. When I realized that two coats of this polish, between coats of base coat and top coat, had dried in about 5 minutes I actually emailed Esther to tell her how cool that was and ask her if that was normal! She responded yes, she hears that often about her polishes.
The brains behind the nail polish:
For this post and giveaway, I also wanted to share a little “behind the scenes” information about Esther and her fabulous nail lacquers so I asked her some questions which she was kind enough to answer. Here are her responses:
Rachael Pontillo: How did you get into making nail polish?
RP: Why did you choose to make them 5-free?
RP: Did you encounter any challenges in making 5-free polishes?
RP: Other than your custom polishes, how do you get inspired for new colors and names?
ER: Since PhLL is homegrown in Philadelphia, my main inspiration is of course the City of Brotherly Love. Since I grew up here, I have a lot of memories here. I try and pour (pardon the pun, haha) as much nostalgia as I can into PhLL, and I am always researching neighborhoods and landmarks for future collections. In fact, I am working on a collection right now for the summer, and the inspiration is coming from all my summer vacations spent down the shore with my family. I know that Wildwood isn’t in Philly, but it’s pretty much a standard vacation spot for most natives here.