Smokey Mountain Lacquers - Polish Pick Up January 2018

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Hiya guys! I'm here with an actual polish related post. Before I get into it though I have to thank you guys for the support to my very personal post yesterday. It wasn't easy to write it all down and it means a lot to me to have that support. But I don't want to get too emotional, I'm still drained from yesterday to be honest haha. So let's talk polish as it's that time of the month for Polish Pick Up. For today I'm sharing swatches for Smokey Mountain Lacquers January contribution to the Polish Pickup Collaboration. The theme this month is Crystals & Gemstones, which is one of the most unique themes I've seen so far. I've been really curious to see the interpretations by each brand, though I'm sure it'll cause chaos to my wallet. Here's hoping I can enable you to join me in wrecking wallets. Let's go ahead and get right into the swatches!

Smokey Mountain Lacquers - Polish Pick Up January 2018

Empowerment by Smokey Mountain Lacquers will be available for purchase through the Polish Pickup Shop January 5th at 11AM EST through January 8th. This full-size shade will retail for $10.50 each. There is a cap this month at 70 bottles, so be sure to set those alarms and don't miss out!


If you're not familiar with the concept, the Polish Pickup offers a fun, interactive experience that allows you to submit theme ideas, vote for your favorite theme, and selectively purchase your favorite polishes every month. As I mentioned before, the theme that was voted for January is Crystals & Gemstones. This month Kim was inspired by the popular gemstone Chrysocolla.

Smokey Mountain Lacquers - Empowerment
Smokey Mountain Lacquers - Empowerment

Empowerment can be described as a  turquoise/mint crelly with subtle blue shimmer and gold to bronze to silver UCC flakies. Are you drooling yet? Oh, it's just me haha. There is just something about this hue that appeals to me so much. Though it's a tricky color for me to wear against my skin-tone, I'm glad to say this one nails it. Pun intended...because why not. The finish is really packed with flakies, unfortunately they tend to blend in my photos to the base. In the macro below though you can really see the full effect from the flakes and how it captures the gem inspiration.

Smokey Mountain Lacquers - Empowerment
Smokey Mountain Lacquers - Empowerment

The formula has a sheer application, but it builds-up easily for full coverage. It's very creamy and smooth throughout, amazing to work with. The consistency is well balanced, not too thick or too thin. Kim really perfected her formula last year and this is a great example and introduction to her brand. It dries down to a smooth and high-shine finish on its own. Shown here in two coats and sealed with a glossy topcoat.

Also I had to go ahead and matte it because you know... matte all the things! Ha. It actually looks really gorgeous like this as well!

Smokey Mountain Lacquers - Empowerment

Be sure to join the Facebook group Polish Pickup Pack for more details and also check out the other makers involved for the month of January!

To recap, Empowerment by Smokey Mountain Lacquers will be available for purchase through the Polish Pickup Shop January 5th at 11AM EST through January 8th. This full-size shade will retail for $10.50 each. There is a cap this month at 70 bottles, so be sure to set those alarms and don't miss out!

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