Press samples ahead!
Hi! Happy Tuesday, folks! Unless it’s not Tuesday… if that’s the case, just tell me to go the hell to sleep. BUT. Just in case it is Tuesday, I’ve got a TON of nerdy lacquers to share tonight!
I don’t know how many of y’all are into tabletop gaming and the like, but I’ve been a huge fan of DnD for a very long while. I haven’t played in years, but Geek and Sundry has helped fill that d20-sized hole in my heart for the last few years with their Critical Role show!
Voice actor Matthew Mercer leads a group of fellow voice actors on epic Dungeons & Dragons campaigns. These familiar voices bring the audience into the full experience of D&D, allowing imaginations to soar as the characters embark on adventures. This is Critical Role!
Cal over at Dragonsworn Cosmetics has created a gorgeous 10-piece set inspired by our beloved Critters. If we’re being honest, I’m WAY behind on the show. I was putting it on in the background while working, but it was difficult to pay attention to the dice rolls and plot while helping folks, so I stopped. I need to pick it back up, though. They held last week’s episode live off-site at GenCon and I skipped out because hella spoilers. So if you’re behind like me, this post won’t spoil anything for you. There’s one character that I don’t recognize, but it just means one more gorgeous polish in the collection and a teaser for what’s to come.
Now, with this having 10 polishes and my need to include gifs that match, this post is going to be long. And wordy. And babbly. You’ve been warned.
First up is Dungeon Master! It’s my favorite in the bunch, and normally I’d save it for last, but the backbone of every DnD group is the DM! Matthew Mercer, oh my word. He’s been in several things (including my beloved World of Warcraft!) and he’s hella swoon-worthy. This polish, too, frig. It’s a beautiful holographic black with red-gold-violet multichrome flake glitter. It was almost fully opaque in one coat, but I added one more just to level everything out. It’s just. Holy shit, y’all. Ho. Lee. She. It. That purple flame is absolutely to. die. for.
Vex’ahlia; a raven black with blue feather and brown bear glitter that’s inspired by Vex’ahlia, the half-elf ranger of Vox Machina. The brown glitters represent her companion, Trinket. Ugh. So good. I have a hunter in WoW named after her, complete with a bear as the pet. I couldn’t pass it up! The shimmer in this is delicious and perfect for the inky base. It was a bit on the thicker side, but only in that I probably could have gotten away with just one coat. Laura Bailey is a total cutie, too.
Vax’ildan; a half-elf rogue and his polish counterpart is raven black with loads of stabby silver dagger glitter. There’s also this incredibly pretty blue glow, and I’m going to attribute that to his inner paladin. Something something glowing light. The silver glitter in this adds so much, and I’m totally loving it. This is another favorite of mine! My swatch shows two coats plus top coat.
Tiberius; inspired by Tiberius Stormwind, dragonborn sorcerer of Vox Machina, and is red dragon scale with gold and holographic glitters. The formula on this one was a bit tricky BUT we figured out that it was the stupid heat that kinda wonkified everything. I ordered some thinner from KB Shimmer (thank goodness they’re local to me!) and added a few drops for my set, but Cal has tweaked her formulas to combat the heat. Because this one had a ton of glitters and such, it was a tiny bit textured, but I smoothed it with top coat. That, and it’s incredibly fitting for Tiberius. Oh, I love him so.
Taryon; this color is inspired by Taryon Darrington, human artificer of Vox Machina, and is a gleaming, sparkly attention-getting gold with holographic purple glitter. This is the character that I don’t recognize, but hot damn, his lacquer is regal AF. Gold and purple, YAAAS. I don’t like gold on me, but pair it with purple and I’m all sorts of in. Taryon is a bit on the thinner side, formula-wise, but only because it’s a shimmer. Even then, I only needed two coats!
Scanlan; ah, my favorite bard! I have a whole spotify playlist with the songs he’s used to inspire Vox Machina. SO GOOD. This color is inspired by Scanlan Shorthalt, gnome bard of Vox Machina, and is a scene-stealing holographic lavender. This one pulled a bit more metallic than holo, but I’m not complaining one bit. The color is so fitting for the sassy bard. My photos show two coats with top coat.
Pike; the color is inspired by Pike Trickfoot, gnome cleric of Vox Machina, and is a pearly white with holographic silver glitter and a sweet pinky-orange shimmer for the touch of Sarenrae. Pike is just so pure, and innocent, and her character is one of my favorites. Her polish also went on in just two coats, even with it being a pearly shimmer!
Percy; his color is inspired by Percival Frederickstein Von Musel Klossowski de Rolo III, human gunslinger of Vox Machina, and is a pale steel blue with silver, diamond, and white bullet glitter. The formula on this one wasn’t my favorite, but I have a feeling that it was just the fact that it was a metallic(ish) formula fighting with the heat. It went on beautifully in two coats, but the glitters almost made things a little patchy. Almost. Truthfully, I still really really like the polish.
Keyleth; inspired by Keyleth, half-elf druid of Vox Machina, and is a shifty coppery bronze with gold and green holographic glitter. I HAVE A CONFESSION. Ikindareallydontcareformarisharay/keyleth. Dunno, she annoys the hell out of me. BUT! The polish is gorgeous and absolutely perfect for fall! It was a tiny bit textured, but settled out after two coats plus top coat.
Last but not least is Grog; inspired by Grog Strongjaw, goliath barbarian of Vox Machina, and is a neutral grey with multisize black and white hex glitter. Okay so I have a HUGE crush on Grog… Well, Travis. I would SO watch him rage all day long. His polish is a metallic grey that went on a little streaky with brush strokes (that’s just the nature of that finish, it’s gonna happen, but I still love it) but I like it, it’s super fitting for his character. It went on a bit thicker in just on coat, and then I topped it with Seche Vite. Yes, good.
This whole collection means a TON to me. Critical Role is something that got me through my last breakup, right as I moved into an apartment by myself (no SO, no roomies) for the first time. I was a mess and the show kept me sane. It was enough to draw me in, and keep my mind from wandering to dark places. Cal has done an awesome job with all 10 of these, truly.
They’re available now for $10each (15mL bottles) here. Do you have a favorite? Are you a fan of DnD? How do you want to do this?!
Thanks for stopping by, y’all!
***The nail polishes mentioned in this post were sent to me in exchange for an honest review and photos, which can be found above.***