October 08, 2013

Gothic Gala Lacquers The Holo Deck Swatches & Review

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Hello readers! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  The sun finally showed its face after a week of clouds and rain which meant I could finally finish swatching the Holo Deck collection polishes I received from Gothic Gala Lacquers.  These polishes are inspired by Star Trek TNG and will be released on October 20th.  Here's a sneak peek at three of the polishes from this collection.

It's Green, Sir

It's Green, Sir is a pea green creme with a subtle holo shimmer.  I was impressed with the opacity of this polish.  I used two coats to make sure I didn't have any streaks that manage to show up in photos but really, you could get away with one.  It dried smoothly and evenly and I just added a thin top coat to make it nice and shiny.

Photos show two coats of It's Green, Sir with one coat of CND Super Shiney top coat in natural sunlight.  I was a little disappointed that the shimmer that was visible in the bottle didn't really transfer to the nail once you put this polish on.  It's still there, but it's very subtle.  While still a pretty polish with a great formula I don't think I would classify it as a holo.


Crusher is an indigo blue jelly filled with scatter holo sparkle.  After the first coat I was worried that this polish was going to be streaky but I was proven wrong when it layered up nicely and became opaque after three coats.  The formula was easy to apply and dried completely smoothly.

Photos show three coats of Crusher with one coat of CND Super Shiney top coat in natural sunlight.  I really love this polish .  It looks so squishy and the holo sparkle is quite delicate.  My favorite kind of holo is a scatter holo so this polish is right up my alley.

Bonus swatches: I added a black splotch gradient on top using China Glaze Liquid Leather.  Today was even sunnier than when I took the original swatch pictures and you can really see that scatter holo shine.


Picard is a shimmery polish that's somewhere on the border between pink and red.  It has a soft shimmer as well as a delicate holo sparkle.  I found that in indoor lighting in leans more towards red where as in outdoor lighting it leans more towards pink.  The formula was great and takes two to three coats to become opaque.

Photos show three coats of Picard with one coat of CND Super Shiney top coat in natural sunlight.  This polish is another winner in my eyes.  The perfect amount of holo to make it look sparkly and shimmery but still delicate.


My personal favorite from the these three is Crusher.  A squishy blue polish with scatter holo is hard to beat in my eyes.  Picard also has an excellent formula and a gorgeous finish so if pink and reds are your favorites this polish is a must have.  My only wish would be for It's Green, Sir to have more holo-ey shimmer on the nail.  It ended up being more of a creme polish than a holo polish.  Still quite pretty, just not quite what I was expecting.

Overall I am really loving this brand.  The formulas are so easy so put on, have great finishes and good wear time.  If any of these polishes caught your eye and need to make their way into your collection then check out the Gothic Gala Lacquers Etsy shop on October 20th to get some of your very own.  In the mean time go like the Gothic Gala Lacquers facebook page.  Samantha has been posting some sneak peeks of future polishes lately and I'm pretty sure I need them all.


  1. I totally agree that the holo in the green isn't very noticeable. Something I will have to adjust!! Thank you!!! ♥♥♥

  2. Crusher! I am in love with it, partly because it's freaking gorgeous, and party because, well, Wil Wheaton. ♥