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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Pointless Cafe's Top 12 of 2012 - Part 2: Hand-Poured Indies

MY top picks for the best indie polishes of 2012

Well I thought the mainstreams were hard. The indies are IMPOSSIBLE! How can I pick only 12? I even took the "private label" indies out and reserved them for their own post: - a-England, piCture pOlish, BB Couture, Cult Nails, etc. - they will be Part 3. And I still couldn't get it down to just 12. I mean the hand-poured indie polish "industry" just totally EXPLODED this year. (BTW if you missed my Best 12 of 2012 Mainstream Brand polishes post, click here.)

So here's what I've done...I've picked my top 12 favorites, in no particular order because that truly would be impossible, and I have some Honorable Mentions. Polishes I loved so much I couldn't leave out. And at the end, I'll tell you what my FAVORITE indie polish for 2012 was.


Enchanted Polish Hot Chocolate


Elevation Polish Toubkal


Hebridean Sprite Underhill


SoFlaJo The True Death


Ninja Polish Zultanite


Girly Bits Fathomless


Dandy Nails Chilled Down


Maya Cosmetics Tranquillis


AquaDaisy Shazaam


Red Dog Designs The Engineer


Girly Bits Hot Toddy


Jindie Nails Choose Me

There is just something SO special and so unique and so gorgeous and creative about each one of those polishes.


And the Honorable Mentions! Yes, 12 of them. Again, in no particular order...

Dandy Nails Moon Glow


Elevation Polish The Arches


These next two I haven't had a chance to blog about but I've worn them for full manis more than once since they came out - I strongly suggest you go read the post because they blow the others out of the water!

Ninja Polish He Went To Jarred

Ninja Polish The Midas Touch


NerdLacquer Smoke Dragon


Dandy Nails Bory-Alice


Enchanted Polish I Am The Walrus


Maya No Big Deal


Sea Lore Attina


The Nail Junkie Grape Jelly


Enchanted Polish Ciao Milano


Paint Box Polish Gryffindor


And what IS my favorite indie polish for 2012? AquaDaisy Shazaam. I've used it so much that I'm already into my second bottle and I have more backups because I never want to run out of this. It's a one-coater and the finish is sort of a satin finish without top coat, which I really like. It dries SUPER fast. I finish swatching and I can have my nails done in less than 3 minutes, start to DRY finish. No lie. I've timed it. Best stuff EVER. Not to mention it's gorgeous. Well...look at it!


So there you have it! What do you think - any of these make YOUR favorites list for 2012? Haven't indies been a wild ride so far? I think it's not only awesome for them and for us but it's also awesome in that the big mainstream companies have had to sit up and take notice and start stepping up their games and I think, for the most part, they have. Everyone wins!

As you can see, I'm not hugely into the chunky glitters or glitterbombs. But I know lots of people are and I say more power to them - ROCK IT, Bay-bee!

Stay tuned for my final installment of the best of 2012 with "private label" indies...coming soon.

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  1. WOW!! what an amazing collection of Indies. I agree with all of them, and now I have to go get the ones that I don't already have =)
    Thank you for including me in such fabulous list.

  2. HOLY CRAP! I need to pin several of these! Fortuntaely, I do have several already!

  3. Oooooh, I shouldn't have looked - my lemmings list is now a mile long!! Great review and choices!

  4. beautiful post. Damn you owning that Nerd, I hope she continues that one when she comes back. Lickable as ever xx

  5. My faves of your top 12 are (in order): Enchaned Polish Hot Chocolate, NerdLacquer Smoke Dragon and The Nail Junkie Grape Jelly.

    But, my absolute favortie, which didn't happen to make it to this list, is Girly Bits Eggnogoholic!

    1. awww thank you so much! ♥

      I need to get my paws on that NerdLacquer!!

  6. I have to say that I bought a lot of polish because of you haha thank you and happy new year

  7. Too much amazing polish! I really need to get the gold and white gold glitter toppers...

  8. Wow! I'm so honoured to have made it into your top 12! All of the choices you picked are gorgeous! Surely a difficult choice! Keep up the good work!

  9. I'm pinning all of these! GREAT CHOICES SHEILA! And your pics/application/swatches are FLAWLESS! Because of you I want ALL OF THESE! BAD BAD BAD!!!

  10. So honored to be a part of this! Thank you for thinking of me Sheila!

  11. Argh! I thought I commented right after this post went up, but I think my phone ate it! :) I wanted to thank you for including Paint Box Polish in your list. :) There are so many great ones here that I have yet to get my paws on.

  12. Great post! I love Shazaam too! Thank you for including one of mine! ♥ u!!! xo

  13. Fab colours and I love most of them (and own some of them)


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