Society Wit Ode to the South: My Picks Swatch & Review

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This post was supposed to go up in June, but then the Women’s World Cup happened (I say that as if it was something completely unpredictable and out of the blue which it totally was not). For a US American, I am a soccer freak. Every day there were games, I made sure to watch at least one. But let’s be honest, sometimes I watched more. And then there were the days where there were World Cup games AND a Portland Thorns game. I’m pretty proud of myself for not also watching the Copa America and Gold Cup games too (actually I did watch the Gold Cup final, haha). But none of this has anything to do with this collection, so Imma shut up.

Society Wit was launched by the wonderful Meredith, who is a total swatchaholic on Instagram. Her account is such a good resource and the amount of swatches she drops at times is truly amazing, I wish I was more like that. Not surprisingly, she has a pretty good idea of what makes a good polish and she channels that knowledge into collections of stunning, gorgeous creams. Now, there are few polish finishes I do not like, but a good cream polish is one of the most relaxing and satisfying things to apply to your nails ever. Doing this while knowing you supported a small business that is providing quality polishes for only $9 a bottle might just be the best feeling on Earth. I have several polishes from a few different Society Wit collections, but this time around I am just going to show off my picks from the recent spring/early summer collection, Ode to the South. Society Wit collections tend to stick around for a while, so I am extremely confident you will still be able to get these. In fact, I think you can still grab all of their collections!

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Spring Has Sprung: Deborah Lippmann I Like It Like That

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I always look forward to Deborah Lippmann’s new collections; they are one of the few higher-end brands that consistently releases polishes that are actually interesting. They do not shy away from crellies, cool glitter mixes, duochromes, contrasting shimmers, etc. The spring collection this year was a little lackluster for me, but I think that made today’s polish, I Like It Like That, stand out even more. It is a teal/purple duochrome shimmery metallic. It fits in with some of the other dreamy, ethereal shimmery polishes that have been found in other collections this spring (Essie’s Tiers of Joy comes to mind). I had a lot of fun wearing it and, yes, it is a compliment grabber. People notice it on your nails!

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OPI Tokyo Collection VoxBox

**All polishes, base coat, and top coat were sent to me complimentary from Influenster for testing and review purposes. All opinions are my own.**

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Everyone makes mistakes. I think Influenster certainly did when they sent me this VoxBox! I remember taking a survey related to OPI and being super excited, hoping I would finally get something nail polish related (none of my VoxBoxes since my first one have had anything nail). When I got the box, I excitedly tore it open to find… gels? I have never used or even worn a gel polish in my life! I did not even have a light! And, apparently, OPI gels are not super readily available. OPI won’t even sell them to you on their website unless you have a pro account. I do not know what I did to make Influenster think I was the target audience for this, but I’m actually glad it happened. I have had a fear of gel polish and I hope this is the first tiny baby step towards conquering that fear.

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Spring has Sprung: China Glaze Hydrangea Dangea

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China Glaze Hydrangea Dangea, 3 coats plus Seche Vite

Me and this polish got off on the wrong foot. I am the kind of person that likes to use thin coats, but not all polishes work like that. Polishes are like people; you need to get to know them first so you can see what makes them tick. When you’ve got such a gorgeous baby blue with a dash of periwinkle and a speckle of shimmer, I think there’s a lot of incentive there to make this relationship work. This is a blog post more about my own failure than about a bad polish; I wore it at three streaky coats and was surprised, after watching swatch videos where people were easily getting it perfect in two or three coats (their three coats look better than mine). This was going to be a lighthearted, typical Ashley post about a new spring polish, but instead is a story of how not to use China Glaze’s Hydrangea Dangea. Take warning from me, kids.

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