Now, I'm just one person, and there's a market for just about any polish, but Hot Mess definitely satisfies my polish criteria; the bases of the polish I got were nicely pigmented jellies, the glitter was dense and easy to get out, but not so dense that the polish was unusable or gritty, the glitters were interesting sizes/shapes but didn't curl one bit, there was no bleeding and no staining of my nails, and the bottles are cute and easy to use. Wonderful!
I want you all to note, none of these swatches have topcoat, so all the shine and smoothness you see is in the polish itself. Seriously, awesome formulas!
I bought 4 polishes from the Hot Mess line. From left to right in the photo below, they are: Red Headed Step Child, Aquanet, Cupcake and Yankee Star.
Red Headed Step Child is a strawberry red jelly base with medium red hexes and little black hexes. The formula on this is super nice, and I didn't even have visible nail line after 2 coats! This is one juicy looking polish, and a nice twist on the classic red nail.
Swatches include: Index, 2 coats RSHC; Middle, one coat Julep Glen, one coat RHSC; Ring, one coat Smoke and Ashes, one coat RHSC; pinky, one coat white, one coat RHSC.
Aquanet, aside from having a hilarious name, is a perfect synthetic, acidy pale purple jelly with a ton of different glitter shapes including HUGE hexes that are super easy to place and very, very dramatic. I love the little square glitter too, and how the holographic effect shines through the jelly base.
Swatches include: Index, 2 coats Aquanet; Middle, one coat Anise Total Temptress, one coat Aquanet; Ring, one coat Smoke and Ashes, one coat Aquanet; pinky, one coat white, one coat Aquanet.
Cupcake is a great way to encrust your nails in jewel-like glitter; I've tried to come up with a way to describe this corally, golden, pinky polish, and the best I can come up with is that it looks like some sort of gorgeous starfish. It's textural, shimmery, shiny and beautiful. It is the thickest of the four, so working to get a manageable coat can take a little bit of effort, but it's worth it. This again has those big hexes, that I've really never seen before in a polish, and are an awful lot of fun to wear.
Swatches include: Index, 2 coats Cupcake; Middle, one coat Cos Bar Bronze, one coat Cupcake; Ring, one coat Smoke and Ashes, one coat Cupcake; pinky, one coat white, one coat Cupcake.
Finally, Yankee Star. When I bought this, I didn't realize that all the glitter in it would be holographic, so imagine my surprise and delight when I was expecting plain silver glitters and pulled out a veritable disco ball of rainbows and shiny prettiness! Yankee Star has stars, bar glitter, squares, hexes, tiny glitter, you name it, all in a clear base.
The base in Yankee Star is the thinnest, which means the bigger glitter will sink slightly (not all to the bottom, but they will settle toward the middle of the bottle), but setting the bottle on its side for a few minutes makes the glitter totally accessible. The thinner base also means that multiple coats don't result in too much polish on your fingers, saving you dry time.
Swatches include: Index, 2 coats Yankee Star; Middle, one coat Orly Stone Cold, one coat Yankee Star; Ring, one coat Smoke and Ashes, one coat Yankee Star; pinky, one coat white, one coat Yankee Star.
Hot Mess Lacquers are available on Etsy, and are often listed on Copious, so any credits you have could be used to get your hands on some of this fantastic polish!
Disclaimer: all products for this review were purchased with my own money, and all opinions are my own.