Indie Nail Brand Rainbow Honey's New Collection Was Inspired By a Video Game

I tried the brand's latest custom-blended colours—and here's what I think!
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I tried the brand's latest custom-blended colours—and here's what I think!

Have you heard of Rainbow Honey yet? Founded in 2012 by Dee Maldonado, a New Jersey-based nail addict with a science background and a love for colour, it's an indie nail brand featuring custom-blended polishes in an array of unique shades and textures. The lacquers are all made in the United States, and are formaldehyde-, toluene- and dibutyl phthalate-free.

When I got the chance to give some of their polishes a test-drive, of course I said yes. Whether it’s a brand I’ve never heard of (like these guys) or some ultra-high end company (um, have you heard of this nail polish? OMG), I never discriminate when it comes to checking out new nail lacquers. Nail Polish Canada, which carries the line, sent me five shades to try from Rainbow Honey's The Summer of 199X collection, which was inspired by the 1995 video game EarthBound. Let’s see how this indie brand measures up...

Tessie

Rainbow Honey Nail Polish in Tessie

Tessie, a periwinkle (light purple-blue) shade, was probably my favourite. It was really easy to apply, and has a subtle shimmer going through it. This is one of those colours I’d wear year-round and surprisingly, I didn’t have a dupe for it in my overflowing collection.

I Miss You

Rainbow Honey Nail Polish in I Miss You

I paired I Miss You, a clear glitter top coat, over Tessie. Super-iridescent and rainbow-like, this topper has baby pink and blue glitters, and some are even butterfly and heart shaped (!!). While I have to admit this top coat does seem a bit little girl-ish, it really is adorable and looks darn cute on the nails. (But if cute isn’t what you’re going for, this is one to stay away from, or buy for your little sister.)

Meteor

Rainbow Honey Nail Polish in Meteor

My least favourite was Meteor, which I paired over American Apparel’s Bronze Dash. This glitter topper has a clear base, but is chock-full of black, gold, red and orange glitters, reminding me of fall leaves and autumn scenery. It’s nice, but it's not a colour combo that appeals to me. In terms of application, it was a little bit thick, but you definitely get a lot of glitter per swipe… they didn’t skimp on the sparkle with this one.

Ultimate Weapon

Rainbow Honey Nail Polish in Ultimate Weapon

Ultimate Weapon is a royal blue/purple base with electric blue glitter running throughout. The application was great, and it looked perfect in two coats. I wasn’t too excited to try this one, but it really pulled through on the nails as a great fall or winter shade.

Pink Cloud

Rainbow Honey Nail Polish in Pink Cloud

Pink Cloud is by far my favourite on the glitter side. This bright pink jelly polish is jam-packed with glitter: iridescent, magenta-coloured, square, hexagonal, micro–it’s all in there. It was a tad on the thicker side, but not a deal breaker. This will look amazing in the spring and summer, because the pink is so bright.

Where to buy

Find Rainbow Honey nail polishes at Nail Polish Canada, Fab.com or at RainbowHoney.com.

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