Today I have Parallax Polish’s Brain Scan collection to share with you all, and I’m positive that it’ll help brighten up your Monday! This might be my favorite set of polishes from Erin yet. The colors are super fun and I always love that she’s able to tie her Science background into the theme of the collection. This collection includes 21 new polishes! Yeah, you read that right, 21! Each color is available in either a matte, scattered holo, or linear holo finish, so there’s bound to be something for everyone. I have seven to show you today, so prepare yourself for a ton of photos (:
*Disclaimer: I don’t usually add this, but these polishes are neon. Neons are notoriously difficult to photograph, and it doesn’t help that I’m one of those pasty, kids who only gets a sunburn and no tan. I suggest looking at as many swatches as you can, because the colors are going to look different on everyone. On me, they basically glowed against my skin in photos. So, yeah, not sure why I felt like adding this but still, better safe than sorry.
**All swatches shown with one coat of Rica’s Glossy Glam unless otherwise stated.
First up is Fusiform Gyrus! Erin was nice enough to include a little bit about each part of the brain for those of us that are clueless about what the names mean, like me! This part of the brain is the “mid brain structure that controls face and body processing.”
I’m showing you guys two coats of Fusiform Gyrus with a layer of topcoat. I found the polish to be on the slightly thicker side, but easy to control. You have to be careful when applying though, because this dries quickly and can result in dragging. This is one of the more subtle, linear holos of the collection. This is pretty, but I don’t think it plays well with my skin tone.
My photos are showing this is a bit brighter than it is in person, but this is one of scattered holos. This only took two coats to reach opacity and again, the formula was easy to work with. The scattered holos do dry (quickly too!) down to a gritty texture, so I definitely recommend a layer of topcoat if you aren’t a fan of that. This might be one of the few pink polishes in my collection that I’ll actually wear! I really like how bright it is and the addition of the sparkles.
Here’s one of the glow-y polishes…it’s a lovely color, but man, my camera doesn’t like this one. Anywho, the formula on this was slightly more difficult to work with, but I don’t think it’s any harder than your typical neon polish. Because this polish dries so quickly, you need to be careful not to manipulate the polish too much or else it’ll look streaky. I found it easiest to do three thin coats followed by a thicker, fourth one to smooth any self-leveling issues. I wore four coats because I have some staining on my nails and a more prominent nail line, but I think others would be fine with three or layering this over a white base. I didn’t use topcoat for this swatch, but it would also help with smoothing it out.
This is the only name that sounded semi-familiar to me, whoops! I can’t remember what it does though, so thank you Erin for the infographic! Turns out the Hippocampus is the “mid brain area that controls the formation of new memories.”
Now, this is one of the polishes that I know isn’t totally color accurate (I tried guys, I really did!) I swatched this without a white base under it, and it didn’t look this bright. But the color of the polish in the bottle is closer to what my photos are showing, so I believe if you were to layer this over white you would see a color more similar to my photos. My pinky in the following photo is probably closet to what I saw in real life. My swatches are showing three coats of polish with no topcoat to show off the matte finish. The formula was very similar to how I described the polish above. Dries very quickly, slightly sheer, but a really pretty color!
Next up is On Off Cells!
On Off Cells are “neurons that process color, motion, edges, and other important cues.”
This is a really interesting color, because I don’t think I have anything like it in my collection. It’s a slightly green, leaning yellow and mine is a scattered holo. The formula is similar to Amygdala except this time I used three coats plus topcoat. Darn you Amazon…Amazoff… for staining my poor nails ):
Here’s a bonus shot under direct light.
Next is the only non neon of the group, Nystagmus!
Nystagmus is the name for “your eyeballs jittering in their sockets to help keep your brain interested in what its seeing.”
Gah, I really love this one! I’ve been looking for a silver polish like this for a while, and this one is super sparkly too. My swatches are showing you guys three coats of polish plus topcoat. The formula is similar to Amygdala and On Off Cells.
Bonus shot for the sparkles!
Last up is Broca’s Area!
The Broca’s Area is the “frontal area of the brain that controls planning of speech and language processing.”
This is another one of the polishes that basically turned out all glowy on me. My camera does not play well with rich blues like this, which is a shame because this polish is absolutely stunning! The polish is probably a tad darker in color, but the linear holo sparkle in it is incredible. I’m wearing two coats plus topcoat in these photos. This was really easy to apply, and I add no issues with dragging. I did notice that there were some clumps of pigment, (I think that’s what they are) which I’ve emailed Erin about so I’ll update this post once I get a response from her.
Bonus sunlight shot:
Here are some macros:
Well, I hope you guys have enjoyed your science lesson for the day! Now, it’s time for some purchasing info. Like, I said each color will be sold in three different finishes. The mattes will be $6, scattered holos will be $7, and the linear holos will be $8. All bottles hold 9mL of polish. I don’t have a release date for this collection yet, but I’ll make sure to update this when I find out. Hopefully soon, because I want to get all the other scattered holos! In the meantime, check out these links to keep up with Parallax Polish:
press samples // products in this post were provided in exchange for an honest review