So I know I'm a bit late on the Indie / Franken nail polish trend, but I've been obsessing over them these past few days. I've been doing some research on it and I'm attempting to create some of my own nail polishes soon (I've ordered some supplies so I will make a post on how to make them soon!). Basically this type of nail polish is 'handmade' by independent sellers, which is really popular in the Etsy community. The trend now consists of a mixture of hex, strip/bar, circle, and fine glitter confetti that are suspended in a jelly consistency, creating a milky finish.
The difference between Indie and Franken nail polishes:
The basic differentiation of these two terms is that Indie polishes have been made from 'scratch', which means it has been made from chemical ingredients such as lacquer bases, mica pigments, and glitter. Franken polishes are made from existing products, which means it is made by mixing different nail polishes to get a new colour; for example, by mixing a red OPI with a blue China Glaze to get your own purple mixture.
Here are some of my favourites from Etsy (with their shop links below):
*All photos are credited to the shop owners / I am not affiliated with any of the featured shops*
Foam Party by Flash Nails
Christmas Lights by Starrily
Peachy Keen by TheHungryAsian
Fun House by Arcane Lacquer
Sonic Neon by IndiePolish
Witches Be Crazy by LacquerheadPolish
Go Back To Sleep by Mckfresh Nail Attire
Between Two Worlds by Fanchromatic Nails
Satire by ModLacquer
How adorable are the names of these nail polishes?!?!?! I would start my own cosmetics brand just to be able to give cute names to make up. I wonder if there's a person at Essie or Butter or OPI who's sole responsibility is to come up with playful pun names...
Anyway, a DIY post is due soon, so stay tuned!