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“Lightshow” Holo Top Coat – Hit the Bottle IPU, Aug 2019 – Indie Pickup Swatches

Hey nailistas! I have a new preview of the coming month’s installments from Aussie Indie brand Hit the Bottle. This second of TWO polishes is “Lightshow” a beaut linear Holo Top Coat – Hit the Bottle‘s inclusion in the Polish Pickup’s Indie Pickup (IPU) for Aug 2019 – Polish Swatches below.

The full details and description of this lacquer is listed below the images in The Rundown section.

This lovely holo topper contains very fine linear holographic particles in a clear base – similar to fan favourites INM Northern Lights or China Glaze Fairy Dust. It sits alongside the other August PPU stamping polish, with TWO items from Hit the Bottle for the August Indie-/Polish Pickup coming soon.

Buff & Polish - Hit The Bottle PPU Lightshow Holo Top Coat, August 2019


I looove how fine the holo pieces are so you can still see the base colour below. You can build it up for more holo, though for a full cover nail it would take A LOT of coats, so you will want to use a base colour of some kind. It is a topper after all.Buff & Polish - Hit The Bottle PPU Lightshow Holo Top Coat, August 2019

Sparkles, Oh my! 😍

Major bonus: you don’t need to add plain top coat over this top coat (given some you do to smooth out particles or glitters) but this sits flat on the nail and even smells nicer than other top coats. Also I kind of liked the smell of it, it’s not pungent.

Weird? Possibly 😂 I can’t really describe the scent, a subtle hint of sweetness to it, but it certainly wasn’t overpowering. Many top coats, including fast dry types have some smell, this one isn’t strong and it dissipates really quickly.

Now see the sparkles?

Buff & Polish - Hit The Bottle PPU Lightshow Holo Top Coat, August 2019

Look how fine and sparkly she is – Hit The Bottle IPU “Lightshow” Linear Holo Top Coat, August 2019

Buff & Polish - Hit The Bottle PPU Lightshow Holo Top Coat, August 2019

Was trying to show off the holo effect. It is pretty fine and my other camera that can do super-close is currently out of service, so look at the outer less-focused areas to see it in action. Also super pretty, huh?

I hope you enjoyed “Lightshow” Holo Top Coat – Hit the Bottle IPU , Aug 2019 – Indie Pickup Swatches photos.

See below for details and notes on this polish.



Name: “Lightshow” Holo Top Coat – available online at ThePolishPickup.com. (Restricted dates)
Brand: Hit the Bottle (visit site)
Collection: Polish Pick Up [PPU] Colour (or family): Holo
Type & Finish: Holo Top Coat
Size: 9ml / 0.3oz

Formula & Application notes:
FOR WEAR AS A TOP COAT: This polish is nice and fine – and designed to go over other colours. This also looks much prettier than holo toppers that are too chunky and completely cover the base colour. No issues with that here being a linear holo. I enjoyed the subtle glints of holographic sparkle you get in the light.

It’s a lovely top coat that doesn’t have a rough surface on drying and doesn’t need any other layers of regular top coat to even out the surface, so I was really happy with that.

The Verdict:
Loved this one too! It looks great over lights and darks – as you can see in the swatch pics above. This one’s not limited edition, but as this is capped, you’ll want to add this to your list now and set yourself a reminder to grab one (or two 😉) during the window listed below. Heck maybe grab a few if you are into swapping later.

Important Notes:

“Lightshow” Holo Top Coat IPU – available online at ThePolishPickup.com.
It’s available as a pre-order for $8 USD – Capped at: 150, UK cap 15 bottles.
From Aug 3rd at 1am – 6th at 2pm, 2019 AEST (this is the converted AEST timezone).
Local US time for each month’s sale is 4 days: 1st Friday at 11 AM, through Monday at 11:59 PM  (EST)
[I’ve provided a handy clock below, to help you make sure you place your orders in time in either timezone.]

Current local time AEST – Australia (East Coast)

Below: US EST Time


How It Works:

The Polish Pickup (PPU) polishes are a limited edition shade usually available for pre-order for a limited time at beginning the First Friday of each month (US Timezone). IPU is IndiePickup via the same site, but may not be limited edition.

THE CONCEPT: Each month PPU brings you a variety of polishes from indie makers based on a theme voted on by you. Voting takes place on the website. Indie makers can come and go as they please, and all are welcome.

PRE-ORDER TIMES: The Shop is open for pre-orders/goes live the first Friday at 11 AM EST, of each month and stays open for four days, through to the following Monday at 11:59 PM EST.  This is the ONLY time frame in which the monthly polishes will be available for purchase.  The remainder of the site remains open all month long for browsing and communication purposes.

You can read more in the PPU/IPU official FAQ. Find the Polish Pickup on Instagram.


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