On the way to the Sharks game, way back in October, I stopped at a Japanese market with my mom to get snacks, and ended up in the cosmetics aisle (no surprise there). I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, until I saw the most visually pleasing stand in the whole store. The nail polish stand.
I had seen this brand before, in San Francisco’s Japan Town, in some random accessory store, and hadn’t ever thought of trying them out because they were so small, and pricey. But, I was in a good mood, and I was just itching to purchase something cosmetically related, so I bought these 4 polishes (and some pairs of lashes. Which will be discussed later, at some point in the near future lol).
The prices were still the same, about $8 each, and for about 0.2 oz, that’s a lot. OPI’s polishes are $8 each, when regularly sold in stores, and are all 0.5 oz each. So you get less than half the amount for the same price. Total downer.
Too bad I totally love these polishes.
The colors that Pa offers are all very unique. There were lots of different glitters, in jelly bases, creme bases, and there were also very standard, wearable colors in the mix as well.
The 4 that I purchased were just based on what I didn’t have.
The formula on these are fine. Not overly watery but not thick. The brush and handle are tiny, as you can see so that makes it a little difficult to work with.
The packaging is adorable… the boxes are all clear and plastic, with flower decorations. And the actual bottles are nice. They’re not rounded, so they store easily and don’t move around when they fall over, or are on their sides when taking photos, which you’d know is annoying if you take swatch photos lol.
I actually really like the consistency of the glitters that Pa has. The base is so jelly like, even when it’s a translucent base, that it always finishes to a nice shine. The majority of the glitter polishes made in the states all dry to a matte finish and always need a top coat. The Pa ones don’t. I like. A lot 😀
The drying time, as with most glitters, are fairly quick as well. For the non-solely-glitter polishes, the drying time was average.
The most annoying thing though is the naming of each of the polishes. It’s by number as far as I can tell, and I’m fluent in Japanese, so I read the whole back. The only thing that really differs is the tiny little number on the top right corner. And that makes it extremely difficult to remember names and colors. As tacky as the OPI names are, it makes it so easy to correlate names to colors.
Pa Nail Polish A38
This is a nice baby blue creme, with a slight pink/purple duochrome, and tiny holographic rainbow glitters dispersed throughout the polish. When have you EVER seen a US based polish like THIS?? I love it. In the store, the lighting was so blah that I didn’t even realize that slight duochrome until I got home. All I saw was a slightly lighter baby blue creme with rainbow glitter. I’m so glad I purchased this one… it was almost back on the rack before my shopoholicness kicked in.This one is probably the gem of the 4 I purchased. The slight duochrome that you see in the bottle definitely translates onto the swatch. The glitter within the polish can make it feel a little gritty, so a top coat is needed, but the glitter doesn’t lose it’s holograph in the polish, like some do after they dry.This one needs 3 coats to be opaque.
Pa Nail Polish A41
This is a tulip pink jelly with tiny pink glitters and holographic string glitter dispersed through it. Another totally unique color. It reminds me very much of the 90s, and the little baby polishes from like… Claires or Limited Too or whatever that were meant for children.
I love it. It’s clearly meant to be worn sheer, because at 3 coats it’s still got a clear base to it. Even though it’s got a clear base though, it’s a jelly and so it finishes very glossy. So many US polishes dry to that matte finish and is gritty without the topcoat. This one is not. Very aesthetically and useably pleasing nail polish.
Pa Nail Polish A37
Holographic silver string glitter. LOVE LOVE this one. Lol, I’m also going to say that about the next one, and already said that about the previous 2. So yeah. I guess ignore that? Anyways, it’s awesome. I love it. This one really does just remind me of childhood and the 90s. Not a polish you see at all anymore.
It actually applies pretty dense on first coat. 2 coats is enough, really. I only did 3 coats on the bottom just to keep with the format as all the other swatches.
When I first swatched this, I only had one space left on my Silver/White/Black wheel so I split it between this one and the next polish, if you were wondering.
The swatch is the one on the right 🙂
Pa Nail Polish A126
This is a jelly finished, silver holographic glitter, with bigger hexagonal, translucent pieces of holographic glitter mixed in. The silver holographic glitter are all small particles. All the glitters aren’t densely packed in the polish, so it’s definitely a layering polish. It can be used on it’s own, but you’d need a TON of coats and it’d just end up super thick on the nail.
Swatch is the one on the left.