The Swatch Watch: Lynnderella ‘One Nutty Fruitcake’

Swatch of Lynnderella One Nutty Fruitcake over OPI Purple Palazzo Pants
I have a #TBT Edition of The Swatch Watch for you today. I just found this Draft post that I wrote one year ago today. Ironic right? I’m not certain why I never posted it so here goes!

In this edition of The Swatch Watch and I am featuring a polish from yet another new-to-me indie brand, Lynnderella. I chose to show you this “Lynn” polish first because the name is seasonally appropriate and it was full of colors of the rainbow.

Before I began, I did read up a little on the history of this brand that some call “The Mother of Indies”. And it sounded like they made a few missteps early on. I can imagine there may still be some hurt feelings and people turned off by this brand. Fortunately, I had yet to even hear the word “indie” back then and I only learned of them last year. So they have a clean slate with me and I was excited to pick up a few bottles to try.

Swatch of Lynnderella One Nutty Fruitcake over OPI Purple Palazzo Pants

Since I couldn’t easily locate the official description for Lynnderella “One Nutty Fruitcake” I will describe it as bright multicolor and black square glitter mix in various sizes in a sheer violet base containing sparkly microglitter. The fact that this polish only contains square glitters makes it unique in my opinion.

I probably tested it over a dozen base polishes before I finally settled on a lavender. Lucky for me I was a winner in the Preen.Me OPI Venice Collection Giveaway on Instagram about 2 weeks ago (at the original time of writing) and the perfect lavender, OPI Purple Palazzo Pants, was one of the three polishes I received.

Swatch of Lynnderella One Nutty Fruitcake over OPI Purple Palazzo Pants
I applied one coat of One Nutty Fruitcake over Purple Palazzo Pants and finished with 2 coats of HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat to smooth out the glitter. This is a very dense glitter and my bottle didn’t have a lot of base, which made application a bit tricky. As soon as I placed the loaded brush on my nail the glitter stuck. Right there. Like glue. It wouldn’t budge with the brush. I choked.
Swatch of Lynnderella One Nutty Fruitcake over OPI Purple Palazzo Pants
Once my “deer in the headlights” moment passed, I decided to try using an orange wood stick to move the glitter around once I finished my “dab and spread”. Happily, it worked and I learned that I had a few minutes to adjust the glitter after application. None of this would have been an issue if I was applying this glitter in my traditional “pile it on” style, but I really wanted to apply it more sparsely so you could still see the base color. That’ll teach me!!
Swatch of Lynnderella One Nutty Fruitcake over OPI Purple Palazzo Pants

I thought it would be fun to do an accent nail using Swarovski Crystals in coordinating colors. I attached a 3mm Amethyst, Aquamarine, Dark Moss Green, Fire Opal and Fuchsia with topcoat.

So what do you think of my first Lynnderella? Would you have chosen lavender as the base color? What other colors do you think would have worked? As always, I would love to hear your thoughts!

Thanks for reading!! I’ll see you at the next post.
  • Cat

    Hi Karolyn, these are such pretty colors all together and I enjoy your addition of the crystals for your accent nail. Do you think the quality of Lynnderellas justifies the cost of them?

    • Hey there my Cat!! I hope all is well. I FINALLY saw you in my IG feed the other day and I’m not sure if you’ve been taking a break or the feed is miserably broken.

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed this one! To answer your question, I think her blends are cool and unique but no, I don’t think the price is justifiable. I probably have a dozen or so of them now and bought them all on sale, about $12 each instead of $18-$20. I would NEVER buy one of the numbered bottles at $40 plus. That’s. Just. Nuts. Sign up for her newsletter if you want to give her a try and she’ll notify you of sales. xoxo

      • Cat

        Karolyn, I know IG has problems now and then, but I’m also a bit less active on there right now. 🙂 I’m still getting lots of inspiration from all the accounts I follow, though, including yours!! <3

        • Thanks for letting me know. I was thinking when I 1st replied to you that I should make a list of the people I want to see and check in with them manually on IG. But it sounds like it’s working OK. It’s so sweet to hear that I still inspire you Cat!! <3 Karolyn

          • Cat

            Ha, ha! I have one of those lists — about 25 “must-see” accounts that I have taped up on my counter where I eat my meals; I check in manually with them most days. Maybe IG has a way to do this electronically, but I usually resist and resent technological ways of trying to track my activity or figure me out! 😉

            • There actually is a way with IG to get notified when your favorites post. But I won’t tell you how to do it! 😉 xoxo

  • You know I LOVE all the multiple colors in this glitter topper — the more the better, LOL! It is very pretty. I too would have had a hard time deciding what color to wear it over, but I do like your choice! <3

    • I’m with you friend…bring on the colors!! So many fail swatches with this one, OMG! So happy you liked it too! <3 xoxo

  • Cute name and polish!
    It’s perfect on lavender base!