July 21, 2013

Indigo Bananas- Maui & Shadow [Swatch] & [Review]

Today, I'm stoked to share two polishes* from indie brand Indigo Bananas! They are both duo/multichromes in the blue-purple family, which is a weakness of mine!

First, since I didn't do a proper mail-time, here's an abridged version:


bonus tasty things!
Indigo Bananas- Shadow & Maui:


Hambone was also excited by the prospect, so he became a banana:

Good banana.

Now, a little about Indigo Bananas from indigobananas.com:

"Indigo Bananas is a Los Angeles based handmade indie nail polish brand, founded, run and manufactured by Andrea, a trained biologist with a background in molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry and chemistry – which means she has a love for the nerdery* behind nail polish making...
...The name Indigo Bananas can be interpreted in multiple ways: ripe bananas glow indigo under UV light, so they are the most royal of all the fruits. The name sounds like ‘indie go bananas’ – so feel free to go bananas for indie nail polish, since you are not alone and there are a bunch of us who also find indie nail polish appeeling."

 Let's get to the nail polish!

First, is Indigo Bananas- Maui:

Maui is an aqua-to-violet duochrome with a really cool foil-like finish provided by scattered holographic glitter particles. 

Artificial light, two coats:

The color shift is readily apparent in most light, but when it's less-so, the polish appears as the most gorgeous sort of intense teal-ish/ aqua:

Window-filtered daylight:

Straight-on, Maui appears mostly teal/aqua with glowing purple at the edges of the nail, but if you tilt the nails at more of an oblique angle, the color shift is really strong, and most of the nail appears violet-plum-purple.  Endlessly entertaining!

Out of focus, but it shows the intensity and complexity pretty well:

(Also a stray dog hair, sorry- hello, Ham!)

Maui is a  long time lemming of mine! I took about triple the amount of photos as I normally would.  I always photograph duochromes to death, but this was so gorgeous I could. not. stop. shooting.

Outside, shade:

Partial sun:

Full sun:

There are those scattered holo particles!

Up close!

Really pretty and Summery, no?

Formula: It's got a medium viscosity; the first coat is slightly sheer but not streaky, and it glides onto the nail easily without any cuticle dragging issues.  I was surprised how resistant this polish is to over-working; you can go over an area many, many times and experience no pulling or bare patches- amazing! Opaque in two easy coats!

Next, here's Indigo Bananas-Shadow:

Shadow is a deep blue-to-purple duo/ multichrome in a blackened base with a glassfleck finish.  It seems to have some pink particles in there as well, sometimes looks slightly gold at the edges!

Artificial light, two coats:

Shadow was not a lemming of mine, but holy shit, it's incredible- it should have been!

It's really changeable, as you can see.  Super cool! I couldn't stop wiggling my fingers around like an idiot.

Window-filtered daylight:

Ho-lee crap!

The color shift is really dramatic, and this polish is right up my alley.  Shadow is insanely gorgeous, and is basically all I've ever wanted in a duochrome/ multichrome all in one amazing bottle! Hnnnnnnngh!

Outside, shade:


I think this one speaks for itself!

Formula: It has a thin-to-medium viscosity, best applied in two or three thinner coats.  For swatches, I used one thin coat with a thicker second coat on top, and that was perfectly opaque for me. It might cuticle drag if you bumble around too much, but goes in the nail fairly easily if I do say so, and I didn't personally have any problems. Impressed!

I wore this for two days, and I did end up with chips on the corners on the nails- something to mention, however, it doesn't really matter to me since it's so easy to apply in the first place! (And eye-catching enough to warrant a such a small inconvenience!)


Overall, I love love love both of these polishes, and they have a welcome home in my stash!  Andrea has concocted some amazing, unique colors, and if you haven't checked out Indigo Bananas, definitely get on that!

Currently, Indigo Bananas polishes can be purchased on Etsy, or Internationally through  Edgy Polish.

*Disclosure: these polishes were provided to me for honest review, and all opinions are my own.


  1. I love your photos of maui, you really captured it's beauty!! And holy crap your bananadog is too cute.

    1. Thank You! Maui is beautiful...it did most of the work!

  2. That is the best dog costume. Ever.

    Your photos are amaaazing!! Maui is one of my absolute favorite polishes.

    1. Haha, thanks! It is from two Halloweens ago, but I'm not gonna lie, I've been re-using it! He'll probably be a banana forever.

  3. Gorgeous swatches, and OMG BANANADOG.

  4. LOL. "Good Banana". hehe. Gorgeous swatches as usual and these are beautiful polishes!

    1. Thank You, and they are! I was so impressed!