Review: R. Hobby Cosmetics – custom polish

Being on Instagram is awesome but it’s also a horrible, horrible thing. Horrible because it has refueled my obsession for nail polish. Pretty pictures of nail art and nail polish swatches are EVERYWHERE. I’ve always wondered how easy it would be to “make” my own polishes. The “easy” DIYs tell you to just use a clear nailpolish and good ol’ glitter. It’s not that easy, people, trust me– I’ve tried it. The glitter sinks to the bottom and if you added any color to it using other polishes you have, the colors separate and begin looking pretty… ugly.

After my failed attempt at making glitter polish the cheap way, I looked into the CORRECT way to make them… annnnnd it can get pretty costly to buy all the supplies– suspension base, solvent resistant glitters, empty bottles, mixing balls, etc. And that’s when my mission to find my perfect polish began. I looked through all the pictures on profiles of the custom polish makers that I follow on Instagram, asked for recommendations, then started looking around Etsy. That is when I found this pretty polish by R. Hobby Cosmetics, it was almost there but it wasn’t EXACTLY what I was looking for.

My “perfect polish” had different sizes of pastel glitters, white glitter, and hints of gold glitter all in a white or light muted jelly base. Rachel’s Hydrangea Cake topper covered the most important parts (the glitter) and it was a definite added plus that it had lots of different white glitter, including bar glitter! So I convo’d her on Etsy and she had a white base on the way! And so, in about a week and a half after our initial communication, I had my very own customized polish in my hands and on my nails. The great thing about indie nail polishes is how unique they are and how you can request for a custom polish.

My beautiful full-size polish came safely packaged wrapped in bubble wrap surrounded by packaging paper (is that what it’s called?).


IMG_4081It is a customized version of Hydrangea Cake. It is filled with large and medium baby blue glitter, medium hexagon and square light green glitter, medium hexagon and square pink glitter, large and medium hexagon white glitter, white bar glitter, and small square and tiny hexagon or round glitter of all of these beautiful colors with an ever so slight gold shimmer all in a white jelly base. It’s a reeeally pretty polish in these pictures but it is absolutely gorgeous in person.

IMG_4080The brush is a pretty standard brush and the bottle contains a ball to mix the polish (not sure how many are in there but it’s definitely there).


This is three coats of this polish, one coat of Revlon quick dry topcoat, and one coat of Nail-Aid 3 Minute Artificials to even it out and give it a high gloss shine. This is in natural light. Don’t mind my middle finger nail– it broke, just like my middle finger nail on my other hand. I have no idea how I broke both of them =(.IMG_4102

The polish applied easily and the brush came out chock full of glitter with no problem. As with most nail polishes with chunky glitter, I did need to fish out some glitter and place them where I wanted them. It’s a beautiful blend and if I hadn’t asked for it to be customized, I think it would have still been a great glitter topper on any other nail polish base. IMG_4101

Hydrangea Cake topper
customized with white jelly base w/ subtle gold shimmer
Price – $8.00

Shop: R. Hobby Cosmetics