Friday, January 26, 2018

IndieSwatch 2017 Bests Announced

Indie Lovers!

I am pleased to announced the winners, runner ups and honorable mentions.  If you are a maker and were mentioned here, please send me a note at indieswatch@gmail.com, as I would love to work with you to show case your brand on this blog as a regular weekly "Indie of the Week! feature."  The 2 initial winners have claimed their prizes, emails have been sent to the 2 winners for this last survey too!  If you are a blogger and would like to do a guest post here that aligns with the "Indie of the Week" or doing a comparison on the polishes below in select categories send an email to indieswatch@gmail.com.  (For example, if you have all 3 of the holo toppers mentioned and can do a review on them or if you have the entire collection that is mentioned, I'd love to showcase those blog posts - note you will receive credit and link back to your blog and socials.)

First let's look at some stats!  Total of 1754 valid voters.  A total of over 99,000 individual votes were casted.
Be sure to check out the adorable badges at the bottom that CDB Nails created for me!

And now let's get to the results!

Best Overall Indie Brand
1st:  Tonic Nail Polish (2nd year at 1st!)
2nd: KB Shimmer
3rd:  Vapid Artisan Nail Lacquer

Biggest Indie Brand Loss

1st:  Pipedream Polish
2nd: Serendipity Polish
3rd:  Octopus Party Nail Lacquer 

Best Indie Brand New Comer
1st:  Bees Knees Lacquer
2nd: Moon Shine Mani
3rd:  Quixotic Polish

Best Non-US Based Indie Brand
1st:  Glam Polish
2nd: Girly Bits Cosmetics
3rd:  Femme Fatale Cosmetics


Best Brand for Holographic Polish
1st:  Cupcake Polish (2nd year at 1st!)
2nd: ILNP (2nd year in the top 3)
3rd:  Colors by Llarowe (2nd year in the top 3)

Best Brand for Glitter Toppers
1st:  KB Shimmer (2nd year at 1st!)
2nd: The Don Deeva
3rd:  Lynnderella

Honorable Mention: Polish 'M (was 1 vote behind 3rd)

Best Brand for Glitter Bombs
1st:  Glam Polish
2nd: Painted Polish (2nd year in the top 3)
3rd:  Femme Fatale Cosmetics

Best Brand for Glitter Crellies
1st:  KB Shimmer (2nd year at 1st!)
2nd: Painted Polish (2nd year in top 3)
3rd:  Noodles Nail Polish

Best Brand for Cremes
1st: Glisten and Glow (2nd year in the top 3)

2nd: Painted Polish
3rd:  KB Shimmer (2nd year in top 3)

Best Brand for Multichromes
1st:  ILNP (2nd year in the top 3)

2nd: Tonic Nail Polish (2nd year in top 3)
3rd:  Heather's Hues

Best Brand for Stamping Polishes
1st:  Hit The Bottle 
2nd: Painted Polish (2nd year in the top 3)
3rd:  Glisten and Glow

Best Brand for Thermal Polishes
1st:  Femme Fatale Cosmetics (2nd year at 1st!)
2nd: Vapid Artisan Nail Lacquer
3rd:  The Don Deeva

Best Brand for Shimmer Polishes
1st:  Tonic Nail Polish (2nd year at 1st!)
2nd: Native War Paints
3rd: Vapid Artisan Nail Lacquer

Best Brand for Flakies
1st:  ILNP
2nd: Ever After Polish (2nd year in the top 3)
3rd:  Great Lakes Lacquer


Best Brand for Customs
1st:  Tonic Nail Polish
2nd: Ever After Polish
3rd:  Heather's Hues (2nd year in the top 3)

3rd:  Nvr Enuff Polish (2nd year in the top 3)

Best Indie Brand for Latex Nail Barrier
1st:  Glisten and Glow - CTRL-ALT-DEL
2nd: Cuticula - Scented Liquid Nail Tape (2nd year in the top 3)
3rd:  Vapid Artisan Nail Lacquer - Cat Suit (2nd year in the top 3)

Best Indie Brand for Stamping Plates
1st:  UberChic Beauty (2nd year at 1st!)
2nd: Lina Nail Art Supplies (2nd year in the top 3)
3rd:  Clear Jelly Stamper

Best Indie Brand for Cuticle Oil
1st:  Bliss Kiss (2nd year at 1st!)
2nd: Different Dimension
3rd:  Lilly Anne's Garden (2nd year in the top 3)

Best Indie Brand for Cuticle Balm
1st:  Vapid Artisan Nail Lacquer (2nd year at 1st!)
2nd: Ever After Polish
3rd:  Lilly Anne's Garden (2nd year in the top 3)

Best Indie Brand for Mani Bombs
1st:  KB Shimmer (2nd year at 1st!)
2nd: Lilly Anne's Garden
3rd:  Cuter Cuticles

Best Indie Brand for Vinyls
1st:  Twinkled T (2nd year at 1st!)
2nd: What's Up Nails (2nd year in the top 3)
3rd:  Vino Vinyls (2nd year in the top 3)

Best Indie Brand for Decals
1st:  What's Up Nails (2nd year at 1st!)
2nd: Ribbits Stickits
3rd:  Green Goddess Creations

Best Indie Stockist
1st:  Color 4 Nails (2nd year at 1st!)
2nd: Lanter and Wren
3rd:  Rainbow Connection UK

Best Indie Brand for Non-Polish Products
1st:  Vapid Artisan Nail Lacquer (2nd year in the top 3)

2nd: KB Shimmer (2nd year in the top 3)
3rd:  Lilly Anne's Garden

Best Customer Service
1st:  Tonic Nail Polish
2nd: Lantern and Wren
3rd:  Vapid Artisan Nail Polish (2nd year in the top 3)

Best Turn Around Time
1st:  KB Shimmer (2nd year at 1st!)
2nd: Glisten and Glow
3rd:  Glam Polish (2nd year in the top 3)

Best Interaction With a Brand
1st:  Glisten and Glow
2nd: Tonic Nail Polish
3rd:  Vapid Artisan Nail Lacquer (2nd year in the top 3)


Best Indie Brand for Wax
1st:  Vapid Artisan Nail Lacquer
2nd: Night Owl Lacquer
3rd:  Heather's Hues


Best Brand For Punny Names
1st:  KB Shimmer
2nd: The Don Deeva
3rd:  Girly Bits Cosmetics


Best Collaboration Box
1st:  Polish Pick Up 
2nd: Holo Hook Up
3rd:  For The Love Of Polish Box


Best Brand Fan Facebook Group
1st:  Vapid Artisan Nail Lacquer - Vapicorns (2nd year at 1st!)
2nd: Tonic Nail Polish - Tonic Nail Polish
3rd:  Glisten and Glow - Glorious Glisten and Glow Lovers

Best Non-Brand Facebook Group 
1st: Polish Pick Up Pack

2nd: Hella Holo Customs (2nd year in the top 3)
3rd: Acetone Alley (2nd year in the top 3)

Best Base Coat
1st: Glisten and Glow - Base Coat (2nd year in the top 3)
2nd:Vapid Artisan Nail Lacquer - All About The Base (2nd year in the top 3)
3rd: KB Shimmer - Basic Training (2nd year in the top 3

Best Shiny Top Coat
1st: Glisten and Glow - Top Coat (2nd year at 1st!)
2nd: KB Shimmer - Clearly On Top
3rd: SuperChic Lacquer - Marvel Liquid Macro Top Coat
3rd: Vapid Artisan Nail Lacquer - Quick Dry Top Coat

Best Matt Top Coat
1st: Glisten and Glow - Matte Top Coat
2nd: KB Shimmer - Oh Matte! (2nd year in the top 3)
3rd: Vapid Artisan Nail Lacquer - Onward Through The Fog

Best Holo Top Coat
1st: ILNP - My Private Rainbow (2nd year at 1st!)
2nd: Cupcake Polish - Icing
3rd: Vapid Artisan Nail Lacquer - Stardust

Best Summer Collection
1st: Colors by Llarowe - Late Summer
2nd: KB Shimmer - Summer Vacation (2nd year in the top 3)
3rd: Glisten and Glow - Summer Camp Daz

Best Spring Collection
1st: Tonic Nail Polish - Spring 2017
2nd: Glisten and Glow - Oh The Places You'll Go
3rd: Cupcake Polish - Seashells

Best Fall Collection
1st: KB Shimmer - Blogger Collaboration
2nd: Painted Polish - Fall Into Zen (2nd year in the top 3)
3rd: Glisten and Glow - Fall 2017

Best Winter Collection
1st: Colors by Llarowe - Winter 2017
2nd: Different Dimension - Winter
3rd: KB Shimmer - Winter Holo-days

Best Holiday Collection
1st: Polished For Days - Reindeer Games
2nd: Colores de Carol - Goosebumps
3rd: Great Lakes Lacquer - Little Match Girl

Best Overall Collection
1st: Tonic Nail Polish - Golden Girls (2nd year at 1st!)
2nd: KB Shimmer - Blogger Collaboration (2nd year in the top 3)
3rd: Tonic Nail Polish - Secrets and Soulmates (2nd year in the top 3)

Best Thermal Polish
1st:  Night Owl Lacquer - She Believed She Could, So She Did
2nd: The Don Deeva - Notorious P.E.E.

3rd: Vapid Artisan Nail Lacquer - Krampus (2nd year in the top 3)

Best Glow In The Dark Polish
1st:  Different Dimension - Ever Piece Belongs
2nd: Serum N5 - Day Glow (2nd year in the top 3)
3rd:  Ever After Polish - Amuck Amuck Amuck


Best Holographic Polish
1st:  Cupcake Polish - Berry Good Looking (2nd year at 1st!)
2nd: Vapid Artisan Nail Lacquer - Cyber Punk (2nd year in the top 3)
3rd:  Bees Knees Lacquer - Odison


Best Jelly Based Polish
1st:  KB Shimmer - Let's Slang (2nd year at 1st!)
2nd: Nvr Enuff Polish - Wild Black Raspberry

3rd: The Don Deeva - Sid Vicious

Best Glitter Topper
1st: Cupcake Polish - Sprinkle
2nd: FUN Lacquer - Diamond
3rd: Emily de Molly - All The Feelings

Best Creme Polish
1st: Painted Polish - Midnight Mischief
2nd: Glisten and Glow - Bunjee Jumping In The Bahamas
3rd: Painted Polish - Stamped In Mulberry

Best Overall Multichrome
1st: Tonic Nail Polish - Peacock Parade (2nd year at 1st!)
2nd: Different Dimension - Utopia

3rd: Lacquester - Mortal Coil

Best Glitter Crelly
1st: KB Shimmer - You Autumn Know
2nd: Painted Polish - Beards and Bow Ties
3rd: Painted Polish - Mer-Maid It To The Pier

Best Glitter Bomb
1st: Different Dimension - Maleficent
2nd: Cupcake Polish - Mr. Mint
3rd: Painted Polish - Mixed Tapes and Man Buns

Best Shimmer Polish
1st: Tonic Nail Polish - Light of Lyra
2nd: Vapid Artisan Nail Polish - Firestarter
3rd: The Don Deeva - Snow Bunny

Best Flakie Polish
1st: Ever After Polish - Mother of Dragons
2nd: Tonic Nail Polish - Superstar
3rd: Painted Polish - Cobra Clarity

Best Unicorn Pee
1st: ILNP - Magician
2nd: Cirque Colors - Coronation
3rd: KB Shimmer - Let's Slang

Best Magnetic Polish
1st: Tonic Nail Polish - Zeppo
2nd: FUN Lacquer - Believe
3rd: Tonic Nail Polish - Becoming

Best Solar Polish
1st: Parrot Polish - Purple Sun
2nd: The Don Deeva - Strawberry Wake Bake
3rd: The Don Deeva - Jawbreaker

Best Red Polish
1st: Glisten and Glow - Apple Picking and Antiquing
2nd: Vapid Artisan Nail Lacquer - Firestarter
3rd: Tonic Nail Polish - Dulcinea

Best Pink Polish
1st: Cupcake Polish - Mr. Mint
2nd: Painted Polish - Carnivals and Cotton Candy
3rd: Vapid Artisan Nail Lacquer - Hard Candy

Best Orange Polish
1st: Colores de Carol - The Scarecrow Walks At Midnight
2nd: Glisten and Glow - Pumpkin Carvings and Pale Ale
3rd: Painted Polish - Orangeade

Best Yellow Polish
1st: Tonic Nail Polish - Lemon and Cream
2nd:  Glisten and Glow - Today Is Your Day
3rd: Cupcake Polish - Princess Lolly

Best Green Polish
1st: Polish For Days - Kraken
2nd: Glisten and Glow - Leef Peeping and Lattes
3rd: The Don Deeva - Mean With Envy

Best Blue Polish
1st: Bees Knees Lacquer - House On Haunted Chill
2nd: Glisten and Glow - Bunks and Bug Juice
3rd: Pahlish - Wavelength

Best Purple Polish
1st: Cupcake Polish - Berry Good Looking
2nd: Tonic Nail Polish - Light of Lyra
3rd: Vapid Artisan Nail Lacquer - Purple Poison

Best Gold Polish
1st: KB Shimmer - You're Brewtiful
2nd: Different Dimension - Glamo
3rd: Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Defiled In Gold

Best Silver Polish
1st: Glisten and Glow - Fairies Tryst
2nd: Vapid Artisan Nail Lacquer - Cryogenic Refrigerant
3rd: Vapid Artisan Nail Lacquer - HFNY17

Best Black Polish
1st: Painted Polish - Midnight Mischief
2nd: Glisten and Glow - Little Black Dress
3rd: Vapid Artisan Nail Lacquer - Pessimist

Best White Polish
1st: Glisten and Glow - Wedding Gown White
2nd: KB Shimmer - Eyes White Open
3rd: Vapid Artisan Nail Lacquer - Optimist

Best Gray/Grey Polish
1st: Pahlish - So Cozy
2nd: Fair Maiden - So Lazy, Can't Move
3rd: The Don Deeva - Drunk On Uber

Best Brown Polish
1st: KB Shimmer - Oh My Ganache
2nd: Painted Polish - Boogie With The Beast
3rd: Pahlish - Idris

Best Thing That Happened This Year
1st: Polish Pick Up
2nd: Polish Con
3rd: Aceton Additive

Best Event
1st: Polish Con
2nd: The Indie Shop
3rd: Indie Expo Canada

Should I Reveal My Identity?
Yes: 43%
No: 57%

If you find an error, please send an email to indieswatch@gmail.com.


Thanks, 



Badges for the makers! (or bloggers if you would like to use during a post about a specific brand)  Thanks again to Cheyenne for your creative brilliance






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