I’m not a huge nails person. I was a nail biter for most of my life and it took forever to fully kick the habit. I do love going out for a mani/pedi though! I just suck at filing/shaping my nails and painting them? Well, one hand will look decent and the other will look like crap. But when Christine of Simply Nailogical launched her own nail polish line, I was very intrigued. I’m not super into YouTube but I always found her videos fun and pretty laid back. She doesn’t get wrapped up into a lot of the drama that happens. Honestly, I’d love to just hang out with her and drink tea. Here’s a little more info about her line, Holo Taco.
The phrase ‘holo taco’ comes from Cristine’s nail tutorials on YouTube. Maybe it was her Canadian accent, maybe it was the mic. Either way, when Cristine would say ‘top coat’ in her voiceovers people thought she was saying ‘taco’. Not one to let a little humour pass her by, Cristine ran with it, adding a holographic ‘taco’ (or holo taco) in every video. What started as a misunderstanding on YouTube is now a real life nail polish brand. We did it, internet!
The polishes I picked up are Rainbow Snow, One Coat Black, and Play Rose. I grabbed the Super Glossy Taco and Peely Base as well. I am in love with the Rainbow Snow and Play Rose, the amount of holo in these two polishes is off the charts! They just sparkle all over the place. I use 2-3 coats for the Play Rose, and 1-2 for Rainbow Snow. It all depends on how powerful you want the color and if you’re layering it over another polish. You can see the Play Rose below on the ring finger. The main color is just a random pink from the nail salon.
I love how it looks when paired with the Super Glossy Taco. As I mentioned before, there’s a lot of holo packed into these polishes, so it’s really important to use a top coat. It feels a little rough if you don’t use any and it could get your nails snagged on stuff. Plus it really brings the holo! And that’s the entire point of this polish!
The One Coat Black is just what it claims to be. I still throw a second coat on though because of my nails. The years of biting them has caused some imperfections and I feel like the black really brings them out. I’m not sure if it’s just the darkness of the color, but it’s something I notice. If you’re looking for the perfect black though, this is it!
I’m still trying to get the hang of the peely base coat. It’s great to pair with the holo polishes since removing the polish can be a pain in the ass due to the glitter. I think the last time I used it, I didn’t let it dry long enough. If you’re someone who picks at your polish, this might not be a great thing to use. I can be a picker and knowing it was soooooo easy to peel, I peeled them off within a day or two. If you’re someone who does nail art, it’s probably a great option! If you’re someone like me who maybe doesn’t change polish that much, you could probably just stick to a normal base coat, and she offers those as well.
I can’t wait to see what other colors she releases. I hope there’s a purple in the works! Cristine has been been posting some black and white teasers on Instagram and hope she let’s us in on the secret soon. Anyone else grab something from Holo Taco? What did you think?