One of the most seasoned indie polish makers, Victoria (better known as Dolly) of Dollish Polish has been making her own lacquers for seven years, with some of her past polishes now long retired, and is still going strong! Read on to hear her story.
Nail It!: How long have you been making your own polish?
Dolly: I’ve been making my own polishes going on 7 years now. I’m considered one of the “old dogs” in the yard. Some have even dubbed me as one of the original pioneers of the Indies Scene and I am very honored by that. It’s very humbling to know that I have helped launch this amazing new world of indie lacquers.
How did you begin creating your own polishes?
Creating is my ultimate passion. I’m just not happy unless I’m creating and bringing something new into the world. When store-bought polishes could no longer hold my appeal for my massive lacquer obsession, it just seemed like a no-brainer to combine my two loves and so I started to play around with pigments and glitters to create the polishes that I personally wanted to wear.
What makes your line of lacquers unique?
For me, it’s never been about randomly creating colors, but rather attempting to convert a theme or inspiration into polish form. I try to encapsulate the essence of that theme into each individual shade. I love hearing customers say to me that it’s how they would’ve envisioned a color to be, when referencing a specific movie, or favorite song etc. Combine that with the fact that my line is very eclectic; it has a wide range of finishes, from glitterbombs, to crellies, to holos, and it makes for a very unique line of lacquers!
Is there a story behind your brand’s name?
Yes! My screen name on most social media sites has always been Dollface/Dolly, a nickname that I’ve had for many for years. When I decided to open up my own shop, it was an extension of my Dollface YouTube channel, and so I knew I wanted to keep the name in there somehow. I actually held a contest for name suggestions and Dollish Polish was the one I immediately fell in love with. Dollish Polish was born! And the winner won some polish goodies!
What’s the inspiration behind your lacquer colors?
All of my lacquers are inspired by and named after some of my all time favorite movies, books, music, TV shows, video games, and more.
What is your best seller right now?
Since its release a little over 2 years ago, Expecto Patronum has always been my best seller, and still to this day I struggle to keep it continuously stocked! Aside from being a delicious white crelly that so many love, I think it truly embodies the magical spell it was named after. I’d like to think that Hermione herself would be proud to wear it.
What is your favorite polish you’ve ever created?
I am a certified holo junkie. And even though I’ve created many lacquers that I love and hold a special place in my heart, none can hold a candle to Toxic Avenger. It’s one of the first shades, not that I created, but one of the first that I ever sold. A multi-chromatic holo….does it really can any better than that? Sadly, it’s become very difficult to continue making the shade, due to issues with obtaining certain pigments for it, but still, it will always be my favorite and I know those who are fortunate enough to own this shade cherish it as much as I do.
Other than your own, what’s your favorite brand of polish to use?
I love and have so many brands, but my go-to brand is almost always China Glaze.
Do any of your polishes have a totally different look layered over a colored base?
Glitterbombs. Glitter toppers, which is probably why I create them more than any other type of polish. The fantastic thing about a great glitter topper is the endless combinations, and you can create a completely unique look each time simply by changing your base color.
Any spoilers you’d like to share about your future collections?
Yes! Right now I am currently working on my upcoming Valentine’s collection, I’ll also be releasing more Limited Edition shades, as well as some exclusive shades for some of my distributing stocklists! So stay tuned, there’s lots to come!
See the Dollish Polish shop: Dollishpolish.com
[All swatches are courtesy of Mishka, the amazing blogger/owner of Acciolacquer.com; other images: Victoria Manzo]