Black-Owned Beauty Brand You Need to Know: Ginger+Liz
Ginger & Liz
This article originally appeared on xoVain.
Last month marked the start of a new xoVain series that highlights black-owned beauty brands. This month, I’m excited to continue the series by sharing with you my thoughts on indie nail polish brand, Ginger+Liz.
Ginger+Liz is a vegan-friendly, nontoxic, 5-free nail polish brand created by Ginger Johnson and Liz Pickett as a solution to their growing frustration with the lack of polish options available that didn’t contain the harsh chemicals that both women had bad reactions to.
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I’m personally not that particular about what is in my nail polish (maybe I should be) but I am always glad to find brands that are vegan/cruelty-free because I know that this is very important to a lot of people, especially in the xoVain community.
Another cool thing about the brand is that they have a lot of color options (I counted 48) that suit a variety of tastes, from neutral-lovers to bold babes. Ginger+Liz were kind enough to send me six of their polishes (four different finishes and two topcoat options) to try and share with you.
I was sent both a matte top coat, Dry Ice Effect Top Coat, and a regular top coat, Fast Drying Top Coat, and I thought both performed really well. My past experiences with matte top coats have not been great (usually I get chips the same day) but I’m pleased to report I got a solid four days of wear out of this one! As far as the regular top coat goes, I made it about six days before the edges of my nails started showing a little bit of wear, and about seven days total before I got a noticeable chip.
I generally tend to gravitate towards super-bright colors or darker hues when it comes to nail polish so I was especially happy to try out the shades Unbothered (bright cool-toned purple) and Blowin’ Money Fast (metallic emerald green).
Unbothered has a really creamy formula, so it applied very smoothly. I usually do really thin layers of polish on top of each other, but with this particular formula, I found that using a little bit more than I usually would made the application even smoother and provided full opacity without having to layer.
Blowin’ Money Fast was easier to layer as the formula was a bit thinner. And the color is absolutely gorgeous! I am definitely going to be wearing this one a lot. Don’t forget the base coat, though — I did once and it stained my nails a little bit!
I initially thought Queen Bee was a glittery top coat, but it’s actually a really lovely muted gold/champagne shade with a sand-textured finish thanks to the addition of both fine and slightly larger glitter flecks. I used this shade as an accent nail alongside Unbothered, and I loved the combination of the two colors.
The last polish I tried was Icing on the Cake which is a holographic silver glitter.
This has a combination of super-small glitter flecks and slightly larger glitter circles. It took me about two goes to get a fairly even spread of glitter, but that’s pretty standard for me as far as mixed glitters go.
As far as pricing goes, Ginger+Liz is more expensive than drugstore polishes, but not in the realm of higher-end brands like Deborah Lippmann. I think for the quality and variety of the polishes, $12 is not bad at all.
- Have any of you tried Ginger+Liz?
- Are you particular about your nail polishes?