Pretty Serious Darkling Squishy from the Well Meaning But Ultimately Quite Awkward Pet Names Collection is what I wanted NARS Zulu to be. (You may remember that review that I did in 2010 when NARS re-released their cult classic dark green nail polish.)
Green is my favourite colour, not just when it comes to nail polish. (Heck, I even painted an accent wall in my home a lima-bean green because that’s how much I love it!)
Like the anti-hero in a story who saves the day, Pretty Serious Darkling Squishy is a winner in my book without trying too hard.
It’s deep and just shy of verging on looking like a near black in some lighting. Most times, however, it appears like a midnight green on me.
Hmm…it was only when I uploaded my photos to my computer and viewed them that I realized I didn’t quite get all the red nail polish off my cuticles before painting my nails green! (In person, it wasn’t nearly as noticeable as when my nails are blown up to larger-than-life proportions.) Nevertheless, I enjoyed this manicure, and this is the type of green that makes me (and my nails) very happy! 😉
Pretty Serious Darkling Squishy Pictures
Pretty Serious Darkling Squishy Swatches
All swatches have:
- OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener – Maintenance version (Used as a base coat)
- 2 coats of Pretty Serious Darkling Squishy
- Pretty Serious Aqua Coat Top Coat (Provided by Pretty Serious Cosmetics.)
Artificial Light Photos
Natural Light Photos
- Bottle green creme (Yes)
- Squishy jelly finish (Yes)
- Name: Pretty Serious Darkling Squishy
- Collection: Pretty Serious Well Meaning But Ultimately Quite Awkward Pet Names Collection
- Colours Available in the Collection: Darkling Squishy, Baron von Bootiful, Cuddle Bunny, Gloomy Kitty, Honey Puff, Pookie, Pumpkin Head, Snugglebutt, Stud Muffin & Sugar Cakes
- Amount: 11 mL (0.37 fl. oz.)
- Retail Price: $9.95 AUD
- Disclosure: This was provided as a press sample by Pretty Serious Cosmetics.
- Where to Buy: Pretty Serious Cosmetics website, Harlow & Co. & select stockists
Pretty Serious Darkling Squishy Review
Darkling Squishy by Pretty Serious is what I imagine seaweed looks like if you peer into the waters under a full moon.
Full of mystery with great depth, this brooding green is full of attitude. It’s definitely not cheerful – it’s the kind that would listen to my favourite all-time artist, Lana Del Rey! 😉
With a melancholic personality, it still brings happiness to my nails because of the edge it brings. Plus it complements so much of my wardrobe (which surprisingly isn’t green). I find it so easy to wear because it goes with almost anything. Definitely it falls in my comfort zone, especially in the fall and winter seasons.
Even without a glossy top coat, Darkling Squishy by Pretty Serious has a crelly (i.e. creme-jelly hybrid) finish that looks shiny and attractive. It’s incredibly gorgeous, and you can see your reflection in it!
Application & Formula
Wow, this polish covered so well with one coat. The only reason I used two coats was out of pure habit!
It coats the nail easily. You don’t have to work hard to get even coverage. The formula is smooth and highly pigmented. Also, you can go over the same area a few times without any clumping issues.
Ingredients & Animal-Friendliness
Those who are making conscious shopping decisions will be happy to know that all Pretty Serious Cosmetics nail polishes are free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, and Formaldehyde Resin. Additionally, they are all vegan and cruelty-free.
Final Verdict: 9/10
It could be that I’m a green fiend and am totally biased, but I am in lust with Pretty Serious Darkling Squishy! It’s one of those polishes that I can wear when I want a manicure that’s dramatic and dark.
What’s your go-to vampy polish? Are you a green fiend, or is there another colour you prefer? Who is your favourite indie nail-polish brand?