Collection: Up North

Up North Collection launching October 7th at 9PM, Central(Minnesota) time, with additional restock on October 22nd at 9AM Central(MN) time on Elevation Polish.

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Apostle Ice Caves– Grey holographic, shifting blue purple micro flake shimmer, teal micro shimmer, 2 coats may have visible nail line, 3 coats for full coverage. 

After a long walk on the clear lake ice, shimmering caves, icicles, and icy chandeliers are truly a sight to behold. at least when the lake ice is strong enough to get you there.

 

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Canadian Shield– Clay Grey Creme, thinner style formula, 3 coats for even full coverage. First coat will look patchy, 2nd coat evens out the color. 

This ancient bedrock is one of the largest and oldest geologic features (2.5 – 4 Billion years) and lies under much of Minnesota. Up North it has been exposed by glaciers and the ice smoothed hills and valleys now make up much of the Boundry Waters.

 

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Mount Katahdin–  Dark Wine Red, Red Micro shimmer which gives this polish a semi-metallic finish. Thinner style formula. 3 coats for full coverage. 

This nearly mile high mountain is the highest point in Maine and is the ultimate goal of those going NoBo on the Appalachian Trail.

 

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North Shore Drives– Copper/Bronze/Red Bronze, micro shimmer, shimmer and flake shimmer topper. Adds a nice coppery twinkle to your favorite polishes. If worn over pastels or white you may notice a slight coppery haze to the base. 

Heading up North in the autumn and driving along Lake Superior is a Minnesota tradition.  The changing colors of the leaves seem even more magnificent on this scenic lake shore route.

 

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Siskiyou Wilderness–  Dark Grape Purple, Blueberry Micro shimmer which gives this polish a hazy blue glow. Thinner style formula. 3 coats for full coverage. 

OK, maybe not truly north but located in Northern California, this area is as wild and remote as California can get.  It is home to dense brush, lilies, lilies, and more lilies, old growth forests, wolverines, and maybe Bigfoot?   Well maybe not but it is home to a portion of the Bigfoot Trail.

 

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LE: Yeti’s Ghostly Adventures– Deep Ghostly Dark/Blackened Teal, Blue shimmer, scattered holographic, Thicker style formula.

Inspiration:

The inspiration for this month’s collection is Up North!  Regardless of season, going up North is one our favorite activities, but in the autumn Up North is Magical!!!  Crisp cool air, frosty coatings lingering on foggy fall mornings, and the changing of the leaves makes for memorable getaways.  There were lots of northern destinations to chose from but we hope you enjoy a few of our favorite Up Norths!

-Team Elevation

Collection: Colorful Colorado

Colorful Colorado Collection launching July 7th at 9PM, Central MN time, with additional restock on July 22nd at 9AM, Central MN time on Elevation Polish.


Alpine Mine: Dark Blood Red creme/jelly with a scattering of violet/pink micro flake shimmer, 2 coats for full coverage, 3 coats will deepen the color


Blackout Street Fox: Slate grey packed full of copper, gold and red shift to gold micro flake shimmer, 2 coats for full coverage


Bridge of Heaven: Deep Dark Chocolate brown low/medium density holographic with a thicker style formula. 2 coats full coverage


Electric Pass: Red based saturated pink, charcoal & gunmetal micro flake shimmer, red micro shimmer, hint of violet shimmer, 2 coats for full coverage


Teardrop Couloir: Saturated turquoise with a blend of aqua, white, silver shimmer, scattering of hidden violet shimmer. 2-3 coats for full coverage.


Willow Pass: Deep Rich Turquoise Creme, 2 coats for full coverage. Looks amazing with white stamping on top.


Limited Edition for the month of June: Yeti Sneaks in the Snow
White Creme/Jelly with white micro flake shimmer, pink, violet, seaglass shimmer. Slow and steady for best results, 3 coats for full coverage. 2 coats for soft VNL. Thicker style formula.

INSPIRATION:
Colorado is the official home away from home for elevation polish. We have spent lots of time exploring, wandering, hiking, skiing, and spending time with family in colorado. The collection is a reflection of the familiar (represented by turquoise), adventures yet to be had (represented by red/pink), Love, Happiness, Zen (represented by Grey/White/Brown)

Blackout Street Fox, the name seemingly doesn’t fit into the collection. However, this polish name comes with a story. I’ll keep it short. Wandering the streets of Breckenridge, Co the power went out in the whole city. As a friend and I continued to wander the city, the streets empty, quiet and dark, a lone fox wandered along the middle of the street. There was something so profound about watching this fox stroll down the middle of the main street there in breckenridge. Almost like he wanted to reclaim or announce that just beyond the tourist trap shop lined streets this area was his.

We hope you enjoy our homage to the amazing state of Colorado. 🙂

-Team Elevation

Collection: Preview Glacier Collection + Yeti Duo

THE GLACIER COLLECTION

Launching on November 7th at 9PM, Central. With an additional restock of the collection on the 22nd of November at 9AM, Central on Elevation Polish

Taylor Glacier
Multi-tone shift metallic. Shifts from Red to Golden to Purple. Medium thickness formula. Photo is darker than in real life.

Nun Kun 
Black holographic with slight red micro shimmer. Thinner style formula.

Unteraargletscher 
Multi-tone shift metallic holographic. Shifts green, silver, grey. Thinner style formula. Photo shows the polish in it’s darkest state.

Engilchek Glacier
Dusty Light purple shimmer. Mirco shimmer in pink & violet. Medium thickness formula. Photo is darker than in real life.

 

Yeti Duo (Yeti Crashes a Cranberry Festival + Yeti Gets Sauced)
The $15.00 duo features a thick style application deep cranberry creme paired with a separate polish topper that is gold flake shimmer, gold shimmer, yellow gold shimmer, gold micro shimmer.

 

NEW DISCONTINUED LIST

Out with the old and in with the new!  In order to make room for new colors and keep things fresh, the following polishes are discontinued:

  • Camels in the Snow
  • Devil’s Cauldron
  • Hidden Falls
  • Icho Namiki
  • L.A.
  • Mount Ventoux
  • Pic du Gar
  • Ridn 2
  • Stay behind catch a wave
  • Table Mountain
  • Tavan Bogd
  • These boots were…
  • Thracian
  • Walk a little farther

LOOKING FOR NEW BLOGGERS & INSTAGRAMMERS

If you are interested in blogging for us please contact us through our website with a sample of your work or your instagram username.

-Elevation Polish

NEWS: In with the new out with the old

It’s that time again. We here at elevation polish love to keep our store fresh, exciting and always rotating. Which means making room in our catalog for new colors.

We’ve got so many new colors planned for the future but our shelves are full. The following polishes will be discontinued. They will be stocked in August, then one final small batch of each will be released in September then after that they will no longer be stocked. Normally, I like giving way more notice this but I fell behind in making this announcement. Yikes!

Alpine Heights (carlit)
Bohai Sea
Ceram Sea
Cuernos del paine
Darkness of the arctic
Darkest Safari
Evening walk amongst the cherry blossoms
Grand Teton Sunsets
Haba Xueshan
Kilimanjaro
The Kek
Kaihalulu
Kosciuszko
Lost in the darkness
Melbourne
Mount Feathertop
Nararsuk
Pata Puffer
Pic de Subenuix
Queen of the night
Plumeria
St Anthony Falls
Table Mountain
The Med 2
Theo Wirth Parkway
These boots were…
Vinson
Wagagai
Wai’anapanapa

September will be the last time Yeti’s healing vibes will be restocked. Final donation will be made on September 30th. The donation will include donations from July and August. Lets make this last donation a doozy!!!! 🙂

Muztagh Ata while a huge long time favorite will be discontinued right away. There was a batch variance with one of our supplies and it doesn’t look the same as before. We are going to take some time to reformulate and reincarnate so something similar will be in a future line up.

Khongoryn Els will be backordered until our shimmers arrive. They gave me an estimate of 45 days but hopefully sooner. When we run out of stock, we will hide the listing until the next batch is ready. Usually we do hide the listings on any polish we have to wait for ingredients for, normally longer than 30 days.

& Finally News about Angels are the Yetis of the clouds
I know you’ve all been stalking the site waiting for the batch of Angel yeti to be released as per our last post about it. We did receive a large number of emails which expressed some valid concerns about how the polish will be released. Some of those emails included suggestions which we have been taking into account. We decided it would be the best course of action to release them while we release SBPs, They won’t be included in the SBP cap. We will have more details on this when we announce the SBPs sale for September.

As September approaches, a month with no new collections. It’s the month I use to edit and do some final creation for all the winter collections and into spring (as well as organizing business receipts for taxes, omgoodness yuck). What colors are you most excited to see this winter? Any finish types you’d like to see me testing or adding to collections? I’ve got some amazing stuff up my sleeve but I always appreciate hearing your feedback.

Cheers to amazing polishes,
Lulu

Changes to restocks, news about SBPs, etc.

Hello Everyone

We have decided to make some changes to how we restock SBPs. While I know this may be an unpopular change at first. I think overall once we’ve done it a couple of times it will feel a little more fair.

There are a couple of reasons we decided to change things up.

  • We want to put the focus back on the core line of polishes. It takes me months and months to come up with concept, test, re-test, edit collections, wear test, pictures, blog posts. A lot of time and love goes into polishes that make the core line up.
  • We want them to be enjoyed by as many people as possible. We think the new set up will allow for that.
  • Our website was having difficulty dealing with the amount of traffic and refreshing. By grouping them all together with the larger availability we should have less errors with the site. We did test this concept late at night. There were a few of you that caught us, mid test.

So what will the changes be?

We will no longer offer SBPs monthly.

Instead will be will offering them seasonally. Once every 3 months/ 4 times a year. First stock of them will be offered September. The months they are offered, they will be stocked on the 7th and 22nd. On the future colors page will be show which months they are available. We will have 3 months worth of SBPs offered each time they are launched so it will range anywhere from 9-13 SBPs which would be a total of 270-390 polishes. We will set the limit at 2 polishes per seasonal launch per household. We felt like it will be easier to get them in the hands of everyone who wants them.

Samples will be continued to be offered monthly. We will have 18-30 sample polishes each month. There will be a limit of 1 polish per household per month.

What are samples and SBPs and why do I offer them?

Samples are just that samples. They range in quantity of 1-3 polishes. They are the rawest form of concept polishes. They are to test pigments, glitters, shimmers, color combinations and concepts

SBPs are samples that made it to the next level of concept. To see if samples can be scaled to a larger (30 bottle) batch without problems and in some cases SBPs are polishes that I made for myself to enjoy but it was easier to make them on a larger scale. (in most cases they will be called SBSs “small batch samples”)

Why I offer them. It’s pretty simple. It’s win/win for both you the customer and me the maker. It a way to recoup research and development costs on polishes that are perfectly usable but didn’t end up making the cut. Because I can keep my research and development costs low it means I can pass on the savings making the core line more cost efficient and I get the bonus of trying formulas out that might be a little more daring.

How are SBPs and SBSs named? 

Unlike the core line which theme and name come first SBPs are made first and the names comes second. We have a list of memorable ideas, places, objects, songs that we pull from. Here are two examples of how that works.

Iced Mocha: Recently one of the mystery polishes. It was made as a polish for myself. It wasn’t originally holo-ed. I loved that concept and color way. I made one and to get the formula right I kept up scaling it for a smoother application. Once I reached the desired thinness. I bottled a couple for myself. Then I was like. Oh I wonder what it would look like with holo. So I added holo, thinned it some more and ended up with 20 bottles. The result was very much like an iced mocha. So the name came naturally.

Reflections off Namakan & Tithonia: Both were active prototypes for Shinjuku Golden Gai. We had such a hard time deciding which of the 3 concepts to go with. Tithonia named after the  sunflower that reminded us of a trip to south america we took. The formula we thought was a bit on the thick side so we opted to rule that one out.

Reflections of Namakin was the front runner for Shinjuku Golden Gai for a long time. We ultimately decided it was a bit too strange in concept to have a full blown release. It was named after a special lake to my husband. Its one of his favorite lakes to canoe in.

Why beautiful polishes don’t make the cut…

There are a few polishes that we have released as SBPs that keep people wondering why they didn’t make the cut. There are so many factors. I’m going to list a couple of them

  • Formula issues… (whitening issues, thickness, not enough suspension, etc)
  • Shimmers/Ingredients not available anymore. (sometimes I test so far in advance by the time they would make the cut the shimmers/ingredients are no longer available.)
  • It didn’t fit into a collection (I will hold these ones for a while, up to 6 months to make sure I can’t fit them into a collection before they become an SBP)
  • They are frankens (sometimes when I test a new shimmer or concept I will use preexisting polishes to make sure I like the concept before I break it down to be replicated. It’s an easy way to test a concept without being fully committed to hours and hours of labor making a base color. preexisting polishes aren’t easy to come by in large enough quantities for a full scale release.

Which leads me to Angels are the yetis of the clouds…….

I know there has been a lot of chatter about making this a core color. And for the reason above, it has been a true challenge. It is a franken. to make a 20 bottle batch I would have to secure 12 bottles of preexisting nail polish to make it. I have tried to break it down and make it on my own but there is something not right about the formula. Trust me, I’ve tried so many times and failed batch after failed batch, I decided there is nothing like the original franken formula.

That said…. Here is the good news. I’ve made arrangements to secure enough for 1 batch per month. 20 bottles. I will be doing this monthly as long as I’ve got the ingredients. I will not announce when they will be stocked. It could be 2am on the 16th or 4pm on a tuesday, who knows. In order to keep it as fair as possible I won’t be making an announcement when they will be stocked, it’s totally random, no hints, first come first served. The first batch will be released sometime in July.

Phew that is a long post. Please let me know your thoughts on the new changes. While nothing is ever perfect, this proved to be the least taxing on our resources and the most impactful in a good way for you the customer. We are open to other ideas but please also note that we have been working on solutions for a long time. We had several ideas and this one seemed the best.

EDIT: I want to thank you all for support, concerns, and feedback. My email is currently clogged with the overwhelming response this post has caused. It may take me a couple of days to respond to all the emails.

We have looked into a lot of different ways to make things better and a more enjoyable experience. We have thought long and hard about so many different ways to both get SBPs in the hands of people who haven’t gotten them and lessen the burden on our site. Aside from no longer offering any type of special polishes, we are going to try to see if this works. I know change is hard, which is why we didn’t act impulsively in making this decision.

Cheers to great polishes.

❤ Lulu

Yeti’s Healing Vibes part 2


Yeti’s healing vibes part 2

The healing had only just began in Nepal when earthquake number 2 hit. Yeti’s homeland is very much in need of help. We were at Elevation want to help as best we can. We came to the conclusion that Yeti’s healing vibes should be left in the shop as a way for us to help longer term. It will take a long time to fully heal from natures latest fury.

For the month of May we will continue donate $10.00 of each bottle sold to the American Himalayan foundation. From June forward we will continue to offer yeti’s healing vibes with $5.00 of each bottle sold being donated to American Himalayan foundation. We will be making the donations on a monthly basis.

I’ll be making a tab here in my blog so you can track the donations made (screenshot pics) and have links available to find where else to donate money to the healing.

Yeti’s Healing Vibes
Price: $12.00 USD
Description: Jade crelly with a blend of Ultra chrome flakes in 2 colors, gunmetal flake shimmer, White/Silver flake shimmer and aqua micro shimmer. Decorated with a ❤ Nepal sticker on the back.

Restocks May 13th at 9PM, central and again on May 22nd at 9AM, central
Future Availability: June 7th, 9PM, central, June 22nd 9AM, central. It will be restocked during our normal restocks

Again if you are in a position to help monetarily, Please send your donations to American Himalayan FoundationAmerican Himalayan Foundation or any of the sites listed on this page InterAction:
Every little bit helps.

❤ Lulu