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The Holo Hookup Nail Polish Subscription “Nostalgic Board Games” Review – July 2018

Jessica Hapak
ByJessica HapakJul 10, 2018 | 6 comments

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The Holo Hookup
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4 Ratings | 1 Reviews

The Holo Hookup is a monthly, pre-order-only, limited edition holographic nail polish subscription box. The subscription was founded by the ladies behind the beauty brands Glisten & Glow, DIFFERENT Dimension, and Cupcake Polish. Each month subscribers will receive 4 full-size nail polishes: one polish from each of the founding brands + a featured guest brand.

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The Holo Hookup July 2018 review

About The Holo Hookup

The Subscription Box: The Holo Hookup

The Cost: $40 a month + shipping

The Products: 4 full-sized holographic nail polishes (one polish from each of the founding brands + a featured guest brand)

Ships to: Worldwide ($4 shipping to the U.S.)

Good to know: The July box is now sold out, but click here to be notified when the July box goes up for sale.

The Holo Hookup July 2018 "Nostalgic Board Games" Review

Just a heads up, this subscription does not come with an info sheet. All of the value estimates are from what a different holographic polish from the brand would cost. Also, holographic polishes are notoriously difficult to photograph. I did my best, but I promise you that all of the polishes look even better in person. I have been playing around with backgrounds to try and make the colors pop, so let me know what you prefer below!

Cupcake Polish in Free Parking, 15 mL

Cupcake Polish in Free Parking, 15 mL – Estimated Value $13 (this is an exclusive shade made just for The Holo Hookup, but check out other holographic polishes from Cupcake Polish here)

I never knew I needed a nail polish inspired by my beloved Monopoly game—until now! This green definitely reminds me of money, and it is a linear holo with great coverage. The formula was spectacular as well—2 coats for full coverage with no snagging!

Different Dimension in This is How We Roll, 15 mL

Different Dimension in This is How We Roll, 15 mL – Estimated Value $11 (this is an exclusive shade made just for The Holo Hookup, but check out other holographic polishes from Different Dimension here)

This is technically a red holo, but I am torn between calling it red or orange. Predominantly there is a copper holo that is absolutely perfect—but I am not sure which board game this nail polish was inspired by. Any ideas? This had another great formula with two easy coats for full coverage and the polish itself had a great consistently.

Glisten & Glow in It’s a Hit, 15 mL 

Glisten & Glow in It’s a Hit, 15 mL – Estimated Value $12 (this is an exclusive shade made just for The Holo Hookup. Check out the other polishes offered by Glisten & Glow here)

This was the shade I was most looking forward to, and it did not disappoint! It is a dark charcoal grey with a beautiful rainbow holo when the sunlight hits it. There are also some chrome chameleon flakes thrown in that lean copper, too. The rainbow holo in this polish really is what I have been craving ever since starting my Holo Hookup subscription, so I hope we get more like these in future boxes! This had a bit of a sheer base that would do best with a black base coat of polish compared to building up multiple coats (though that would work just fine too).

Polish ‘M in #SorryNotSorry, 15 mL

Polish ‘M in #SorryNotSorry, 15 mL – Estimated Value $10 (this is an exclusive shade made just for The Holo Hookup. Check out the other polishes offered by Polish ‘M here)

I am absolutely living for this title — this is exactly how I feel when I own a few houses on Park Place and another person lands on my property. This was a sheer blue jelly holo that built up to consistency beautifully, and I love the combination of the iridescent micro glitter and purple shimmer.

Here is the nail art I did. I really wanted to pair It’s a Hit with some bright and fun colors, so I marbled some of my pastels and used the holo on my accent nails. I am digging the contrast in colors and swooning over the rainbow holo!

Verdict: I loved this months collection from The Holo Hookup — it inspired me to host a girls night/game night this weekend so I can kick some butt in Monopoly. Also, this subscription is the only way you can currently get four different polishes from the four featured brands. If you are used to only the polishes from Ulta or Sallys, you may think the $44 cost of the box is high. I disagree. I only had to pay for one shipping cost instead of four, and I got four exclusive nail polish shades. Another thing to note is that holographic polishes are pretty uncommon in the mainstream polish world, and some brands will even charge more for their holographic polishes (I am looking at you, OPI DS collection). In terms of how long the color will last, I top all of my nails with Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat, and I have never had an issue with my holo polishes chipping. Overall, I loved the nostalgia this month had to offer (and that grey polish with rainbow holo!!!!), and I am excited for August!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, this box is now sold out. Check back here for when the July box goes on sale.

Value Breakdown: I got four polishes for $44, which means each polish cost $11. Considering the estimated value for three of the four polishes is higher than that, and if I were to purchase a polish from each brand individually I would have four shipping costs, I really think this is a good deal for what you get!

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The Holo Hookup is a monthly pre-order all holographic, exclusive (limited edition) box. The 3 main contributors are Cupcake Polish, DIFFERENT dimension and Glisten & Glow. Each month there will be a special guest maker as the 4th polish. Each month will also have a theme.
Jessica Hapak
Jessica Hapak
I am a staunch believer that pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza and when I’m not working as a family law attorney I enjoy hiking the Louisiana trails (alligator sightings are a favorite!) or relaxing with Duchess, my cat. I’m a sucker for anything labeled a mystery box and I’ve never met a bath bomb I didn’t like.

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6 comments

Mallory

The red might be checkers and it could even be the rainbow charcoal one too… which by the way I absolutely love!!!

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Mallory

I know the polish is expensive but gosh I love holo!

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Kris

I completely agree that the grey polish with rainbow holo is everything!! Any tips on how you got your marbling to look so beautiful??

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Jessica Hapak

Hi Kris!
I dropped thick drops of the different polished on my nail, then smushed it with a cut out piece of a ziplock bag! Having liquid latex around my cuticles is a big help for messy nail art like this.

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Jessica

$44 is a good value for $46 worth of nail polish, when you don’t even get to pick the colors? Cupcake Polish at least has free shipping at $50.

I love Julep’s $20 for 10 mystery nail polish boxes.But $11 is just too much to pay fora nail polish that you don’t get to pick the color of.

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Brandi

My guess is the red one is inspired by Yahtzee.

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