The Holo Hookup Nail Polish “Ch-Ch-Changes” Review – September 2018


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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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Holo Hookup September 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 August box is now sold out, but click here to be notified when the September box goes up for sale.

The Holo Hookup September 2018 “Ch-Ch-Changes” 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.

Cupcake Polish in A-maze-ing, 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)

First up this month we have A-maze-ing, a blue linear holo with green to gold duochrome shift. Depending on the lighting this color also looked gray! I love duochromes for the stunning colorshifts, and the fact that they are combined with holographic glitter means this entire box is going to be a real treat.

Here is what the polish looked like indoors.

And here is direct sunlight. The green really came out to play when the sun hit! The formula was too easy coats with no pulling.

Different Dimension in Sick of Your Crop, 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)

Oh man. Oh man oh man oh man. This polish right here may be the polish to end all polishes. I am STUNNED with how absolutely beautiful this copper/violet/pink multi-chrome is, and the rainbow holo plus the additional scattered silver holo makes it such a knockout.

Here it is in indoor lighting. I love that it is unique here, but I didn’t expect the sparkle-fest that occurred when I stepped out into the light.

Here it is in direct sunlight. Look at that beauty! The full rainbow spectrum of holo comes out to play when the sun hits, and I literally cannot stop staring. This polish definitely needs two coats, as the first coat is a bit patchy until the second coat smooths everything out. I have been wearing this for two days on my left hand with no topcoat, but this has been chip-free and shiny the entire time.

Glisten & Glow in Everyday I’m Rustlin’, 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)

I’ll be honest, until I stepped out into the sun with the Different Dimension polish I totally thought this one would be my favorite of the month. It is a blue/purple multi-chrome both linear holo and scattered silver micro-glitter. This looks just like the night sky!

Here is what it looks like indoors.

And here is direct sunlight. Like Sick of Your Crop, I have been wearing this for two days with no top coat on my right hand, and it has stayed chip-free and shiny.

Spell Polish in Apple Thieves, 15 ml – Estimated Value $17 (this is an exclusive shade made just for The Holo Hookup. Check out the other polishes offered by Spell Polish here)

Spell Polish is a new brand to me, and my first impression was a good one. Apple Thieves is a red/orange/gold multi-chrome with galaxy holo micro glitter. This is such a great fall shade, and I am really picking up the autumn vibes this polish is throwing down.

Here is the polish indoors.

And here is direct sunlight. This was a bit patchy after one coat, but the second smoothed things out perfectly. I love tall bottles like this because it means the nail polish brush is going to be longer than normal, and I always found that gives me more control.

The Verdict: W.O.W. When I knew this box would be both duochrome and holo themed I knew it would be something special, but this is truly spectacular. This is, hands down, the best box I have received from The Holo Hookup, and Sick of Your Crop is one of the best polishes of all time that I have ever used. I know this box gets a lot of flak for being on the pricier end, but I guarantee you that you can walk into Ulta, Sallys, and whatever other beauty supply store you like and you will not come out with one close to Sick of Your Crop in terms of both holo and duochrome. Polishes of this degree are usually ordered from online specialty retailers or the brands themselves, but the price is also higher due to the ingredients that go into making a great duochrome. You may not think the $44 cost for these four polishes is worth it, but I think the $11 price per bottle is a steal for both the quality and the truly unique polishes received this month.

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 October box goes on sale.

Value Breakdown: This box costs $40 + $4 shipping, which means that each of the 4 nail polishes in the box has an average cost of $11.

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Written by Jessica Hapak

Jessica Hapak

I am a staunch believer that pineapple doesn’t go on pizza and when I’m not studying for law school I’m relaxing at home with my cat. I’m a sucker for anything labeled a mystery box and I’ve never met a bath bomb I didn’t like!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. If you buy something, MSA may earn an affiliate commission. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women, The Holo Hookup Reviews| Tags: The Holo Hookup | 8 comments

8 Comments

  1. I really wish they had a gel box as well as a normal polish box.

  2. Thavk you for reviewing. Gorgeous colors!

  3. I agree Liz they are each worth the price, it’s spending that much at one time for me is why I don’t get it at this point. I am so loving the shades and maybe next year I can get the sub. They seem to have the best color’s out there.

  4. This makes me wish I had more than stubs for nails 😢

  5. One of my favorite things about this box is that you can see the colors before ordering — I order maybe 1 out of every 3 or 4. This was definitely one for me!

  6. I NEED NEED NEED “Sick Of Your Crop” by Different Dimensions!!! Someone put this up for swap! 😱😍

  7. Very nice! Kinda bummed I didn’t get this one. I got the mermaid one but these colors are all beautiful. I love your reviews!

  8. I just received this yesterday. After reading your review, I can’t wait to try these! All the colors look gorgeous.

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