Creative musings in bright colors

Petrified with Hel

*Polish provided for review

The lovely Samantha (the brains behind Gothic Gala Lacquers) recently sent me a few polishes for review, including this beauty, Hel. Hel hails from the Valhalla collection! I decided to spice up the manicure with some petrified plants, as befitted a goddess of death.


Hel is a glitter polish that I actually adore. I am usually hesitant to try glitter polishes…they are hard to remove, the glitters like to clump, and the polish tends to require many coats. This polish was opaque in two thin coats, dried quickly, and had beautiful glitter spread! It isn’t as glittery as many that I’ve seen, but I love the subtle autumn colors. To be fair, I used it as is, rather than trying to store it upside-down for any period of time. There are small red circles, black squares, and larger red hexes in a peach base with shimmer. Love.



I added three coats of Emotions by OPI on my accent nail…and I have to say that despite being from a mainstream polish company, it took 3 coats and much longer to dry! That being said, it’s really cool looking!


I added the petrified plant design using black polish. Despite the glitter load, Hel only needed one coat of top coat to be smooth.




  • Nude glitter: Gothic Gala – Hel
  • Black textured: OPI – Emotions
  • Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black


Even the packaging was beautiful! Purple shreds, glitters, and a lollipop! Samantha makes tasties for your mouth as well as your nails 😀


Hel and other Gothic Gala polishes can be found on Etsy for $8.50. Follow Gothic Gala on facebook for sales!

Comments on: "Petrified with Hel" (15)

  1. Beautiful Mani! Love it! I didn’t know this indie brand, gotta look it now! 🙂

  2. Awesome nails! I will check out that brand. The bottle looks huge too!

  3. Samantha Rigge said:

    Thank you so much! ❤

  4. Love that it is not a traditional glitter and color combination

  5. This looks like a gorgeous fall polish — I love the nude/peachy base! The lollipop looks delicious (:

    • The polish is awesome. Honestly, haven’t tried the lollipop yet! I’ve been too busy consuming peppermint bark whenever I want a sweet snack 😀

  6. Hel is really pretty with all that glitters… it’s so strange when I like a nude nail polish!
    I find really interesting the stamp over it, it gives an extra dimension to the mani.
    I approve it 😉

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