Nine Zero Lacquer has become a well known brand upon it's first release, and the reasoning behind it, is because Jess (the creator/owner) is a nail polish swatcher on YouTube and a badass nail swatcher in general. At least that's how I got introduced to her. (channel and shop linked)
For months she kept mentioning starting her own line, but it seemed she kept talking herself out of it, until she did a collab with Native War Paints, and the rest is history.
I don't own many of her polishes, but the owns I do own, I love. I've been meaning to put in another order, just haven't caved, yet. ;-)
Let's start this off with a little background about you...tell us whatever you'd like.
I'm the worst person at talking about myself. I don't even know where to start with these kinds of questions. I live in Michigan, have a lot of cats, and rarely leave my house.
Prior to your nail polish YouTube videos, you did makeup videos, did you ever think back then, you'd have your own nail polish line?
Noooo. I was terrible at even painting my nails. I'd get polish all the way to my wrist, it was horrible. I had entertained the idea a little when I first got into indie polish (maybe 4 or 5 years ago) but it seemed too overwhelming.
Before having your own nail polish line, you featured a TON of brands on your channel and IG, tell us your top 3 brands.
That's so hard! I think it changes every few months for me. I try to gauge my favorites by which brands I get excited about seeing new polishes from. Right now those are KBShimmer, ILNP, and Zoya.
What's the most difficult part when it comes to creating nail polishes and staying 'unique' or 'exclusive'?
I think 99% of things have been done already by someone. I don't worry too much about whether something is unique enough or not, I just make things that I think are pretty. It gets frustrating when you have this idea in your head and you can't get it into a bottle. The ingredients don't work together or the color isn't turning out right. It never goes as smoothly as you'd like.
What is your favorite part of the indie world?
I love the variety in indie polishes. All these different people making polishes based on their own ideas. Indie brands take much bigger risks than any mainstream brand would. It's awesome to see what different individuals can come up with.
If you could live anywhere in the world, without any debt or worries, where would you live?
Pretty much right where I am now. I grew up in this area of Michigan and I love it here. I wouldn't go more than a few miles from where I am right now.
You're a huge cat lover, do you think you were a cat in another life?
No definitely not. I'm sure I was something more annoying..like a fly.
I've noticed your Star Wars tattoos, are you a big fan? Thoughts on The Force Awakens? Favorite character?
I am a big fan. I actually vowed not to see TFA because I didn't think they should make any more. I caved on opening night though and saw it. I'm not sure how I feel about any of the characters quite yet. I'm very neutral on the whole thing for now.
What are your favorite places to shop that aren't indie?
I actually don't shop a lot. I do love browsing Etsy for anything and everything though.
If a nail polish was to be created to showcase your personality, what would it consist of?
Either a deep, vampy holographic because I love those colors. Or, more realistically, something very boring, like gray.
Lastly, what is your favorite season and why?
I think Spring. I'm in the midwest so the feeling that you get on the first day of 50-60 degree weather after 6 months of cold and snow is unlike anything else.
Unlike other Meet The Maker's, I am actually going to share a video of Jess from her YouTube channel, so that you can put her Q&A, brand and videos all together, to get a better sense of who she is. And obviously follow her if you aren't already. Enjoy and thanks for reading!