FedoraHarp Chocolate Gold Rush Swatches & Review (Layered Over Zoya Giada)

Fedoraharp Chocolate Gold Rush Swatches & Review

While wearing a gorgeous purple, I felt like dressing it up with some bling. (Sometimes you need sparkly tips to bring out your inner diva.)

FedoraHarp Chocolate Gold Rush is an indie nail polish that’s full of glitter, giving nails the Midas Touch!

Here, I used one coat over Zoya Giada, and you can see how FedoraHarp Chocolate Gold Rush is densely packed enough to satisfy your desire for sparkle, but it’s also not full coverage, so the base colour can say, “Peek-a-boo!”

FedoraHarp nail lacquer is hand-mixed by the talented Leah, who also is a Swatch And Learn reader! (Be sure to check out her Etsy store – she ships worldwide from Israel. Also, you can place requests for custom creations, which I think is awesome because you could get polish to commemorate an important occasion or give it to a special nailphile.)

P.S. To celebrate an exciting milestone of 200 Likes on FedoraHarp’s Facebook page, Leah is having an awesome giveaway for nail polish and jewelry. (It ends November 24th, 2015.) Check it out, and shower her with support!

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Fedoraharp Chocolate Gold Rush Review

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Fedoraharp Lacquer Chocolate Gold Rush

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FedoraHarp Chocolate Gold Rush Swatches

All swatches have:

    • OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener (Used as a base coat)
    • 2 coats of Zoya Giada (Provided by Zoya)
    • 1 coat of FedoraHarp Chocolate Gold Rush
    • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

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Fedoraharp Chocolate Gold Rush Swatches & Review

Fedoraharp Chocolate Gold Rush Swatches

Fedoraharp Chocolate Gold Rush Swatch & Review

Fedoraharp Lacquer Chocolate Gold Rush Swatch

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Fedoraharp Chocolate Gold Rush Review Swatch

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Fedoraharp Lacquer Review Chocolate Gold Rush Swatches

Fedoraharp Lacquer Swatch Chocolate Gold Rush


  • Gold & brown glitter topper (Yes)

Key Notes

  • Name: FedoraHarp Chocolate Gold Rush
  • Collection: FedoraHarp Hanukkah Collection 2014
  • Colours Available in the Collection: 
  • Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
  • Retail Price: Approximately $13.71 CAD (Fluctuates depending on the currency rate.)
  • Disclosure: This was provided as a press sample by FedoraHarp.
  • Where to Buy: FedoraHarp’s Etsy store

FedoraHarp Chocolate Gold Rush Review


Chocolate Gold Rush by FedoraHarp is the nail translation of a delicious chocolate coin. It has the golden bling from the foil wrapper and a rich, sweet warm brown.

Most of the nail polishes in my collection are from mainstream brands, but from my small-but-growing indies, this one stands out.

There are large, round, gold glitters punctuated with a few hexagonal warm-brown glitters swimming in small golden glitter. It’s all the decadence you could want from jewelry, without the dent in your wallet.

Since the base is clear, you have the complete freedom to layer it over virtually any shade – so versatile!

It would look incredible over a jet black or a harvest brown, but I chose to layer one coat over a regal purple (Zoya Giada). The pair reminds me of a magician’s cloak.


While there’s lots of glitter in Chocolate Gold Rush by FedoraHarp, the finish (even without the top coat) didn’t feel sharp or gritty. Also, my usual top coat left a glossy finish that made it as smooth as glass.

Since this contains large glitter, it can be more challenging to remove than a creme polish and take longer to get off, so keep that in mind. Don’t do the crime, if you can’t do the time. 😉

These days, I rarely wear glitter nail polish solo. I love the layered look, and the bonus is that one layer of glitter is much easier to remove than when you have several coats of thick glitter.

Application & Formula

I expected Chocolate Gold Rush by FedoraHarp to be gooey and thick, given the typical nature of glitter nail polishes. However, it was smooth and very easy to apply – very impressive! (I’ve had this polish for quite some time. It was from the FedoraHarp Hanukkah 2014 Collection, yet it didn’t thicken up yet!)

Since the formula made application a breeze, I didn’t need to do the ‘dabbing technique’ like you have to do with most chunky glitters. I was able to paint like normal, and the occasional time when I needed to redistribute some of the larger pieces of glitter, it was a cinch.

Ingredients & Cruelty-Free

Those who are making conscious shopping decisions, you’ll be happy to know that all FedoraHarp nail polishes don’t contain DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, or Camphor.

Also, FedoraHarp nail polishes are cruelty-free. They aren’t tested on animals.


  • Gold & brown glitter
  • Base is clear, making it versatile for layering over virtually any shade
  • Smooth formula that’s easy to apply
  • No DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, or Camphor
  • Cruelty-free (No animal testing)


  • Glitter can be more challenging to remove than a creme polish
  • Currently, FedoraHarp nail polishes are only available online

Final Verdict: 9/10

Leah did such a great job creating FedoraHarp Chocolate Gold Rush, and I thoroughly enjoyed how it added just the right amount of sparkle to my existing manicure.

The inclusion of a few brown glitters mixed with the gold was a thoughtful decision, and it made the overall appearance visually interesting and not just ‘another gold glitter.’

Do you wear more gold or silver nail polish? Have you tried any FedoraHarp nail lacquers? What are some of your tried-and-true indie brands that you’d recommend I try?


10 thoughts on “FedoraHarp Chocolate Gold Rush Swatches & Review (Layered Over Zoya Giada)

  1. George Stamas

    I love how you layered the two polishes over on another, especially the Fedora Harp Gold rush.Is Zoya Giada a dark color as well? I need to chaekc it out, lol. Love your nail polish review as well.


    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey George!

      Zoya Giada is a gorgeous dark purple. Stay tuned – I’ll be reviewing it in-depth on here with lots of swatches very soon! 😉

  2. Fedoraharp

    Thank you so much for this review! And it’s perfectly timely for Hanukkah 😀 I’d never have thought to layer it over purple, it’s a really creative combo, I love your photos!

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey FedoraHarp!

      It’s my pleasure! Thank you for letting me try your artisan nail polishes. They’ve been quite a treat, as they’re very unique in my collection of mostly mainstream polishes. 🙂

  3. Sasha

    This is a really nice combo paired together! I never tried FedoraHarp polishes before. I tend to wear more gold polishes that silver just like I tend to wear more gold jewelry than silver because it looks better against my skin tone.
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    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Sasha!

      I’m like you – golds complement my complexion better than silver. Sometimes silver on me looks “off.” Actually, sometimes gold does, too. I have to look for the right tone of gold that has enough yellow in it. Then, it works. 🙂

  4. Melissa

    Very pretty color. It looks like it would work over any number of base colors and for lot of nail art. Thanks for sharing it with us. It looks great on you as always. 🙂

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Melissa!

      I can see it being striking over a holiday red, as well. Gold with the sprinkling of brown really lends itself to be combined with many different base colours. Love how easy it is to breathe life into an existing manicure!


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