Monday, July 28, 2014

Joss Alternate Dimension is a cheerful orange

This is a good one to star the week.  I love bright holographics like these for the summer.  Excelent formula, perfect 2-coater, and with a good holographic and color payoff.  Nothing to complain about with this nail polish :)

Layering order:
2 coats Joss Alternate Dimension
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

Friday, July 25, 2014

Dior Sparkling Blueberry is a dark blurple crelly with silver glitter

I pretty much buy anything with the Sparkly reference in it, and I usually can't go wrong.  I feel like this name is now a part of me.  This is an oldie, so the formula was not too great.  You can see how I struggled at the base of the nail to get that perfect round shape.  The glitter is not bumpy, but it is thirsty, I used 3 coats of Seche Vite.  Luckily, this is probably not 3 Free so there was no shrinkage.  As an interesting factoid, I recently received the reward from the Dior Diva Program (got 3 awesome minis at 500 points), and it had an insert that read "Dior Nail Polish was launched in 1962, the first to be created by a Couture house".

Layering Order:
Chanel Protective Basecoat
2 coats Dior Sparkling Blueberry
Seche Vite Topcoat

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Colors by Llarowe Gunfighter is a shimmery dark green

I had a hard time capturing this one in pictures.  there are some nail polishes that are just better in real life.  If you like really dark color-shifters, you might enjoy this one.  I thought it was magical, but it just wasn't me.  I don't normally wear darks and almost never wear green.  The effect and the formula were really nice though.

Layering Order:
OPI Nail Envy
2 coats Colors by Llarowe Gunfighter
Dior Gel Coat

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dance Legend Danger Danger is an Orange Red scattered holographic

I know I've posted a lot of these, but there are a lot of these.  This Wow Prism Collection is huge.  If you haven't yet, I highly recommend that you check it out.  I liked most of them layered, and I like how this one gets a jelly feel when layered over Thermodynamics.  The good think about these 'holo flakies' (as I like to call them) is that they are smooth.  Unlike glitter, they lay flat on the nail and feel really smooth, even without topcoat.  That being said, I love the way they look with OPI DS Topcoat.

Layering Order:
2 coats Literary Lacquers Thermodynamics
1 coat Dance Legend Danger Danger
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Femme Fatale Under-Light by Itself vs. Layered

I like this better layered than by itself, but I swatched both so that you can decide before you buy.  I'm not sure how limited this is, since it was a Color4Nails exclusive.  I don't like to wear sheers that show VNL, especially when my nails are long like this, it just doesn't seem right.  I love this one, but does it have to be so sheer?  It has a lot going on: Holo dust, teal holographic shattered glitter, duochrome purple to gold microglitter, and translucent green iridescent hexagons.  I like how busy it was, but from the swatch I saw, I was expecting flakies.  I think that shattered glitter is a bit pasee.  The color is gorgeous, and the formula was fantastic.  Although I could not capture the color shift with the camera, it is definitely there in real life.

Layering Order:
3 coats Femme Fatale Under-Light
Dior Gel Coat


Layering Order:
1 coat Barielle Bailamos
1 coat Femme Fatale Under-Light
Dior Gel Coat

Monday, July 21, 2014

Darling Diva Polish Sassy Ass Mouth is a pinky red holographic

I cannot call this fuchsia because it's too red.  It reminds me a little bit of CbL Dirty Diana, but without the purple undertones.  This one was a perfect two-coater, very saturated, almost a one-coater.  I think it has a great formula but it would definitely benefit from some topcoat.

Layering Order:
2 coats Darling Diva Polish Sassy Ass Mouth
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

Friday, July 18, 2014

Ninja Polish Flibbert-Gibbet is a duochromey green holographic

This is sad (and old) news, but I'm bummed that Ninja Polish has retired.  I was mentioning on Tuesday how, as I see it, the indie frenzy has been leveling off a bit, and it is because of strong competition from the mainstream brands.  This would be the perfect example, the closing of Ninja Polish website.  Others I liked have closed too, like Candeo Colors and Happy Hands.  Ninja had some really good duochromes and holographics, and combos like this one.  The few that I tried from their brand had great formula and holographic payoff.  Fortunately, there are still many other indies out there that (I'm hoping) will fill the void.

Layering Order:
Chanel Protective Basecoat
2 coats Ninja Polish Flibbert-Gibbet
OPI DS Topcoat