Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Picture Polish London

Like Kitty, London was released in December 2017 by Australian boutique polish maker Picture Polish as a Collaboration shade. It was designed by Marine of the French blog Marine Loves Polish, inspired by her favorite place in her favorite city, London's Sky Garden and its 360° panoramic views of the city and its glass buildings. See her post about her polish here.

Marine describes this as "a bluish gray or grayish blue depending on the light, infused with scatter holo and opaque in two coats." The color is a light, translucent variation of blue-grey similar to cool grey, but lighter, milkier and more delicate. It seems to have a greater variety of holographic flakes and particles than other PP scattered holos, and more of them. They read as lemony gold within the base, and create an exquisite, dimensional prismatic flush of pale gold, lemon and peachy pink in ambient light. This flush broadens and intensifies in direct light, where the look is blanketed with scattered holographic sparkle in pasteled rainbow colors.

Application was wonderful. The consistency of London is fluid, light and smooth with a medium viscosity and a fluent, silky, self-leveling slip over the nail, an excellent, user-friendly formula that goes on naturally in thin coats. Pigmentation is very good, opaque in two coats just as Marine says. Cleanup is easy. London dries naturally in very good time to a smooth, shiny finish.

Photos show two coats of London over treatment and basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite.


Picture Polish London


Picture Polish London


Picture Polish London


Picture Polish London


Picture Polish London


Picture Polish London


Picture Polish London


Picture Polish London

I'm completely smitten with this understated, atmospheric pale grey and its delicate lemony sparkle. The color is beautifully balanced and really does seem to change with the kind of light in which it's viewed, sometimes appearing more reminiscent of a landscape enveloped in mist or fog and sometimes, especially in direct light, morphing ever so subtly to a muted, greyed-out sky blue or even periwinkle. It has a lovely, crafted simplicity on the nail, supremely graceful and almost dainty, a real pleasure to wear.

love,
Liz

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Colors by Llarowe Ben Affleck is Sheila's Homeboy

Ben Affleck is Sheila's Homeboy was released in February 2016 by Colorado-based indie polish maker Colors by Llarowe (CbL) as part of the Krispy Kreme Dreams collection, a series of six lacquers inspired by the dreams that creator Leah Ann had after eating donuts and bananas before bed. This polish is a bright red linear holo, a resplendent, medium-dark, super-saturated variation of crimson that just luxuriates in its own rich, creamy, provocative brilliance like the very kiss of Eros. The intensity and creaminess of the color are such that it almost swallows its holographic properties, visible in ambient light as a glowing violet flame and a voluptuous dimensionality on the nail, brighter and more luminous at the center of the nail and shading to deep red velvet at the edges. Direct light elicits further intensity on the part of the violet flame and trims it with an arc of bright red sparkle.

Application was fantastic. The consistency of Ben Affleck is Sheila's Homeboy is fluid, dense and silky smooth with a medium-to-slightly thicker viscosity that I added some polish thinner to at the outset. Thinned, it was a bit more fluent but still retained a full-bodied feel, with a deliciously creamy, self-leveling glide over the nail. Just... YUM! Pigmentation is outstanding -- an unequivocal one-coater. I used two like I always do but it didn't change the appearance of the color one bit, so if you have a steadier hand than me you don't even need to think about a second coat. Cleanup provokes some pigment travel as you might expect, with a skosh of trace staining. Ben Affleck is Sheila's Homeboy dries naturally in very good time to a slightly satiny finish that wants a glossy topcoat to maximize the dimensional aspects and intensity of the color.

Photos show two coats of Ben Affleck is Sheila's Homeboy over KBShimmer Love You Strong Time treatment and KBShimmer Fillin' Groovy basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite.


Colors by Llarowe Ben Affleck is Sheila's Homeboy


Colors by Llarowe Ben Affleck is Sheila's Homeboy


Colors by Llarowe Ben Affleck is Sheila's Homeboy


Colors by Llarowe Ben Affleck is Sheila's Homeboy


Colors by Llarowe Ben Affleck is Sheila's Homeboy


Colors by Llarowe Ben Affleck is Sheila's Homeboy


Colors by Llarowe Ben Affleck is Sheila's Homeboy


Colors by Llarowe Ben Affleck is Sheila's Homeboy

Utterly gorgeous. You gotta hand it to Leah Ann, she's, like, the red whisperer of the indie polish world! This beauty is hot on the heels of The Mighty Red Baron for my favorite CbL red ever. It has a sharper, slightly more modern feel than that venerable lacquer, with a lively, more youthful sort of character that's not quite as serious in some way. Hard to describe the difference, but it's there. Kind of like, The Mighty Red Baron will smile at your joke, but Ben Affleck is Sheila's Homeboy will laugh out loud.

Red lovers, dash on over to the CbL shop one last time and pick this puppy up! Leah Ann is closing the shop permanently at the end of the month. She will still be making polishes and the brand will carry on, but beginning March 1st all retail sales in the US will be handled by Color4Nails. CbL's international availability will not change (international stockist list here). If you have any languishing gift cards or rewards points, now's the time!

xo,
Liz

Monday, February 19, 2018

Emily de Molly Coming Around Again

Coming Around Again was released in November 2017 by Australian indie polish maker Emily de Molly as one of nine polishes for that month, all linear holos. Creator Hayley describes it simply as "a light brown strong holo," and I agree. The color is a soft, desaturated shade of rosy brown with aspects of copper that is fairly well-silvered by holographic pigment, which combines with the color to give the polish a gleaming coppery underlay. Powerfully holographic, it's in holo mode 24/7, even in shadow, with shimmering, misty swaths of pale violet and pink edged with whisper-thin ribbons of light red, yellow and pale azure washing the nail in ambient light. In the sun, there's a dazzling linear prismatic flare featuring the full retinue of rainbow colors.

Application was dreamy. The consistency of Coming Around Again is fluid, dense and very smooth with a medium viscosity and a buttery, even, self-leveling slip over the nail. Superb! Pigmentation is very good to excellent. It's close to if not wearably opaque at one coat but the addition of a second brings some extra density and presence to the color. Cleanup is easy. Coming Around Again dries naturally in very good time to a smooth, shiny finish. Topcoat does not interfere with the holographic properties in any way.

Photos show two coats of Coming Around Again over treatment and basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite.


Emily de Molly Coming Around Again


Emily de Molly Coming Around Again


Emily de Molly Coming Around Again


Emily de Molly Coming Around Again


Emily de Molly Coming Around Again


Emily de Molly Coming Around Again


Emily de Molly Coming Around Again


Emily de Molly Coming Around Again


Emily de Molly Coming Around Again


Emily de Molly Coming Around Again


Emily de Molly Coming Around Again


Emily de Molly Coming Around Again

If you like coppery polishes, this rosy tan holo is right up your alley! Besides the stunning prismatic effects, the most notable aspect here is the brilliant coppery underlay, sleek and gleaming along the axis of light. With an ethereal, nude-ish sensibility on the nail, this polish makes for a pleasing, effortlessly graceful neutral look. You really can't go wrong with one of Hayley's holos!

NPR, I love the song "Coming Around Again" that Carly Simon wrote and sang for the soundtrack of the 1986 movie Heartburn, which came out right after my marriage ended. Listening to it again, I remember clearly what a drag it was putting one foot in front of the other, day after day, trying to work my way out of that awful, heartbroken, lonesome time. The sense of inevitability in the music and lyrics and Carly's soulful contralto voice made an indelible impression, encapsulating the poignancy of that moment in my life more completely than any single memory ever could.

love,
Liz