Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Don Deeva Mike Jones

Mike Jones was released this past fall, in November I think, by Florida-based indie polish maker Don Deeva. Officially described as "a gray base with a heavy violet shimmer and holo flake running throughout," the color is a translucent middle grey, perceptually about halfway between black and white, with aspects of slate and steel. Abundant luminous silvery holographic flakes speckle the finish and light up in shades of azure, spring green and gold as light travels over them, while fine violet shimmers give the polish a glowing lavender sheen and create a glistening lavender mist along the axis of light. Direct sun intensifies all aspects of the look.

Application was awesome. The consistency of Mike Jones is fluid, light and smooth with a medium viscosity and a fluent, silky, self-leveling slip over the nail, a biddable, user-friendly formula that is a pleasure to manipulate with Don Deeva's flattened-style brush. Pigmentation is somewhat sheer and meant to be that way -- layering a translucent formula to opacity creates a dimensional platform for its light-catching components. I think the color is best at three coats. Cleanup is easy. Mike Jones dries naturally in very good time to a smooth, shiny finish. Topcoat adds a becoming gloss that highlights the dimensionality of the polish and accentuates the effects of the violet shimmers.

Photos show three coats of Mike Jones over treatment and basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite.


Don Deeva Mike Jones


Don Deeva Mike Jones


Don Deeva Mike Jones


Don Deeva Mike Jones


Don Deeva Mike Jones


Don Deeva Mike Jones


Don Deeva Mike Jones


Don Deeva Mike Jones

Love the luminous lavender effect of those gorgeous violet shimmers and the way they sparkle in the light. The color adds a bit of coolness to the sleek dimensionality of the grey base, giving it character. I also love the colors I see in the holo flakes -- azure, spring green and gold -- and the combination of those colors with the lavender sparkle in the sun. I wasn't expecting to enjoy this polish as much as I do, but as usual with Danette's creations it's just so graceful and so beautifully constructed that I can't help myself! Still available in Don Deeva's online shop!

xo,
Liz

Monday, January 15, 2018

Dreamland Sassenach

Sassenach was released in September 2016 by Missouri-based indie polish maker Dreamland Artisan Nail Lacquer as part of the Outlander collection, a quartet of polishes themed around the British-American television drama Outlander. The word sassenach (pronounced SASS-en-ack, or thereabouts) is used by the Scots to refer to the English, in particular the main character Claire, who is the inspiration for this polish.

Described simply as a "dark brown linear holographic polish," Sassenach is a warm, resonant medium-dark brown with a subtle reddish-orange tinge and aspects of chocolate and golden brown, similar in appearance to the color russet. Abundant finely-milled holographic pigment reads as gold within the base and and gives the polish a shimmery dimensionality on the nail with a silky, delicately-grained visual texture. In the sun, there's a sparkling linear prismatic display predominated by azure, spring green and orange that frames a lick of glistening golden brown and shades to coffee at the edges of the nail.

Application was wonderful. The consistency of Sassenach is fluid and smooth with a medium viscosity and a plush, creamy, self-leveling glide over the nail. Pigmentation is very good, providing evenly opaque coverage and full bottle color in two coats. Cleanup is straightforward with a tiny bit of pigment travel but little to no residual staining. Sassenach dries naturally in very good time to a smooth, shiny finish. Topcoat does not interfere with the holographic properties of the polish in any way.

Photos show two coats of Sassenach over KBShimmer Love You Strong Time treatment and KBShimmer Fillin' Groovy basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite.


Dreamland Sassenach


Dreamland Sassenach


Dreamland Sassenach


Dreamland Sassenach


Dreamland Sassenach


Dreamland Sassenach


Dreamland Sassenach


Dreamland Sassenach


Dreamland Sassenach


Dreamland Sassenach


Dreamland Sassenach

I wore this during my Christmas trip and received several unsolicited compliments on it. Brown is generally considered a neutral but this russet holo is actually quite distinctive, even showy! Not too foody, not too earthy and not in the least austere, it has a certain measured opulence to it that reminds me of fine, heavy silk. The holo pigment acts like a luminous shimmer, lighting up in a coppery-gold mist along the axis of light. Glossy and elegant on the nail, with a generous spirit. People will notice!

love,
Liz

Sunday, January 14, 2018

ILNP Rogue

Rogue was released in November by Nevada-based indie polish maker ILNP as part of the Winter 2017 collection. It has a jelly base with color-shifting microflake shimmers and holographic particles in what I'd call a variation of red-violet with aspects of claret and mulberry, a bold, lively shade along the lines of Crayola's jazzberry jam. Abundant microflake shimmers with a red/pink/gold shift display a glittery twinkle in bright crimson within the base, adding dimensionality and warming the red-violet color to more of a garnet. The finish is liberally dusted with silvery holographic particles that light up in pinpoint prismatic sparks as light travels over them and create a brilliant blanket of scattered prismatic sparkle in direct light.

Application was quite agreeable. The consistency of Rogue is fluid, light and smooth with a medium viscosity and a fluent, silky, self-leveling slip over the nail, an excellent formula just as we've learned to expect from the brand. Pigmentation is very good and offers evenly opaque coverage in two medium coats. Cleanup scatters sticky sparkly bits over the nail environs that require a little tenacity to remove. Rogue dries naturally in very good time to a smooth, shiny finish. Topcoat accentuates the presence and color of the microflake shimmers.

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


ILNP Rogue


ILNP Rogue


ILNP Rogue


ILNP Rogue


ILNP Rogue


ILNP Rogue


ILNP Rogue


ILNP Rogue


ILNP Rogue


ILNP Rogue

You know, I'm not entirely convinced that those sparkly microflake shimmers aren't actually color-shifting microglitters. They are exceptionally twinkly and they stick like glitters too! Combined with the prismatic sparkle of the holographic bits, they add a ton of complementary light play and drama to the already vivacious red-violet base. A beautiful indie composition with a glamorous touch!

love,
Liz