Friday, September 22, 2017

Picture Polish Riviera

Riviera was just released this month by Australian boutique polish maker Picture Polish as one of six new Collaboration shades. It was designed by Sabrina of the French blog NailArtSakura and nailartsakura on Instagram, inspired by her love for the Mediterranean Sea, specifically the look it has during the month of March: "at that time it is cold, the wind blows, it takes on this very dark tint."

This polish has a translucent but dark and saturated blue jelly base that reminds me of traditional royal blue -- not the modern brighter hue commonly thought of as royal blue but the older, inkier, more mysterious version of the shade. It is similar in sensibility to Atlantic blue, oceanic, keen, fathomless and evocative, and you can almost feel those March winds as you paint. Abundant silvery holographic flakes lie semi-submerged in the inky depths, creating a shimmery turquoise sparkle as light travels over them, and direct sun elicits a scattered field of bright blue and green sparks.

Application was a pleasure. The consistency of Riviera is fluid, light and smooth with a medium viscosity and a fluent, silky, self-leveling slip over the nail that is easy to control and finesse with PP's flattened, flexible brush. Pigmentation is very good. It's translucent, so there may be streaks or some unevenness on the first coat but by and large these disappear with the second. However, you'll want to be as even as possible with your layers to avoid any areas of sheerness. Look at it in the sun if in doubt and add an extra coat if you need to (ask me how I know). Cleanup was fairly straightforward -- watch out for surreptitious pigment travel. Riviera dries naturally in very good time to a beautiful glossy finish.

Photos show two coats (had I followed by own advice it would have been three) of Riviera over basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite.


Picture Polish Riviera


Picture Polish Riviera


Picture Polish Riviera


Picture Polish Riviera


Picture Polish Riviera


Picture Polish Riviera


Picture Polish Riviera


Picture Polish Riviera


Picture Polish Riviera

A lot of dark blues are somewhat reserved and formal in their elegance, but this one is full of drama and character -- the translucence of the jelly base sees to that beautifully. The sparkling flakies are like sunlight glancing off deep, wind-ruffled waters, and the color is crisp, clean and deliciously inky. Gorgeous!

You can read Sabrina's post about Riviera and see her photos of the polish and its inspiration, the Mediterranean Sea, here (translation by Google).

love,
Liz

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Nine Zero Lacquer January 2016

January 2016 was released, well, in January 2016 by Michigan-based indie polish maker Nine Zero Lacquer as the debut of the brand's ongoing Polish of the Month series. Officially described as "a berry holographic with holographic silver microglitter," this little chameleon is all kinds of yummy purple-berry goodness. Mostly it's a bold, medium-dark red-violet along the lines of fandango with aspects of mulberry and dark magenta. Superabundant finely-milled holographic pigment gives it a gleaming semi-metallic underlay of brighter red-violet with a reddish flash, and nuances the base color with shades of indigo, violet and red in ambient light. In direct sun, the base brightens to almost a Munsell purple with a brilliant linear holographic flare featuring all of the rainbow colors, the whole dotted with brightly twinkling prismatic sparks from the tiny microglitters. 

Application was ok. The consistency of my bottle was fluid but uber thick and I added quite a bit of polish thinner in an effort to get a paintable viscosity. It remained quite dense even so, and I had some difficulty not overloading the brush. I suspect all this is particular to my bottle, as in my experience the brand's typical formula has an eminently-paintable medium-thin to medium viscosity. In any case, it was not all that big of a problem application-wise, just unexpected. Pigmentation is excellent, a one-coater if you want it to be, although I used two. Cleanup is straightforward. January 2016 dries naturally in good time to a very gently textured finish that was easily smoothed to glossy perfection with a layer of Girly Bits Glitter Glaze.

Photos show two coats of January 2016 over treatment and basecoat with topcoat.


Nine Zero Lacquer January 2016


Nine Zero Lacquer January 2016


Nine Zero Lacquer January 2016


Nine Zero Lacquer January 2016


Nine Zero Lacquer January 2016


Nine Zero Lacquer January 2016


Nine Zero Lacquer January 2016


Nine Zero Lacquer January 2016


Nine Zero Lacquer January 2016


Nine Zero Lacquer January 2016


Nine Zero Lacquer January 2016


Nine Zero Lacquer January 2016

This garnet-colored holo seems to lean a more to purple in certain circumstances and to burgundy in others, but at all times the color is rich and saturated and the holographic effects, especially in the sun, are fantastic. I adore those tiny holographic microglitters, I always love it when Jess puts them in her holos. Here, the base color is densely pigmented enough that they are somewhat reticent until you get the polish into direct light, where they lavish the holographic display with a scattered twinkling field of prismatic sparkle.

love,
Liz

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Top Shelf Lacquer Hammered

Another Top Shelf Lacquer Drunken Creme Fall Holo!

Today's feature is Hammered, which is described as a burgundy creme holographic polish. A lot of folks enjoy this kind of color for fall and if you're one of them, rejoice -- this polish is a beauty! The color is a creamy darker purplish red with a subtly warm aspect, a plush, expressive hue that is slightly more plummy than oxblood but similar in terms of depth and saturation. There's a sensuousness to it, a certain je ne sais quoi that reminds me of cashmere and silk velvet and chocolate -- smooth, dense, comforting. Finely-milled holographic pigment is visible as tiny silvery motes that add a pleasant hint of dustiness to its qualities, and there's a delicate scattered holographic display in the sun that slips into a beautifully gradated prismatic flare at oblique angles.

Application was a thing of beauty. *lol* Really! I can't say enough good things about the formulas in this collection. To a one, they have a fluid, light, creamy consistency with a thin-to-medium consistency (my favorite) and a fluent, even, self-leveling slip over the nail that just makes you really happy to be painting your nails. Excellent pigmentation, a one-coater for some -- I used two. Cleanup is easy, with very little pigment travel for a darkened red and no residual staining to speak of. Like the others, Hammered dries naturally in very good time to a smooth, shiny finish.

Photos show two coats of Hammered over basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite.


Top Shelf Lacquer Hammered


Top Shelf Lacquer Hammered


Top Shelf Lacquer Hammered


Top Shelf Lacquer Hammered


Top Shelf Lacquer Hammered


Top Shelf Lacquer Hammered


Top Shelf Lacquer Hammered


Top Shelf Lacquer Hammered


Top Shelf Lacquer Hammered


Top Shelf Lacquer Hammered


Top Shelf Lacquer Hammered


Top Shelf Lacquer Hammered


Top Shelf Lacquer Hammered

Excellent! I love this. While the color is almost dark enough to be considered vampy, it's not so dark that you can't see the richness of it. It's less dramatic than what I typically think of as vampy, but what it may lack in drama it more than makes up for in a relaxed, graceful, comfortably feminine sensibility that just hits all the right autumnal notes for me. Maybe for you, too! My second favorite from the collection so far, after Inebriated.

xo,
Liz