Monday, March 27, 2017

Colors by Llarowe A Part of the Big Apple

A Part of the Big Apple was created by Leah Ann of Colorado-based indie polish maker Colors by Llarowe for Polish Con April 2017 and released as part of The Road to Polish Con series earlier this month. Described as a deep apple red holo, the color here is a deep, cool-leaning variation of cardinal with aspects of raspberry and mulberry and a softened, plush quality to it that strikes me as very romantic. It is similar in tone to crimson glory or Fresno State cardinal, but abundant ultrafine holographic pigment gives it a rich dimensional radiance that makes it appear as though it is lit from within. The color is saturated enough to swallow more overt prismatic effects, but in the sun you see a glowing, transparent violet heart emanating from a swath of raspberry that is edged with bright red sparks before shading to deep cardinal at the sidewalls of the nail.

Application was primo! The consistency of A Part of the Big Apple is fluid, silky and dense with a medium viscosity and a lush, creamy, self-leveling glide over the nail that is a joy to work with. Pigmentation is excellent, delivering wearably opaque coverage in one medium coat and full bottle color in two. Cleanup is surprisingly easy with a skosh of pigment travel as you might expect but little residual staining. A Part of the Big Apple dries naturally in very good time to a smooth, shiny finish. Topcoat does not alter the holographic effects in any way.

Photos show two coats of A Part of the Big Apple over treatment and basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite. 


Colors by Llarowe A Part of the Big Apple


Colors by Llarowe A Part of the Big Apple


Colors by Llarowe A Part of the Big Apple


Colors by Llarowe A Part of the Big Apple


Colors by Llarowe A Part of the Big Apple


Colors by Llarowe A Part of the Big Apple


Colors by Llarowe A Part of the Big Apple


Colors by Llarowe A Part of the Big Apple


Colors by Llarowe A Part of the Big Apple


Colors by Llarowe A Part of the Big Apple

 I love red holos and this one is gorgeous, with a certain demure aspect to the deep, velvety color, a graceful sense of discretion that seems to barely restrain some profound underlying passion. That classic bit of romantic tension is just wildly beautiful and evocative to me. Swoonworthy!

love,
Liz

Saturday, March 25, 2017

KBShimmer Salt Water Sassy

I can't believe that it's been a year and a half since I last reviewed one of Christy's glitter crellies -- too long! Especially since I've added ÜNT's peel-off basecoat to my arsenal. 

Salt Water Sassy was just released last week by Indiana-based indie polish maker KBShimmer as part of the Nauti By Nature collection for spring 2017, a series of polishes designed around the theme of spring break in the Caribbean. It's described as a minty aqua creme/jelly hybrid base swimming with matte hex glitters in bright pastels. The base color is a pastel variation of cyan, a translucent, milky, minty blue along the lines of light cyan or pale celeste. The matte hexes suspended within are yellow, coral, turquoise, white and periwinkle, variously-sized from tiny to medium. 

Christy has her glitter-to-base ratio down to a science, not too many or too few, just enough to create a perfect, random distribution over the nail. The pretty hexes are just adorable with the minty base, creating a whimsical melange with a beachy vibe that really does remind me of candy.

Application was quite agreeable. The consistency of Salt Water Sassy is fluid and smooth with a thin-to-medium viscosity and an easy, fluent glide over the nail that likes to go on in thin coats from a moderately-loaded brush. Self-leveling properties are very good, as is glitter distribution. A bit of manipulation may be necessary to get the colors where you want them, but the glitters apply very smoothly with no stacking or stickups and only a few protrusions over the free edge. Pigmentation is sheer and a little streaky. The translucent formula needs an even, careful hand to ensure most uniform opacity. I used three thin coats and in retrospect wish I'd been a tad more generous with at least one of them as there are certain areas that show more translucence than I'd like to see. Cleanup is easy if you do it while the polish is still wet. Salt Water Sassy dries naturally in very good time to a shiny finish with a gentle pebbly texture from the glitters.

Photos show three coats of Salt Water Sassy over ÜNT Ready for Takeoff basecoat with a layer of Pretty Serious Plump up the Volume gel-effect topcoat followed by a layer of Seche Vite.


KBShimmer Salt Water Sassy


KBShimmer Salt Water Sassy


KBShimmer Salt Water Sassy


KBShimmer Salt Water Sassy


KBShimmer Salt Water Sassy


KBShimmer Salt Water Sassy


KBShimmer Salt Water Sassy


KBShimmer Salt Water Sassy


KBShimmer Salt Water Sassy

I'm inclined to be hyperaware of the glitter distribution in polishes like this and I'm telling you, it's making me feel a little crazy. In this manicure, for example, I wish there were more coral hexes and fewer white ones, and that my glitters were better spread over the whole nail and not as bunched up near the cuticle as they are. Am I the only one who frets over this sort of thing? Sigh. As usual, I may need to lighten up.

Glitter distribution notwithstanding, I do love this sweet, breezy, whimsical look. The pale blue base color is gorgeous and the color range of the hexes is just perfect. Such a happy polish!

love,
Liz

Friday, March 24, 2017

Tonic Polish Magnetic Midnight

Magnetic Midnight was released this past December by Iowa-based indie polish maker Tonic Polish as part of the Holiday 2016 collection. Named for that time of night best suited to observing auroras, when the North or South Magnetic Pole is exactly in between the sun and an observer on the earth's surface, it is described as a royal blue scattered holographic multichrome polish with a blue/purple/red/gold shift spectrum and a sprinkling of silver holographic microglitter.

On the nail, the color most frequently on display is a beautiful medium Majorelle blue edged by indigo, but this polish is so shifty and the colors so mutable that you are always seeing more than just one, with subtle gradients through the spectrum. The blue easily morphs through royal purple to a robust Mardi Gras as you turn your nails toward your light source. Magenta appears at sharper angles still, and grows in warmth to bright red, where it finally segues through a flaming sunset color to gold. Finely-milled holographic pigment adds dimension and further nuances to the color in ambient light, dusting the semi-metallic finish of the polish with delicate silvery motes that explode into a fully linear prismatic display in direct sun, while the minute holographic microglitters create an exquisite twinkling effect as light travels over them. 

Application was trouble-free. The consistency of Magnetic Midnight is fluid, smooth and dense with a slightly thicker viscosity than I generally prefer so I added polish thinner at the outset. Thinned, it had a fluent, silky, self-leveling slip over the nail. Pigmentation is sheer. I am always amazed by how the first coat of a multichrome resembles nothing so much as grey dust in a lightly tinted suspension base, you know? This one builds remarkably well to wearably opaque coverage after the second coat, but I added a third to maximize the colors and shiftiness for the photos. Cleanup is easy. Magnetic Midnight dries naturally in very good time to a smooth, shiny finish. 

Photos show three coats of Magnetic Midnight over treatment and basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite.

Tonic Polish Magnetic Midnight

Tonic Polish Magnetic Midnight

Tonic Polish Magnetic Midnight

Tonic Polish Magnetic Midnight

Tonic Polish Magnetic Midnight

Tonic Polish Magnetic Midnight

Tonic Polish Magnetic Midnight

Tonic Polish Magnetic Midnight

Tonic Polish Magnetic Midnight

Tonic Polish Magnetic Midnight

Tonic Polish Magnetic Midnight

Tonic Polish Magnetic Midnight

Tonic Polish Magnetic Midnight

Tonic Polish Magnetic Midnight

Mesmerizing and very more-ish -- you see the color shifting, and you totally want MORE! Much time will be spent gazing at it, holding it up to eye level and spinning around in the sun. At least, that's what went on here today and not much else! *lol* 

Don't let the ubiquitous dusty effect of the holographic pigment in my photos mislead you. In person, it's much more subtle as well as prismatic, and the ambient colors are bold and sleek. Plus, the unexpectedly linear holographic display is fabulous! So much to see!

love,
Liz