Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Contrary Polish Midway Magic

Midway Magic was created by Carrie of Missouri-based indie polish maker Contrary Polish for Polish Con September 2017 and released on the Polish Con website as part of the ongoing Road to Polish Con series on 23 July this year. Described as a deep crimson with purple/red/orange multichrome shimmers and a scattered holographic effect, the color is a dark variation of crimson along the lines of Harvard crimson, nudged to a deep, vampy red-violet appearance by abundant fine multichromatic shimmers, which generally read as purple and give the polish a misty purple sheen in ambient light. Depending upon the angle and orientation to light, the shimmers shift to a brilliant ruby and then to a glowing red-orange. The look is dusted with finely-milled holographic pigment that ignites in direct sun to create a delicate spray of infinitesimal sparkling motes in all of the rainbow colors.

Application was great! The consistency of Midway Magic is fluid, full-bodied and smooth with a medium-to-thicker viscosity that I added a bit polish thinner to at the outset. Slightly thinned, it had a plush, self-leveling glide over the nail with a tiny bit of pull to it. Pigmentation is very good. It is nearly opaque in one medium coat, with fully opaque, even coverage in two. Cleanup is straightforward with a tiny bit of pigment travel but little to no trace staining. Midway Magic dries naturally in very good time to a smooth shiny finish.

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

Contrary Polish Midway Magic

Contrary Polish Midway Magic

Contrary Polish Midway Magic

Contrary Polish Midway Magic

Contrary Polish Midway Magic

Contrary Polish Midway Magic

Contrary Polish Midway Magic

Contrary Polish Midway Magic

Contrary Polish Midway Magic

Contrary Polish Midway Magic

Contrary Polish Midway Magic

Contrary Polish Midway Magic

This is my favorite multichrome colorway, so I am predisposed to love this polish. The purple/red/orange spectrum with its spectacular sunset-hued shifts of color is just poignantly beautiful to me and it's perfectly couched here in the deep crimson base. The look generally is of a vampy red violet with a luxurious, velvety depth to it that is sleek and elegant on the nail. A gorgeous dark polish!

love,
Liz

Monday, August 21, 2017

Colors by Llarowe It's Your Destiny

It's Your Destiny was released on the first of this month by Colorado-based indie polish maker Colors by Llarowe as the August 2017 edition of the brand's ongoing Polish of the Month (POTM) series. Described as an emerald green holographic polish, to my eye the color lands somewhere in the teal/pine/skobeloff family, a dark, lush variation of spring green with a cerulean cast. Abundant finely-milled holographic pigment gives it a luxe, velvety, delicately-grained appearance with a warm prismatic flush that creates a dimensional, lit-from-within quality. The holographic flare in the sun is linear and absolutely stunning -- a brilliant flame-shaped gradient of analogously-hued greens and teals featuring a rich cerulean heart and a slender ribbon of sparkling medium sea green that shades to a deep ming green at the sidewalls of the nail.

Application was most agreeable! With the color's potential to stain in mind, I started with a double layer of basecoat. The consistency of It's Your Destiny is fluid, dense and smooth with a medium viscosity and a plush, velvety, self-leveling glide over the nail that has a tiny bit of pull to it. Pigmentation is outstanding. One coat delivers evenly opaque coverage and full bottle color, although I used two for this manicure like I always do. Cleanup is straightforward with a bit of pigment travel and trace staining, not unexpected and slightly less than I thought there would be given the intensity of the color. It's Your Destiny dries naturally in very good time to a smooth, shiny finish. Topcoat seems to slightly smooth the effervescent appearance of the polish, but does not otherwise effect its color-generating holographic properties.

Photos show two coats of It's Your Destiny over a double layer of basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite.


Colors by Llarowe It's Your Destiny


Colors by Llarowe It's Your Destiny


Colors by Llarowe It's Your Destiny


Colors by Llarowe It's Your Destiny


Colors by Llarowe It's Your Destiny


Colors by Llarowe It's Your Destiny


Colors by Llarowe It's Your Destiny


Colors by Llarowe It's Your Destiny


Colors by Llarowe It's Your Destiny


Colors by Llarowe It's Your Destiny


Colors by Llarowe It's Your Destiny


Colors by Llarowe It's Your Destiny

This is a stunning example of the kind of holo where the prismatic effects work within the color to create a rich, gradated tableau of analogous hues with a mobile flush of brightness along the axis of light that illuminates and dimensionalizes it on the nail. The effects are lush and utterly sumptuous, like silk velvet, and the color is rich and jewel-like. Nothing but win here!

Like all of Llarowe's POTMs, It's Your Destiny was only available for 24 hours on the first/second of the month, but you may be able to find it in the future at Harlowe & Co when they get it in. Definitely worth seeking out if you are a fan of holos like this!

love,
Liz

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Tonic Polish Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe was released one week ago by Iowa-based indie polish maker Tonic Polish as part of the Unicorn Pee collection and as a custom polish for the Tonic Polish Facebook group. Creator Lindsey describes it as a warm-toned violet creme filled with the red-to-green colorshifting shimmers known to polish enthusiasts as "unicorn pee." The color is a perfect medium-toned floral lavender, a creamy, semi-translucent amethyst purple shade bearing beaucoup red-to-green colorshifting shimmers, visible on the nail as a stealthy, glowing red mist within the base in bright ambient light and as a blanket of delicate red sparkle in the sun.

Application was wonderful. The consistency of Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe is fluid and creamy with a medium viscosity and a fluent, smooth, self-leveling glide over the nail. Pigmentation is very good. Some translucence on the first coat builds easily to evenly opaque coverage with the second. I added a third to see if it would make a difference and I think it did deepen the color slightly and add a bit more density to the look. Cleanup is easy. Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe dries naturally in very good time to a beautiful glossy finish. Topcoat serves to accentuate the presence and effects of the colorshifting shimmers.

Photos show three coats of Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe over basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite. My camera skewed a little bit to blue in the ambient light shots.


Tonic Polish Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe


Tonic Polish Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe


Tonic Polish Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe


Tonic Polish Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe


Tonic Polish Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe


Tonic Polish Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe


Tonic Polish Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe


Tonic Polish Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe


Tonic Polish Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe


Tonic Polish Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe


Tonic Polish Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

This polish has a great name, no? Especially for a group custom, very cool. Lindsey did an excellent job balancing the creaminess and opacity of the color with the delicate colorshifting unicorn pee shimmers -- the effects are subtle but add extra warmth and richness to the look. And, of course, there's that gorgeous fine red sparkle in the sun, which you can't miss. Well done! 

love,
Liz