Friday, November 24, 2017

Darling Diva Chi Town Divas

Chi Town Divas was created by Carrie of Minnesota-based indie polish maker Darling Diva Polish especially for Polish Con September 2017 in Chicago and released as part of the Road to Polish Con series in July this year.

I had originally thought that this was a microglitter, but it's not. The jelly-like base is a dark red that is similar in appearance to rich maroon. It is absolutely packed with silver holographic particles and tiny silver holographic microflakes, which glow in shades of silver, pink, rose and red from within the base as light travels over them and give the finish a delicious, finely-flecked appearance that reminds me of apple skin. In the sun, that glow becomes a sparkle and blankets the polish with a scattered carpet of bright rainbow sparks, and there's a gorgeous prismatic flush along the axis of light predominated by brilliant rosy pink, fuchsia and bright red.

The consistency of Chi Town Divas is fluid, dense and slightly sticky, with a thicker viscosity to which I added a couple of polish thinner at the outset. Even thinned, it retained a dense quality, with a lush, self-leveling glide over the nail. The holographic microflakes present absolutely no issues to application. Pigmentation is excellent, possibly a one-coater for some, but I used two for most even opacity and best depth of color. Cleanup is surprisingly easy. Chi Town Divas dries naturally in good time to a smooth, ever-so-slightly flat finish that wants a glossy topcoat to look its best.

Photos show two coats of Chi Town Divas over basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite.


Darling Diva Chi Town Divas


Darling Diva Chi Town Divas


Darling Diva Chi Town Divas


Darling Diva Chi Town Divas


Darling Diva Chi Town Divas


Darling Diva Chi Town Divas


Darling Diva Chi Town Divas


Darling Diva Chi Town Divas

Beautiful! There's more red to the color than a typical burgundy, which usually has strong purple tones to it, and the teeming holographic microflakes are dense enough to create a stealthy, semi-metallic underlay in a brilliant rosy hue. While not as overtly showy as a microglitter bomb or a conventional holo, there's boatloads of dimension and light play.

I like it. I like it very much!

love,
Liz

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Contrary Polish Harvest Moon

Released earlier this month, Harvest Moon was created by Carrie of Missouri-based indie polish maker Contrary Polish as a November 2017 limited edition custom polish exclusively for members of the Holo-Maniacs Facebook group. Inspired by a photo of a huge orange moon in a dark blue-grey sky silhouetting a foresty horizon, Carrie describes it as a "deep slate blue linear holo with strong contrasting orange shimmer/microflakes."

The color is a soulful medium blue-grey along the lines of glaucous with aspects of steel blue and deep blue-grey. Abundant holographic pigment gives it a dusty, delicately-grained visual texture, dimensionalizes the color with gentle, shadowy hues of blue and grey in ambient light and lights up in exquisite tiny prismatic sparks as light travels over it. Fine orange microflake shimmers create a sparkling orange mist along the axis of light, a dainty bloom of interior illumination that adds a hint of warmth to the look. The color brightens in direct sun and takes on a denimy quality, displaying a slightly dispersed linear holographic flair predominated by azure with a corona of mixed prismatic sparkle.

Application was delicious. The consistency of Harvest Moon is fluid, light and smooth with a medium viscosity and a fluent, even, self-leveling slip over the nail, a lovely formula that is a pleasure to manipulate with Contrary's flexible, flattened-style brush. Pigmentation is very good. A touch of sheerness on the first coat built easily to evenly opaque coverage with the second on my shorties, but may need a third on longer nails. Cleanup is easy. Harvest Moon dries naturally in very good time to a smooth, shiny finish. Topcoat accentuates the presence and effects of the microflake shimmers and does not interfere with the holographic properties in any way.

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


Contrary Polish Harvest Moon


Contrary Polish Harvest Moon


Contrary Polish Harvest Moon


Contrary Polish Harvest Moon


Contrary Polish Harvest Moon


Contrary Polish Harvest Moon


Contrary Polish Harvest Moon


Contrary Polish Harvest Moon


Contrary Polish Harvest Moon


Contrary Polish Harvest Moon


Contrary Polish Harvest Moon

Wow, this is SO GOOD! And speaks directly to my pan-seasonal love for unusual blues, although it does have a gorgeous, rainy, autumnal quality that seems suit November particularly well. The warming effects of the orange microflake shimmers add a kind of gentled quality to an otherwise stormy color, giving it a companionable, delightfully wearable feel. I love it!

Harvest Moon is available through the end of the month by accessing the hidden listing from Carrie's post in the Holo-Maniacs Facebook group. You must be a member to see the post, so travel on over and join up!

xo,
Liz

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Cirque Coronation

NYC-based indie polish maker Cirque Colors originally released Coronation to great acclaim during the fall of 2013, in October I think, as a special, limited edition artisan collaboration set -- the polish was specially packaged and accompanied by a crown-like, lace-inspired rose-gold-plated ring by Texas jewelry designer Jeannie Vianney. It sold out almost immediately at release and also upon restock, quickly becoming of those legendary HTF (Hard To Find) polishes, avidly sought after by enthusiasts and collectors. This year Annie has surprised us all with an early Christmas gift: the resurrection of this very special polish as part of the recently released Holiday 2017 collection.

Described as "a violet jelly with multi-dimensional shimmer" on Cirque's website, the base color is a translucent vivid violet that darkens considerably to a more of a deep pigment violet with layering. Swimming within are abundant luminous colorshifting shimmers that read as a sparkling red mist through the base with a shift through copper to greenish gold as you turn your nails into the light. The shimmers give the polish a stunning, dimensional reddish glow in the center of the nail that shades to an inky purple at the sidewalls. Additional sparkle is provided by a sprinkling of holographic particles and/or possibly ultrafine holographic glitters, creating a delicate net of pinpoint prismatic sparks in the sun.

Application was great! The consistency of Coronation is fluid, dense and smooth with a medium viscosity and a plush, self-leveling glide over the nail. Pigmentation is sheer and requires three coats to build to full bottle color -- well worth the trouble! Be sure to wrap your tips carefully with each coat to avoid any excessive sheerness there. Cleanup is easy. Coronation dries naturally in good time to a smooth, slightly flat finish that wants a glossy topcoat to look its best, which also intensifies the presence and effects of the shimmers.

Photos show three coats of Coronation over basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite.


Cirque Coronation


Cirque Coronation


Cirque Coronation


Cirque Coronation


Cirque Coronation


Cirque Coronation


Cirque Coronation


Cirque Coronation


Cirque Coronation

Coronation was ahead of its time in 2013, when many likened its look to that of Clarins 230 and Max Factor Fantasy Fire. These days, with the resurgence of Unicorn Pee polishes, it joins that genre as a beautiful example of the properties and effects of colorshifting shimmer couched in a translucent base. The sheer pigmentation of the base here allows the shimmer color to stand out particularly well, and the twinkling holographic sparkle adds glamour and panache to the rich, regal nature of the look. Utterly gorgeous!

This polish is currently sold out but will be restocked once in December. To receive a restock notification by email, visit its listing on Cirque's website and fill out the form on that page. As in the past, it is an LE or limited edition polish, so get it while the gettin's good -- I'm not sure we should count on Annie's largess to resurrect it again in the future!

love,
Liz