Sunday, May 26, 2013

Hare Polish King of Carat Flowers over OPI Skull & Glossbones

In this post I have another amazing and beautiful polish from indie polish maker Hare. It is called King of Carat Flowers.

Hare describes this polish as "a light-medium grey jelly packed full of a mixture of gold and lilac glitter in both hexes and squares. Mysterious iridescent blue glitter is scattered throughout, as well as delicate gold flecks." To that I would add that once again we have a polish here that is more than the sum of its parts. And rather than a jelly I would actually described the grey base as more of a "crelly," a cross between a creme and a jelly, because this is a fairly well-pigmented grey.

From reading nail polish blog reviews online, I knew that other folks had had no problem achieving opacity with King of Carat Flowers in two coats. However my application skills are iffy mostly. What if I didn't achieve opacity in two coats? King of Carat Flower is SO packed with glitter that I was worried about glitter stacking and dragging if I ended up using more than two coats.

So I decided to use a base polish and layer King of Carat Flowers over that. A couple of weeks ago I received in the mail a wonderful pale grey polish from OPI called Skull & Glossbones that I won on ebay (of course). It turns out to be the perfect underwear for King of Carat Flowers. 

I didn't take any photos of Skull & Glossbones on its own and it's just as well because even though it applied beautifully and dried to a nice glossy finish, my nail ridges got the better of it. Even after two coats, they still showed through. As I've mentioned before, this is a common problem with light colors generally so it wasn't unexpected and the coverage was still good enough for a base layer.

I was nervous enough about applying King of Carat Flowers that my application skills, such as they are, went right out the window. I ended up mostly kind of ploshing and spreading. 

Shall we look at some pics? Let's! Make sure you remember to click on the photos for the blown up versions...

What I used: Hare Polish King of Carat Flowers and OPI Skull & Glossbones. Not pictured (but always used!): OPI Nail Envy basecoat and Orly Sec 'n Dry topcoat.

Hare Polish King of Carat Flowers over OPI Skull & Glossbones

Hare Polish King of Carat Flowers over OPI Skull & Glossbones

King of Carat Flowers bottle shot

Hare Polish King of Carat Flowers over OPI Skull & Glossbones

Hare Polish King of Carat Flowers over OPI Skull & Glossbones -- you can see traces of the lighter Skull & Glossbones around the edge of King of Carat Flowers, such is the result when you plosh and spread rather than paint properly!

Hare Polish King of Carat Flowers over OPI Skull & Glossbones... apologies for the wonded ringfinger cuticle

at the window...

an "at the window" close up, shows the sweet sparkle of King of Carat flowers really well I think...

on the nail macro shot -- kinda cool, eh?

Hare Polish King of Carat Flowers over OPI Skull & Glossbones

Hare Polish King of Carat Flowers over OPI Skull & Glossbones

extreme close up whoa!

Hare Polish King of Carat Flowers over OPI Skull & Glossbones

Hare Polish King of Carat Flowers over OPI Skull & Glossbones

 I wish I could figure out how best to describe this polish so you would know what it's like in person because it (like the other Hare polishes that I've tried) is totally a multi-dimensional experience. No photo is ever going to do justice to this polish. 

Every persons point of view is subjective, meaning its truth belongs personally and above all to the subject, the person holding it. But I think you and I share a common language when it comes to descriptions of things. So I'm going to try and tell you about King of Carat Flowers.

When I was painting my nails with King of Carat Flowers, I asked myself what did my imagination see. I started thinking about a girl with long hair in a meadow full of high grasses and wildflowers, with huge solitary trees here and there. In this story I was creating in my imagination, she is walking through the grass with her hands out, skimming the tops of the flowers. She looks up and sees a man standing by one of the trees. He is watching her. Then it switches to the man's point of view. He sees this beautiful girl walking through the grasses and flowers. He sees how much she loves nature, loves the grass and the flowers and the sky and the sun. This makes him very happy. I knew the girl felt the same way about seeing the man standing next to the tree. In my story, I knew that they were going to meet and talk to each other and that they would fall in love.

What the heck does all this crap this mean?

My feeling is that it means I find King of Carat flowers to be beautiful the way nature is beautiful, the way we feel when we find special beauty in nature. It also means that I find King of Carat flowers to be especially romantic in that it generates the kind of excitement and sense of mystery that surrounds a romantic experience like falling in love.

Practically, it is also an understated and elegant polish. It is not flashy, but it has a private personal almost secret beauty that is priceless.

Hell's bells! Once again, you see how I just go on and on and on when I start thinking too much about one of Hare's polishes. And I'm not sure at all it's the least bit helpful. In fact I suspect it may be UNhelpful. Well I'll just have to bring a few Hare's up with me when I come IN JUST A FEW DAYS *squeal* put them on and let you judge for yourself whether they are as magical and thought-provoking as I think they are.

Aunt Liz

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