Sunday, November 9, 2014

FingerPaints Queen for a Night

Queen for a Night was released by FingerPaints, exclusive to Sally Beauty Supply, as part of the limited edition Masquerade Affair collection for fall 2014. This set of jewel-toned lacquers contains four polishes carrying gold flake shimmers. Queen for a Night is a dark sapphire or midnight blue with duochromatic hints of purple bearing an abundance of golden flake shimmers that read as green through the base color. There are also some particulate shimmers in there to my eye, in purple and blue. This is one of those polishes that is quite dramatic in the bottle but loses some of that excitement on the nail. Never the less, it's a beautiful deep dark blue with noticeable green sparks coming from the flaky shimmers.

Application was drama-free, for the most part. The consistency of Queen for a Night is very fluid but not what I would call runny, and dense with flaky shimmers. It has a fairly smooth flow over the nail with a little bit of tumbling from the flakies. Self-leveling properties are very good as is the pigmentation. Two coats delivers completely even, opaque coverage. Cleanup is ok, with a bit of trace staining to the skin especially. If I find nail staining upon removal I'll leave a note to that effect as a post script. Queen for a Night dries naturally in average time to a smooth shiny finish.

Photos show two coats of Queen for a Night over treatment and basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite.


FingerPaints Queen for a Night


FingerPaints Queen for a Night


FingerPaints Queen for a Night


FingerPaints Queen for a Night


FingerPaints Queen for a Night


FingerPaints Queen for a Night


FingerPaints Queen for a Night


FingerPaints Queen for a Night


FingerPaints Queen for a Night


FingerPaints Queen for a Night


FingerPaints Queen for a Night


FingerPaints Queen for a Night


FingerPaints Queen for a Night

The shimmers in this one might have popped more had I been a little less generous with my application. I have a tendency toward thicker coats than I need, not the best habit to get into with applying nail polish as thicker coats are more likely to chip than thinner ones. But since I only wear my polishes for a day, typically, I rarely get chips unless I'm doing some heavy duty cleaning,

While I like Queen for a Night, I'm not in love with it -- yet. I'm a little disappointed that I don't feel more affection for it as it got lots of rave reviews out there on the polish blogs and in certain lights the green shimmers make it an almost perfect midnight blue. I think I'll need to wear this one again before I can reach a final verdict.

love,
Liz

4 comments:

  1. That's really beautiful! I haven't tried this polish yet, but I think you should give it another try. ;)

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it, Rach! I am going to give it another go, I think I had expectations that got the better of my aesthetic here. Later that day I caught it out of the corner of my eye and it struck me as the perfect deep midnight blue, dark and slightly murky like an Atlantic blue but with that breath of green to it that makes midnight blue so sultry. Thanks for your comment!

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  2. Goodness gracious Pete!! This is really pretty. Those green shimmers give it such an unusual look.

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    1. In person the shimmers merge into the overall color more than they do in these photos (where they stand out so starkly against the blue or turn into pinpoint sparks). With their size and shape they give a lot of body to the blue, which has that highly reflective, semi-metallic thing going on.... If you like gold, the gold polish in this collection looks really interesting!

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