Saturday, August 22, 2015

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Look at These @#$holes

This Monday, 24 August, Georgia-based indie polish maker Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer will release creator Julie's latest collection, a sextet of neons called Leave the Sun Behind Me, inspired by the 2007 comedy-drama film The Darjeeling Limited directed by Wes Anderson. I have three polishes from this collection to show you, starting today with Look at These @#$holes. 

Described by Julie as a "fluorescent red with pink shimmering glass flecks," Look at These @#$holes is a medium-toned neon red-orange/vermilion. In the bottle it has a translucent sherbety quality that gives way to a bright juicy plumpness on the nail. Creamy and radiant, there's enough pink to it to give it the sort of melony fluorescence that glows with color even in the dimmest lighting. The cool pink glass flecks are a little shy at first glance, but emit a subtle sparkle in direct light, which gives the polish a dewy, glistening aspect. It's a particularly graceful shade for a neon, not at all harsh or sharp, with an expansive, welcoming feel.

Application was wonderful. Julie notes that the Leave the Sun Behind Me neons are slightly thinner than her other polishes, which are designed to reach opacity in two coats, but I found the formula of Look at These @#$holes to be eminently paintable. The consistency is heavenly -- fluid, super creamy and dense, with a velvety, self-leveling glide over the nail. It has a beautifully balanced viscosity for painting and is easily manipulated with BEGL's round flexible brush. Pigmentation is very good, with wearable opacity in two coats. I used three for this manicure to ensure the non-appearance of any visible nail lines, but would happily wear it at two were I not photographing it. This polish applied so beautifully that I hardly had any cleanup to do, even with my shaky hands (which is saying something), but the little I did was easy and straightforward with no pigment travel or residual staining to speak of. Look at These @#$holes dries naturally in good time to a slightly brighter shade than bottle color and a silky smooth, satiny finish that loves a glossy topcoat to make the most of the brilliant color. 

Photos show three coats of Look at These @#$holes over Pretty Serious Rock On treatment and Pretty Serious All Your Base basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite. 


Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Look at These @#$holes


Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Look at These @#$holes


Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Look at These @#$holes


Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Look at These @#$holes


Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Look at These @#$holes


Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Look at These @#$holes


Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Look at These @#$holes


Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Look at These @#$holes


Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Look at These @#$holes


Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Look at These @#$holes


Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Look at These @#$holes


Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Look at These @#$holes

The name of this polish comes from a line in The Darjeeling Limited, delivered just before a random course of events leads to a turning point in the film where the three main characters, all brothers, are unexpectedly delivered from certain emotional and spiritual strangleholds of the past. In a flashback, the brothers are shown on their way to their father's funeral, attempting to commandeer the father's classic red Porche from a repair shop where it has languished for weeks, waiting for a part. Ironic, self-referential and relevant on many levels (as you'd expect from Wes Anderson), it is entirely fitting that Julie marks it with this brilliant shade of vermilion, significant of danger but also of energy and primal life forces.

The Leave the Sun Behind Me collection will be available for purchase this Monday, 24 August, at 3:30pm EDT in Julie's big cartel shop. Price for Look at These @#$holes will be $8.50USD.


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This polish was provided for my honest review.

love,
Liz

8 comments:

  1. Gorgeous <3 I say it every time, but I just adore your reviews. So eloquent while providing a perfect amount of detail so you know exactly what you're getting. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. You're very welcome, Julie -- I'm really happy you enjoy my reviews!

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  2. I say put this on and play some serious 80's music and dance around the house!

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  3. What a polish! While I do have a good selection of neons, I am pretty darned certain that nothing in my stash is even 'similar' to this one. It looks great on you.
    It has been so many years that I have seen that movie! I love that this polish was taken from it - excellent name!

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    1. Thanks, Lara! This summer marks my first experience with neons. I was too scared to try them before now. Unbelievable! I'm still not entirely sure how very "me" they are, but my eyes love to see them.

      I hear that The Darjeeling Limited gets better with each successive viewing, and although I've only seen it once, I can believe that. The sheer quantity of significant details is astounding, finding them as you watch is like doing a puzzle! I'm really enjoying reflecting on Julie's color selections and discovering how they tie in to aspects of the film.

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