Friday, August 28, 2015

Pahlish The Dawn Patrol

The Dawn Patrol was released last month by Arkansas-based indie polish maker Pahlish as part of the Jungle Book Trio, a mini collection inspired by the 1967 Disney animated film The Jungle Book. I was six when this film came out and saw it in the theater with my family. My parents subsequently purchased the musical soundtrack for us, which we played to death, learning the words to all the songs. I believe we still have that album somewhere in the garage. Apparently Shannon got some of the songs stuck in her head, leading to the creation of the trio. I can totally relate to a Jungle Book earworm!

The Dawn Patrol is a sumptuous medium teal holographic polish with foresty undertones bearing abundant particulate shimmers in gold. The holo pigment seems to be of a medium mill, with a more scattered than linear effect, but it generates a gorgeous dimensional depth in the color with beautiful on-tone shading in indirect light and bright sparks of blues and greens in direct sun. The gold shimmers are a lovely addition, suffusing the rich teal with tiny gleaming golden particles and giving it an ephemeral gold flash in certain circumstances, both of which contribute noticeably to the luxurious look of the polish on the nail.  

Application was very nice. The consistency of The Dawn Patrol is fluid, light and smooth with an easy flow over the nail. This polish thickens rather quickly in contact with air and loses some of its self-leveling properties as it sets up, so avoid dawdling and overstroking for the most pleasant experience. Close the bottle and give it a quick shake every now and then to keep the brush from becoming gummy. Pigmentation is very good with wearable coverage in two medium coats, or even better, three thin ones for richest color and most even opacity. Cleanup is fairly easy, with minimal pigment travel, but as with many deeper blues and greens, this one will leave faint residual staining to cuticles especially. The Dawn Patrol dries naturally in very good time to a smooth, flat finish that wants a nice topcoat to look its best.

Photos show three coats of The Dawn Patrol over treatment and basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite.


Pahlish The Dawn Patrol


Pahlish The Dawn Patrol


Pahlish The Dawn Patrol


Pahlish The Dawn Patrol


Pahlish The Dawn Patrol


Pahlish The Dawn Patrol


Pahlish The Dawn Patrol


Pahlish The Dawn Patrol


Pahlish The Dawn Patrol


Pahlish The Dawn Patrol


Pahlish The Dawn Patrol


Pahlish The Dawn Patrol


Pahlish The Dawn Patrol


Pahlish The Dawn Patrol

Shannon excels at creating strong, rich tones such as this with her holographic polishes. The Dawn Patrol has that Neo-Impressionist Pointillism thing going on, where the polish appears to be made up of bazillions of tiny dots, each a slightly different color. It's one of the most delicious and dimensional of any holographic effect, in my opinion, along with color nuancing. As much as I admire a delineated prismatic display, my heart belongs to scattered holos like The Dawn Patrol.

If you've never seen The Jungle Book movie and are curious about the earworm that led to the creation of this polish, you can listen and watch here. My significant other, the military historian, claims it is particularly British in heritage. All I know is that for a short little song, it sure leaves a big footprint. 

love,
Liz

3 comments:

  1. Good grief, this polish is so beautiful. I like teal-toned polishes but I don't buy too many of them, hardly any actually. This one with that holo is fantastic, though. Your swatches and photos are wonderful!

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    1. Thank you, Lara! This is an easy polish to wear and I love the scattered holo effects. You should give teal a try on your nails, the color is inspiring!

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