Saturday, October 31, 2015

Pretty Serious Cherry 2000


Cherry 2000 was released by Australian indie polish maker Pretty Serious Cosmetics as part of the Post Apocalyptic Princess collection in September this year. This series of polishes is Ben and Kaz's tribute to movies and games set in a wasteland. Cherry 2000 gets its name from the 1987 eponymous sci fi cult film starring Melanie Griffith and David Andrews.


Post Apocalyptic Princess art by Lou Young (source)

This polish is a deep red-violet shade shot through with ultrafine silver particulate shimmers, which give it a semi-metallic look. It has a rich pinkish burgundy/black cherry appearance in low light and shade, but once you get it into the light it reveals fantastic radiant deep pink overtones that really put the princess into Post Apocalyptic Princess. As Christine from Serenity Nails says, it's "like black forest cake for your nails." That black cherry vibe is so very Pretty Serious! Lovers of ultrafine shimmer polishes that look like they're lit from within, take note! You'll be wanting to hunt this one down!

Application was great! The consistency of Cherry 2000 is fluid and smooth with a silky glide over the nail and outstanding self-leveling properties. A characteristic of semi-metallics and metallics is that they have a tendency to accentuate irregularities in the nail bed. Not this polish! My ridges were g-o-n-e gone with the first coat. Pigmentation is also outstanding, with even opaque coverage in one coat. As usual, I added a second coat, ostensibly to fix a few lines and ended up with the epitome of a shaky hands manicure. I mean, I flooded cuticles and sidewalls and even had blobs on my finger tips from wrapping my tips. Hey, that's what cleanup is for, right? I'm happy to tell you that despite it's profoundly pigmented formula, Cherry 2000 is actually quite user friendly when it comes to cleanup. There is definitely some pigment travel but you can remove all (or almost all, in my case) traces of it with your acetone-dampened brush and a patient careful hand. Thank goodness! Cherry 2000 dries naturally in very good time to a beautiful high-gloss finish. 

Photos show two coats of Cherry 2000 over Pretty Serious Rock On treatment and Pretty Serious All Your Base basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite. My disastrous second coat left some brushstrokes, but these are purely user error and not characteristic of the polish.


Pretty Serious Cherry 2000


Pretty Serious Cherry 2000


Pretty Serious Cherry 2000


Pretty Serious Cherry 2000


Pretty Serious Cherry 2000


Pretty Serious Cherry 2000


Pretty Serious Cherry 2000


Pretty Serious Cherry 2000


Pretty Serious Cherry 2000


Pretty Serious Cherry 2000


Pretty Serious Cherry 2000


Pretty Serious Cherry 2000


Pretty Serious Cherry 2000

Threw in a couple of shortie pics there towards the end, hope you don't mind....

I think this is gorgeous. I love the slinky, silky, Mata Hari-esque quality of the shimmers in Cherry 2000 and the beautiful flash of rosy pink at the access of light. It has an awesome feel on the nail, elegant but powerful and potentially dangerous. People better mind their Ps and Qs around this polish!

Each Post Apocalyptic Princess polish comes in a custom variation of Pretty Serious' usual box, graced by a special post apocalyptic version of mascot Daphne by artist Lee Young.

Daphne, dressed for distopia! (source)

Deeply cool!

love,
Liz

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