Monday, June 27, 2016

Colors by Llarowe Annie Get Your Gun

Annie Get Your Gun was released at the end of May this year by Colorado-based indie polish maker Colors by Llarowe (CbL) as part of the Summer 2016 collection. Creator Lee Anne has this to say about it:
This polish is incredibly hard to describe. A continuously changing color scheme that includes shades of blue, green, gunmetal grey, purple with an added pink to purple to lavender sheen. Tightly scattered glowing holographic with arcs of green, yellow, gold, turquoise and purple. Staring at your nails may cause hazardous conditions!
The base color is a well-pigmented, medium-dark steel blue with a strong denim aspect. Fine color-shifting particle shimmers and abundant holographic pigment give it a rich, complex appearance, most notably a remarkably dimensional, scintillating flush of yellow-green that travels over the nail with the light. Varying hues of azure and ultramarine further dimensionalize the base, over which floats a transparent violet sheen. The prismatic display in direct sun is absolutely stunning! A dazzling, semi-dispersed flare of mixed prismatic colors including bright green, azure, yellow and red surrounds a central lick of brilliant, gleaming semi-metallic purple before shading to a sparkling Atlantic blue at the edges of the nail. So gorgeous!

Application was a delight. The consistency of Annie Get Your Gun is fluid, creamy and dense with a medium viscosity and a velvety, self-leveling glide over the nail. Pigmentation is outstanding with opaque coverage in a single coat! I had nail collision issues that needed a second coat to fix, but I probably would have added a second coat anyway just to ensure that the holographic effects had plenty of fuel. Cleanup is easy and straightforward with a bit of pigment travel but little residual staining. Annie Get Your Gun dries naturally in very good time to a smooth shiny finish. Topcoat does not inhibit the holographic properties of the polish in any way. 

Photos show two coats of Annie Get Your Gun over treatment and basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite.


Colors by Llarowe Annie Get Your Gun


Colors by Llarowe Annie Get Your Gun


Colors by Llarowe Annie Get Your Gun


Colors by Llarowe Annie Get Your Gun


Colors by Llarowe Annie Get Your Gun


Colors by Llarowe Annie Get Your Gun


Colors by Llarowe Annie Get Your Gun


Colors by Llarowe Annie Get Your Gun


Colors by Llarowe Annie Get Your Gun


Colors by Llarowe Annie Get Your Gun


Colors by Llarowe Annie Get Your Gun


Colors by Llarowe Annie Get Your Gun


Colors by Llarowe Annie Get Your Gun


Colors by Llarowe Annie Get Your Gun


Colors by Llarowe Annie Get Your Gun

Believe me when I tell you that the gradients of multiple shifting colors in this polish are far too dynamic to be captured in a still image -- it has to be one of the most unusual and lively holos that I've laid eyes upon in a long time! My photos don't even come close to the experience of this polish in person, trust me. Even John allowed some enthusiasm, calling it "car paint good." High praise! The caliber of the color shifts does indeed remind me of some of the high end specialty auto paint jobs that you see at shows such as SEMA and the like.

Under incandescent light, the effects are just as amazing, generating an incredible 3D lit-from-within cloud of turquoise, green and gold sparks overlaid by a brilliant transparent purple sheen that is somehow reminiscent of the eye of a peacock feather and shifts to align itself with the light source. Just... wow!

If you love complex holographic polishes, you do not want to pass this up. Get it! Get it now!

your friendly enabler,
Liz

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