Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Picture Polish Mythical

Like Riviera and Macaron, Mythical was released this month by Australian boutique polish maker Picture Polish as a Collaboration shade. Officially described as a "purple jelly scatter holographic with shifting blue glass flecks," it was designed by Roselynn of the blog Manicured and Marvelous and roselynn787 on Instagram. Read Rose's post about Mythical and view her photos here!

This polish is a rich dark purple along the lines of eminence with aspects of Spanish violet and (to a lesser degree) indigo, a cooler variation of the shade with a strong lean to violet in certain circumstances and a regal, mysterious air. It's filled with PP's signature silvery holographic flakies that give it a stippled finish and light up in a warm, golden prismatic flush edged with red sparks as light travels over them. Abundant bright azure blue glass fleck shimmers complement the cool purple base, adding boatloads of lively sparkle (to the point of being almost glittery), especially in the sun where they augment a blanket of colorful prismatic sparks.

Application was lovely. The consistency of Mythical is fluid, light and silky smooth with a thin-to-medium viscosity and a fluent, self-leveling slip over the nail that is a pleasure to finish with PP's compact flattened-style brush. Pigmentation is excellent for a jelly, with evenly opaque coverage available in two coats, although I used three for the photos to avoid any trace of sheerness. Cleanup is straightforward, with a tiny bit of pigment travel and a little stickiness on the part of the glass flecks. Mythical dries naturally in very good time to a smooth, shiny finish. Topcoat enhances the presence and sparkle of the glass flecks.

Photos show three coats of Mythical over basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite.


Picture Polish Mythical


Picture Polish Mythical


Picture Polish Mythical


Picture Polish Mythical


Picture Polish Mythical


Picture Polish Mythical


Picture Polish Mythical


Picture Polish Mythical


Picture Polish Mythical

I love the addition of blue glass fleck shimmers to PP's scattered holo formula here. Even though my photos don't show it very well, they really do sparkle, adding touches of magic and glamor that keep the deep violet-leaning purple from being too aloof. A great fall color, too -- you know how I love my violets for autumn! Win!

love,
Liz

Monday, September 25, 2017

Top Shelf Lacquer Buzzed

Today's Top Shelf Lacquer Drunken Creme Fall Holo is Buzzed, officially described as a "light teal." It's a creamy, cyanic medium turquoise with a muted aspect in ambient light -- a subdued, indistinct quality also known among polish enthusiasts as "dirtied." It reminds me of verdigris. As with the other Drunken Creme Fall Holos, the holographic effects are subtle, giving the polish a touch of effervescence in indirect light and a dusting of delicate turquoise and gold sparkle in the sun with a vestigial prismatic flare. 

Application was wonderful. If you've read any of my reviews of other polishes from this collection, you know how highly I think of the formulas and this one is exactly on par. The only thing that's possibly more impressive than the quality of the formulas is how consistently maintained this quality is across the collection. Fluid, light, and silky smooth with an eminently-paintable, thin-to-medium viscosity and a fluent, self-leveling slip over the nail -- in my opinion it's as perfect as a polish can be! Buzzed has very good pigmentation that will give you evenly opaque coverage in two coats with easy cleanup. It dries naturally in very good time to a smooth, shiny finish. 

Photos show two coats of Buzzed over basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite. 


Top Shelf Lacquer Buzzed


Top Shelf Lacquer Buzzed


Top Shelf Lacquer Buzzed


Top Shelf Lacquer Buzzed


Top Shelf Lacquer Buzzed


Top Shelf Lacquer Buzzed


Top Shelf Lacquer Buzzed


Top Shelf Lacquer Buzzed

I like this polish much more than I thought I would. Muted shades often turn muddy against my skin tone, but this is bolder and more distinct on the nail than I expected from looking at it in the bottle, with a sleek presentation and a high-end feel. Nice!

love,
Liz

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Picture Polish Macaron

Like Riviera, Macaron is one of six new Collaboration shades released this month by Australian boutique polish maker Picture Polish. It was created with Laetitia of the French blog iLaeti and ilaeti on Instragram according to her design, officially described as a "raspberry red jelly scatter holographic." You can read her post about it and see her beautiful photos here (translation by Google).

The color is indeed an absolutely perfect raspberry shade, a vibrant, juicy pinkish-red with aspects of cerise and bright corally cues. It has a translucent but profoundly pigmented jelly base that shows off the color brilliantly -- it is intoxicatingly saturated and euphoric on the nail, like sun streaming through a piece of raspberry-colored stained glass. Superabundant holographic flakies fleck the finish and light up in glowing shades of bright red, red-orange, fuchsia and deep pink as light travels over them, creating a mobile, analogously-hued prismatic flush with a warm, dimensional and particularly luminous quality in ambient light that only intensifies in the sun.

Application was delicious. The consistency of Macaron is fluid, light and buttery with a thin-to-medium viscosity and an effortless, self-leveling glide over the nail, a fluent, highly mobile formula that slips on like silky lingerie. Pigmentation is excellent for a jelly, but the glass-like transparency requires at least two coats for full bottle color and three is even better to avoid any areas of sheerness. Cleanup provokes some pigment travel, but trace staining is mostly minimal. Macaron dries naturally in very good time to a smooth, shiny finish. Topcoat actually seems to intensify the holographic effects of the flakies in this polish.

Photos show three coats of Macaron over basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite.


Picture Polish Macaron


Picture Polish Macaron


Picture Polish Macaron


Picture Polish Macaron


Picture Polish Macaron


Picture Polish Macaron


Picture Polish Macaron


Picture Polish Macaron


Picture Polish Macaron


Picture Polish Macaron


Picture Polish Macaron


Picture Polish Macaron

This is a fresh little gem of a lacquer and a marvelous new addition to the considerable canon of Picture Polish reds. It's bursting with jubilant, vivacious feminine energy and the lush prismatic bloom is just drop-dead gorgeous. Must-have!

love,
Liz

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Top Shelf Lacquer Sloshed

It's another Top Shelf Lacquer Drunken Fall Creme Holo, this time in yellow. I am always fascinated by yellow polish even though my skin tone is not a complementary showcase for it. The unorthodoxy is what attracts me, I think, and I like the idea of yellow as an original, edgy, provocative color for nails -- done well it can be most impressive in that respect (Different Dimension Buttersweet Symphony anyone?).

This particular yellow from TSL is called Sloshed. Described as a mustard, on me it is more like a variation of arylide yellow, a dun-colored, earthy shade with a subtle grey-green tint along the lines of straw or flax. It reminds me of ocher and the color of the land in photos of the African savanna during dry season. Creamy and smooth, the holographic pigment is detectable as a hint of effervescence in ambient light, and direct sun engenders a field of delicate yellow sparks with a vestigial prismatic flare.

Application was excellent. Sloshed has the same fluent, buttery, insanely-paintable formula as the others in this collection, all the more outstanding considering that this is a yellow, notorious for NOT having great formulas (although the quality of indie yellows is making that less and less of a rule). Pigmentation is very good, delivering evenly opaque coverage in two coats. Cleanup is easy. Sloshed dries naturally in very good time to a smooth, shiny finish.

Photos show two coats of Sloshed over basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite.


Top Shelf Lacquer Sloshed


Top Shelf Lacquer Sloshed


Top Shelf Lacquer Sloshed


Top Shelf Lacquer Sloshed


Top Shelf Lacquer Sloshed


Top Shelf Lacquer Sloshed


Top Shelf Lacquer Sloshed


Top Shelf Lacquer Sloshed


Top Shelf Lacquer Sloshed

As I suspected it might, my skin looks like death next to this quintessentially earthy shade but that doesn't stop me from admiring it. For those who wear earthy colors like this well, I think it's a goldmine. I've never been to a rocky desert or canyon country, but I imagine this would fit in perfectly with that kind of palette. It is low-key and effortlessly sophisticated on the nail, with the kind of "signature color" sensibility that I've found to be a hallmark of great yellow polishes. A superb lighter shade for autumn.


Savanna, Tarangire National Park in Tanzania, East Africa.

love,
Liz

Friday, September 22, 2017

Picture Polish Riviera

Riviera was just released this month by Australian boutique polish maker Picture Polish as one of six new Collaboration shades. It was designed by Sabrina of the French blog NailArtSakura and nailartsakura on Instagram, inspired by her love for the Mediterranean Sea, specifically the look it has during the month of March: "at that time it is cold, the wind blows, it takes on this very dark tint."

This polish has a translucent but dark and saturated blue jelly base that reminds me of traditional royal blue -- not the modern brighter hue commonly thought of as royal blue but the older, inkier, more mysterious version of the shade. It is similar in sensibility to Atlantic blue, oceanic, keen, fathomless and evocative, and you can almost feel those March winds as you paint. Abundant silvery holographic flakes lie semi-submerged in the inky depths, creating a shimmery turquoise sparkle as light travels over them, and direct sun elicits a scattered field of bright blue and green sparks.

Application was a pleasure. The consistency of Riviera is fluid, light and smooth with a medium viscosity and a fluent, silky, self-leveling slip over the nail that is easy to control and finesse with PP's flattened, flexible brush. Pigmentation is very good. It's translucent, so there may be streaks or some unevenness on the first coat but by and large these disappear with the second. However, you'll want to be as even as possible with your layers to avoid any areas of sheerness. Look at it in the sun if in doubt and add an extra coat if you need to (ask me how I know). Cleanup was fairly straightforward -- watch out for surreptitious pigment travel. Riviera dries naturally in very good time to a beautiful glossy finish.

Photos show two coats (had I followed by own advice it would have been three) of Riviera over basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite.


Picture Polish Riviera


Picture Polish Riviera


Picture Polish Riviera


Picture Polish Riviera


Picture Polish Riviera


Picture Polish Riviera


Picture Polish Riviera


Picture Polish Riviera


Picture Polish Riviera

A lot of dark blues are somewhat reserved and formal in their elegance, but this one is full of drama and character -- the translucence of the jelly base sees to that beautifully. The sparkling flakies are like sunlight glancing off deep, wind-ruffled waters, and the color is crisp, clean and deliciously inky. Gorgeous!

You can read Sabrina's post about Riviera and see her photos of the polish and its inspiration, the Mediterranean Sea, here (translation by Google).

love,
Liz

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Nine Zero Lacquer January 2016

January 2016 was released, well, in January 2016 by Michigan-based indie polish maker Nine Zero Lacquer as the debut of the brand's ongoing Polish of the Month series. Officially described as "a berry holographic with holographic silver microglitter," this little chameleon is all kinds of yummy purple-berry goodness. Mostly it's a bold, medium-dark red-violet along the lines of fandango with aspects of mulberry and dark magenta. Superabundant finely-milled holographic pigment gives it a gleaming semi-metallic underlay of brighter red-violet with a reddish flash, and nuances the base color with shades of indigo, violet and red in ambient light. In direct sun, the base brightens to almost a Munsell purple with a brilliant linear holographic flare featuring all of the rainbow colors, the whole dotted with brightly twinkling prismatic sparks from the tiny microglitters. 

Application was ok. The consistency of my bottle was fluid but uber thick and I added quite a bit of polish thinner in an effort to get a paintable viscosity. It remained quite dense even so, and I had some difficulty not overloading the brush. I suspect all this is particular to my bottle, as in my experience the brand's typical formula has an eminently-paintable medium-thin to medium viscosity. In any case, it was not all that big of a problem application-wise, just unexpected. Pigmentation is excellent, a one-coater if you want it to be, although I used two. Cleanup is straightforward. January 2016 dries naturally in good time to a very gently textured finish that was easily smoothed to glossy perfection with a layer of Girly Bits Glitter Glaze.

Photos show two coats of January 2016 over treatment and basecoat with topcoat.


Nine Zero Lacquer January 2016


Nine Zero Lacquer January 2016


Nine Zero Lacquer January 2016


Nine Zero Lacquer January 2016


Nine Zero Lacquer January 2016


Nine Zero Lacquer January 2016


Nine Zero Lacquer January 2016


Nine Zero Lacquer January 2016


Nine Zero Lacquer January 2016


Nine Zero Lacquer January 2016


Nine Zero Lacquer January 2016


Nine Zero Lacquer January 2016

This garnet-colored holo seems to lean a more to purple in certain circumstances and to burgundy in others, but at all times the color is rich and saturated and the holographic effects, especially in the sun, are fantastic. I adore those tiny holographic microglitters, I always love it when Jess puts them in her holos. Here, the base color is densely pigmented enough that they are somewhat reticent until you get the polish into direct light, where they lavish the holographic display with a scattered twinkling field of prismatic sparkle.

love,
Liz