Monday, November 20, 2017

Don Deeva Call Me Councilman

Call Me Councilman was just released earlier this month by Florida-based indie polish maker Don Deeva as a part of an ongoing series of polish tributes to the anthology horror television show American Horror Story.

It is officially described as a blue/purple/teal multichrome holo with holographic flakies. From the bottle, I had expected purple to be the most common/primary color on the nail. Not so! The main color I see is a medium, teal-ish variation of jungle green along the lines of Taylor Love Green. It is at its brightest along the axis of light and shades through deep blue to a dark indigo around the edges of the nail, dimensionalizing the appearance beautifully and adding a delicious, slightly sinister quality to the feel. Turning my nails into the light, the main color shifts completely to a medium purple with the same blue/indigo shading. Like magic! Abundant Spectraflair holographic pigment gives the polish a luminous, shimmering, finely-grained look flecked with tiny holographic flakes. Direct sun engenders a delicate, scattered display of the tiniest rainbow sparks, a fine, sparkling blanket of pinpoint prismatic motes.

Application was fantastic. The consistency of Call Me Councilman is fluid, light and silky with a medium viscosity and a fluent, even, self-leveling glide over the nail, a gorgeous, biddable formula that is a pleasure to paint with. Pigmentation is very good to excellent, nearly a one-coater but you'll want two for richest color and effects. Cleanup is easy. Call Me Councilman dries naturally in very good time to a smooth, flat finish that wants a glossy topcoat to look its best.

Photos show two coats of Call Me Councilman over treatment and basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite.


Don Deeva Call Me Councilman


Don Deeva Call Me Councilman


Don Deeva Call Me Councilman


Don Deeva Call Me Councilman


Don Deeva Call Me Councilman


Don Deeva Call Me Councilman


Don Deeva Call Me Councilman


Don Deeva Call Me Councilman


Don Deeva Call Me Councilman


Don Deeva Call Me Councilman


Don Deeva Call Me Councilman


Don Deeva Call Me Councilman


Don Deeva Call Me Councilman


Don Deeva Call Me Councilman

Generally speaking, I am not the biggest fan of multichromes (don't hate me!). What I really like about this one is that it doesn't have the reflective, metallic look that you usually see with multichromes. The abundance of holographic pigment in this polish gives it a shimmering, finely-grained visual texture, which I love. I also like the spookiness of the colorway, it seems to suite the AHS inspiration well, and the formula is perfection. An excellent shifty polish!

love,
Liz

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Grace-full Nail Polish Sparkle Siren

Sparkle Siren was released in May this year by Australian indie polish maker Grace-full Nail Polish as part of the Super Polish Girls collection and is officially described as "a bright red jelly with holo flakes throughout." The color is a vivid, saturated, medium-dark variation of crimson with ruby aspects and an intensely vibrant quality that gives it a lush, bold presence on the nail. Superabundant small holographic flakies read in hues of silver, pink and bright red from within the base, with a noticeable traveling glow or bloom as light passes over them. The jelly formula allows plenty of light to penetrate, intensifying the both the base color and the glowy bloom of the flakes in the sun.

Application was lovely. The consistency of Sparkle Siren is fluid and light with the thin-to-medium viscosity that I love and a fluent, even, self-leveling slip over the nail that is a pleasure to finesse with Grace-full's sleekly compact, flattened-style brush, which I also love. Pigmentation is saturated but has a jelly's translucent nature, so while it will build to a wearable opacity in two medium coats, three are definitely best for maximizing the richness and intensity of the color. There's a bit of pigment travel with cleanup but it's quite manageable with only a hint of residual staining. Sparkle Siren dries naturally in very good time to a smooth, shiny finish. A glossy topcoat gives even more depth to the look.

Photos show three coats of Sparkle Siren over treatment and basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite.


Grace-full Nail Polish Sparkle Siren


Grace-full Nail Polish Sparkle Siren


Grace-full Nail Polish Sparkle Siren


Grace-full Nail Polish Sparkle Siren


Grace-full Nail Polish Sparkle Siren


Grace-full Nail Polish Sparkle Siren


Grace-full Nail Polish Sparkle Siren


Grace-full Nail Polish Sparkle Siren

Look no further for your special Christmas red! The intensity and vividness of the color with its glowing little flakes make for a particularly joyful and exuberant sensibility, an irresistible joie de vivre that will make your spirit sing. I absolutely adore this! I've amassed a bunch of Theresa's reds over the past couple of years but I think this one is my favorite of them all so far -- it's absolutely wonderful!

love,
Liz

Friday, November 17, 2017

Il Était Un Vernis Farewell Party

Like Velours by Sfumati, Farewell Party was released in October this year by French boutique polish maker Il Était Un Vernis as part of the Choose Happy collection.

Its listing in Il Était Un Vernis's big cartel shop describes this polish as a desaturated blue with purple undertones, bearing holographic particles and golden/coppery microflake shimmers that have a green shift. The color is kind of like a rich, weathered Prussian blue, a deep, resonant shade with aspects of midnight blue and an almost nautical vibe. It has a dusty quality courtesy of abundant holographic pigment and coppery microflake shimmers, which stealthily speckle the finish with pinpoint motes and tiny microflakes that gleam occasionally when they catch the light just right. There's a subtle (by holographic standards), somewhat scattered prismatic flush of multicolored sparks in the sun, with an emphasis on green and gold.

Application was wonderful. The consistency of Farewell Party is fluid, dense and buttery smooth with a medium viscosity and a lush, creamy, self-leveling glide over the nail, a terrific formula that is easy to finesse with the brand's compact, flattened-style brush. Pigmentation is excellent and will deliver evenly opaque coverage in one medium coat, if desired. I used two. Cleanup is straightforward with some pigment travel and a hint of trace staining to dry areas. Farewell Party dries naturally in very good time to a beautiful glossy finish.

Photos show two coats of Farewell Party over treatment and basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite.


Il Était Un Vernis Farewell Party


Il Était Un Vernis Farewell Party


Il Était Un Vernis Farewell Party


Il Était Un Vernis Farewell Party


Il Était Un Vernis Farewell Party


Il Était Un Vernis Farewell Party


Il Était Un Vernis Farewell Party


Il Était Un Vernis Farewell Party


Il Était Un Vernis Farewell Party


Il Était Un Vernis Farewell Party


Il Était Un Vernis Farewell Party

I don't even know if I can properly describe how profoundly appealing and satisfying this polish is to me, I find it irresistible! The dusty Prussian blue color is straightforward but has an underlying richness and complexity that is simply divine, with hints of copper hidden in its depths and a soft, creamy, weathered, utterly delicious kind of patina to it that reminds me of the old dark blue '68 Volvo 144 that I drove for years. I wouldn't call it bold, but it's charismatic and stylish as all get out. A fantastic dark blue -- LOVE!

xo,
Liz

Thursday, November 16, 2017

ILNP Park Place

Like Sticks and Stones and Cable Car, Park Place was released in September this year by Nevada-based indie polish maker ILNP as part of the Fall 2017 Ultra Holos collection. Officially described as a "dusk blue," the color is a soft, silvery medium blue-grey, similar in appearance to Crayola's wild blue yonder. Heavily holographic, some kind of prismatic flare is almost always visible, with misty shades of blue figuring most prominently accompanied by lavender, pale spring green and wisps of gold and orange, which at oblique angles extend into a beautiful "toasted" effect. In the sun, there's a brilliant linear holographic display featuring arcs in all of the rainbow colors that frame a gleaming central lick of semi-metallic silvery grey and shade to shadow blue at the sidewalls of the nail.

Application was superb. The consistency of Park Place is fluid, light and smooth with a thin-to-medium viscosity and an effortless, silky, self-leveling slip over the nail. Pigmentation is very good. Two coats nets completely even opaque coverage. Cleanup is easy. Park Place dries naturally in very good time to a smooth, shiny finish. Topcoat does not affect the holographic properties of the polish in any way.

Photos show two coats of Park Place over treatment and basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite.


ILNP Park Place


ILNP Park Place


ILNP Park Place


ILNP Park Place


ILNP Park Place


ILNP Park Place


ILNP Park Place


ILNP Park Place


ILNP Park Place


ILNP Park Place

Dusk blue is an excellent descriptor of this polish, both in color and feel. Not dark or moody enough that I'd call it crepuscular, the misty blues and lavenders it displays in low light do have a certain hushed, ephemeral changeability that I associate with twilight. But mostly it is brilliantly holographic, with the kind of color, definition and athleticism in its prismatic effects that you'd expect to see in one of ILNP's Ultra Holos.

love,
Liz

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Colors by Llarowe Plum Ready For Summer

Plum Ready For Summer was released this month by Colorado-based indie polish maker Colors by Llarowe as part of the Winter 2017 collection. Officially described as "a medium plum with a glowing prismatic holographic finish and a strong orchid flame," the color is a sumptuous, saturated medium Munsell purple shade. Ultrafine holographic pigment makes the brilliant color richly dimensional and luminous on the nail in ambient light, with a warm, glowing magenta heart that shades gradually to deep plum at the edges of the nail. Gorgeous!

Application was fabulous. The consistency of Plum Ready For Summer is fluid and silky smooth with an eminently-paintable, medium viscosity and a lush, buttery, self-leveling slip over the nail. Pigmentation is excellent. One medium coat will deliver evenly opaque coverage, but use two for extra depth and richness. Cleanup is straightforward. There's a bit of pigment travel as you'd expect from such a saturated color but little to no trace staining. Plum Ready For Summer dries naturally in very good time to a smooth, shiny finish. Topcoat does not interfere with the holographic effects in any way.

Photos show two coats of Plum Ready For Summer over KBShimmer Love You Strong Time treatment and KBShimmer Fillin' Groovy basecoat.


Colors by Llarowe Plum Ready For Summer


Colors by Llarowe Plum Ready For Summer


Colors by Llarowe Plum Ready For Summer


Colors by Llarowe Plum Ready For Summer


Colors by Llarowe Plum Ready For Summer


Colors by Llarowe Plum Ready For Summer


Colors by Llarowe Plum Ready For Summer


Colors by Llarowe Plum Ready For Summer

Love! The color is just delicious -- bold and vivid -- and that gorgeous prismatic bloom gives it a plush, velvety dimensionality on the nail that I find almost heartbreakingly beautiful. My exaggerated covet response went into play the moment I saw my first swatch photos if it on My Nail Polish Obsession, and it's every bit as amazing in person, if not more so. From what I understand, the entire collection will be restocked and available for purchase on 1 December. Make a note, 'cause you need this polish!

xo,
Liz