Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Colors by Llarowe She Sells Sea Shells

She Sells Sea Shells was released at the beginning of May this year by Colorado-based indie polish maker Colors by Llarowe as part of the Spring/Summer 2017 collection. Described as a bright pink-leaning red linear holo with pink-to-lilac colorshifting shimmers, the color is a vibrant medium-toned variation of raspberry with aspects of crimson and cerise and aspirations to coral, a richly-hued, expansive shade that I find utterly delightful. Abundant holographic pigment nuances the color with a variety of reds and deep pinks in ambient light, and gives the polish that delicious, finely-grained holographic visual texture. Ultrafine colorshifting shimmers create a delicate powdery sheen of pink-lavender along the axis of light, an interesting contrast to the lushness of the base color that adds complexity and a certain dainty quality to the look. 

Application was a pleasure. The consistency of She Sells Sea Shells is fluid and smooth with a medium viscosity and a plush, velvety, self-leveling glide over the nail, a lovely, user-friendly formula that went on most easily for me in medium coats from a well-loaded brush, although certainly amenable to thinner coats if that is how you roll. Pigmentation is outstanding. One medium coat will provide solidly opaque coverage, but two is better to maximize the holographic properties of the polish. Cleanup is surprisingly easy. She Sells Sea Shells dries naturally in very good time to a smooth, slightly flat finish. Topcoat adds a becoming gloss and accentuates the presence and effects of the colorshifting shimmers, but does not interfere with the holographic effects in any way.

Photos show two coats of She Sells Sea Shells over treatment and basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite.


Colors by Llarowe She Sells Sea Shells


Colors by Llarowe She Sells Sea Shells


Colors by Llarowe She Sells Sea Shells


Colors by Llarowe She Sells Sea Shells


Colors by Llarowe She Sells Sea Shells


Colors by Llarowe She Sells Sea Shells


Colors by Llarowe She Sells Sea Shells


Colors by Llarowe She Sells Sea Shells


Colors by Llarowe She Sells Sea Shells


Colors by Llarowe She Sells Sea Shells

Sorry, no sun shots today. It's white-sky overcast and very warm here. We are bathed in humidity. All the trees and shrubs around the property are intensely green and almost dangerously lush, continually extending themselves to new and greater parameters. It's like Andrew Marvell's "Garden" out there.

But gosh, the way the holo in this polish spells out that luscious mix of reds and deep pinks and imbues them with just the perfect amount of warmth is intoxicating, I cannot get enough of it! So buoyant and pretty and full of flirty, feminine energy -- it's divine! Love!

xo,
Liz

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