Wednesday, June 21, 2017

ILNP Birthday Suit

Like After Party, Birthday Suit was released earlier this month by Nevada-based indie polish maker ILNP as part of the Summer 2017 collection. It's described as a cashmere pink holo with holographic flakies. The color is a tender, desaturated nude pink, slightly cool-leaning, with greige undertones that give it a creamy, clay-like sensibility. Superabundant holographic flakes add a fetching prismatic twinkle in ambient light and a blanket of rainbow sparks in the sun, where there's also a vestigial holographic flare, slightly dispersed by the flakes but present enough to travel up and down the nail as you flex your fingers in the light.

Application was fabulous. The consistency of Birthday Suit is fluid, light and smooth with a thin-to-medium viscosity and a fluent, silky, self-leveling slip over the nail. Formulaic perfection! Pigmentation is slightly sheer, but will build to a wearably opaque look in two medium coats. I added a third for the photos and it did seem to give the color a bit more density and intensify its native creaminess, but this polish goes on so evenly you could easily wear it at one coat for an ethereal, sheer look. Cleanup is a bit of a bear because those holographic flakes stick to the nail like tiny prismatic limpets so you'll want to be precise with your lines from the get-go. Birthday Suit dries naturally in good time to a smooth, shiny finish.

Photos show three coats of Birthday Suit over treatment and basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite.


ILNP Birthday Suit


ILNP Birthday Suit


ILNP Birthday Suit


ILNP Birthday Suit


ILNP Birthday Suit


ILNP Birthday Suit


ILNP Birthday Suit


ILNP Birthday Suit


ILNP Birthday Suit


ILNP Birthday Suit


ILNP Birthday Suit

I adore the graceful, your-nails-but-better look of pinkish nude holos to the point where I simply cannot get enough of them, ever, so you know I love love LOVE this polish! It may not be groundbreaking, but it is unreservedly gorgeous in every way, from the color to the formula to the holographic effects. The color is clean and delicate but deliciously creamy, angelic but grounded, and the prismatic sparkle is like a wink from Cupid!

If you're wondering, as I was, how this compares to Chleo, ILNP's blush nude holo from the 2016 Fall Neutrals collection, Edina of lakkomlakkom includes a photo of the two swatched side by side (she also includes Sweet Pea and Elle) in her review of the Summer 2017 collection, here. Birthday Suit is lighter in person, she says, and has bigger flakies in it. I suspect that it may be slightly more opaque as well.

love,
Liz

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