Thursday, March 23, 2017

Great Lakes Lacquer Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan was released in July 2016 by Michigan-based indie polish maker Great Lakes Lacquer as part of The Great Ones collection, a genius series of five polishes inspired by the Great Lakes of North America. The lone holo of the collection, Lake Michigan is described as "a deep teal linear holographic with multi chrome flake that shifts from a deep blue to light green and shimmer that mimics those flakes." With all of the component shiftiness going on, whether blue or green is most prevalent in the general appearance of this polish depends entirely upon viewing circumstances, but the base color is a translucent medium-dark blue-green.

That said, the combination of the multichrome flakies, which range in color from bright primary green to electric blue, and the blue/green color-shifting shimmers make this polish a truly dynamic chameleon. A cloud momentarily crossing the sun will transform the look from a resonant sea green glimmering with hints of emerald and pine to a lush, oceanic cerulean, with innumerable subtle variations of tone in between. The multichrome flakies and holographic pigment give it a rich, dimensional visual texture, with gleaming, jewel-like metallic flakes mixing with the finely-grained, Pointillist-style ambient color to create a shimmering tapestry of blues and greens. And in the sun, there's a sparkling, analogously-hued prismatic display.

Application was lovely. The consistency of Lake Michigan is fluid, full-bodied and smooth with a medium viscosity and an even, self-leveling glide over the nail with a bit of pull to it if using thin coats, which I recommend. The flakies range from tiny shards to relatively large pieces, but all disperse easily and randomly over the nail with no clumping, stickups or protrusions over the free edge. Pigmentation is sheerish and meant to be that way. I think that three coats creates the richest presentation, and I found thinner coats best to avoid any bulkiness. Cleanup is surprisingly easy, with just a skosh of trace staining. Lake Michigan dries naturally in very good time to a smooth, shiny finish.

Photos show three coats of Lake Michigan over KBShimmer Love You Strong Time treatment and KBShimmer Fillin' Groovy basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite.


Great Lakes Lacquer Lake Michigan


Great Lakes Lacquer Lake Michigan


Great Lakes Lacquer Lake Michigan


Great Lakes Lacquer Lake Michigan


Great Lakes Lacquer Lake Michigan


Great Lakes Lacquer Lake Michigan


Great Lakes Lacquer Lake Michigan


Great Lakes Lacquer Lake Michigan


Great Lakes Lacquer Lake Michigan


Great Lakes Lacquer Lake Michigan


Great Lakes Lacquer Lake Michigan


Great Lakes Lacquer Lake Michigan

The flakies incorporate with the holo beautifully here, much more so in person than my photos would suggest, and there's a sort of semi-metallic quality to the finish that serves to encapsulate all of the visual texture and give the polish a really dressy, ornate feel. The linear holographic display in the sun is slightly dispersed by the components, but the colors are so brilliant and rich that this somehow only manages to make it even more stunning. Wonderful!

love,
Liz

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Dreamland Date Night

Date Night was originally released in February 2015 as part of the Valentine's 2015 collection under creator Noelie's Smitten label, and has been re-released as a Dreamland polish. Described as a hot pink linear holo, to my eye the color lands somewhere between hot pink and rose pink, a lush, vivid, brilliant, mostly cool-toned shade with hints of neon rose and a kiss of warm cerise -- kind of like a deep pink/light deep pink hybrid. It is ubiquitously holographic and dimensional, displaying a glowing, transparent violet heart in almost all circumstances, with nuanced hues of misty ultra pink and brink pink and a shimmering, semi-metallic hot pink underlay in ambient light. In the sun there's a gorgeous linear holographic flare with arcs of bright azure and mixed red and orange sparks that shades to deep pink at the sidewalls of the nail.

Application was wonderful. The consistency of Date Night is fluid, light and silky smooth with a thin-to-medium viscosity and a fluent, even, self-leveling glide over the nail, an eminently-paintable formula that is a joy to finesse with Dreamland's flattened, flexible brush. Awesome! Pigmentation is very good, netting evenly opaque coverage in two coats. Cleanup is straightforward with a skosh of pigment travel as you might expect from such a saturated color. Date Night dries naturally in very good time to a smooth, shiny finish. Topcoat does not interfere in any way with the polish's holographic properties. 

Photos show two coats of Date Night over treatment and basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite.


Dreamland Date Night


Dreamland Date Night


Dreamland Date Night


Dreamland Date Night


Dreamland Date Night


Dreamland Date Night


Dreamland Date Night


Dreamland Date Night


Dreamland Date Night


Dreamland Date Night


Dreamland Date Night


Dreamland Date Night


Dreamland Date Night


Dreamland Date Night

Bright, eye-catching and exuberantly feminine, this gorgeous pink is giving me happy spring fingers! The holographically-generated colors are rich and vibrant, traveling up and down the nail in shimmering swaths as your fingers flex in the light, and the violet heart just glows. It is all the eye-candy you could want in a bright pink linear holo. If you love your bright pinks, I suspect that you just might need this!

love,
Liz

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

ILNP Yours Truly

Yours Truly was released this month by Nevada-based indie polish maker I Love Nail Polish (ILNP) as part of the Spring 2017 collection. Officially described as a violet-purple with pink shimmers, gold microflake shimmers and scattered holographic flakes, the base color is a translucent, medium-toned variation of lavender with an inclination to periwinkle, something along the lines of Crayola's Magic Scent color, soap. Superabundant ultrafine baby pink particulate shimmers combine with the base to pull the color firmly back into lavender territory, creating a pink flash along the axis of light and giving the look a prominent, glossy pink sheen. There's a flecky visual texture from the golden and holographic flakes, with the latter contributing a fine prismatic twinkle in ambient light that strengthens to a field of scattered rainbow sparks predominated by bright azure in the sun.

Application was a pleasure. The consistency of Yours Truly is fluid, light and smooth with a thin-to-medium viscosity and a silky, self-leveling slip over the nail that likes to go on in thin coats from a moderately loaded brush. Pigmentation is sheer. I found that three coats suited me best for full bottle color and most evenly opaque coverage. Cleanup is easy with a little bit of component stickiness on the part of the holographic flakes, especially. Yours Truly dries naturally in very good time to a smooth, shiny finish.

Photos show three coats of Yours Truly over treatment and basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite.


ILNP Yours Truly


ILNP Yours Truly


ILNP Yours Truly


ILNP Yours Truly


ILNP Yours Truly


ILNP Yours Truly


ILNP Yours Truly


ILNP Yours Truly


ILNP Yours Truly


ILNP Yours Truly


ILNP Yours Truly


ILNP Yours Truly


ILNP Yours Truly

Spring is my favorite time of year to wear lavender polish, the color always feels fresh and complements the blooms and early leaves of spring in such a satisfying way. Yours Truly, with its pink sheen and prismatic sparkle, is perfectly suited to the season without being a pastel, which I very much appreciate. It feels sleek and glassy on the nail, a shimmery spring charmer!

love,
Liz

Monday, March 20, 2017

Elevation Polish Elbrus 2

Elbrus 2 was released in May 2014 by Minnesota-based indie polish maker Elevation Polish as part of the Summits Part 2 collection. Creator Lulu describes it as a "plum purple with shifting shimmer, silver/white shimmer." The base color here is a dark, somewhat muted variation of purple along the lines of Byzantium, a dense, dusky, sophisticated shade. It is enlivened by abundant infinitesimal microflake shimmers in red, blue, magenta and silver. The red, blue and magenta shimmers are visible as tiny sparks of color as light travels over them, while the silver shimmers have a more subtle effect, adding to the dusty quality of the color and giving the look a transparent, understated silvery sheen. The colorshifting effects of the shimmers becomes apparent under different viewing circumstances and kinds of light, ranging from a lively flash in bright red to a blue glow -- very cool!

Application was quite agreeable. The consistency of Elbrus 2 is fluid and dense with a medium-to-thicker viscosity to which I added a small amount of polish thinner. Thinned, it had a smooth glide over the nail with a little bit of pull it. Self-leveling properties are very good, as is pigmentation. Two medium coats will deliver wearable opacity, but there's a degree of translucence to the formula that requires an especially even hand to avoid sheer patches when viewed in direct light. Cleanup is easy. Elbrus 2 dries naturally in good time to a smooth, shiny finish. Topcoat accentuates the presence of the microflake shimmers.

Photos show two coats of Elbrus 2 over treatment and basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite.


Elevation Polish Elbrus 2


Elevation Polish Elbrus 2


Elevation Polish Elbrus 2


Elevation Polish Elbrus 2


Elevation Polish Elbrus 2


Elevation Polish Elbrus 2


Elevation Polish Elbrus 2


Elevation Polish Elbrus 2


Elevation Polish Elbrus 2


Elevation Polish Elbrus 2


Elevation Polish Elbrus 2

This polish is named for Mount Elbrus, a dormant, double-domed volcano located in the Caucasus Mountains in Southern Russa near the border with Georgia. It is the highest mountain in Russia and in Europe and the tenth most prominent peak in the world, with a permanent icecap that feeds 22 glaciers, which in turn give rise to three major Russian rivers.

Mount Elbrus, Russia, elevation 18,510ft/5642m

Elbrus 2 is a contemplative sort of polish that hides its light under a bushel a little bit, I think. If you're in the mood for its complexity and subtle sophistication, it will reveal itself as a graceful, elegant and flattering shade. I especially appreciate the twinkling shimmers that play up the nature of the color and add a stealthy bit of fun to the polish's somewhat reserved character.

love,
Liz