Sunday, October 22, 2017

Emily de Molly Paper Universe

Paper Universe was released in mid-September this year by Australian indie polish maker Emily de Molly as one of seven new polishes for September 2017. Creator Hayley describes it as a dark royal blue jelly with bronze/gold/green shifting flakes, blue shimmers and silver and gold holographic microglitters. The base color is a dark, translucent shade of azure similar to lapis lazuli. It has a certain watercolor softness to it and is densely packed with a complex mixture of components that muddy the color to something closer to a midnight blue and create a kind of shadowy collage on the nail that's full of light play. Superabundant metallic colorshifting flakies sized from tiny to medium glisten and gleam in shades of bronze, coppery chestnut, blue-green and azure as light travels over them, dotted with twinkling prismatic sparkle from the holographic microglitters. Direct sun seems to pull more green hues from the flakies and highlights the blue shimmers.

Application was great! The consistency of Paper Universe is fluid and remarkably smooth for such a component-laden polish, with a medium viscosity and a fluent, easy, self-leveling glide over the nail that's just wonderful to work with. No component monkey business either, everything goes on smoothly and lays flat to the nail without tumbling, stickups or protrusions over the free edge. Pigmentation is somewhat sheerish but good, delivering wearable opacity in two coats. Be sure to wrap your tips carefully to avoid sheerness there. Cleanup was surprisingly easy. Paper Universe dries naturally in very good time to a shiny, gently textured finish that's largely smoothed by topcoat, which accentuates the presence of those beautiful metallic flakes.

Photos show two coats of Paper Universe over treatment and basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite.


Emily de Molly Paper Universe


Emily de Molly Paper Universe


Emily de Molly Paper Universe


Emily de Molly Paper Universe


Emily de Molly Paper Universe


Emily de Molly Paper Universe


Emily de Molly Paper Universe


Emily de Molly Paper Universe


Emily de Molly Paper Universe

The next time I wear this I think I'll go with three coats for a more uniform depth of color and finish with a dedicated surface-smoothing topcoat. It's a wonderfully murky, complex dark blue polish. The packed flakies give it a dappled visual texture with a shimmering, watery kind of reflectivity, glamorously punctuated by flashes of gleaming color and bright prismatic sparks -- a stylish facade beneath which lurks a mysterious, slightly foreboding sensibility.

love,
Liz

Saturday, October 21, 2017

KBShimmer Lady and The Vamp

Lady and The Vamp was released last month by Indiana-based indie polish maker KBShimmer as part of the Fall Blogger Collaboration collection, a series of fourteen polishes, twelve of which were designed from inspirational images submitted by KBShimmer bloggers. This particular polish was created with Lisa of Cosmetic Sanctuary and is described by Christy as "a deep vampy color burgundy red in our Mega Flame finish," a microglitter bomb featuring holographic microglitters in a colored base. You can read Lisa's post about Lady and The Vamp here.

The color here is a translucent dark wine with a strong purple aspect that gives it the look of a Tyrian purple on the nail. The darkness of the color is somewhat counterbalanced by superabundant silver holographic microglitters, which blanket the polish with a dense net of bright prismatic sparks in almost any light. It's downright dazzling in the sun, where the base color appears to brighten to a bold patriarch purple.

Application was great! The consistency of Lady and The Vamp is fluid and very smooth for a microglitter bomb, with a medium viscosity and a remarkably fluent and biddable glide over the nail that goes on naturally in thin-to-medium coats. Coverage is mostly provided by the microglitters, which are dense enough to provide wearable opacity in two coats. I used three for this manicure to avoid any bare-ish spots in the photos, but would happily wear it at two if I weren't taking pictures of it. I did my cleanup as I went along but experienced sticky glitters even so. My advice is to try for as clean a manicure as possible from the get go to minimize any necessary cleanup, and to do your cleanup as you go along while the polish is still wet. Lady and The Vamp dries naturally in very good time to a flat, textured finish that likes a double topcoat or a dedicated glitter-smoothing topcoat for a truly glossy, glitter-under-glass look.

Photos show three coats of Lady and The Vamp over ÜNT Ready for Takeoff peel off basecoat finished with a layer of Pretty Serious Plump Up The Volume plus a layer of Seche Vite to ensure drying of all the layers.


KBShimmer Lady and The Vamp


KBShimmer Lady and The Vamp


KBShimmer Lady and The Vamp


KBShimmer Lady and The Vamp


KBShimmer Lady and The Vamp


KBShimmer Lady and The Vamp


KBShimmer Lady and The Vamp


KBShimmer Lady and The Vamp


KBShimmer Lady and The Vamp


KBShimmer Lady and The Vamp


KBShimmer Lady and The Vamp

I love the glamorous, super-glittery sparkle of KBShimmer's Mega Flame polishes so there was no doubt that I'd love the look of this polish on my nails. I think the color and sparkle are especially becoming on my "Cinderella" right hand, which sports much shorter nails than my left. I try to remember the "jewels not tools" adage for both of my hands, but if I'm going to lapse it's inevitably with my right. Plus all of those right hand nails just seem to tear and crack more easily, so they're always relatively short. Anyway, if you've got shorties yourself, try a sparkly little vamp like this one on them and see if you don't love it!

xo,
Liz

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Literary Lacquers Unspeakably Desirable

Unspeakably Desirable was released on 24 August this year by New Mexico-based indie polish maker Literary Lacquers as a limited edition, numbered polish marking creator Amy's birthday. Officially described as "a bright coral mega glitter holo with copper, gold and rose microglitter," the name comes from a quote by Mark Twain, one of Amy's favorite authors:
There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable.
The color is a rich, medium-light orangey coral with a stealthy rosiness and aspects of terracotta, like something along the lines of a slightly muted tea rose. There's a certain creamy quality to it that reminds me of tomato soup when you make it with milk. Abundant holographic pigment gives it a glistening, tapestried dimensionality and nuances the base with hues of tomato and Congo pink in ambient light, dotted with tiny bright sparks in rose and coppery orange from the microglitters. In the sun there's a lush linear holographic flare, somewhat dispersed by the microglitters, framing a swath of frothy coral pink and shading to persimmon at the sidewalls of the nail, the whole blanketed with a net of bright prismatic sparks, most notably in gold, orange and green.

Application went well. The consistency of Unspeakably Desirable is fluid, dense and smooth with a medium-to-thicker viscosity that I added a little polish thinner to but should please those who prefer working with a slightly thicker polish. Thinned, it had an even, fluent glide over the nail. Self-leveling properties are very good as is pigmentation, netting evenly opaque coverage in two coats. I did my cleanup as I went along to avoid overly sticky glitters. Unspeakably Desirable dries naturally in very good time to a flat, slightly textured finish that wasn't entirely smoothed by Seche Vite so I added a layer of Girly Bits Glitter Glaze for a glassy finish.

Photos show two coats of Unspeakably Desirable over ÜNT Ready for Takeoff peel-off basecoat with a double topcoat of Seche Vite and Girly Bits Glitter Glaze.


Literary Lacquers Unspeakably Desirable


Literary Lacquers Unspeakably Desirable


Literary Lacquers Unspeakably Desirable


Literary Lacquers Unspeakably Desirable


Literary Lacquers Unspeakably Desirable


Literary Lacquers Unspeakably Desirable


Literary Lacquers Unspeakably Desirable


Literary Lacquers Unspeakably Desirable


Literary Lacquers Unspeakably Desirable


Literary Lacquers Unspeakably Desirable


Literary Lacquers Unspeakably Desirable


Literary Lacquers Unspeakably Desirable

I usually think of coral as a summer color so I was surprised at how fall appropriate this polish feels on the nail, possibly because it pulls richly orange on my skin tone compared to the way it appears in other reviews that I've seen, where it seems much rosier. I love the generous sparkle of those microglitters, it adds a lighthearted, playful quality to look.

Like what you see? Unspeakably Desirable is still available in the Literary Lacquers etsy shop!

love,
Liz