Friday, December 15, 2017

Grace-full Nail Polish Santa Cutie

Like Midnight Clear, Santa Cutie was released in November this year by Australian indie polish maker Grace-full Nail Polish as part of the Vintage Christmas collection. Described as a red jelly packed with teeny super holographic gold microglitters, the base color is a soft, cool-toned medium red along the lines of amaranth with ruby aspects that is warmed by the gold holographic microglitters, adding body to the color and giving it a kind of Indian red quality. The microglitters have an dainty, twinkling prismatic sparkle in ambient light and are downright dazzling in the sun, where they blanket the polish with brilliant sparks in every color of the rainbow.

Application was a pleasure. The consistency of Santa Cutie is fluid and dense with microglitters, with a medium viscosity and a fluent, smooth, self-leveling glide over the nail, an eminently-paintable formula that is easy to manipulate with Grace-full's compact, flattened-style brush. Coverage is provided largely by the microglitters, which do a good enough job to deliver wearable opacity in one medium coat (!), although you'll want two for richest expression of color. I did my cleanup as I went along to avoid sticky microglitters and had no issues. Santa Cutie dries naturally in good time to a flat, sandy-textured finish that is mostly smoothed by a layer of glitter-smoothing or gel-effect topcoat. I added a final layer of Seche Vite for a glossy, glitter-under-glass look.

Photos show two coats of Santa Cutie over treatment and basecoat topped with a layer of Girly Bits Glitter Glaze and a layer of Seche Vite.


Grace-full Nail Polish Santa Cutie


Grace-full Nail Polish Santa Cutie


Grace-full Nail Polish Santa Cutie


Grace-full Nail Polish Santa Cutie


Grace-full Nail Polish Santa Cutie


Grace-full Nail Polish Santa Cutie


Grace-full Nail Polish Santa Cutie


Grace-full Nail Polish Santa Cutie


Grace-full Nail Polish Santa Cutie


Grace-full Nail Polish Santa Cutie


Grace-full Nail Polish Santa Cutie

I'm partial to microglitter bombs like this all year round but the irrepressible sparkle meshes especially joyfully with winter holiday preparations, I think. This polish, which my significant other persists in calling "Santa Cuticle," is just perfect for the season. The glitters are superfine, making for an easy application and a delicate but cheerful, mood-elevating twinkle, which I always appreciate.

xo,
Liz

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

KBShimmer You're Brew-tiful

You're Brew-tiful was just released at the beginning of the month by Indiana-based indie polish maker KBShimmer as part of the Winter 2017 collection. Described as a lightened brown linear holographic polish, the color is a desaturated café au lait shade, a cool, creamy pale brown heavily silvered with holographic pigment, which gives it a taupey aspect. Powerfully holographic, it displays some kind of flare even in very low light, misty arcs of pasteled, pearly prismatic hues that frame a gleaming lick of pale gold and shade to café au lait at the sidewalls of the nail. In the sun, there's a brilliant linear display in full-strength rainbow colors.

Application was great! The consistency of You're Brew-tiful is fluid, light and creamy with a medium viscosity and an effortless, silky, self-leveling slip over the nail. Pigmentation is very good, with a little bit of sheerness on the first coat building easily to evenly opaque coverage with the second. Cleanup is easy. You're Brew-tiful dries naturally in very good time to a smooth, shiny finish. Topcoat does not in any way interfere with the holographic properties of the polish.

Photos show two coats of You're Brew-tiful over KBShimmer Love You Strong Time treatment and KBShimmer Fillin' Groovy basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite.


KBShimmer You're Brew-tiful


KBShimmer You're Brew-tiful


KBShimmer You're Brew-tiful


KBShimmer You're Brew-tiful


KBShimmer You're Brew-tiful


KBShimmer You're Brew-tiful


KBShimmer You're Brew-tiful


KBShimmer You're Brew-tiful


KBShimmer You're Brew-tiful


KBShimmer You're Brew-tiful


KBShimmer You're Brew-tiful

This has been a collection favorite with reviewers and I can see why! The pale, creamy brown combines with the silver holographic pigment to give the polish pale gold highlights and a neutral, almost nude quality. Adorned with its pasteled prismatic colors, it has a certain softness that you don't usually think of for linear holos, a sleek, ethereal look with a refined, sophisticated quality on the nail. Extremely flattering, it's a gentler, more organic alternative to pure silver or gold holos with an abundance of holographic magic that allows it to hold its own amid brighter holiday shades. Really lovely!

love,
Liz

Sunday, December 10, 2017

ILNP Party Favor

Party Favor was just released in November this year by Nevada-based indie polish maker ILNP as part of the Holiday 2017 collection.

This is a sparkly shimmer polish with colorshifting and holographic elements in a fantastic blue tourmaline colorway, primarily a bold, vivacious, medium-dark blue-green or indicolite color that slips effortlessly through royal blue to an intense ultramarine or paraiba shade at certain angles to the light, with corner-of-your-eye hints of mallard green and purple along the way. Super showy! It has a transparent blue-green base bearing multitudinous bright metallic blue and holographic flakies, which read in variations of green, blue-green and blue depending upon viewing circumstances and give this polish an almost glittery sparkle. We're under precipitating wintry skies here again today but I expect that direct sun would add a blanket of bright prismatic sparks to the mix.

Application was a pleasure. The consistency of Party Favor is fluid, light and smooth with a medium viscosity and a fluent, self-leveling slip over the nail that was easy to manipulate with ILNP's compact, flattened-style brush. Pigmentation is sheer on the first coat but will build to a wearable opacity in two. However, I think that the addition of a third adds substantially to the depth, density and richness of the color and that's what I recommend for this polish to look its very best. Cleanup was surprisingly easy. Party Favor dries naturally in very good time to a smooth, shiny finish. Topcoat seems to accentuate the duochrome-like color shift.

Photos show three coats of Party Favor over treatment and basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite. Between the sparkle and the low light, it was difficult for my camera to focus and some of these are not as clear I'd like.

ILNP Party Favor

ILNP Party Favor

ILNP Party Favor

ILNP Party Favor

ILNP Party Favor

ILNP Party Favor

ILNP Party Favor

ILNP Party Favor

ILNP Party Favor

ILNP Party Favor

ILNP Party Favor

So much wow! Party Favor is an excellent name for this remarkable jewel-tone -- it has a bold, flamboyant, celebratory feel that just screams New Year's Eve to me. Represent! There's a particularly unusual range of flake size in this polish, from tiny microflake-like bits to larger, more irregular, true flakies, and their metallic nature and reflectivity add a glistening foily aspect to the look that contributes to the ornate character. Party on, Wayne!

love,
Liz