Wednesday, June 28, 2017

KBShimmer Double Pog Dare You

Double Pog Dare You is the last of the polishes that I purchased from KBShimmer's recent All The Bright Moves collection that I have to show you. This is the blue of the 80s/90s-themed series, not actually a neon but bright enough to comfortably share space with its neon stablemates. Officially described as a near-neon "vibrant sky blue," the color is indeed an intense, creamy, medium-toned variation of sky blue along the lines of deep sky blue, also known as Capri. 

Application was fantastic. The consistency of Double Pog Dare You is fluid and creamy with a medium viscosity and a lush, velvety glide over the nail, definitely a creme-type formula as opposed to some of the other, crellier All The Bright Moves polishes, that self-levels nicely as it sets up. Pigmentation is very good to excellent. It has the feel of a one-coater and possibly could be with the proper mojo and a generous hand. For me, it delivered evenly opaque coverage and full bottle color in two coats. Cleanup is straightforward with a skosh of trace staining to dryer skin. Double Pog Dare You dries naturally in very good time to a beautiful glossy finish.

Photos show two coats of Double Pog Dare You over treatment and basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite. A note about the color, which is not entirely true here -- it's a degree or so greener in person, which gives it a weightier look and a bolder, more substantial presence.


KBShimmer Double Pog Dare You


KBShimmer Double Pog Dare You


KBShimmer Double Pog Dare You


KBShimmer Double Pog Dare You


KBShimmer Double Pog Dare You


KBShimmer Double Pog Dare You


KBShimmer Double Pog Dare You


KBShimmer Double Pog Dare You

Not quite a pool blue but still great for a summer pedi! It's generally nicely balanced between azure and cyan, perhaps leaning a tiny bit more to the former than the latter, and is more saturated and brighter than Carolina blue for all you tarheel fans out there (you know who you are!).

I had to look up Pogs on Wikipedia and I still feel clueless. Ditto that Double Dare show. But then I was a 60s/70s child. Anyone up for an oil embargo?

love,
Liz

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

ILNP Wanderlust

Wanderlust was released earlier this month by Nevada-based indie nail polish maker ILNP as part of the Summer 2017 collection. This is a chilly medium fuchsia with steel pink overtones, similar to a sky magenta in tone and depth, with a slightly faded, antique quality in ambient light and a strong semi-metallic aspect. It's packed with silvery holographic elements sized from particles to flakes, giving it a flecked visual texture that somehow seems to add to the color's slightly desaturated sensibility. It also appears to have an abundance of finely-milled metallic shimmers in steel pink that show shifts to gold and even copper at oblique angles. I think that it is at its best in the sun, where the color picks up some saturation and density beneath a dense field of brilliant scattered prismatic sparkle.

Application was great! The consistency of Wanderlust is fluid, light and smooth with a viscosity that's a touch thinner than medium and a fluent, effortless, self-leveling slip over the nail. Pigmentation is sheer, buildable to evenly opaque coverage in three coats for me. Cleanup is straightforward, with some dispersal and stickiness on the part of the holographic flakes. Wanderlust dries naturally in very good time to a smooth, shiny finish. 

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


ILNP Wanderlust


ILNP Wanderlust


ILNP Wanderlust


ILNP Wanderlust


ILNP Wanderlust


ILNP Wanderlust


ILNP Wanderlust


ILNP Wanderlust


ILNP Wanderlust


ILNP Wanderlust


ILNP Wanderlust


ILNP Wanderlust

I'm kind of on the fence about this polish. As I mentioned, the semi-metallic steel pink aspect mixed with such an abundance of silvery holo bits gives the color a slightly desaturated quality in ambient light that, while flattering and feminine, just feels a little old-fashioned to me, I guess. If it were a lippie, I'd probably be all over it. It is beautiful in the sun, though. The gleaming color deepens and brightens and all of those silvery bits explode into a bazillion tiny prismatic sparks.

love,
Liz

Monday, June 26, 2017

Glisten & Glow Diving with Mermaids

Diving with Mermaids was released in February this year by Connecticut-based indie polish maker Glisten & Glow as a special collaboration shade with Tiffany of @stunnin.nails on Instagram. Officially described as an oceanic blue linear holo with green shimmers, silver and red holographic glitters and a touch of gold, this is one of those sensous, tapestried holo-based polishes that creator Jill does so very well. The color is a medium-toned variation of azure along the lines of Honolulu blue with aspects of sapphire and steel blue and a slightly washed feel, enriched and dimensionalized on the nail by abundant finely-milled holographic pigment that creates a luminous, on-tone holographic flare in ambient light, lighter in the center and shading to a deeper hue at the sidewalls. Tiny gleaming microflake shimmers in sea green and gold give it a sumptuous visual texture punctuated by bright prismatic sparks from silver and red holographic glitters, which read as blue and pink within the base.

Application was great! The consistency of Diving with Mermaids is fluid and dense with components, with a medium viscosity and a lush, self-leveling glide over the nail that has a skosh of component tumbling and a few attempted protrusions over the free edge by the microflake shimmers, easily guided back onto the nail with a tip-wrapping swipe of the brush. Pigmentation is excellent and will provide evenly opaque coverage in one medium to generous coat, although I used two for the photos. Cleanup was surprisingly easy for a polish filled with potentially sticky stuff, with just a little bit of sparkly component dispersal. Diving with Mermaids dries naturally in very good time to a shiny, gently textured finish that is mostly smoothed by a single layer of topcoat. Topcoat does not in any way inhibit the holographic properties of this polish.

Photos show two coats of Diving with Mermaids over KBShimmer Love You Strong Time treatment and KBShimmer Fillin' Groovy basecoat. I'm afraid my pics do not do justice to what I see in person.

Glisten & Glow Diving with Mermaids

Glisten & Glow Diving with Mermaids

Glisten & Glow Diving with Mermaids

Glisten & Glow Diving with Mermaids

Glisten & Glow Diving with Mermaids

Glisten & Glow Diving with Mermaids

Glisten & Glow Diving with Mermaids

Glisten & Glow Diving with Mermaids

Glisten & Glow Diving with Mermaids

Glisten & Glow Diving with Mermaids

This gorgeous blue polish reminds me very much of G&G's Beatboxing in the Bronx in style and structure, with the same lovely artisinal quality and sense of having been carefully composed. I keep coming back to the word "tapestried" to described the richness of these polishes -- they are like luxurious woven taspestries embellished with bits of ornamental shine and sparkle, lush, dimensional and gratifying to the eye in the way fine decorative hand-woven textiles are.

A pleasure to apply and to wear, I'd love to see one in orange or red!

xo,
Liz