Archive for category Duochrome
Ugh, you GUYZ. I’ve had these swatches done for a few days but Elena is keeping me on my toes, as usual! She’s been waking up at 4am for the past few weeks and is ready to PAR-TAY, she thinks it’s time to get up for the day and I’m DANG tired. Today she also thought resisting nap time was a great idea, so I’m just plain worn out. BUT I did finally get her down (I keep checking the monitor with fingers crossed that she’ll stay asleep for awhile) so what better time than to get these pics & post up?
I am extremely surprised at how much I’m enjoying the Starlight holiday collection from OPI – metallics and glitters are generally NOT my jam, but these are really doing it for me so far! The sparkle on a lot of these really is ‘out of this world’ (cue the cheese) and they look so pretty and festive in the dim light cast by the fire and/or Christmas tree. I keep wanting to change my mani every day to try them all fully (but ain’t nobody in THIS house got time for that, sadly). I’m working my way through the swatches though so I will have them all up before Christmas, I promise! Today I’m bringing you the first 6 which are the more moody, mysterious hues of the 18 shades in the collection (which, if I’m being honest, is INSANE – 18 colors!? When did polish collections get so HUGE?).
All swatches were taken in natural light unless otherwise specified.
Guys & Galaxies – a deep dark brown-red. It looks a touch streaky in the swatch above, but IRL it’s not, though you do need 3 coats to reach full opacity. It’s very glossy on it’s own – the shot above is with no top coat. It’s an easy formula to work with overall, despite needing that extra coat (though it’s a *touch* staining). I think this is a very sexy shade – and it’s NOT near black, which makes me happy.
I’m in the Moon for Love – this is a medium plum shimmer with golden micro-shimmer. Every time OPI comes out with a shade like this (Dutch’ya Love OPI?, Lost My Bikini in Molokini, Purpletual Emotion…), I’m like ‘eh’ – even though they all look flattering on my skintone, I just can’t get into these types of purples. There is a depth and richness to this shade that appeals to me (you can see it better in the 2nd photo, taken under artificial light), but I know it’ll just be another purple that I keep NOT wearing regardless. Good formula though, two coats to opacity, with no application issues at all.
Cosmo With a Twist – a royal blue with lighter blue shimmer that looks purple in some light due to a duo chrome finish. This SHADE, you guys!!! So, so gorgeous – it really looks like Outer Space to me. It needs 3-4 coats to reach full opacity, but it’s totally worth it. I would have never picked up this shade if left to my own devices, but I’m SO happy I got to try it out. Perfect holiday shade that’s not your typical red/silver/gold.
Give Me Space – a bold, medium blue with silver shimmer. This has a VERY slight prismatic effect that’s really only visible in sunlight – so don’t let that be a reason you pick it up! The first coat went on sheer but it managed full opacity in two coats. I found this shade a touch fussy to apply, it can pull in spots if not applied with a relatively quick hand. I suggest loading up the brush and applying coats in one go, versus dipping back into the bottle. This is a beautifully rich shade, but along with the shimmer being a let down it didn’t wow me.
No More Mr. Night Sky – a sparkling gunmetal. This is quite sheer; it requires at least 3 coats and looks best with 4. Despite that: he-LLO, gorgeous! This is another polish I would have never picked up as I don’t gravitate toward shimmers, but holy smokes – this is so pretty!! It’s the most beautifully sparkly, twinkly polish I think I’ve ever seen. It looks particularly amazing in low lighting (the 2nd photo), so it’s PERFECT for the holiday seasons parties and hanging out by the Christmas tree.
Centre of the You-niverse – a charcoal with silver shimmer and black glitter bits. This is 2 coats, though depending on how thickly you apply your coats you may need a 3rd. Even though it’s got minimal glitter, they’re so tiny they’re a pain to remove entirely. For black polish lovers though this is a great shade; top coat makes it really gleam.
Sooo, basically I want to keep 4 of the 6 shades shown…that does NOT help me decrease my polish collection! Dang it. I just think these are so lovely for the holiday season or for any time you want a bit of sparkle that’s a little understated (re: not a full-on glitter) but still fabulous. Well done so far, OPI!
Photo outtakes: Last night when I took the bottle shots Elena hightailed it to where I was and got her grabby hands in there lol…at least I got one good shot (above) before the destruction!
Sometimes I feel like nothing fazes me anymore – lately I seem to spend my time equally loving and hating the products I’m coming across. Particularly in the nail polish world, I’m especially fussy, and haven’t come across too many nail polish that WOW me in the past months. However, when I heard that Nfu-Oh polish were coming to Nail Polish Canada, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try out one of the famed brand’s polishes. After much debating, I snagged the Aqua Base – in hopes of making GOSH’s Holographic last longer – and the rich-looking purple-based flakie, #51.ZOMG.
There, my review is finished. That pretty much sums up how I feel about this polish! As soon as I painted one nail with it, I was hooked; it was game over. Even looking over my swatch photos now, I’m completely mesmerized. I can’t even deal with it, I have this on RIGHT NOW and I just want to stop writing and gaze lovingly at my nails for hours. It is SICK how stunning and gorgeous and captivating and…yea, I could go on – don’t MAKE me look up more words in a Thesaurus!
Ok, gotta slowwww down…First of all, Nfu-Oh bottles are insanely cute! I didn’t realize that they are actually shaped like a Victorian dress, with a faux bustle and a lace-up back – pretty much the sexiest bottle of nail polish ever. They’re also larger than average, at 0.6 oz (the norm is 0.5 oz), and you can really notice the difference.I happened to have OPI’s Dutch’Ya Just Love OPI? on earlier in the week, which was a perfect base to use for this with it’s dark grape-y tones. I haven’t tried it out on a bare nail, but I suspect it is a sheer polish that’s really meant for layering, as I have done here. One coat is sufficient to get a magnificent depth, but I opted for two because I wanted to ensure maximum flakie-ness. The polish has a deep yet luminous violet base, with orange-red microshimmer and small flakies that turn orange, pink, blue and green depending on the light. Oh yea. The formula is of medium thickness but with a great flow to it that makes it supremely easy to use. Dry time is OK – not super speedy but just average.
I am SO enamoured with this polish. It reminds me of Milani’s Totally Cool, but even more spectacular, and with a great duochrome effect that I’m helpless against. I was never a huge fan of flakies, until now! If this is what I’m in for, sign me up – I’d like a dozen more of these, please!
Stock of Nfu-Oh’s polishes are limited on Nail Polish Canada, so head on over and snag a bottle of your own while you can! They retail between $9.50-$12.50CAD.
So…what do you think? Are you hooked now too?
This is going to be a photo-heavy post, so get comfy!
I bought Color Club’s Alias last month from Nail Polish Canada, but am just getting around to trying it out now (I was in a major holiday nail phase, and this wasn’t part of it). It’s a stunning violet shade packed with shimmer that looks lovely on it’s own, but has a hiddle duochrome effect that turns it’s edges golden-green. Duochromes, like some holos or polishes with ‘secret shimmer,’ are notoriously difficult to photograph, as you need just the right light in order for it to appear. Unlike those polishes though, duochromes actually are better seen in the shade, rather than sunlight. I tried my best in the shots below, and I think I captured it just about as well as you can see it in real life (which is to say, not a whole lot).
Under both natural and indoor light, straight-on you can’t see the duochrome. Shown below on my thumb, is four coats (!) of just Alias (it’s quite sheer):At the right angle however, you can see the greenish tinge at the edges of the polish.
I thought I would play around with the polish a bit, and try to bring out the greenish cast. Initially I tried Illamasqua’s Baptiste, but it merely made the purple tones more intense. Then I thought perhaps Zoya’s Edyta – a sparkling deep olive – would pull out the green in Alias, and I was right. Below, two coats of Alias is painted over one coat of Edyta (with my middle finger painted in just one coat of Edyta):The green is pretty similar, no?
Here are some shots with all nails painted with the Edyta/Alias combo, with the last shots highlighting the duochrome effect:
Despite the fact that I find the unique nuances of Alias hard to catch, I still think it’s a beauty of a shade, and the duochrome, however minimal, gives is a depth it would otherwise lack. The sheerness of the polish is a bit annoying, as I don’t fancy having to apply 3+ coats to get to full opacity, but it dries fairly quickly, and is great for layering. It is often sold out online, so it must be doing it for some people, anyway!
Are polishes with effects (such as holographic/prismatic, secret shimmer, and duochrome) worth the trouble? What kind of polish formulations are your favorite?