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I don’t think I got this polish in time to try last fall, so I saved it to wear now. I was so excited to try it ’cause it’s definitely interesting and unique. Color Club Nouveau Vintage (Back to Boho, Fall 2011) is a blend of bronzy brown, red, green and gold microglitter:
Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well, though the formula was a tad sheer. I ultimately needed three coats for full opacity. The finish looks somewhat metallic so there are slight brushstrokes that are masked by the microglitter anyway. Cleanup was kind of a chore, the base is absolutely loaded with microglitter; you can see I still have some all over my fingers! The upside to all that microglitter is that it creates a pretty, fine sparkle. I love the mix of colors in this! The sunlight in my photo brings out the more greenish-gold side, but at other times it looks more reddish brown. Even though the color looks different in various lights, it doesn’t quite behave like a color-shifting duochrome. It’s like I can see all the different colors of microglitter at once, and they somehow play off each other nicely. I paired this with Color Club Rebel Spirit on my toes.
This polish definitely puts me in the mood for Thanksgiving next week. China Glaze Harvest Moon (The Hunger Games Capitol Colors) is a warm copper foily shimmer:
Picture taken in sunlight. (Click to see in clearer detail.) This applied well, and for the type of formula, it was pretty opaque and provided full coverage in two coats. The finish is gorgeous! It’s nice and sparkly in a foil-like way. Any brushstrokes that would come from this being a metallic color are covered up by the shimmer. I love the copper color as well; it’s rich and cosy and just makes me think of warmth and the fall season. I paired this with Color Club Blue-topia on my toes.
Naturally I’m keeping a close eye on tennis at the Olympics. The All-England Club played host to another moment in tennis history: the longest three-set match in Olympic tennis history, which saw France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga prevail over Canada’s Milos Raonic. My next metallic mani is China Glaze Hi-Tek (Khrome, Winter 2009), a rosy golden bronze metallic shimmer:
Picture taken in weak sunlight. The formula applied easily and smoothly, I used two coats over two coats of basecoat. Even with the double basecoat method I’ve been employing, I still got significant bubbling on some nails, so I had to redo those. I’m not sure why this is still happening to me, especially because the formula is good, but these would be perfect if not for the bubbling issues. This one was more brushstroke-y than Robotika, probably at about the same level as 2030. The very fine shimmer definitely keeps it from looking frosty. The color is a little hard to pinpoint. In the bottle it looks like a golden bronze, so golden that it almost just looks gold. I wished it was a more coppery bronze, to differentiate it even more from 2030. In the sun, it still looks bronze, but with a pinkish tone, making it look a little like rose gold. No matter how the color appears, it’s a great metallic. This seems to have qualities from both of the polishes I previously tried, so it seems perfect to wear it right after. I paired this with OPI You Don’t Know Jacques! Suede with topcoat on my toes.
I refuse to deal with Black Friday madness, so I slept in, did my nails, and I’m watching some ATP World Tour Finals action. OPI Shim-Merry Chic (Holiday Wishes, Holiday 2009) is a cool golden bronze shimmer with orange flaky glitter:
Picture taken in natural light. This applied well; the formula was a little sheer so I needed three coats to get it really opaque. It’s definitely unique! I love flaky glitter, and I was very pleased with the distribution of it in the polish; it shows up on every nail and it does rise to the surface so you can really see it. Not only is there orange flaky glitter, there are also bits of blue and green glitter thrown in there (and it does show up on the nail, not just in the bottle.) I paired this with Wet n Wild Inferno (Craze) on my toes.
Although this particular polish was created for a spring collection, it fits in perfectly well with my fall palette theme. MAC Originality (Pret-a-Papier, Spring 2010) is a warm bronze shimmer with a sparse amount of flaky bits:
Picture taken in natural light. (It’s photographing like an antique honey gold but it is clearly bronze in real life.) This applied well in two coats. From what I saw in the bottle, I was hoping the small, irregular flakes (I don’t think this qualifies as flaky glitter) would look more dense on the nail than they actually do. When a flake actually ends up on a nail, it doesn’t completely rise to the surface, so it looks like I have a bump on my nail. Otherwise, this is a nice color, and the shimmer keeps it from looking too brushstroke-y. Not quite a foil, but still pretty sparkly. I paired this with Barielle Two Timing on my toes.
Today I felt like wearing something really glittery, but I also wanted to stick to a fall palette. I landed on Lippmann Superstar (“Celebrate” 10th Anniversary Set), a copper glitter packed in a brown base:
Picture taken in sunlight. (Click to really see it in detail!) Even though the glitter is dense, I didn’t have any problems with the formula and it actually went on rather well. I got full coverage in two coats. One coat of Poshe still leaves it a little rough, but certainly makes it smoother than without topcoat. The glitter is so sparkly, the brown base looks very rich, and the finish has that jewel-encrusted texture. It’s a stunning combination! I paired this with Sally Hansen The Good Earth (Salon) on my toes.