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I’ve been meaning to wear this polish in the month of February for the past two years now. I don’t recall what sidetracked me then, but this year I thought I’d better try it straight away to start off the month. Lippmann Bad Romance (fall 2010) is a black base with fuchsia glitter and hex sequins:
Picture taken in weak sunlight. The black base needs to be a bit sheer to allow the glitter to shine through, so I needed three coats for full coverage. It’s best to avoid doing too many brushstrokes or not waiting long enough between coats because that will push the hex glitter towards the free edge. One coat of topcoat leaves it pretty smooth, but you need two to achieve that glassy feel. I was surprised that I didn’t get as many hex pieces on the nail as when I tried Across the Universe, the counterpart in the collection, but I still love this polish anyway. Black with fuchsia glitter isn’t that unique of a combination, but it’s one that works so well. Black works well as a background to almost anything, but I really love it with fuchsia because it’s a little bit girly and a little bit dangerous. I think the look represents its namesake well. It makes me want to listen to “Bad Romance,” which I haven’t heard in a long time! I paired this with MAC Baby Goth Girl on my toes.
I’ve tried plenty of vampy polishes already this month, but this one falls under that category in a totally unique way. Orly Galaxy Girl (Cosmic FX, Fall 2010) is a deep wine-purple with turquoise and red microglitter:
Picture taken in artificial light. (Regrettably, there was no good sunlight to photograph this in all its glory, but artificial light was the next best option in this case.) This applied well, but was a bit sheer so I needed three coats for full coverage. This has turned into an unexpected favorite of mine! It’s so multi-faceted; I see it turn into three colors in different angles/lighting situations. Looking at it straight-on in direct light, as in my photo, it looks like a glittery almost-black. If I tilt my nails upward in the light, the base color reveals itself and it looks like a rich reddish purple. Out of direct light, the turquoise microglitter takes over and it looks like a blackened teal! As I don’t own the dupe MAC Formidable!, this is unique in my collection. I wouldn’t call it traditionally “pretty,” but there’s something gorgeous about it. I love that the deep base makes it vampy, but the microglitter gives it a galactic vibe. I paired this with Illamasqua Strike on my toes.
The Yankees may have exited the postseason in the most dismal fashion, but I’ll be damned if I don’t get these last couple of greys tried this month. First is American Apparel Echo Park (Fall 2010) is a light dove grey creme:
Picture taken in natural light. This was solidly pigmented and applied well in two coats. This leans just ever so slightly warm. It definitely doesn’t have that steely, industrial quality like the other two American Apparel greys I’ve tried this month. The high pigmentation gives it a crisp definition on the nail, but the color still looks so delicate and soft. It makes me think of down feathers. I paired this with Sephora by OPI Go My Own Way on my toes.
In a momentary return to dark colors, I’m wearing Orly Out of this World (Cosmic FX, Fall 2010) is a cool purple microglitter in a black base:
Picture taken in sunlight. (Click to see in clearer detail.) This applied well, but the formula was on the sheer side. I did manage to get away with not having to do three full coats; I did two with some touchups. When I see purple glitter in a black base it’s usually on the warm, fuchsia side, so it’s refreshing to see a cool-toned purple. Plus, it’s cool-toned without being blurple, which is also nice to see. There seems to be a swampy green duochrome, but I only saw it in the bottle. The black base makes it really dark, but the purple microglitter lights up the finish, like embers glowing just beneath the surface. It’s the type of microglitter that I really love, the tiny, flaky, irregular kind! It does have a certain intergalactic vibe to it, but it also makes me think of Disney’s Maleficent or Ursula. I paired this with Sinful See You Soon on my toes.
After wearing a more unusual, avant-garde color for my last mani, I wanted to go for something in the opposite direction and picked a more traditional color. American Apparel Rouge (Fall 2010) is a dusty, deep rose creme:
Picture taken in sunlight. This applied smoothly and was very pigmented; I needed two coats for full coverage. This kind of color can be seen as matronly but I was surprised at how much I liked it when I put it on! When I think of a “dusty rose” I normally picture a shade that’s lighter, or one that looks more peachy-pink, but this one has a lovely reddish tone, resulting in an overall darker shade. When I look at this I don’t think old-fashioned; I think retro. For me it conjures up images of ’40s cosmetic ads so I can see why it was named after the makeup (Although the first time I saw this I immediately thought of pink pearl erasers). I paired this with Color Club High Society on my toes.
I’d like to throw in some jewel-toned polishes (my usual M.O. in September) among all the brights I’ve been trying recently. Plus, this is from another collection I want to finally finish trying. Orly Halley’s Comet (Cosmic FX, Fall 2010) is a vibrant blue-green microglitter:
Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well, though the formula was on the sheer side; I used three coats to get a really solid, opaque result. I can’t really complain about the sheerness of the base, though, because that’s what allows all the microglitter that’s loaded in there to shine through. The finish is brilliant and gorgeous, and of course looks stunning in the light. Upon closer inspection this doesn’t seem to be just a teal microglitter; I see gold microglitter in there too, making the overall finish more dimensional. I think the gold also pulls the shade to the warmer, greener side, rather than the cooler, bluer side (but as per usual, it photographs a little bluer than it looks in real life.) I love this sort of shade; it really reminds me of the sea and mermaids, especially when it’s in a glittery finish. I paired this with OPI Meep-Meep-Meep on my toes.
I have all reds and blues planned for the next few days, not just for Labor Day weekend, but also because they’re also the colors of Novak Djokovic’s kit during this US Open. First up is Orly Lunar Eclipse (Cosmic FX, Fall 2010) is a vibrant sapphire blue microglitter that flashes royal purple:
Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well, though the formula was on the sheer side, so I needed three coats for complete coverage. The upside is that the base is loaded with microglitter, which gives the finish a look of great depth. This is another collection I’ve been determined to finish trying, especially because this sort of microglitter finish is gorgeous. Unfortunately I couldn’t capture the duochrome aspect of it; I just don’t think it translates that well to a two-dimensional image. This is definitely one to see in person. Looking at it straight-on, you’ll see the color as it looks in my photo. It’s a very saturated blue packed with twinkling blue microglitter. With a tilt of the nails, you’ll see the color shift to a rich royal purple with pink microglitter. It’s absolutely gorgeous all-around. It seems fitting to wear this now, as we’ve had a blue moon this month. I paired this with OPI Animal-istic on my toes.
I kept putting this polish off ’cause I’ve had issues with most satiny matte polishes I’ve tried so far, but I’m finally wearing it now. Orly Viridian Vinyl (Plastix, Fall 2010) is a bright greenish teal satin creme:
Picture taken in weak sunlight. This applied well, like a regular creme polish, in two coats. After a few minutes it starts drying to the satin finish. I actually love the leathery satin look, but only when it turns out smooth! Too often, I find that this sort of finish gets bubbly on me, so I have to work slowly and with thin coats. (I actually had to redo a couple of nails before taking this photo because there were too many bubbles.) I was afraid this wouldn’t last the day so after taking photos I threw on topcoat. It defeats the purpose of the finish but I’d like to go about my day without immediately messing up my nails. (I don’t know how long it takes these satin polishes to truly harden and set, but in the past I’ve messed up my nails even after waiting a considerable amount of dry time.) I still like the teal color so I didn’t mind sacrificing the vinyl look. I paired this with OPI Pamplona Purple on my toes.
For my next unconventional spring green I’ve chosen Orly It’s Not Rocket Science (Cosmic FX, Fall 2010), a chartreuse-olive microglitter:
Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well but due to the slightly sheer nature of microglitter formulas I needed three coats for full, even coverage. The tone of green changes depending on the light. In bright light the shade of green looks springier and lighter, more chartreuse-y and radioactive-like. But in lower lighting conditions, it looks darker, with a more mossy, swampy olive tone. When looked at at a certain angle you can also see teal at the very edges, but this is only a very subtle, slight duochrome effect. I absolutely love this color in this finish! With these really dense microglitters it really seems like each glitter particle is so defined! It’s wonderfully sparkly. It took me a while to finally haul the polishes from this collection but after trying this first one I can’t wait to use the rest! I paired this with Sephora by OPI Miss Bossy Pants on my toes.