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Since I haven’t worn a creme in a few manis, and to wrap up my trying of this collection, I’m wearing China Glaze Westside Warrior (Metro, Fall 2011), an olive-army green creme:
Picture taken in weak sunlight. This applied well and was nicely pigmented; I got full coverage in two coats, with some touching up. I have a few olive polishes, but this one stands apart for being more green-toned, as opposed to yellow or brown. It’s a dark shade, but not blackened. The overall green tone also makes me look at this as an army green, though it doesn’t have the same dusty khaki appearance as the other army greens I’ve tried. The smooth, pigmented formula makes the finish look so rich and creamy. Suddenly I’m wanting a martini… I paired this with Color Club Uptown Girl on my toes.
I know this Hunger Games collection came out to coincide with the film’s release, but I always thought the colors seemed more fall-like, so I’m trying them now. China Glaze Agro (The Hunger Games Capitol Colors) is a yellow-toned olive-leaf green shimmer:
Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well and was highly pigmented; I needed two coats for total coverage. There are brushstrokes, but they’re the kind that look like delicate ribbons of shimmer rather than frosty streaks. The bright sun really brings out the leaf green aspect of the color, but out of such direct light it looks more olive. I spot different colors of shimmer in there, but the dominant color is gold, which lends an overall yellow tone to the green. I love this polish; the combination of the shade and finish give it an incredibly lush and rich look. I paired this with OPI Overexposed in South Beach 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.
After my last gorgeously sparkly NOTD, I went for something in the opposite direction. Illamasqua Taint (Theatre of the Nameless, Fall 2011) is a dirty olive-brown satin creme:
Picture taken in sunlight. (This is definitely a dirty brown, but the sunlight brings out the olive tones.) This applied very well in two coats, but didn’t set as quickly as I expected it to, based on my great experience with Scorn. I smudged a couple of nails I thought were dry so I had to redo them. I know that sort of thing can be expected with a satin-finish polish but it’s still a pain to redo, ’cause of the extra waiting time. Smudging issues aside, I am totally intrigued by this color. It’s one of those jolie-laide, love it or hate it type of shades. It’s dirty, murky and muddled, but I find it really flattering! I feel like if it were scented, it would smell like earth. I paired this with MAC Dry Martini on my toes.
There are certain polishes that are very polarizing; I believe this is one of them. MAC Dry Martini (Jin Soon For MAC Nail Trend, Fall/Winter 2009) is a browned olive green creme:
Picture taken in natural light. This applied fine; the consistency was slightly thick, but it wasn’t a problem. The first coat went on a bit streaky, but things evened out by the second. I could have probably used a third coat to reach full opacity. I’ve heard this color described as everything from pea soup to baby food to diaper contents. But I like it! I actually like it a lot more than I thought I would (the fact that’s it’s a creme finish probably contributes to that). I like the murky quality of the color. I paired this with Sephora by OPI Meet for Drinks on my toes.
So I picked this polish to wear today because Grey’s Anatomy finally comes back tonight! The olive color reminds me of my favorite part of that show:
Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt. I only wish he could use his natural Scottish accent for the role.
I wore a lot of greens this past December, but I never wore olive! MAC Seriously Hip (Style Black, Fall 2009) is a blackened olive green shimmer with tiny gold flaky glitter:
Picture taken in sunlight. Application was really good; I got full coverage in two coats, though I almost got away with just one. I think this polish is aptly named; it is SO cool! I love blackened shades like this, and the flaky glitter looks so interesting. It’s another one of those colors that looks simply amazing when it catches the light. This is definitely one of my favorite MAC polishes. I paired this with Sephora by OPI Charge It! on my toes.