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.