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After trying Covent Garden Market and loving it so much, I definitely wasn’t gonna let too much time pass before trying the rest of the set. Nails Inc. Disco Lane (The After Party Set) is a black with holographic glitter:

Disco Lane

Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well; I used two coats for full coverage. I normally use topcoat anyway, but this polish definitely needs it for appearance’s sake. On its own it dries to a very dull, flat finish. The topcoat illuminates all that holographic glitter. If you prefer a glassy smooth-feeling surface, more than one coat of topcoat would be needed, because with just a single coat it’s still rough. I still like this polish, but am a bit disappointed that it didn’t quite turn out as cool as it looks in the bottle. I knew from the start that this was only a holographic glitter and not a linear holo (as it appears in the bottle, somehow). What I was expecting was it to be more glittery, because it seems absolutely loaded with the stuff. I think perhaps the creamy black base is too opaque. It’s great that I only had to do two coats, but I don’t think it lets the holographic glitter really shine through, and that’s why it looks bumpy. All things said, this is still a lovely polish, when viewed in the light. The different colors of holographic glitter really look great when they catch the light, and especially against the black background. I paired this with Nails Inc. Trafalgar Square on my toes.

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This is the mani I’ll be wearing for Halloween.  This polish is the perfect match for my biker costume. 🙂  Color Club Revvvolution (Femme Fatale, Spring 2009) is a black holo:

Picture taken in artificial light (I wish it was sunny, but my next best option was to use one of those super-bright flashlights to make the holo quality come out).  This applied well in two coats.  I have a few black holo polishes, but this is the first I’ve tried since I started keeping track of my NOTDs.  I have to make a note to try the other ones sooner, ’cause black holos are gorgeous!  This one does not disappoint in the holo department.  Whenever I look at my nails in the light I see a strong rainbow effect.  Because the base color is a nice, rich black, this definitely has that oil-slick look about it.  I paired this with FingerPaints Easel Come, Easel Go on my toes.

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I thought one good glitter deserved to be followed by another, especially in this sunny weather.  China Glaze Atlantis (Specialty Polishes) is a jelly-like greenish teal base packed with holographic glitter.  Again, I wanted to avoid trying to build this to opacity on its own, so I layered it over Milani Fresh Teal:

Picture taken in sunlight.  I used two coats of Fresh Teal and one of Atlantis.  The finish is also relatively smooth after a single coat of Poshe; not completely, but pretty smooth for a glitter.  Once again, I’m really happy with the opaque results I got from layering.  Obviously it looks amazing in the sun, since the light catches the holographic glitter.  But it also looks really interesting in the shade.  The holographic quality of the glitter doesn’t come out; instead the finish really reminds me of the polishes from the Color Club Starry Temptress collection (which I don’t have…yet).  I get why it’s called Atlantis; it makes me think of sparkly mermaids.  I paired this with Sally Hansen The Real Teal (Xtreme Wear) and an accent nail in Sally Hansen Caribbean Coral (Xtreme Wear) on my toes.  I should mention that for the past three pedis I’ve done with accent nails, it’s the big toe I’ve assigned the accent color to.  It looks a little weird, but I think I like it. 🙂

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I thought this polish was most appropriate to wear this month, with amethyst being the birthstone of February.  Diamond Cosmetics Amethyst & Diamonds (Holiday 2009) is a reddish amethyst purple metallic shimmer with small bits of holographic glitter:

Picture taken in sunlight.  This applied well in two coats.  The finish looks a little frosty and brushstroke-y but it’s not too bad.  This bubbled on me like crazy!  I got bubbles after applying both the first and second coats.  I was hoping topcoat would fix the problem, and luckily, it did mask most of the bubbles.  Actually, I’m not sure if it was bubbling or if it was glitter that couldn’t rise to the surface.  Either way, it’s not very appealing.  The sprinking of holographic glitter does look pretty, but it is very subtle, and only noticeable in direct light.  I paired this with Color Club Fashion Addict on my toes.

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I seem to have a lot of patience for layering lately so I present another glitter over black.  Sally Hansen Strobe Light (Xtreme Wear) is a rose gold and holographic glitter in a clear base.  I layered it over Illamasqua Boosh:

Picture taken in sunlight.  I used one coat of black and one coat of glitter.  I really like how the holographic glitter is so prominent; it twinkles with every movement.  It almost overshadows the pink glitter, which acts more like a base to fill in the spaces between the holo bits.  I can’t say that I mind, because I love holographic glitter!  I paired this with Wet n Wild Kaleidoscope (Wild Shine) over black on my toes. 

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For my first mani back home, I wanted to pick something NYC-related.  Sephora by OPI 212-Sephora is a black base with golden shimmer, orange flaky glitter, and bits of holographic glitter:

Picture taken in sunlight.  This applied well, reaching full opacity in three coats.  This is definitely an eclectic mix of elements.  The gold shimmer makes the color look like a blackened olive green.  There is a good amount of flaky glitter, and a sprinking of square-shaped holographic glitter.  Somehow, this unique mix works together!  It looks its best in the sun; the direct light brings out the interesting-looking texture (I say looking because the surface is smooth with topcoat).  Something about the whole effect is very outer space-y.  It looks so cool; I really do love it. 🙂  I paired this with Wet n Wild Goldmine (Craze) on my toes.

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For my first NOTD of the year, I actually didn’t do the manicure myself.  I let someone else do my nails for the first time in over three years, but only because she was my nanny when I was kindergarten-age.  (She does nails on the side and came to the house to visit.)  For this mani I chose Color Club Wild at Heart (Wild at Heart, Fall 2009), a rich purple holo:

Picture taken in sunlight.  (This was one of the polishes I chose to take with me on my trip because I knew I would get good sunlight, to properly show off the holo-ness.)  This seemed to apply well  in two coats.  (By the way, it feels so weird to not have a gap!)  It’s so refreshing to see a really holographic polish in a bolder color.  Obviously, this looks stunning in the sun, but I could see a little bit of holo indoors, too.  I paired this with Color Club Catwalk Queen on my toes.

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The Yankees are back home, and I’m continuing this run of Posteason Blues™ with Diamond Cosmetics Blue Diamonds (Holiday 2009), an icy blue metallic shimmer with small bits of holographic glitter:

Picture taken in sunlight.  This applied well in two coats.  The holo effect mostly disappears out of direct light, but it sparkles delicately in the sun.  (I think my topcoat kind of killed some of the holo-ness.)  Since this is a holographic glitter sprinkled throughout a shimmer finish, there are some metallic-looking brushstrokes, but it doesn’t look frosty.  The effect works well with this shade of blue.  I paired this with Color Club Worth the Risque on my toes.

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I put on another black to fit my Halloween theme.  China Glaze Cosmic (Specialty Polishes) is a black base with small silver glitter and larger hexagonal holographic glitter:

Picture taken in artificial light.  This kind of polish tends to be a little sticky, but it applied fine.  I got complete coverage in two coats.  One coat of Poshe still left it rough, but I didn’t want to add another coat; the mani looked so thick as it is.  The one coat of topcoat did do something, though.  Without topcoat, the polish looked rather flat, but after applying it, the glitter and the holographic effect were really brought to life.  I think black-based glitters look amazing, and I just love looking at the rainbow effect holographic stuff creates.  This polish really does make me think of outer space…or a glittery oil slick. 🙂  I paired this with Essence Space Queen (Colour & Go) over black on my toes.

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Here’s another backlogged NOTD, from July 14th.  I wanted to wrap up this little streak of holographic polishes.  Milani Digital (3D Holographic) is a light pink holo:

Picture taken in sunlight.  Expectedly, the formula was a bit sheer and needed three coats for full coverage, although it applied well.  This isn’t my favorite shade of pink, but I still think it looks delicate and pretty.  Plus I like the holographic finish.  I paired this with Sally Hansen Digital (HD) on my toes.

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