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The gentlemen’s singles of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships ended on a very bitter note for me, so much so that I just want to forget about the result. Thankfully I’m ending my trying of this collection with a gorgeous polish. OPI Tiffany Case (Bond Girls) is a textured medium icy blue shimmer loaded with silver and aqua glitter and silver hex glitter:

Tiffany Case

Picture taken in sunlight. The formula was a bit thicker than the others, because it seems to contain the most glitter, but it still applied well in two coats. Out of all the polishes in this collection, this one looks the most similar between its wet and dry states. It’s already really sparkly when wet, and even more so when it’s dry. The color lightens a bit, as the silver glitter rises to the surface, but it’s not a dramatic color shift. The finish also seems to have a metallic quality to it, but I think that’s just from the sheer amount of silver glitter, the blue base itself doesn’t seem metallic, though it’s not sheer and jelly-like, either. The gritty texture doesn’t come across as much as it does in the other polishes (I think I’m being blinded by the glitter), but it certainly feels rougher than all the others. The glitter definitely takes over this polish, but it’s beautiful! It’s predominantly silver, but there are these lovely glints of aqua that really stand out. The hex glitter is noticeable, but it’s small, so it doesn’t throw off the overall look. I know  this is named for a Bond Girl, but I can’t help but think of Cinderella when I look at this. I paired it with Chanel Flamingo on my toes.

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I tried one half of this collection in May, and this month I’ll wear the second half, starting with Essie In the Cab-ana (Resort Collection, 2013), a bright, aqua-turquoise creme:

In the Cab-ana

Picture taken in sunlight. The formula was nicely thick and pigmented, and I got full coverage in two coats, with some touchups in between. When I bought this I thought the color would be really similar to Where’s My Chauffeur?. They are, in the sense that they’re both in the same broad color family, but they’re not as close as I thought. Where’s My Chauffeur? leans on the green side of turquoise, while In the Cab-ana leans more on the blue side. There are also differences in formula; In the Cab-ana has a thicker, more solidly opaque consistency. Both are bold and really pretty; this one makes me think of lovely turquoise seas as well. I paired it with Illamasqua Purity on my toes.

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I have a bit of a backlog of this week’s NOTDs to post, starting with OPI Can’t Find My Czechbook (Euro Centrale, Spring 2013), a bright, saturated aqua creme:

Can't Find My Czechbook

Picture taken in sunlight. (I think the color looks a bit washed out here, because it is quite saturated in real life.) This applied well; I got full coverage in two coats, with some touchups  in between to cover up streaks. I’m always drawn to this type of color whenever it shows up in a collection. It almost looks like a really bright, bold sky blue, but in the end I’d call it an aqua. I didn’t buy as many polishes as I thought I would from this Euro-themed collection, but I think this is one of the standouts. It’s bright and pretty and perfect for spring. I paired this with OPI A Roll in the Hague on my toes.

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Now I’m wearing my other favorite color from this collection. China Glaze Optical Illusion (Prismatic Chroma Glitters, Spring 2012) is an aqua green glitter with multicolored glitter and hex pieces:

Optical Illusion

Picture taken in natural light. This applied well, needing three coats for full coverage. Surprisingly, just one coat of topcoat leaves the surface feeling relatively smoother than the previous two polishes I tried. Straight-on, the main color is this gorgeous aqua green, then as I angle my nails upward it shifts into a bluish tint, then finally purple. There’s many different colors of small glitter mixed in with the aqua green, but there’s some bright greenish-teal glitter that really stands out. This is absolutely stunning, and is the ultimate mermaid-looking polish! This is what I’d imagine a mermaid’s tail would look and feel like. I paired this with Sally Hansen Byte (HD) over Sally Hansen Torrid Bloom (Salon) on my toes.

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I wanted to make my last spring-y green mani of the month really sparkly.  (I actually did this on the last day of March, but WordPress was not letting me upload new pictures yesterday.)  I chose Rescue Beauty Lounge Locavore (Spring 2009), a light green, aqua, and fuchsia glitter packed in a clear base.  I layered it over Sally Hansen Going Green (Xtreme Wear), a kelly green shimmer:

Picture taken in natural light.  Both polishes applied well; I used two coats of each.  I used one coat of Poshe, which doesn’t make it completely smooth and glassy, but doesn’t leave it that rough, either.  I love this mani, it looks like crushed peridot on the nail.  And it glitters even in low light!  I paired this with Barielle Myrza’s Meadow on my toes.

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Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland opens tomorrow, so I thought it would sport some of the polishes created for it.  OPI Mad as a Hatter (Alice in Wonderland) is a multicolored glitter packed in a clear base:

Picture taken in natural light.  I’m gonna try to list all the colors of glitter I can spot in this polish: silver, purple, turquoise, fuchsia, aqua, orange, gold…there could be more but I’m being blinded by the sparkle!  There’s also some silver microglitter thrown in for added density.  The formula was good; it wasn’t too runny or too thick.  I got full coverage with three thick coats.  I topped it with one coat of Poshe, which didn’t make it smooth, but I was afraid that with more layers of topcoat, the polish would just peel off.  I suggest waiting a couple minutes between coats/topcoat to avoid cuticle drag.  I love this polish!   My nails look jewel encrusted, and the rainbow of colors is so pretty, especially in the light!  And I like that it’s opaque enough to be worn on its own.  I paired this with FingerPaints Art Dealer Teal-er on my toes.

<3sarah

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