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I don’t have many polishes from this brand, and this was the only bottle I hadn’t tried yet, so I’m glad to have finally ticked it off my list, while I’m on this “getting things tried” kick. Borghese Stellare Notte (Fashionista, Spring 2010) is a shimmer that shifts between blackened teal and smoky purple:
Picture taken in artificial light. (Regrettably, there was no sun for this photo.) The formula was not very buttery smooth, but still applied pretty well. It has a slightly metallic finish so there are slight brushstrokes that you can’t really see anyway because they’re covered by shimmer. I used two coats plus touchups for full, even coverage. Even more regrettably, I couldn’t get this to photograph as it appears in real life at all, so I’d say this is just one to see in person. It looks like a deep, blackened teal straight-on, then as you angle your nails upward it turns into a charcoaly gunmetal, then finally a smoky purple. The duochrome effect is definitely strong; it constantly color-changes as you move your fingers. Sometimes you can see two colors at once; teal in the center and purple around the edges. It’s gorgeous and kind of makes me think of peacocks! I paired this with Sally Hansen Deep Purple (Xtreme Wear) on my toes.
Normally this is the time where I’d be doing Australian Open manis, but I’m forgoing that for now to get more of these untried collections tried. Color Club Alias (Alter Ego: Keep it Under Cover, Spring 2011) is a color-shifting dark purple with purple microglitter:
Picture taken in artificial light. The formula had the same consistency as Alter Ego, a little cuticle-draggy and on the sheer side but building to opacity in three coats plus touchups. It also takes a while to fully set and harden. The color seen straight-on is lovely, a deep purple with lots of brighter purple microglitter. In different lights it can look more cool or warm-toned. This has quite an interesting color shift. At a certain angle it looks brown with rose microglitter, but it mainly shifts to this murky ivy green. It’s unexpected but I’m glad to see the big difference in duochrome colors. I paired this with Color Club Rule Breaker on my toes.
I thought I’d wear a polish that seemed appropriate for tonight’s Golden Globes, but the color didn’t turn out quite as I’d expected. China Glaze Ray-diant (Prismatic Chroma Glitters, Spring 2012) is a golden-green glitter with multicolored glitter and hex pieces:
Picture taken in natural light. This applied well; I used three coats for total coverage. This was one of the ones that turned out relatively smoother on just one coat of topcoat. I couldn’t decide whether this was mostly gold or green, but now that I have it on I see that it’s both at the same time. I couldn’t manage to capture the gold aspect in photos, but there are times when it looks more obviously gold, and others when it looks more obviously green. This greenish-gold blend is the straight on color, then shifts to a more aqua green. Mixed with the multicolored glitters, the overall finish gives off sort of a Mardi Gras feel! I paired this with Sally Hansen Laser (HD) over Sally Hansen Blue It (Xtreme Wear) on my toes.
I am almost done with this collection, and next up is China Glaze Full Spectrum (Prismatic Chroma Glitters, Spring 2012), a light pink glitter with multicolored glitter and hex pieces:
Picture taken in sunlight. This was not too thick and applied well, needing three coats for complete coverage. It requires more than one coat of topcoat for a smooth-feeling surface. I thought Prism was close to looking like a silver, this one is even more so! Straight-on, the color looks like a light pink-tinted silver, and at different angles the color shifts to a stronger shade of pink. The main shade of glitter may be of a relatively weaker color, but that lets the other multicolored glitters stand out more, particularly the hex pieces. This is another case of sweet elements like the baby pink color and the multicolored glitter mixing well with that cold, futuristic silver element. Looking at this makes me think of Judy Jetson. I paired it with Sally Hansen DVD (HD) over Sally Hansen Ocean View (Xtreme Wear) on my toes.
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:
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.
I’m halfway through this collection, and though these polishes pretty much have the same composition of glitter, I still want to try them all in a row. China Glaze Prism (Prismatic Chroma Glitters, Spring 2012) is a light amethyst glitter mixed with multicolored glitter and hex pieces:
Picture taken in natural light. This applied pretty well, even with the slightly thick formula. It had nice coverage at two coats and I barely needed a third but added it anyway for good measure. One coat of topcoat still leaves it a bit rough. While taking pictures of these polishes I’ve been angling my nails upward to avoid glare, which has also let me capture the different colors in a single shot. Straight-on, the color is an icy amethyst, but at different angles it looks more pink. I particularly love the addition of multicolored glitters in here. The purple color is very light and isn’t too strong (sometimes it can look silver!) so I think the multicolored small glitter, as well as the hex bits, keep the finish from looking too washed-out and uniform. Plus all those different colors stand out more against a lighter shade. I paired this with Sally Hansen Spectrum (HD) over Sally Hansen The Real Teal (Xtreme Wear) on my toes.
I’ve only just started trying this collection, but I may have already found my favorite color in it. China Glaze Liquid Crystal (Prismatic Chroma Glitters, Spring 2012) is a sky blue glitter mixed with multicolored glitter and small hex pieces:
Picture taken in natural light. The formula was a bit thicker, but still applied well. It’s almost totally even in two coats, but I needed that third for complete coverage. The roughness of the surface was more on par with your typical glitter than the smoothness I found in Polarized so more than one coat of topcoat would be needed if you’re after total smoothness. I didn’t see any color-shifting in my last mani, but I definitely do with this polish! It looks blue straight-on then turns into lavender as you angle your nails upward. You can kind of see that shade of purple on my index finger. The main color of glitter may be that sweet sky blue, but there are so many other colors of small glitter mixed in there. It’s almost imperceptible when looked at quickly or from a distance, but it makes the overall look a lot more interesting. The hex glitter adds even more to a polish that already has a lot going on, and serves well to break up the finish because of its size. Looking at this makes me think of Cinderella! I paired it with Sally Hansen LCD (HD) over Sally Hansen Bubblegum Pink (Xtreme Wear) 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.
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.