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This doesn’t fit in with the bright, springy theme but I have just a couple of black polishes I really wanted to try sooner rather than later in the fall. Illamasqua Creator (Generation Q, Fall 2012) is a rich black base loaded with short silver bar glitter and some holographic hexagonal glitter:


Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well; I used two coats with touchups in between for full coverage. When I first applied this I thought the silver glitter was of the tiny, broken irregular flake variety, but I was surprised to see that it’s actually very short bar glitter! I normally loathe bar glitter but here it’s so small that it doesn’t immediately register as being that kind. There are some hexagonal holographic pieces in there but they’re so sparse that I wouldn’t count on getting one on your nails (I managed to get one on my thumb, though.) This has definitely jumped near the top of my favorite black with silver glitter polishes. Despite being loaded with silver glitter, the black base never appears charcoal-looking; it stays this very dark, obsidian-like shade. It’s the best of both worlds, dark and sparkly. I paired this with Chanel Nouvelle Vague on my toes.



For my last mani of the year, and the last in this series of reds, I’m wearing OPI Danke-shiny Red (Germany, Fall 2012), a cool candy apple red metallic shimmer:

Danke-shiny Red

Picture taken in weak sunlight. (This looks more cool-toned than the photo reflects.) This was well pigmented and applied very smoothly in two coats. The formula is metallic, but the shimmer hides any brushstrokes. Metallic finishes, even the shimmery ones, aren’t my favorite because of the brushstrokes, but I love them when they come in a rich color, and when they have that certain glow to them. This one definitely has both! This shade of red is on the cool side. It’s not exactly bright but still looks very vibrant because of the glow from the metallic finish. The glow on this one seems really intense, too. I can definitely imagine this being a car color. The name inevitably reminds me of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, though. 😉 I paired this with Sally Hansen Midnight in NY (Complete Salon Manicure) on my toes.

Happy New Year!


Now that I have this on, I see that it would’ve made a great Thanksgiving mani as well. Illamasqua Charisma (Generation Q, Fall 2012) is a cranberry shimmer with gold:

Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well, but not butter-smooth like other Illamasqua shimmers. It was nicely thick and pigmented and I got full coverage in two coats. The formula was also runny, though, so avoid loading the brush with polish or it will run down the stem. This is stunning! It’s not actually that dark of a shade, but somehow it still looks deep and rich. The finish has a metallic-like quality, and there are some brushstrokes, but they’re masked by the shimmer. The shimmer itself is so pretty and fine, and I love the ribbons of gold running through. All the delicate shimmer gives the finish a gorgeous, velvety look. I paired this with Chanel Cosmic Violine on my toes.


I opened Oktoberfest with this, and I thought I would mark its final weekend with another polish from the same collection. OPI German-icure by OPI (Germany, Fall 2012) is a deep brownish red shimmer:

Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well and was richly pigmented; I needed two coats for complete coverage.  The look of the finish is in the same vein as Every Month is Oktoberfest, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. It’s nicely dark and vampy, and it also has a warm, lit-from-within look. The shimmer gives it that lovely, metallic-like glow. The color’s not too brown-toned so it still looks red. It’s an incredibly rich, velvety shade of red. This may look similar to EMiO in the bottle, since the finishes are virtually the same, but once on the nail, the difference in color is clear. Both are definitely the must-haves from this collection. I paired this with OPI Here Today…Aragon Tomorrow Suede with topcoat on my toes.


I’d like to split this month between dark, vampy colors and postseason blues and greys. Since the MLB regular season isn’t quite over yet, I’m kicking off October with Chanel Vertigo (Les Essentiels de Chanel, Fall 2012), a smoky, dark grey-brown with a subtle bronzey red shimmer:

Picture taken in sunlight. This applied very smoothly and was well-pigmented; I needed two coats for full coverage. Though technically this is a shimmer, it’s very, very subtle, so slight that it’s not even that obvious in bright light. The finish looks so pretty when the sun hits it and lights up that shimmer, but most of the time it will look like a creme. Not that I mind too much, because the base color is gorgeous. It’s such an interesting shade that’s hard to describe or pinpoint. If I wanted to define it in simple terms, I’d call it a taupe, because of the blend of grey and brown tones. However, it’s not quite like any taupe I have in my collection. I love just how dark and smoky it is; it gives a vampy vibe to a color I wouldn’t normally consider vampy. There’s something about this that says “Old Hollywood” to me; maybe I’m being influenced by the name. I paired this with Essie Rock Star Skinny on my toes.


I planned to put on a different polish today, but I was reminded that Oktoberfest starts tomorrow and I couldn’t pass up the timely opportunity to try OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest (Germany, Fall 2012) is a dark reddish plum shimmer:

Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well and was richly pigmented; I needed two coats for full coverage. This is so beautiful!! It’s dark and vampy, and because it’s a shimmer it also has that lit-from-within look. The red shimmer is what stands out when you look at the bottle, but when the finished mani is viewed in the light, you can see that it’s obviously purple-based. It is one wickedly delicious shade of plum! I love dark shimmers like this, the kind that have an almost metallic glow, and I think OPI does them so well. I can’t help but stare at the rich and velvety finish. I paired this with Essie Dive Bar on my toes.




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