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Although this polish isn’t so summery, I wanted to continue wearing more long-standing untrieds. Chanel Graphite (llusions d’Ombres de Chanel, Fall 2011) is a silvery gunmetal foil with flecks of gold microglitter:

Graphite

Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well, though I needed three coats for full coverage. The base is not that pigmented, but is loaded with microglitter, which shines through nicely. Any brushstrokes are totally covered up by the microglitter. This has shot straight to the top of my list of favorite metallics. I already love it for being incredibly sparkly, but it’s also a unique chameleon of a polish. Sometimes I look at it and it seems like a cool, dark gunmetal, other times it looks lighter and more silvery, other times it looks warm-toned, with a greenish-gold cast to it. The microglitter also gives this great, foily texture to the finish that you can see even out of bright light. Overall, it’s simply gorgeous, with such interesting depth and dimension. I paired this with MAC Seriously Hip on my toes.

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To follow up my previous NOTD, I’m wearing the other polish I got from this collection, and I’m also wearing this color for Oscars weekend. Illamasqua Swinger (Naked Strangers, Summer 2012) is a light champagne gold metallic foil:

Swinger

Picture taken in sunlight. The formula was smooth and applied very well in two coats. There are some brushstrokes but they’re hardly visible due to all the foily shimmer. It’s nicely opaque for something so sparkly so I imagine this would be good to use for nail art. When I was looking at this in the bottle, I saw a very faint amount of holographic glitter. It’s hardly noticeable in the bottle, so it doesn’t really transfer to the nail. I only see it when I really look for it, but it’s worth mentioning ’cause it’s in there somewhere. This is the kind of shade I look for in a gold polish. Aside from those antiqued, honey golds, I don’t really like yellow gold shades, so I like that this is more neutral to cool-toned. It really does make me think of champagne when I look at it. 🙂 I paired this with China Glaze Twinkle Lights over black on my toes.

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This polish definitely puts me in the mood for Thanksgiving next week. China Glaze Harvest Moon (The Hunger Games Capitol Colors) is a warm copper foily shimmer:

Picture taken in sunlight. (Click to see in clearer detail.) This applied well, and for the type of formula, it was pretty opaque and provided full coverage in two coats. The finish is gorgeous! It’s nice and sparkly in a foil-like way. Any brushstrokes that would come from this being a metallic color are covered up by the shimmer. I love the copper color as well; it’s rich and cosy and just makes me think of warmth and the fall season. I paired this with Color Club Blue-topia on my toes.

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Because of yesterday’s rainy weather I was put off wearing the dark, sparkly polish I was going to try since I knew I wouldn’t have gotten a good photo of it. Instead I shifted to a type of polish that I knew would still look like new when I went to photograph it on this second day of wear. OPI Designer…De Better! (The Muppets, Holiday 2011) is a bright silver foil peppered with copper microglitter:

Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well, though due to its slight sheerness I needed three coats for full opacity. The finish is incredibly reflective; I had a hard time getting a shot without too much glare! The shade of silver is so light and bright that it practically has a white-hot glow. The copper microglitter is definitely visible, but probably not at a quick glance. It breaks up the monotony of the silver and gives some warmth to the overall tone. I love the finish! The sparkle is delicate because the microglitter particles are tiny, but really intense since the base is loaded with them. I paired this with Barielle Falling Star on my toes.

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It’s been a while since I’ve worn something really glittery, so for the last week in November I chose OPI Warm & Fozzie (The Muppets, Holiday 2011), a unique mix of bronzy brown, gold and pink microglitter:

Picture taken in sunlight.  (Click to really see the detail in full-size!)  This applied well, but the formula was on the sheer side, so I used two coats plus touchups (which probably adds up to three regular coats) for full coverage.  I keep staring at my nails because this looks so interesting!  Its exact color is hard to define.  Instead of having microglitter set in a colored base, I feel like the different colors of microglitter combine to create the overall look.  There could be more colors in addition to the brown, gold, and pink (there seems to be color-shifting going on as well), but those are the most apparent.  The foily microglitter makes the finish look very sparkly, too.  This is part of a holiday collection but since I wear almost exclusively reds and greens in December I wanted to try this this month.  I paired this with OPI Holiday Glow on my toes.

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For a little variety, I decided to put on a grey instead of a blue in anticipation of tonight’s deciding game.  Sephora by OPI Shiny Dancer (Urban Ballerina, Spring 2011) is a silvery gunmetal foily metallic microglitter:

Picture taken in sunlight.  This applied fine; the formula was a little sheer and cuticle-draggy.  I needed three coats for full coverage.  It’s not obvious when you look at it, but as you can see from the photo, this isn’t just a silver/gunmetal; there’s also some blue microglitter in there.  It gives the shade an overall cool blue tone.  It’s a lovely color that lies right between a true dark grey gunmetal and a brilliant silver.  This is so sparkly and pretty!  I could tell by the sheerness of the formula that it could be loaded with microglitter, and thankfully it leans more on the foily side than the brushstroke-y metallic side.  I love how it’s named (or should I say punned) after an Elton John song.  I paired this with Barielle Blackened Bleu on my toes.

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I’ve talked about a name partly influencing a polish buy before; this is another one of those times.  OPI Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous (Swiss Collection, Fall 2010) is a silvery gunmetal foily metallic microglitter:

Picture taken in natural light.  This applied well; the formula is a little sheer so I used three coats to really get it opaque.  (It’s not that sheer, so it does look decent at two, but best at three.)  I love the color; it’s definitely more unique than a regular silver.  The finish falls between a foil and a microglitter.  The sparkle is more defined than in a shimmer, so I’m more inclined to call it a microglitter, but it’s not so sparkly that I would consider it a straight-up foil.  I paired this with OPI Crimson Carol on my toes.  I can forgive the name because I have very fond memeories of Lucerne:

The Lion Monument, a view from Lake Lucerne, and a view of the cross-shaped Lake Lucerne from Mount Pilatus (partially obscured by clouds!)  I’m glad this polish was named for this city. 🙂

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I know this was released for a fall collection, but this polish has a very holiday feel.  OPI Glitzerland (Swiss Collection, Fall 2010) is a blonde gold foily metallic shimmer:

Picture taken in natural light.  This applied well; the formula was a little sheer so I needed three coats for full coverage.  I really like this shade; I prefer the blonde golds to the yellow golds.  The finish falls somewhere between a foil and a metallic shimmer; it’s not sparkly enough to be considered strictly foil, but I wouldn’t just call it a shimmer either.  And I know the name is a play on “Switzerland” but it does kinda sound holiday-like too, no?  I paired this with OPI Dear Santa on my toes.

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Continuing my spring-y greens, today I’m wearing Sephora by OPI Leaf Him at the Altar (Modern Flowers, Spring 2010), a leaf green shimmery metallic:

Picture taken in natural light.  This applied well in two coats.  I’m not a fan of metallic finishes (especially the really brushstroke-y kind), but I like this!  The shimmer kind of masks the brushstrokes, making it look more like a foil.  The color really does remind me of plants!  I paired this with Sally Hansen Hi-Def (HD) on my toes.

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