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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:

Creator

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.

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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.

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