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The odd bird in this collection seemed most appropriate to try now, after the carnage of Day 3 at Wimbledon, dubbed “Black Wednesday.” OPI Vesper (The Bond Girls) is a textured polish consisting of black glitter in a vampy purple base:
Picture taken in weak sunlight. The base was a bit sheer (which I guess is a good thing, to let the glitter come through for a more textured feel), so I needed three coats for full coverage. The color is so strange; on the first coat the purple looks cool-toned, but by the third coat it looks like a wine/raisin purple (but when I hold my fingers right up against the light, I can still see the cool purple tone.) I do like the color, though, it’s deliciously vampy. I also love feeling the texture in this, but I wish the black glitter was more obvious. I think it got obscured because I had to do three coats. It still has a bit of a glisten, though, because of the sand-like particles. Though I wish this was as glitzy as the others in this collection (while still being vampy), I still love it because it suits its namesake perfectly. Vesper Lynd is my favorite Bond girl (and my favorite Bond girl name, too); Eva Green looked so gorgeous and mysteriosuly sexy in Casino Royale. I also tend to associate purple with Vesper because one of her most memorable outfits was a beautiful jewel-toned purple dress. :) I paired this with Illamasqua Scorn 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.
Since American Horror Story premieres tonight, I wanted to wear something wickedly dark. I’ve also been meaning to try this polish for a long time but just kept getting sidetracked, so I’m happy to have crossed it off my list. Rescue Beauty Lounge Film Noir is a black orchid jelly:
Picture taken in sunlight. The formula was a little sticky but otherwise applied fine. I think my bottle has thickened up some over the years. I didn’t quite get complete coverage in two coats, so I had to add a third. Because of the consistency of the formula and the number of coats, this takes a while to set, even with fast-drying topcoat. As a precaution I dipped my fingers in ice water to speed up the hardening process and to make sure it’s undentable. On the plus side, the jelly formula has a really glossy finish. At three coats, this looks almost-black. The purple base is still visible in bright light, though. This is definitely a case where a name makes me love the polish even more; I think it’s a perfect fit for the color! It’s a seductively dark and sexy shade, and the epitome of vampy. I paired this with Essie Size Matters on my toes.
Continuing with the vampy thread, I have on Sephora by OPI Forever Wild (Betsey Johnson Collection), a deep grape-wine jelly:
Picture taken in natural light (I hate rainy weather lighting!) As vampy jellies can be, the formula was not solidly pigmented. I ultimately needed three coats for opacity, but it applied well. This pretty much looks like your standard vampy wine color. Although the photo makes it look reddish, with the first coat you can see that it’s really purple-based. For how dark it is at three coats, it doesn’t have that almost-black appearance; it still looks deep wine-purple. It may not be unique, but that doesn’t take away from its classic, sultry look. I paired this with Sally Hansen Night Lily (Salon) on my toes.
In honor of Australia Day, and since the Australian Open takes place in Melbourne, I’m wearing Nails Inc. Victoria, a deep wine jelly:
Picture taken in natural light. The formula was a tad sticky but otherwise applied well in three coats. I adore all of these wine polishes, and this color looks particularly amazing in a proper jelly finish. The red wine base you can see with the first coat builds to the sexy dark shade you see by the third. It’s truly worthy of the description “vampy.” I was doing this mani while watching Nadal beat Federer in the semis :D (I can’t wait to watch Djokovic/Murray tomorrow morning!), and even then I had to stop and admire the incredibly glossy look of this polish. I paired this with LA Splash Glitz & Berry on my toes.
Since this brand became available at Sephora, I’ve slowly started to build my collection, and it’s about time I start trying more of them. Nails Inc. Savile Row is a plum wine creme:
Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well in two coats. This is a gorgeous, dark vampy color so it can be hard to tell the exact color at a quick glance. In the light, however, the plummy tones become clear. I love the vampy, sexy look of this polish, but admittedly I wanted it more for the name, since the color’s not really that unique. Savile Row makes me think of bespoke suits, and I LOVE seeing men in well-tailored clothes. ;) I paired this with Sephora by OPI Dark Room on my toes.
I have a slew of vampy polishes to try this month, and I’m just getting started. Illamasqua Unnatural is a burgundy jelly-creme:
Picture taken in natural light. This takes three coats to build up in color and opacity, and I did extra tip-wrapping as a preemptive measure against tip pull, but it’s worth it. The formula is buttery smooth and the end result looks great. The color looks more red on the first coat, then gets progressively browner and deeper with each successive coat. This isn’t one of those polishes you can get away with doing one sheer coat with, though. Even with its good formula, until it’s opaque it looks a little streaky. Still, the finish of the completed mani looks so glassy smooth. I almost wish I had my long pointy oval nails back, ’cause this would make for a great vintage, burlesque-type mani. It’s so deliciously vampy. I paired this with Orly Enchanted Forest on my toes.
I haven’t worn a classically vampy shade in a while. Even though it hasn’t really felt like fall so far (temperature-wise, at least), I still have several fall palette-type colors to try. American Apparel Port (Fall 2010) is a reddish wine creme:
Picture taken in natural light. This applied pretty well; the formula was a little runny but not unmanageable. I used two coats but I experienced some streaking so I did some touch-ups to cover up bald spots. I just love this type of color! It’s dark, deliciously vampy, and of course, reminds me of wine. :) I paired this with Sally Hansen Plum Luck (Complete Salon Manicure) on my toes.