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The last of the polishes I had to try from this great metallic collection was China Glaze Millennium (Khrome, Winter 2009), a pure silver metallic shimmer:

Picture taken in natural light. (Click to see it less blurry in full-size.) The formula was smooth and pigmented; I got full, even coverage in two coats, over two coats of basecoat. Although it doesn’t necessarily go with my skintone, I really like silver nail polish; often times I prefer it over gold. I love this shade; true silver can look so bright! This has a really futuristic vibe to it. At a quick glance this does look like molten silver on the nail. I hardly wear any jewelry so with this type of polish on I kind of feel like I am. I’m glad to have finally tried this collection! Since the formula shows every flaw on the nail, I wanted to wait for my nails to be free of any ridges and dents. I wasn’t too keen on the formula at first, but after finding the right techniques to make it work without excessive bubbles and brushstrokes, I totally came around. I particularly love the last three I tried. I still prefer the foil-type metallics, for the sparkly factor, but it’s great how the very fine shimmer in this keeps the finish from looking frosty, while still preserving the look of a “regular” metallic finish. I paired this with OPI Russian Navy Suede with topcoat on my toes.

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This collection is mostly made up of different shades of gold, silver and bronze. The colorful exception is China Glaze Metallic Muse (Khrome, Winter 2009), a seafoam turquoise metallic shimmer:

Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well in two coats; it went on very smoothly over two coats of basecoat. It’s a good thing the formula is pigmented; it’s best to use as few swipes as possible because the more brush strokes you make, the more you open the mani up to cuticle drag. I think this is because the polish dries so fast so extra swipes of the brush drag along spots that are already dry. That’s also why it’s better to do thin coats, as thicker coats would dry too fast, which causes major bubbling. This sort of formula may be finicky but the payoff you get with the look of the finished mani is great. The shimmer is quite fine for a shimmery metallic but it does the big job of covering up brushstrokes and avoiding the dreaded frosty appearance. I love this color! It definitely stands out among the rest of the polishes in the collection, which are more neutral. It’s silver-toned, but unlike Sci-Fi, which was lavender-tinted but still mainly silver, this one is predominantly turquoise. It can shift between looking bluer or greener depending on the light. It makes me think of the sea and mermaids; it’s really pretty. I paired this with OPI We’ll Always Have Paris Suede with topcoat on my toes.

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For the second half of the Olympics I have the second half of this metallic collection, starting with China Glaze Sci-Fi (Khrome, Winter 2009), a lavender-tinted silver metallic shimmer:

Picture taken in sunlight. The formula was smooth and pigmented, giving full coverage in two coats. The double-layered basecoat method I’ve been using seems to be doing the trick; I get less bubbles with each polish I try from this collection. Any visible bubbles I get now are from the topcoat. I don’t like topcoat bubbles either, but I can tolerate them much more than bubbles from the polish itself (plus, topcoat makes polish bubbles disappear :)). This doesn’t look purple enough for me to call it lavender; it still falls under the silver category. At a quick glance this may look like a plain silver, but when compared side-by-side to a true silver you can clearly see it’s not. This is also a shade darker than your standard silver. I think the lavender tint may come from the shimmer. I love it; whenever I see a metallic polish that’s lavendery and silver I just automatically think “spacey.” It kind of reminds me of that silvery purple/green duochrome color combination. I paired this with Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees Suede with topcoat on my toes.

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Although it isn’t a gold, silver, or bronze, up next in this run of metallic polishes is China Glaze Robotika (Khrome, Winter 2009), a light brown metallic shimmer:

Picture taken in natural light. The formula was very smooth and pigmented. I could have gotten away with two coats but I ended up doing two anyway. With its smoothness and pigmentation, I was able to do quick, easy swipes of color, which helps cut down on the brushstrokes. After the trial-and-error I had  with 2030, I used the same technique of applying two coats of basecoat as a preemptive strike against too much bubbling. It seemed to work; I still got some bubbles in the end but topcoat made them disappear (any bubbles you see are from the topcoat itself.) I didn’t expect to like the color as much as I do! It may be a light brown, but I consider it dark for a metallic, especially compared to your standard metallic colors like gold and silver. I find it so flattering; since it’s a relatively darker shade it just looks more defined on the nail. It’s definitely not a reddish brown, and it seems to lean more cool (although whether it looked more cool or warm varied from photo to photo), yet it also has a pinkish tone. It reminds me of velvety eyeshadow. I paired this with Lincoln Park After Dark Suede with topcoat on my toes.

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Since this is an Olympic year, I’m taking the opportunity to wear some long-standing untried metallic polishes, specifically the ones from China Glaze’s Khrome collection. I thought it would be most appropriate to start with a gold, so up first is China Glaze 2030 (Khrome, Winter 2009), a neutral gold metallic shimmer:

Picture taken in sunlight. This didn’t apply as well as I thought it would.  The formula itself goes on easily and smoothly, but it isn’t exactly the near-flawless metallic finish I was expecting.  It’s not as brushstroke-y as other metallics, but it’s definitely not brushstroke-free. My first attempt turned out a horrible bubbly mess, so for my second go I put down two coats of basecoat to give the polish a really smooth surface to spread on. I still got some bubbles in the end but thankfully topcoat conceals them for the most part. I just don’t get along with metallics; they always bubble on me.  It is pigmented enough to be a one-coater, but I ended up using two. Application issues aside, I do love this shade of gold.  I like that it’s a more neutral to cool tone. My skin is yellow-toned but strangely I don’t like yellow golds on me as much as I feel it’s almost too much yellow. Though I’m not in love with the finish, it is much better than your standard metallic polish. Because it’s relatively less brushstroke-y, at a quick glance it really does look like metal on the nail. I’m still looking forward to trying the rest, to playing around with application techniques. I paired this with OPI OPI Ink Suede on my toes.

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Although Christmas was over, I wanted to do one last red mani for the holiday season (and Christmas music was still being played at the malls anyway.)  Diamond Cosmetics Cherry Tobacco (Winter 2009) is a blackened red shimmer:

Picture taken in sunlight.  This applied well in two coats.  This looks amazing in the sun; the gorgeous burnt, velvety red color combined with that lit-from-within quality.  Unfortunately, the effect is mostly lost when viewed in the shade.  I paired this with Brucci Black Emerald on my toes.

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I’m not wearing the brightest of colors today but I’ve already tried all the other polishes from the same collection so I had to get this out of the way.  MAC For Fun (Jin Soon For MAC Nail Trend, Fall/Winter 2009) is a reddish purple creme:

Picture taken in natural light.  (The reddish tone is more apparent in real life.)  This applied well; I needed to use three coats, but just barely (like, it looks decent at two but better with three).  This color makes me think of grapes, but not in the same way as Grape Pop does.  It makes me think of the real fruit.  I paired this with Wet n Wild Wild Orchid (Wild Shine) on my toes.

This is the first of several pictures I took outside of this restaurant (a Landzeit) at a rest stop in Austria, en route to Vienna:

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Back to the soft shades I go.  MAC Cool Reserve (Jin Soon For MAC Nail Trend, Fall/Winter 2009) is a greyed lavender creme:

Picture taken in sunlight.  This applied well; it gave good coverage in two coats, so I stopped there.  But it could probably use three to get it really opaque (like, opaque when you hold it up to a strong light source).  In low lighting it can look like a greyish taupe but in brighter light you can see the lavender.  I like this color way more than I thought I would!  It’s not pastel and not very spring-y but I like the dusty quality.  I paired this with Rimmel Steel Grey (Lasting Finish Pro) on my toes. 

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You’ll notice a theme with the names of the polishes I’ll be wearing this month.  MAC Light Affair (Love Lace, Winter 2009) is a lavender-tinged, very light grey creme:

Picture taken in natural light.  Application was a bit streaky so I needed three coats to get it even (although I was thisclose to only needing two…maybe next time around).  I love this color…it’s light yet opaque, stark but also soft somehow.  And so creamy. 🙂  I paired this with Sephora by OPI What a Broad on my toes.

There are certain polishes that are very polarizing; I believe this is one of them.  MAC Dry Martini (Jin Soon For MAC Nail Trend, Fall/Winter 2009) is a browned olive green creme:

Picture taken in natural light.  This applied fine; the consistency was slightly thick, but it wasn’t a problem.  The first coat went on a bit streaky, but things evened out by the second.  I could have probably used a third coat to reach full opacity.  I’ve heard this color described as everything from pea soup to baby food to diaper contents.  But I like it!  I actually like it a lot more than I thought I would (the fact that’s it’s a creme finish probably contributes to that).  I like the murky quality of the color.  I paired this with Sephora by OPI Meet for Drinks on my toes. 😉

So I picked this polish to wear today because Grey’s Anatomy finally comes back tonight!  The olive color reminds me of my favorite part of that show:

Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt.  I only wish he could use his natural Scottish accent for the role. 😀

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