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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.
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:
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.
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. 😀