Uuuuuugh I’m being so lazy. I have so many photos to edit and upload and post and format and BLAH. But they’re beautiful, so it’s a labor of love!
Starlight Polish is probably tied as my favorite indie brand, right next to Rainbow Honey. Issa makes the best color-shifting shimmer polishes around, hands-down. I swatched two polishes of hers before, Dragon and Dragon Scales, and was immediately smitten. It was high time that I got around to fawning over more of her creations!
For the first mani, I started with a base of OPI Midnight In Moscow. It’s been a while since I pulled this out, and I was shocked to find that I could get it opaque in one thick coat! My beloved Wet N’ Wild Under Your Spell is a dupe for this, but requires at least three coats, so… I’ll go with this one. 😛
I topped that with two coats of Starlight Polish Phoenix Feathers, a red jelly base packed to the brim with red-gold-green-blue color-shifting shimmer. I used to be obsessed with this finish back when I first started blogging, and this immediately got me all nostalgic.
I’m awful at capturing these shifts, unfortunately! Issa also makes a topper that just includes the shimmer, sans red base, simply called Phoenix. I’d already have my mitts on that if I didn’t already own Girly Bits Shift Happens, which is a dupe of it.
I had a theory that three coats of Phoenix Feathers on its own would closely resemble four coats of Clarins 230, so I tried it out—and I’d say it’s fairly close! Unfortunately I haven’t got a bottle to compare it with, but Phoenix Feathers definitely gets more opaque on the nail than Clarins 230 does.
I didn’t have the sun this time, so I improved to catch that elusive green shift.
Another mani using a Starlight polish went on my nails the instant Phoenix Feathers came off. For a base, I used OPI Hello Hawaii Ya?, from last year’s spring collection. This is way more of a fall color, though! And I’m not sure why all of my shots were blurry… This was the clearest picture I had. Sorry, guys.
This turned out to be the perfect choice for topping with Starlight Polish Unicorn Tears, as it was light enough that Unicorn Tears’ purple jelly base didn’t look black in indoor lighting. This is two coats.
Unicorn Tears is a stunner, with a shifting shimmer that goes from yellow-green to emerald to aqua to royal blue.
There’s a version of this polish that’s just the shimmer, simply called Unicorn, that I have and can’t wait to try over literally everything.
I forgot how much I loved this finish of nail polish. Every polish in the Mythological Trio (Phoenix Feathers, Unicorn Tears, Dragon Scales) is fall-appropriate, so I hope to get some more use out of them before the season’s over.
Kudos to anyone who read that giant wall of text. 😉 Issa’s shop can be found here!