First is this unnamed chartreuse color from Cosmetic Arts. I wanted to see if my new method of lighting my photos made it easier to photograph neons and neon-like colors. I think it’s quite effective! Even if my cuticle line is lacking—I painted this in a hurry before heading to the beach, because I wanted to blind everyone. 😉
This is technically a reswatch even though I’ve never featured this color on my blog before. Pictured is Deborah Lippmann Xanadu, two coats of it over a black creme. It’s a metallic blue finish that shifts to purple and has blue metallic hex glitters mixed in.
Xanadu, along with Lippmann’s Dreamweaver, is one of the many colors that I swatched and lost the photos of when my computer/harddrive broke those two times. Whoops.
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So that was kind of a long-ish absence… At least, longer than I’m comfortable with. Truth is, I snapped a bunch of pictures of chameleon polishes that I couldn’t use! I haven’t been able to get pictures of every color that they change to, so I didn’t feel ready to post them. And that was pretty much my entire photo buffer!
Then I realized that I had perfectly usable pictures that I’d forgotten totally about. Oops.
This is one of those polishes I spent way too much money on at Sephora, Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream. It’s almost a year old now, yikes!
Mermaid’s Dream is a light aqua blue foil with small cobalt blue hex glitters. I like how the foil doesn’t completely drown out the glitters beneath it if you do layers; it gives the polish some depth and is a nice effect!
To my complete surprise, you don’t have to layer this over another color to achieve opacity. This is two thin coats, although I did notice some patches while photographing—it probably would have benefited from a third. But it’s so thin on the nail that three coats wouldn’t feel thick or take long to dry. Drying time on this was very quick as well!
This wasn’t my first Lippmann, but I definitely had a way better experience with this one. And my photography’s slightly less sucky (although this was during my brief stint where I was too lazy to set up my lightbox again and my photos were suckier than usual)!
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These were my last manicures of 2014. Thankfully, they were still safe and sound on my camera while my computer was way less lucky.
This is China Glaze December To Remember from their Holiday 2014 Twinkle Collection. It’s a gorgeous steel blue with duochrome shimmer that shifts between gold and pink, which unfortunately wasn’t captured too well in my photos. You can see it in the bottle, though!
It’s a perfect winter color. It’s subtle and and pretty and applied like magic. It didn’t wear terribly well, but I’ll forgive it for its easy application. This was two coats.
And this is Deborah Lippmann Magic Carpet Ride! Not really winter-themed, but it did immediately make me think of New Year’s Eve.
Magic Carpet Ride is a black jelly that is absolutely packed with glitter. I’m wearing one coat here, and this is after wiping a good amount of it off because there was too much glitter—large holographic silver hexes, small silver hexes, and silver and blue diamond shapes. I have a coat of black underneath this, because multiple coats of MCR probably would have been horrible to work with. One coat is all you need and then some! Then just a add a coat of Gelous and a coat of topcoat to make everything perfectly shiny and smooth. ❤