- 3 coats Zoya Cole (yeah it was kinda streaky unfortunately :< it’s such a cool color thoooooo) with an accent nail of 3 coats of Zoya Vega. which is GORGEOUS and very very sparkly and reminds me of rock candy.
- 2 coats Zoya Chita. Probably my least favorite of the pixie dusts I have from Zoya (I also have Carter and Dahlia) but it’s still really cool. Just not as awesomely sparkly as the other ones I listed above.
- 2 coats of ILNP Birefringence over black. Holyyyyyyyy crap. Now I don’t know whether this one or Cygnus Loop is my favorite. Can they be tied???
The Secret Garden. Business in front, party in back.
3 coats of Spoiled Permission to Proceed topped with Above the Curve Diva P [basecoat used- Orly Bonder; topcoat used- Out the Door]
Permission to Proceed is a really nice near-neon green jelly that— while not fully opaque at three coats— is perfectly even and vibrant. When it comes to jellies, I care more about saturation and even-ness than full opacity.
I decided to spice it up a little with Above the Curve Diva P, which is a 35-micron holo topcoat with green and blue flecks that shift to pink.
(ps- yes, i know, my thumbs are gross. :P)
- 3 coats Sally Hansen Sparkling Water topped with Sinful Colors Green Ocean
- 2 coats Illamasqua Viridian topped with Piggie Polish Lunar Holo. I was really happily surprised to see a drugstore brand come out with a holo topcoat!! It’s loosely linear/tightly scattered, similar to a lot of A England holo polishes.
- 2 or 3 coats (forget which… derp) of Sally Hansen Black Tie, which is a multichrome that shifts from teal to gray to purple. It usually applies fine, but I attempted this mani on a really hot and humid day so there was a lot of issues. :v This came out a few years before a bunch of near-dupes (OPI Peace and Love and OPI, Essie For the Twill of It, etc) did, but it’s just as well, ‘cause it’s discontinued now iirc.
3 coats + touch-ups of Indigo Bananas Acid Ocean
Acid Ocean is a more subtle polish than the first one I wore from this collection, Hole in the Sky. It’s a dark teal-leaning blue jelly filled with shimmer that shifts from gold to green and flakies that shift from green to teal to indigo. It will look different in basically every lighting situation, so I should remind you here that ‘subtle’ here doesn’t mean uninteresting! In fact, this is an extremely interesting polish with quite a bit of depth to it. It’s just not in-your-face about it. :)
While the base of Acid Ocean is a bit more opaque than Hole in the Sky’s, I had a bit more of a difficult time getting it even-looking— hence why I had to say “three coats *plus* touch-ups”. I could’ve layered it, but I think some of that depth I was talking about would have been lost. I think that a lot of IB’s polishes could benefit from a wider brush— perhaps not as wide as an OPI brush, but wider all the same (Once I can find a good example of what I’m talking about, I’ll add it here :v). I’ve found that wider brushes make sheer polishes go on far less streakily and more evenly.
Beyond that one issue, there’s nothing else much to report. Dry time is nice and quick, all of the flakies lay down nice and flat, and it’s perfectly smooth after one coat of topcoat.
So yeah, if you have longer nails you might wanna experiment with layering this over a dark blue, especially a “crelly” (a polish that has aspects of a jelly and a creme— very shiny, perhaps not quite as opaque as a creme, but far more opaque than a jelly) like L’Oreal After Hours. Otherwise, this is a really unique and awesome polish that I definitely wanna bring along with me to the beach, and hopefully eventually get a backup of!
Hey all, I swear I’m not dead, I’m just giving myself a rest from all sorts of social media.
Also my friends painted my nails metallic blue with gold sparkles and it kinda reminds me of starry night and I kinda wish I didn’t have to remove it for work at Rita’s on Saturday.
Other things: I’M GOING TO SEE MOTHERFUCKING JANELLE MONAE IN CONCERT TOMORROW NIGHT AND IT’S GONNA BE *HELLA*
Today’s Mani: 3 coats Indigo Bananas Hole in the Sky (Orly Bonder as base coat; Poshé as topcoat)
Indigo Bananas Hole in the Sky (named after an awesome Black Sabbath song!! 8) ) is a sorta periwinkle-leaning purple jelly filled with flakies and shimmer that shifts from red to gold to green (Unfortunately even though this is easy to see in real life my camera didn’t want to really capture that. Grr.). There’s also a loosely linear holo effect that appears in the sun. It’s like Max Factor Fantasy Fire on steroids! Hence why I decided it would be a good polish to wear to Pride tomorrow. 8)
I had no problems with application. The consistency is not too thick or thin and the polish glides onto the nail easily with the majority of the flakies laying down flat (only a couple poked up a bit on my left thumb). The formula’s on the sheer side, which isn’t a surprise considering it’s a jelly and it being more opaque would mean the color shifting aspects of the polish would have been swallowed up. On my nubs three coats makes a nice, even and opaque coating (except for on my thumbs; those needed a couple touch ups here and there), but if you have longer nails you might wanna layer this over a creme of a similar color.
The dry time for this polish was nice and quick, which was nice ‘cause I was in a bit of a hurry!
Hole in the Sky is part of Indigo Bananas’ newest collection which can be found on their website here. All of them look rad, and if I wasn’t as broke as I am I would’ve totally gotten all of them.
2 coats of Sally Hansen Minted Metal with 2 coats of Essie Nothing Else Metals as an accent nail; 20-grade spectraflair on top of all.
Topcoat definitely diminishes the chrome kinda look that these foil polishes have, but I wanted my mani to last more than a day sooooo :v
Also Minted Metal is apparently supposed to be green but either I’m blind or that’s TOTALLY BLUE.
beyond that tho both had very good formulas and dried quite quickly.