I recently got a few soak off gel polishes from Madam Glam, including some magnetic gels! This is Always Together. They recommend using these over a black base, but I decided to do three coats alone. I used their magnet on each coat to get the gold magnetic stripe effect.
The pink sparkles have a golden duochrome effect:
On my thumb I alternated Always Together with another of their similar magnetics, Viva Drama, which has blue-to-purple sparkles (so this is four coats total, two of each polish).
I used Madam Glam’s peel off base coat under these. It works well, but I haven’t been able to get it to work for me, in the sense that I always get bubbling under it so far! It doesn’t show here since the sparkles camouflage it… Not sure yet what the issue is!
Zoya Rowan is a greyish taupe in Zoya’s satin matte finish. I used two coats without top coat here.
The formula was great, although the ridges in my nails tend to show through this finish!
After the swatch I added a couple of accent nails in Different Dimension Solar Flares, a slightly browner taupe creme with colour-shifting magenta/pink to gold flakes.
I used three coats of Solar Flares, no top coat, for these photos.
I then added top coat to both polishes, using my new favourite top coat HK Girl by Glisten & Glow. Dries fast and works great over nail art, though it isn’t big-3 free for those who are concerned about that.
I also wanted to compare Rowan to Orly Faint of Heart. Here is the comparison – Zoya on my index finger, Orly on my middle finger. I used two coats plus top coat of Faint of Heart.
Faint of Heart is greyer, slightly darker, and when you look at it very close up, it has a ton of tiny specks of pigment in it, kind of like a much more subtle version of the Pretty and Polished Dusty Cremes finish. Again, left to right, Zoya Rowan and Orly Faint of Heart:
Reverse order, left to right, Orly Faint of Heart and Zoya Rowan:
This gorgeous beauty is SpaRitual Nomad, a complex duochrome-fleck shimmer that dries to a satin-matte finish and has an olive base with copper-pink-to-green shifting shimmer flecks, sometimes giving it a more brown or coppery overall look, sometimes more green. I used two coats, no top coat. The formula was great and dried quickly.
I then added topcoat to see how it would look shiny (looks amazing, of course!), and did an accent nail using Nubar Wildlife on my ring finger. Wildlife is basically the smooth metallic counterpart to Nomad; the colours and their shift are very similar! I also used two coats for Wildlife, no top coat. Love both of these!
I have some swatches and manis from last year that I still haven’t posted; here is one of them! Shown under Ott Lite:
The olive green is Hex from the now-defunct Maya Cosmetics, and the orangey-brown brick colour is Pretty Serious Martian Sea. Two coats each. Sunlight:
They both have great colour-shifting shimmer, especially Martian Sea which shifts from gold through to blue at an extreme angle. Ott lite:
I thought these two went together really well!
OPI La Boheme is a hard-to-find polish from the 2003 Holiday on Broadway collection by OPI, and is also pretty much my favourite polish ever. Most of the photos are with Ott Lite; a couple where noted are with flash.
It’s a deep burgundy-red with sparkly colour-shifting pigment that goes from red to gold to green.
I wore this polish when I got married. 🙂
I’m not sure whether this was two or three coats. These photos were taken a while ago and I don’t seem to have written it down, at least not in my usual notebook…
It can look very different in different lighting. With flash the purple-ish side comes out:
The rest of the photos show one coat layered over black for maximum multichrome colour-shifting goodness.
With flash, again bringing out more purple:
How much do I love this polish? Well, I even have a backup bottle, and purchased both of them at crazy ebay prices. I still think it was worth it. No regrets for this one!! 😀
Happy New Year!! Today I have an awesome Indigo Bananas duochrome to show you! Fiery the Angels Fell is a glass-fleck polish that shifts between red and orange with a little fuchsia and gold in there too. It also looks to me like there are some very, very fine holo specs throughout the polish!
I used two coats (plus top coat) and found the formula smooth and thick, with very dense glass fleck. On the accent nail I used one coat over black, and as you can see I did have a little trouble with the thickness there; I wasn’t able to apply a thin even coat. So I think if I use it over black again I’ll add a little thinner first, or do one thick coat instead of trying to do a thin one.
Beautiful, beautiful polish! Warm halogen light shows off the orange side of the polish:
Breaking the silence with a texture polish! This is Nicole by OPI Cinna-man of My Dreams (what’s with all the stupid “man of my dreams” names? They already had “snow-man of my dreams” in one of the winter collections, sheesh! heheh). Anyway, this is a great polish!
It’s a sparkly multicoloured texture, with predominantly brick red and burgundy tones and little sparks that appear orange and blue in the light. Very complex and deep polish!
Shown are two coats; it has a great formula. As usual any of the photos can be clicked on to see the full size versions that show the sparkly detail of the texture!
Here it is with topcoat. I added a third coat before the topcoat because I had a bit of tip wear from already having the polish on for a while.
I did an accent thumb nail in Nicole by OPI Just Busta Mauve since they seem like such complementary polishes!
With topcoat over Cinna-man:
Busta Mauve is kind of like the foily fleck version of Cinna-man, but it does have a lot more blue and purple in it. That, and the fact that the texture “ate” my first coat of topcoat pretty well, inspired me to add OPI I Juggle Men overtop.
Love this combo!!
This glowy blue is one of the fall 2012 “Target exclusive” Nicole by OPI polishes that I bought from a blogsale.
It’s a medium-deep blue with sparkly blue-purple-pink duochrome glass flecks that my photos don’t quite do justice to (but as always you can click on the photos to get a larger version).
The formula is a little sheer but I imagine that’s what helps the duochrome flecks show up. I used three coats although two thick coats might be enough.
In terms of application the formula was great, no issues.
This is a really nice blue, and I love the finish!
This last photo is an indoor shot with indirect light from my Ott Lite.
This amazing polish is Nicole by OPI Just Busta Mauve, which I haven’t seen for sale here in Canada (it’s supposed to be exclusive to Target stores and we don’t have those yet), but I was able to get with the help of someone having a blogsale! (Thanks again, Amy! :))
Shown are three coats plus a layer of topcoat; the polish is slightly sheer to allow the duochrome iridescent shimmer to show through.
I recommend waiting a minute between coats to avoid any balder spots near the cuticle, but other than that the formula was good!
These photos are in natural light, various degrees of shade/partial sun.
I love the finish on this polish! As you can see, there are a whole lot of colours in the flecked/foily particles: mauve, blue, copper, pink, plum, and a lovely warm golden orange colour shift at an angle. It’s the kind of polish that doesn’t really belong to just one colour family!
There are two other polishes in this release that have a similar finish, and I’ll be posting those at a later date. 😀