This is an old post now. I had it 90% written and then I got too lazy to upload the pics and post. Or, well, lazy and the fact that I have a cold that is sucking all the life from me. So, okay.
After seeing a swatch of Sally Hansen's Xtreme Color in Ivy League on a friend, I decided I had to try that color out RIGHT AWAY, since I already have it.
Well. I got the first coat on okay and I was waiting for the second coat to dry when I had some kind of crazy tremor in my hand and completely fucked it up. I mean, completely. Exasperated with myself, I took it all off and tried again.
I'd just put the second coat on my left hand when The Husband emailed and asked me out to lunch. It was all still totally wet, because this is NOT a fast-drying polish. So, it all got screwed up again, and it never dried enough to take a picture.
So here's the thing: the color on Ivy League is GORGEOUS. It's a pale, metallic green, like a peridot. It looks amazing. But. The polish is INCREDIBLY slow to dry. I think it is probably my slowest drying polish to date.
It's one thing for polishes to dry a little (or a lot) slowly on the second coat, but Ivy League is slow to dry even in the FIRST coat, which is just kind of a deal breaker for me. And, because it's so slow to dry, it got very bubbly. So, after the second time it all got messed up, I decided fuck this for a game of soldiers, and decided to try something else.
I'd been eyeballing China Glaze's Trendsetter in my box for a while now; it's a dark yellow/gold polish in the bottle and I suspected it wouldn't look very good against my yellow skintone. I'd gotten it as part of a collection purchase; it probably wasn't something that I would've bought on my own. But, since I had it and as long as I was just fucking around anyway, I decided, why not?
Well. I'm not really sure how I feel about it. Strictly in the bottle, I feel like it's one of those colors that's so ugly it might go round the bend back into repulsively interesting?
On the nail, my first thought was Harvest Gold, a color I've always liked considerably less than that other staple of the 70's, Avocado Green. And, as I suspected, it didn't really look great against my already yellow skin. Once on, it made me feel like I had a severe smoking problem. So, after snapping a quick pic (this is just after 1 coat), I took it all off. ( Yellow Blues. )
Today was really not my day and I maybe/probably should've just said fuck it and not bothered to try again, but I'm stubborn. So the next polish I picked out was another one I'd been dying to try as soon as it showed up.
There are certain shades I've been looking for from the start. I want a nice, true red creme, I want to find the perfect gray-blue/cadet grey, and I'm looking for a specific kind of purple.
But all the purples I'd found so far were too dark and/or too dusty or too red, or otherwise not-right. Until this one.
It's another color I couldn't get to photograph well; I've noticed the pictures I take with my phone tend to tinge a little blue, and, consequently, all the pictures came out very blue, but let me assure you, this polish is NOT blue. It's an amazing, almost GLOWING grape purple. It's so utterly amazing; of all the polishes I have that haven't photographed true, this is the most vexing, because it's such a lovely, LOVELY color. I keep saying, "This is the purple of my HEART!" And it is. ( The Purple of My Heart. )
The formula is smooth and easy to apply with solid coverage. It's a little sheer, even after 3 coats, but not unacceptably so. It's just perfect
In the meantime, I also decided it was time to redo my toes (my toes and my fingers never match) So, if you can stand to take a look at my ugly foot, here's Essie's Coat Azure. Excuse the mess; I hadn't cleaned up my toes yet.
ALSO A POLISH MADE OF LOVE AND SUNSHINE. I have to repeat how impressed I am with Essie as a brand. Their polishes are so amazingly consistent in how well they apply, the trueness of the color, opacity, how long they last. If I was going to cleave to a single brand, that brand would be Essie. ( This little piggy. )
Coat Azure is the closest I've come to the blue-gray of my dreams, though it's not quite there yet. It's very blue, but it's got a kind of bruised storm cloud quality to it that I really love. It feels very classy and elegant and I find myself wishing I had a pair of peep toe pumps to properly show it off.
So, my Julep polishes have arrived (and I'm PLEASED AS PUNCH with them so far!) and I purchased another collection, so hopefully I will post about those soon.