LynBDesigns Oh Captain, My Captain

I had LynBDesigns Oh Captain, My Captain sitting around in my stash for a long time, and I have no idea why I’d forgotten to wear it until now! (This polish is from the October 2014 Spark of Madness collection inspired by Robin Williams.)

As usual, two thin coats, topped with Essie Good to Go top coat, in outdoor natural light:

Oh Captain, My Captain is a beautiful polish, with what looks like a sheer black (or maybe super dark blue?) base with scattered holographic shimmer particles and an oil-slick-like multichrome (iridescent, if you want to skip the nail polish jargon ;)) flash. At the edges of the nail, I could maybe see some dark blue, but for the most part, it seemed to shift from purplish pink to gold and olive for me. The overall effect reminds me of outer space – stunning!

Application was great, covering well in two coats and drying faster than average. Durability wasn’t so good, unfortunately. I had major chips on the third day with my typical base coat and top coat. So awesome while it lasted, though! Ah, well. I guess that gives me a good reason to repaint my nails in pastels for Easter. :]

P.S. Here’s a link to the Walt Whitman poem “O Captain! My Captain!” the polish name references. 😀

Space nails! LynBDesigns Amazingly Unlikely & Time and Relative Dimension in Space

I’d been admiring LynBDesigns indie nail polishes from afar for a long time before recently taking the leap and picking up a bunch I’d been eyeing, including Amazingly Unlikely (3 coats on all nails except for ring) from the About a Galaxy collection and Time and Relative Dimension in Space (3 coats on ring finger) from the The Doctor is In collection.

This is day 2, topped with Essie Good to Go top coat in indirect natural light:

Words cannot adequately describe how much I love Amazingly Unlikely. It’s like a galaxy in a bottle! It’s described as a “blue jelly base with multichrome shifting from purple to blue to pink to gold, aqua holographic micro glitter and blue to purple fantasy flakies.” The shift on the nail mostly shows up as pink to blue for me, and the overall effect over the blue jelly base and metallic shimmer looks like a shift from royal blue to a deep red-purple:

Seriously gorgeous.

The formula is a little goopy and looks streaky on the first two coats, but it’s nicely opaque in three. I accidentally flooded my cuticle applying this polish, as the goopiness took me by surprise at first, but I had no issues with it once I got a feel for the consistency.

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Time and Relative Dimension in Space (TARDIS <3) is described as “a deep blue jelly like base that has blue, silver, navy, and dark silver glitters suspended in it.” My particular bottle has such a deep navy-blue jelly base that it looks almost black. Based on swatches online, I’d expected a slightly bluer/brighter blue and maybe less uniform glitter visibility through the jelly base (more of a jelly-sandwich effect), but this is beautiful all the same – and still reminiscent of space and starry skies. It probably could have been opaque in two coats, but I did three thin coats for these photos.

Both polishes have a pretty standard round, square-tipped brush, which I had no problems with, and dry time for both was on the faster side of average for me.

Though the TARDIS polish was slightly different from what I expected, I still love both polishes – Amazingly Unlikely, especially – and am pleased with my first purchases from LynBDesigns. I’ll likely be swatching the rest of my haul in the coming weeks. 🙂

Any of you have favorite indie brands you’d like to recommend to me?

Durability & removal update 8/2/2015: Both polishes lasted a week with just some minor chipping on the index fingers. Removal was easy enough using the 10-minute soak off I usually do for glitters. I didn’t try wiping off earlier than 10 minutes, but Amazingly Unlikely removed so easily, it might not have required the entire 10 minutes. TARDIS was stickier and required a little extra cleanup after soaking and wiping off, but it wasn’t bad. I didn’t have any staining with a base coat.

Sephora by OPI S-age is Just a Number

S-age is Just a Number is from Sephora’s Spice Market collection from fall 2012, and it’s since been discontinued (when the Sephora by OPI polishes were completely replaced by Sephora’s current Formula X line last year), but it’s still one of my favorite gold polishes. I hear it’s pretty close to Chanel Peridot, but I don’t own that one and can’t do a direct comparison.

Here it is in indirect natural light (shade), three coats topped with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat:

S-age is a brassy gold metallic with an iridescent/multichrome finish that, in the bottle, shows a spectrum of flash from indigo to teal to olive to a rosy bronze. It doesn’t quite have the same range of colors on the nail, sadly, but hey, it’s still pretty awesome. Typically, I see some of the rosy bronze through the teal on my nails, though the polish comes off as just another gold metallic if the light’s too strong.

I don’t know whether to classify it as a regular metallic, foil, or chrome – and that’s all pretty subjective marketing talk, anyway. It looks chrome-y in the bottle, but I think it’s got a little more scatter than I typically associate with chromes. It does have a super shiny finish, though.

The formula is pretty good, but it’s on the sheer side, like many chrome-y metallics. It took me three thin coats to get the opacity you see here, and if you look carefully in person, it’s still a tad sheer. Application is easy, though, even with the slightly wide, square-tipped Sephora by OPI brush (which is a bit on the large side for my smaller nails), and dry time was maybe on the quicker side of average for me. The end product shows brushstrokes, but it doesn’t detract from the polish, in my book; I kind of like the added texture on this one.

From this angle, you can see the olive flash very clearly:

And in direct sunlight (very sparkly!):

Really, it’s a fantastic polish, and because of the iridescent finish, it easily matches with a lot of things. I don’t usually match my nail polish to my clothing, but hey, it’s still nice when it matches!

Here’s a bottle shot, just so you know what I’m talking about when I say the multichrome in the bottle promises so much more:

Ah, well – it does still almost have that scarab-shell sheen on the nail. :] I’m going to miss this polish if I ever run out. Fortunately, I have a full size and a mini of this, so that’s not happening anytime soon.

Any of you have any discontinued favorites you’d like to share?