Julep Carrie Ann

Sometimes after wearing some bolder colors, I just get this urge to wear something more boring – relatively anyway. Here’s Julep Carrie Ann, a sheer nude with some subtle holo sparkle:

You can’t see the holo sparkle that well in my photos, unfortunately, but it’s definitely there and shows up better in brighter light. It just happened to be an overcast day.

I liked the way this polish looked better at one coat, actually, but it’d be a no-go if you don’t like sheer polishes/visible nail line. At one coat, it applies evenly and has a your-nails-but-better look, and the holo shimmer seems to be, if anything, more visible. (Sorry I didn’t take a photo!) At two coats, I ended up with what you see here – something that somehow looks infinitely more boring and more humdrum creme-like. Oh, well. Work appropriate to the max.

Formula was fine, easy to work with with average dry time and average durability. Like many lighter colored polishes for me, though, it started getting a bit dingy looking after a few days, with some dark stains at the tips that didn’t come off with even vigorous hand washing. :\

Next time (if I get around to a next time with this polish), I’ll wear it with one coat and see if I like it better. At two coats, it’s okay but a little too drab for me!

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Formula X Intergalactic & Estee Lauder Peach Petal

I almost forgot to post last week’s polish swatches: Formula X Intergalactic, from the discontinued Celestials collection, and Estee Lauder Peach Petal on the accent nail. I’ve had both of these for a while – Peach Petal, especially – and just never got around to wearing them. (Peach Petal was a freebie with purchase that my mom gave me when I was a kid, I think. Has it been that long?)

Anyway.

 

Intergalactic is a silvery purple-pink metallic textured polish. It’s not as chunky as some textured polishes but chunkier than Zoya PixieDust polishes. It’s kind of comparable to OPI textured polishes that I’ve tried, like Alcatraz…Rocks. The formula was fine, and it dried fast. Just about opaque in a single coat, though you can tell it’s not 100% opaque in strong sunlight.

 

 

Peach Petal is a nude-y pink with a subtle pearlescent shimmer. I’m not usually one for nudes, but this one’s not too boring, and the formula is fantastic. Excellent coverage in one coat, and it’s incredibly easy to apply. It’s an older polish, though, so I doubt it’s 3/4/5-free. Dry time was maybe on the long side of average, but hey, it more than makes up for that by being completely opaque in a single coat.

Best thing by far about these polishes is that they were both done in one coat!

Zoya Bela & LynBDesigns The London Season

In a moment of ambivalence, I asked Mr. ‘Fiend what color I should paint my nails this week. He said pink, then white-pink when I asked for more specificity. So, I dug out a pale pink I hadn’t tried yet: Zoya Bela, which apparently achieved fame as the nail polish featured in Black Swan (which I haven’t watched yet but have heard is a great film).

This is day two of two coats, plus one coat LynBDesigns The London Season on the ring finger and all topped with Essie Good to Go top coat, photographed in outdoor natural light:

Bela is a semi-sheer cool-toned ballet-pink crelly/jelly polish, designed for use as a French manicure base but soft and pretty on its own. It’s still pretty sheer at two coats, as shown here, and could probably be mostly opaque in three. I kind of like it semi-sheer, though. The formula is pretty good, though it’s got a tendency to streak a bit, even at two coats, so it takes a bit of care to apply evenly. Glossy top coat helps, though! Dry time seemed average.

The London Season is from LynBDesigns’ Downton Abbey-inspired Meet Me at the Abbey collection and is a really fun glitter topper loaded pretty densely with transparent tiny hex glitter in red, green, blue, pink, yellow, and purple, as well as a pinch of transparent iridescent squares and microglitter. I can’t help but think of confetti and birthday cake when I see this glitter. The formula’s a bit goopy, but it’s easy enough to dab on and spread out the glitter where you want it. Dries fast.

I’m pretty happy with both polishes. The sheer/nude Bela is a nice palate cleanser between bright colors (I’m going to try one of this month’s Julep holo polishes in the next swatch, probably), and it’s nice that I’ve got someone that picks colors for me that I normally skip over when I pick out polish by myself! :]