Archive for the ‘duochrome’ Category

Zoya Jem

November 19, 2011

I picked up a couple more Zoya colors thanks to Zoya’s excellent Halloween Treat (do yourself a favor and follow them on Twitter – you will get lots of deals this way!)

Zoya Jem! This is a beauty. Two smooth coats of velvety, glittery color. The duochrome flash is stronger in the bottle, but you’ll experience it on the nail as either a nice plummy purple:

indoors

Or as a reddish color with gold highlights:

sun

In the bottle there you can see it chrome-ing its way to a bright yellow but it never gets there on my nails. I love this color wholeheartedly. It’s a gorgeous color in the reliable Zoya formula. Could not be happier.

It’s been really hard to get passably decent pictures since all my daylight hours are spent at work – but I will keep trying! If you want another shot of a particular polish, please let me know!

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Essie Dive Bar

August 20, 2011

Here’s my current polish, Essie Dive Bar, pictured here at a few days old:

 

Green/blue nail polish

full sun

 

This was three of the most irritating coats of polish I have ever put on. I was trying to be really careful too, letting each coat dry for several minutes before applying the next. It seems to dry as you apply it, so that you can’t overlap at all or you’ll wipe off the layer below. It reminded me of dry-erase pens. Other people have reported an easy two coats, so who knows.

 

same polish in the shade

shade

It’s hard to capture the duochrome on this one. As I type, it’s almost a navy blue, but in most bright light settings it’s a dark base with bright green/teal shimmer. When twilight comes around, it’ll look more like a a blue/teal.

 

indoors

This terribly blurry picture shows the bluer indoor shade. The purple shows up in the bottle but I find myself waving my hands in front of my face trying to find it on the nail. Is it just me or do duochromes exist so people can laugh at us for flailing about while staring at our nails?

I’ll keep this polish even though it’s scary to apply. I’m optimistic that my photography AND nail polish application skills will improve!  Also cuticles, and mysterious hand redness, and funky nail shape…