For vacation, I had originally recreated the French mani with pink and white hibiscus flowers that I did earlier this month , but in the cleaning frenzy that usually leads up to a vacation for me, I totally ruined them :( So I decided to do something more travel-friendly, and more, well... me! So I took China Glaze 2NITE from the OMG collection and used Konad plate m79 to stamp metallic silver China Glaze Millennium clouds over it. The result of the chrome on holo is amazing in person. The silver clouds seem to be 3D. The almost float on the blue holographic background and as I move my hands the clouds seem sort of like they're moving against the background.
China Glaze Octa-Gone Wild is from the now discontinued (CRY!) Kaleidoscopes collection. Some of these are still available on the sites of the distributors, like transdesign, 8ty8beauty, and head2toebeauty, but I don't know which site has which right now, so don't quote me. The weird thing about these polishes is that the holographic pieces of whatever the shimmer is made of is huge and the shapes are seemingly random. I wish I had a microscope but I think I'd feel mildly ridiculous analyzing nail polish with one. Don't act like you don't want one for the same reason. Wait. It's just me? Dernit.
I loved Octa-Gone Wild because of the soft purple color to it. It's not over the top, it's just right. It's beautiful when layered as well! I remember when these first came out. Up till then the OPI Designer Series original launch were about the only holo game in town and I counted down the hours till the Kaleidoscopes arrived then proceeded to buy almost every one. It was a field day on the Makeup Alley nail board when these things arrived. If you were there, you're probably nostalgic about it. China Glaze made dreams come true.
Rimmel Night Life
Everyone is into taupe polishes lately, but they're mostly cremes. Chanel Particuliere, anyone? And lots of us love shimmery taupe shadow (maybe not as much as the girls at Pink Sith), so I wanted to share my two favorite shimmery taupe polishes. I think they may be my only shimmery taupe polishes, but whatever. Work with me here.
Rimmel Night Life is part of the now discontinued line of Underground polishes by Rimmel. Some of these shades have a new formula incarnation within the Rimmel brand, but I'm not sure if Night Life is one of them. I do hope so. It's a beautiful cool creamy taupe with a unexpected fiery shimmer. The application on this one is great, two coat perfection.
Another favorite of mine is another discontinued beauty, MAC Toast of the Town from the Barbie collection a couple years ago. It's taupe with green shimmer and a strong rose flash. Very unique and much prettier than it sounds. This one is super HTF, I'm sorry about that, but it's so worth the wild goose chase! I don't say that about a lot of d/s polishes, but this one is a must have if you can find it. If you like this, you might also like OPI Have You Seen My Limo which is a darker, cooler cousin of this one. HYSML is a cool midtone brown-grey-plum combination with minty shimmer and a rose flash. It's an HG of mine, I'll have to swatch it for you guys soon.
MAC Toast of the Town
This is another "holo interrupted" polish from the OPI Designer Series like Fantasy and Diamond, which I showed you recently. You'd feel gypped by the lack of strong holo if only the almost textured shimmer weren't otherwise making you drool. The color is basically like a magenta. If you're familiar with OPI DS Exclusive, it's a bit darker and more opaque than Exclusive. This applies like the other DS polishes; immaculately. If you like the OPI DS polishes Extravagance, Diamond and Fantasy I highly recommend you try Color Club Wild at Heart which has that same "almost holo" feel to it.
OPI DS Royal over China Glaze Spontaneous (flash)
China Glaze Spontaneous, which you can see in more detail here, is a midtone creamy warm purple and it matches the base color of OPI DS Royal fabulously. Royal has got that jelly purple base with an almost foil-like blue shimmer with a purple flash. I have only used Royal before over black, which is a sight for sore eyes, but pulls mostly blue. I wanted to bring out it's purple without having to put on 4 coats, so I layered it over Spontaneous. I love the contrast between the creamy base and the bright blue flecks that seem to float on top, and I really like that it cools down considerably in indoor indirect light. I love this combination!