Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Milani Purple Martin and Carnival

When I encountered the Milani Fantasical Plumage display for the first time, I was in an uncharacteristically sensible mood and only bought two polishes of the six on offer. If you've read this blog for a while, you can probably look at the display and guess which ones without needing to read the title of this post.

I had to have the glitter, of course, and faced with a choice of cremes, purple is my default.

Purple Martin is a medium purple creme. It definitely challenged my camera's ability to render purples correctly, thus the even rosier than usual glow to my ginder in the photo below. I used two coats, no topcoat, for this swatch.

Carnival has black and white glitter in a clear base. I thought this was part of the Jewel FX line, based on the display text as well as the black cap and black lettering on the bottle, but it doesn't seem to say "Jewel FX" on the front of the bottle like others in that line do. Though since it's black lettering on a mostly black polish, it could be that it does say it and I just can't see it against the background. The glitter mix in Carnival is made up of really big white hexes, somewhat big black hexes, and long skinny black bars. I found it ungainly to work with, requiring a lot of fishing to get a decent amount of glitter out and a lot of work to get the bars to scatter in any sort of remotely pleasing arrangement. This doesn't go on in coats so much as dabs and shoves. I added a layer of topcoat, but it still looks sort of lumpy, probably because I did have do do so much manipulation of the glitter on my nail.

While I appreciate Milani trying something different with Carnival, it doesn't work for me. It's too much work to apply and those bars are just too long and ungainly for my taste. Maybe I could layer something else over it to make it more pleasing to me—perhaps that's what the glitter in the other new Milani display is for.


  1. Ooooh, purple!

    Wondered if those glitters were just too massive.

    Still, giving Milani props for that purple!!!

  2. It always irks me when there is dark polish with dark lettering on the labelling. My old eyes have a hard time seeing the name on some of them!

  3. *GYAH!* I know it's basically the same as Whirled Away, but I have to have Carnival! I hope I see this display soon!!

  4. Nice purple! I love black and white combo that's why I like the glitter. But fishing to get glitter out of bottle is not cool :)

  5. I think they were trying to make the glitter similar to a china glaze something....collection. I like the purple.

  6. nice colors in collection, the glitter seems just like cg whirled away :D

  7. I'm really liking the purple :D Aw too bad about Carnival...


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