Thursday, September 17, 2015

Not Very Recent NOTD: Two Red Violet Looks

The photos I'm going to post today are so old that I was still working when I wore these polishes, but it would bother me if the historical record of my manicures here was incomplete, so let's time travel back to June and see what I had on my tips. First up, Smitten Polish Aer Opal v2. The v2 means it's the version with stable pigment (there's more on how well the brand handled that issue in my post about its orange/pink sister polish Ignis Opal). This is a vibrant red violet packed with iridescent flakies.

I can't find my notes on how many coats of color I applied, but since I took a photo of the product line up, I do know I used Qtica Nail Growth Stimulator and Butter London Nail Foundation under the Smitten and Diamond Dry over it. Let's just enjoy the pretty, shall we?

The other red violet mani I have to share is what was on my nails on my very last day of of work, a pale orchid creme transformed with a holo topcoat. Qtica Nail Growth Stimulator started the party, followed by Salon Sciences Instant Artificials, then two coats of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Orchid Around and one of Starlight Polish Starlight, all topped with Diamond Dry (which did not dull the holo of Starlight). In the lightbox, this combination looked like a pretty pastel shimmer with hints of holo.

In direct indoor light, the holo emerged more:

In sun, even filtered through a window, there were rainbows:

And now I believe I'm caught up with my nails of the day except for what's on them right this very minute. Next goal: catch up with the swatches I did last month.


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