Friday, July 29, 2016

More Celestial swatches!

From Celestial Cosmetics' upcoming 'We Breathe Fire' collection, from which I received four polishes as samples for promotional swatches. The polishes were inspired by mythological creatures, dragons in particular, and the inspiration is visible in the shades of the release.

First off, Firnen, shot under my desk lamp first because there hadn't been any sun in Sydney for a few days while I tried this on.

I know Celestial has traditionally had a particular affinity with purples, creating some lovely purple holos for various collections and celebrations, but I think perhaps it's time to give that crown over to the greens. The greens have been stellar lately!

This forest-green shade is speckled with gold-to-copper shifting flakies which catch the light in natural daylight, as above, or indoors under artificial light.

When you take it out into the sunlight, it looks almost fuzzy with the sheer volume of the holo particles contained in the polish. It's a lovely polish, and a good formula - it took two coats for full opacity.

Next up, Glaedr. Again, the first two shots are under my desk lamp.

I don't really believe in polish colours, or any colours, having a particular season, no matter how hard the internet insists to me that this is the case. But, I have to say, this shade is probably exactly what people think of when they talk about 'a summer bronzed' look. It's a coppery-bronzy colour, with gold-to-copper flakies and a good dash of holo.

The flakies disappear when the holo is out to play but can be seen in the shade.

This was also a very easy polish to wear, with only two coats to reach opacity.To be honest, I'm a bit on the fence about that one. I like the colour but I'm not sure I needed the flakies, which kind of just looked like bumps and lumps when the polish was applied. However, I know there are flakie-fiends out there who will adore the flakiness.

From a bright cheery bronze to the moody steel of Saphira. Desk lamp first, as before.

Though the polish is described as being blue, I think it is more accurately a grey polish with a blue overlay as the next pictures will show.

I'm trying very very hard not to say blue steel here ... but that is what I get from it. A light steel-grey with a blue glow. Like that thing that I am trying not to say.

It's a great colour, though perhaps lacking the volume of holo I would generally prefer. It's also slightly less pigmented than the other polishes, requiring three coats to achieve full opacity.

If you love this, and of course you do, get it immediately. There is a good chance that there may not be a second batch due to a shortage of the pigment used.

And finally, Shruikan.

My teenage self is positively giddy right now! Black! AND sparkly! Like my soul!

Celestial has had a black holo polish before, 'Silent Night', but it may need to be demoted to 'Silent Approaching Dawn' after this. This is a much darker black base and the holo has much more impact.

In the shade, the flakies suspended in the polish are visible, shifting green-to-blue and bronze-to-copper.

In the sun, well, the holo does its thing. How perfect would this be as a base for galaxy nail art? Very, is the answer. Very.

It is also on the thinner end of the spectrum, taking as it did three coats to achieve opacity. But those extra layers actually help to create a fair bit of depth with the flakies, so I'm not sure that I mind too much.

That's that! Perhaps I will go listen to some My Chemical Romance now.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Got to catch them all ... !

I'm in the library, with the worst overhead lighting. The picture isn't brilliant but it will do for now, at least until I see daylight again and perhaps add more pictures to the end of this post.

The polishes are all Pretty Serious cremes and the whole thing took a while because of drying times. For the pokeballs, I painted the nails white, waited for that to dry and then taped off the lower half to add the red to the upper half. Once dry, I freehanded the black stripes with a small nail art brush, adding a black blob with a doting tool. After that dried, I went back in with a slightly smaller dotting tool and added the white inside the black circle. Then more waiting before a thick topcoat.

Pikachu was an afterthought and really looks like it, too. I'm not going to bother writing how I did that as the end product is not great. Suffice to say it was mostly dotting tools and a small detailing brush.

Off to catch some more!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Vampy gradient

Well, vampy fairy, maybe.

The gradient, a simple two colour one, was actually not very noticeable at all except in bright light. The purple is a teeny bit darker than it perhaps ought to have been. But pretty subtle is still pretty. As these were weekend nails, they got fairy-dusted up with ILNP's 'My Private Rainbow (X)' holo top coat.