I went by Sephora to check out their new SOPI nail polish colors, particularly the forest-green Dark Room I was lusting after, and … meh. Don´t bother. It´s streaky in application, oddly dull on the nail and, unfortunately, pretty much a fade to black with the necessary two coats. Total fail. I know there are a bunch of new greens either out or coming out, I’ll have to get that list from my pal Louise who knows about my dark-green fetish…
In the Shadows is also much darker in person than this online swatch – your standard dried-blood vampy, nice finish, looks good but nothing you need if you already own five shades just like it. If you’re a vampy fan, you’re probably already covered. An aside: I can’t own too many blues, greens, reds, grays or random fugly colors, but give me three or five vampies and I seem to lose interest in any more.
To me the standout was Under My Trench Coat, which they describe as “light grey khaki with gold shimmer” and again their photo´s off – it´s a much more subdued micro-shimmer on the nail, I’d say a semi-matte — on the nail you have to stare to see the shimmer. This falls squarely in the jolie laide camp (subcategory: mushroom) for those of you who share my passion for quirky colors. Darker than Run With It!, less purple than Metro Chic, and lighter (and warmer) than Jacques, this is a dove-grey khaki neutral with a gorgeous two-coat finish. A winner.
Finally, I´ve just started playing in their dirty pinks, gray-salmons and mauves, all jolie laide shades that are a decidedly acquired taste and IMO some of the trickiest colors to wear. Here´s a link to their color swatches, scroll down and check out the section of swatches starting with Nonfat Soy Half Caff on down to It´s Somewhere In My Purse if you´re not clear what I´m talking about. The key with these colors is they have to be just funky enough not to be mistaken for the lame-o Revlon Dusty Desert Rose I wore with my nylon taffeta bridesmaid dress and crimped hair in 1986. I ended up falling for the bruise-like pink-purple On Stage (shown above), which I put on because it looked ugly in the bottle (huh, and you wonder how I end up picking my fragrances out). I thought it would be a total bust, but somehow the deep slightly pink-y gray purple looked interesting instead of heedious. Call Your Mother is an attractive, slightly pinker alternative to Metro Chic. All these colors made me look forward to fall.
Anything new on the horizon you’re looking forward to? Oh, also — np fanatics, which I assume you are if you read this far — did you see All Lacquered Up’s polish collaboration with Barielle? Yummmm!! Here are links to Part 1 and Part 2. If you scroll down you can see them on the nail. I’ve been very pleased with my Barielles in the past, and I can’t wait to try at least half of these. I thought it was fascinating to see which colors a polish junkie would come up with in a collaboration like this.