I’ve been learning a few things as a nail polish newbie. One of them is, there are many shades that are really, really wonderful in the light, but they all basically look black indoors. To each his (or her) own, but my feeling on that topic is, unless you work as a hand model or under the glamour lights in a retail store, that’s a bummer. How many of those do you need? I have 3 and I’m done, thanks. So I’m backing off and exploring medium-dark polishes that manage to retain their color indoors in regular lighting.
I’ve also discovered I love deep blue and dark green. I also really love creams and jelly finishes, which look incredibly sophisticated. However the choices are surprisingly limited in the green or blue cream/jelly categories in darker shades, and some of the coolest looking (like RBL Recycle) are expensive and not available for sampling first. So on a whim at the polish store I decided to franken my own after some basic tips from Louise, who’s messing around with gray. This was a bottle of dirt cheap LA Girl Flare that caught my eye, in a medium-electric-sky-blue called Twinkling. I added some drops of black cream (Sally Hansen Black Out), shook vigorously, added a few more drops … I went slowly and didn’t measure, sorry. You can always add more black but you can’t take it back out, right?
Swatch of Twinkling (it’s brighter in person):
My final franken:
Sorry the photo isn’t better, my camera doesn’t have a good enough short focus. But I wound up with a grayed-out blue that looks kinda teal in indoor lighting, gray-blue in natural lighting. It has a jelly finish and is weirdly matte but looks nice with a layer of Seche on top. BTW my other nails are NARS Midnight Express.