Monday, June 25, 2012

Gemstone Inspired Nail Polishes

I've always loved rich gemstone colors. Wearing them is an elegant way of introducing colors to your outfit, especially for someone who loathes wearing (too much) colors like me. One day I was just looking at my nail polishes collection and realized I had few polishes that despite their names and marketing, are gemstones-inspired. I just had to do swatches, so here it goes...

Look at them, will ya? Aren't they just swell! So beautiful and are a couple more pics below:
 I suppose from left to right they kind of mimic emerald, tanzanite, amethyst, and sapphire.

Here goes the swatches, FYI I use OPI Nail Envy Original, OPI Natural Nail Base Coat, and Poshe topcoat in all pictures, no cleanups.
First up is emerald-inspired polish, appropriately marketed so, as well. It is Emerald Fitzgerald by China Glaze from their Vintage Vixen Fall 2010 collection. Here's how it looks in a room with natural sunlight:
It's a dark cool-toned black-green with silver micro glitters. The consistency on this is thick and if you haven't mastered how to get the right amount of polish on the brush, it tends to get goopy. On the bright side, it is almost a one-coater but I did 2 coats just to satisfy myself :D
Here's how it looks with flash:
You can see how dark it can get. Application-wise, I'm not really a fan of the brush. It's the classic brush type, thin, round, and longer than I'd prefer so it makes it harder to control. You can see the uneven lines that I flubbed on the moon area as a result.

Next up is tanzanite-inspired polish. It's a lesser-known type of gemstones in gorgeous blue-violet color. And coincidentally (and also befittingly), I use a lesser-known nail polish brand for this color. It's Groupie by L.A. Girl from their Rock Star collection. Here's how it looks in a room with natural sunlight:
It's a very rich blue-violet with bronze, red, and blue glitters. Very stunning. I mean, will you look at the first pic? it's just gorgeous! L.A. Girl is a US brand, it says made in USA on the bottle but a lot cheaper than most popular brands. Somehow where I live, this brand is easy to get (we have their cosmetics line here, as well). Brush type is about the same as China Glaze above. Their formula is on the thin side so you have to do about 3 coats to get a fully opaque result. You can see how thin the formula is in the pictures with flash below:

I use 2 coats in the picture and I don't think it's supposed to be jelly. That being said, I always love the colors they come up with. I can always find some unique colors in there and they have a few collections dedicated to glitters as well, please do check them out on their website! Besides, they're easy on your pockets and unless you're doing some photography shots, how many times in real life do you take close-ups of your nails?
Last photo is blurred to show you how gorgeous the glitters are.

Next is amethyst-inspired color. It's Cowgirl Up by China Glaze from their famous Rodeo Diva Fall 2008 collection. It's red-based purple, semi foil/semi metallic with blue micro glitter. Here how it looks like in a room with natural sunlight:
It is so rich and gorgeous. Application was a mess, though because just like Emerald Fitzgerald, the formula on this is quite thick and with the long and thin China Glaze brush it was just hard to control. See how I messed up the lines near the cuticles? Definitely not a polish to wear in a hurry.
Look at just how gorgeous it looks with flash! it becomes richer and comes alive. You can see how the blue micro glitter popping up subtly to give it an even more beautiful result. Do note, though, because it's somehow a foil/metallic, it can get a bit streaky.

Last is a sapphire-inspired polish. It's swimsuit...Nailed It! by OPI from their Miss Universe Summer 2011 collection. It's simply a rich blue micro glitter even though in the bottle it can have juuuussst a touch of green. It might be too bright than what a sapphire-inspired gemstone color should look like but it's stunning nonetheless. Here's how it looks in a room with natural sunlight:
And here's it is with flash:
Application on this is simply perfection. Formula is the right thickness and it glides on smoothly and evenly. It was especially a bliss since this has the OPI Pro-Wide brush, it makes application much easier and smoother, even in a hurry. It's almost a one-coater but I used 2 coats in the pics. The brush makes creating neat, rounded line along the cuticles a breeze. The color pops without being too bright and it doesn't lean towards green nor violet, it's simply a blue hue. This is one of my favorite polishes to wear despite its name which I kinda loathe.

So there you have it, a selection of gemstone-inspired nail polishes, hope it gets you inspired as well ;-)

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