October 28, 2013

A Pair of Purple Polishes

Hello everyone! I've been busy swatching away for some picture heavy future posts but I did have the chance to pull a couple of untrieds out my collection and finally test them out.  Dark purple is a great fall colour and here are a couple of polishes that fit that theme perfectly.

Pahlish Pink Roses And Red Valentine Lace

Who doesn't love a flecked polish?  This is one of my favorite polishes finishes so this polish immediately appealed to me.  It features a rich plum crelly base packed with tiny purple flecks, tiny purple and blue hexes and a sprinkling of small pink and silver squares.  It took me two coats for it to become opaque.  Because of all the glitter it did dry a bit rough so I just used a thicker top coat to smooth everything out.

Photos show two coats of Pink Roses And Red Valentine Lace with one coat of Seche Vite in natural lighting. This is a really rich colour and looks very pretty. I found the formula a little bit thick BUT this could possibly be due to my polish storage spot being a little bit cool and me not having the patience to wait for the bottle to warm up a little before applying it. As pretty as this polish is, sometimes you just crave a little more sparkle so I added another glittery polish over top to make it really shine.

Lyn B Designs Shrieking Violet

Shrieking violet features a purple jelly base packed with tiny hexes and small squares in a variety of silver, purple and blue.  The squares really catch the light nicely.  I added one coat over the mani pictured above.  I did find that it dried a little bit gritty so again I just added a thick top coat to smooth things out.

I love the end result. It's dark but bright at the same time and it has that jewel tone purple that I just love. Which of these too looks do you prefer? Darker with a more subdued flecked shimmer or a little brighter with more sparkle and shine?

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