Polishes like this one, Layla’s Ceramic Effect nail polish in the rather unimaginatively named EI41, always remind me of tiny embers smouldering away in the depths of a fire that’s almost, but not quite, out. Stuffed with red-to-green-to-gold colour-shifting glass flakies in a purple jelly base, EI41 (or possibly CE52, or perhaps The Butterfly Effect; both numbers appear on the bottle, one on the top and the other on the bottom, while The Butterfly Effect appears as a name on online stocklists only) has real depth and dimension, although the eye-searing rainbow effect that typically happens when glass flakies meet a jewel-toned jelly is somewhat dulled here, perhaps because of the rich, deep hue of the base. But as always, I’m delighted by a polish that actually looks better in the shade as opposed to directly in a blazing beam of sunlight. So many nail polishes are geared towards showing their best sides in sunshine only, which does a real disservice to the other 22 hours of the day when we’re otherwise indoors and not contorting our hands into the weirdest possible upside down angle in order to best appreciate our nails.
This polish, wacky issues with nomenclature aside, was a bit of a find, tucked away in a darkened corner of the multichrome section on Nail Polish Canada‘s website where no one seemed to know it existed. But I found it and it’s now mine, all mine (there is no escape, resistance is futile, YOU SHALL NOT PASS!!!, etc.)