Kicking off this overcast Tuesday morning with a super lush, mega vibrant holographic polish from Colors by Llarowe, Emerald City-hued Gemini Rising. This is my first CbL polish, and it’s a stunner – a deep, grass green holo shot through with festive golden shimmer. What a beaut.
But (why is there always a but?) a quick word about something I neglected to give half a second’s thought to before I had three coats of this polish already adorning my topcoat-less nails – Gemini Rising stains like a BEAST. Don’t believe me? Gird your loins and check this out:
Frightening, yes? I have never had a polish stain like this one. Greens, blue-greens and various shades of yellow always tend to stain the most (makes sense with this polish, actually, as the green base and gold shimmer would combine to create ultra-stainy turquoise) but this is really next level. Four days on and my nails are still the same sallow, sickly yellow.
So would I wear this polish again? Yes, absolutely, but carefully. It’s gorgeous and so perfect for this time of year (to say nothing of all the nail art utility I will get out of it come springtime, when grass green polishes really prove their worth) but I will never, ever forget to apply a base coat with Gemini Rising again – maybe even two. Actually, in hindsight, use two. Better safe than stainy.