Here’s a simple and sunny French manicure in a rainbow’s worth of holographic lacquers, Enchanted Polish’s red February 2015, orange Desert Sunset and a smidge of sky blue September 2015, Cirque’s golden yellow Chyrsopoeia and Colors by Llarowe’s emerald green Gemini Rising (a polish I am somewhat scared of using, as the last time I wore it, it stained my nails pea green for the next four months.) Cheery!
Update: Gemini Rising strikes again! Here’s the staining that resulted from just 12 hours of wear over top of TWO thick layers of base coat. I won’t be using this polish again (not that I could from its current position at the bottom of my garbage can.) Terrifically unimpressed with Llarowe – their house brand polishes are not inexpensive, and Gemini Rising has destroyed my nails now twice, despite my better preventative efforts.
That’s the name of this polish, a favourite of mine from KB Shimmer, although it’s also an apt directive, because you really should get Get Clover It – it’s a gorgeous polish, and oh-so appropriate for any St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans you may have planned.
Speaking of, I’d like to take a moment to issue my annual two-part St. Patrick’s Day request – call it a Pre-Paddy PSA. First, don’t drink and drive. Call a cab, take the bus, pass out at the base of the McDonald’s drive-thru window in the midst of ordering a Shamrock Shake, whatever – just don’t get behind the wheel of a car, please.
And secondly, a tip most germane to this blog, particularly in the lead-up to St. Patrick’s Day – if you paint your nails green, for the love of all that’s holy, use a base coat first. Really, don’t even THINK about painting your nails green without laying down a coat or two of a base polish first. Because had I taken a moment and thought about it, and painted on that clear coat of polish, protecting my nails from the pigmented onslaught of Colors by Llarowe’s grass green Gemini Rising back at the beginning of December 2015, I may not have had to live with noticeably piss green nails until just two days ago. That’s right, the staining was so bad, I simply had to wait until my nails grew out, and that took four months. So believe me when I harp on about base coat – I regrettably know of that which I speak!
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.