Kicking off the penultimate day of the work week with this colourful assortment of holographic polishes culled from my collection of “Why don’t I wear this more often?” lacquers. Okay, sure, fun, but why? Well, because the end of the week is dawning overcast and grumpy and I think we could all use something to cheer us up as we head into the weekend. Also, do I not own all of these beautiful polishes precisely so I can actually wear them? Fat load of good they do sitting in storage, waiting for that perfect nail art inspiration – why not simply because it’s a day ending in Y? Yes, why not indeed! So let’s take a closer look at some of my favourite holographic polishes across the entire rainbow spectrum, shall we?
Starting off with my favourite, we have Different Dimension’s luscious red Naughty. Most red lacquers – particularly holos, of which there are actually precious few – tend to err toward the vampy side of the beauty spectrum. But Naughty is the most perfect shade of clear, candy apple red. It’s polish perfection.
Next up we have KB Shimmer’s orange Rust No One. This polish is a real chameleon, flashing between a deep, rusty peach, a warm pumpkin and a vibrant tangerine with each shift of your hand. And apparently I might be in the mood for a a big old lunchtime fruit plate? 😉
Following orange we have Enchanted Polish’s yellow House of the Rising Sun. I actually wouldn’t call House one of my favourite polishes; it’s here because it’s the only yellow holo I own! I don’t care for this polish in the shade – it contains a weird silvery shimmer that tints the entire bottle a sickly shade of yellow-green urine. Yeah, I know, super attractive! But under direct light, it’s a lot closer to its namesake – like the first warm rays of light to burn across the sky on a hot summer day. I’d even call it beautiful. But heaven help you if the sun goes behind a cloud, it’s just Pee City.
Next up we have another favourite of the favourites, Enchanted Polish’s grass green Lost Boy. This lacquer is so, so beautiful – look at that bonkers holo effect! – but oof, she STAINS. Vibrant, dark green polishes nearly always do, and Lost Boy is no exception. Always brush on a layer or two of a high quality base coat when painting your nails with a green polish, lest you spend the next four months running around with talons tinted the exact same shade as that aforementioned urine. 😦
This polish, A England’s turquoise Whispering Waves, feels like an addition I made to the already well-established rainbow structure, but I just couldn’t leave it out. It may be caught somewhere between blue and green (and a little bit of purple as well, I see) but there’s space enough for it between the two. This polish is such a stunner and, again, with its blue-green hue, quite the stainer. Base coat ‘er up.
Next we have my splashiest, most rainbow-throwin’ polish, Color Club’s blue Crystal Baller. I always want to call this polish Blue Baller, but that’s just me – kind of perverted that way.
In the second-to-last spot we have Enchanted Polish’s purple mystery lacquer from April 2017. Holos often don’t present very well as against a pastel base, but April 2017 is the sweet exception – I think it looks like sparkly clouds of cotton candy.
And finally, we have Cirque’s popsicle-hued, freesia-scented pink, Powwow. I had actually forgotten that this polish (all of Cirque’s polishes, actually) smells like freesia. Fresh freesias are one of my favourite flowers – I just want to devour that scent, it’s so friggin’ intoxicating! But huffing your nails all day long is just plain weird, so I’ll content myself with staring at them instead. Like its scent, I forgot how pretty Powwow is. It reminds me of a melty cherry popsicle (what thing doesn’t remind me of food in some way?!)
And so there we have it, a pleasant passel of polishes to perk up your precipitation-filled, uh, day (sorry, no P words to denote the concept of a day, my linguistics bad.) 🙂