NOTD: Super Black Mina

Mina is a blood red jelly with holographic microglitter in it.  I think this was a color of the month last year sometime.  It was fairly opaque but also very much a jelly –  you have to be careful to do consistent coats or the difference will be noticeable.  The brush Super Black uses is long and skinny, so you do also need to watch for polish running down the stem.

NOTD: Essie Starry Starry Night (remix)

This is the new version of SSN – I don’t own the original and at this point I’m pretty sure I never will.  This was a pain to apply – I will definitely be thinning this the next time I wear it.  And, since it’s actual not-micro-glitter, it required the acetone soaked cotton ball removal method (I legit thought about using a peel off base under this before I put it on and went “oh, nah, it won’t be that bad.”  It was.).

Still, this is really pretty and I definitely recommend picking this one up if it’s still around.

NOTD: ILNP Lights Out

Lights Out is a black jelly base packed with green/red shifting shimmer (that I’m not calling what everyone else calls it 😛 ).  This was four coats to be mostly opaque, and since I included a bottle shot you know the green shimmer is not very capturable on camera (though you can definitely see it at some angles in real life).  Also I used the super fast drying topcoat and had some major shrink at the cuticles, but I was also on day four when I took photos, so it’s worse than it should be – ditto the tip wear/shrink.

NOTD: China Glaze Choo-Choo-Choose You and OPI Movin’ Out

Another two-fer today, because I put on the China Glaze and was like, “ugh, this is boring” and put on Movin’ Out over it.  I’m super late to the Choo Choo party – it was still untried after all this time.  So was Movin’ Out, actually, but at least I didn’t get that while it was still current.  Movin’ Out is from the same collection as La Boheme (also untried!).

Also, I’ve had this on for literally an hour and I can already see some shrinkage.  Time to thin the topcoat again!

NOTD: Femme Fatale Dropping Through Sky

Dropping Through Sky is a minty crelly with pink-gold shimmer and scattered holo.  This was four coats to opacity (as usual, it’s more opaque in person than it looks in the photos).  This was kind of a pain to apply – you need to let it dry completely between coats.  Something else I found kind of annoying is that the glitter isn’t the usual smooth microglitter, it’s the old gritty glitter even though it looks tiny.  This dried textured to the touch though a regular topcoat (not especially thick) took care of this complete.  It was a little difficult to remove.

Still I’m pretty happy with this polish, and I think I have at least one more that looks similar to this with the pink shimmer that doesn’t have glitter.