It was a gorgeous fall day in Tokyo that felt more like September than December. Beautiful blue sky, red maple leaves, crispy wind…it was just lovely. But it sort of made me feel more autumnal than Christmassy! I know, I know…bah humbug. I do have some snowflakes and other fun holiday designs to show you, but I just wasn’t feeling it on this particular day.
What I do have is…a purple layer franken. Purple and I have a strange relationship. I have almost more purple polish than any other color, despite the fact I really don’t like the way it looks on me. I can’t help buying it but I never want to wear it. The purples-that-look-almost-black are the worst waste for me, since I prefer just to wear straight black.
So, here’s Orly’s Out of This World from the Cosmix FX collection of last year. This collection was fun, but for some reason the polish was twice the price of the usual.
Maybe I got a dud bottle, but it had an odd sheerness and baldy spots that took four solid coats to get even. I have the rest of the collection and didn’t have as much trouble with the bald spot issue, but it almost seemed that the base wasn’t adhering properly to the nail. Or something. Like I said, maybe a dud since I didn’t have any issues with the rest of the collection.
But…while this is a pretty purple, it just isn’t setting off my sparkle-0-meter, so I busted out a tried and true glitter weapon from my stash. It’s not really glitter, more like microglitter, but it adds up the sparkle factor quite a bit. It’s CND Effects Sapphire Sparkle. This is one coat over the 4 coats of Orly.
That’s more what I was looking for! This particular CND Effect is meant to be used as a topcoat over other polishes. It’s got some duochrome microglitter in it that flashes pink to indigo in different light. In my opinion, this was much more ‘cosmic’ than the Orly alone.
To finish off the look, I just took my dotting tool and Color Club What A Drag (metallic silver). Make a big dot on the middle of the nail, and two smaller dots on the side. This gave me the sort of space-age manicure I was looking for, quick and easy. This might be fun for those of you who don’t like to go too over the top but want a little something extra on your mani.