As most of you may have figured out by now, I’m a sucker for duochrome nail polish- the sort of shade that shifts color in the different lighting and angles. Many shades claim to be duochrome, but I need to be able to see distinctly different colors to get excited. In my quest for color-shifting joy, I have been known to put up with hideous application issues (think 4 coats of thin, watery duochrome over a basecoat of black). But now….I’ve found a new
crack dealer indie polish company that makes duochromes that are a dream come true. And of course, these polishes are cruelty-free, otherwise they wouldn’t be on my blog or in my stash.
Enter I Love NP. Here are some duochromes from the Summer 2014 Collection.
Box shots! Ooh…ahhh!
These are darn hard to photograph, but worth the trouble! Left to right: Masquerade, Undenied, Peace, Bishop, Sirene.
My current stubby nails won’t do these justice, so I had to paint up the longest, baddest fake nails in my stash to show you how the color looks different, depending on the angle:
Masquerade. Builds to fabulousity in 2 coats. Red and green and gold and…oh my. I Love NP actually calls these “Multichromes” rather than duochromes, and I see why! I can see at least 4 different colors here.
Undenied. This is a plummy, warm toned purple, and while not quite as spectacularly multichromatic, it shows a range of maroon, plum and purple, plus green and gold if you get it just right.
Peace. This is a cool-toned purple cousin to Undenied, with a bright blue flash, along with other tones of purple. It reminds me of galaxies and sci-fi movies for some reason.
Bishop. A hazel golden green, this is what I’d wear if I went on a photo safari to Africa. It’s a very metallic, tawny warm gold with flashes of dark khaki, medium green and even a hint of deep amber in the right light. Excuse the lousy finish, I was scraping the bottom of the bottle of my Seche topcoat.
Sirene. It’s a deep teal which flashes different shades of blue and purple. While this is not the most flattering on my skin tone, the amazing duochrominess makes up for it!
These swatches are 3 thin coats with no basecoat. I could have gotten away with two coats, but I wanted maximum multichrome wonderfulness, so I went for 3. Barbra, the mixologist, is lovely to work with and even accommodated my order that couldn’t go through on the website. Two glittery thumbs up for these!