Friday, May 27, 2016

Darling Diva Sith Lady

To wrap up my villains week (though you may see a few more polishes related to this theme if I can get my sith together, hah) I have Darling Diva Sith Lady! I'm honestly not quite sure who this polish refers to-- the first person who comes to mind for me is Asajj Ventress, who was a prominent villain in The Clone Wars series and while she wasn't technically a Sith, was a Dark Force user... so maybe there's another EU person I've missed, but so I'm going with Asajj.

Sith Lady is described as a "gorgeous multichrome that shifts from red through to gold. Add to this a healthy dose of holographic flakes and you have a polish fit for a Sith Lady." The first coat of Sith Lady was a bit sheer, but the second coat made it almost 100% opaque, which tend to be the nature of polishes like this. I added a third coat for good measure, though I probably could have gotten away with two. Not too thick or thin, and it applied easily.

Isn't this stunnning?! I don't think I ever get tired of these holographic duochromes because there is so much going on. It helps that Seattle is having a lot of partly cloudy/sunny weather too, so I can enjoy both finishes throughout the day. In any case, I love how rich this looks!

Here's a quick shot to try and catch the shift (still hard to see, it's more apparent in real life... I wish my photos were better!):

So there you have it! Hope you enjoyed this shifty duochrome beauty! 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Level Up Lacquer Captain Phasma and NerdLacquer Phasma

I guess technically I could have made this a Two-fer Tuesday but instead we get... Two-fer Thursday...? Roll with it! Today I have two polishes dedicated to one of the newer villains in the Star Wars universe-- a lady to boot! Level Up Lacquer Captain Phasma and Nerdlacquer Phasma are inspired by the eponymous lady storm trooper introduced in The Force Awakens, identifiable by her tall stature and shiny chrome armor. I believe she is the first female villain we've seen on the big screen. Unfortunately, her role wasn't that large, so hopefully she gets an expanded role and more depth in future movies.

Captain Phasma is described as a "silver/grey cream with a linear holo effect." I would say that in my experience, this polish definitely has a more jelly like consistency than what I would expect from a creme, so to be a smidge more descriptive, I would call it a stormy grey holographic jelly. The first coat was pretty sheer, and this had a slightly thicker consistency that made it want to drag. I used three coats to make it opaque, though it does still have a squishy appearance on the nail.

Phasma is described as "a 'chrome plus' which contains the usual foily chrome bits plus a crapload of silver, white, and holo microglitter, plus a dash of linear holo which doesn't really display to full effect, but does add a bit of opacity. As you see in the pics, this is like, the sparkliest silver nail
polish ever. Kinda demi-matte velvety-feeling on its own, but very glassy slick with topcoat." The first coat was fairly sheer, but easy to apply. It was a bit on thick side, but wasn't difficult. It dried down quickly to a matte finish and built up nicely.

I like both of these! They are similar but not the same-- again, a lot of creativity from various indie makers! I like the darker, harder color of Captain Phasma and the intense sparkle from Phasma. No complaints here! As I said earlier, I hope Phasma gets an expanded role in future films; it's nice to have women in prominent positions on both sides (good or bad)!

Which one of these is your favorite? 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

NerdLacquer Kylo

Now back to actual villains, today's polish, NerdLacquer Kylo, is the bad big fan from the newest film. I'm not sure how spoilery I should get, although probably if you actually cared about spoilers, you've probably already seen the movie, but I'll be careful (I get that it can be hard to see thing in a timely manner, believe me)! Anyway, Kylo Ren is one of the new villains in the new trilogy and spends a lot of time tromping around in all black and a mask, trying to emulate the late, unlamented Darth Vader. I think there was a lot of complaining in the fandom about Kylo not really being an effective villain, or being a lame retread, which I won't get into here: I think Kylo has a lot of potential and actually I found his rages to be quite scary so I hope he gets more complex as the newest trilogy moves forward.

Moving on to the polish, Kylo is described as a "glowy and menacing wicked blood red with flame and violet (violent?) shimmer and black microglitter." I like that this polish is red and not a predictable black (given that Kylo idolizes Darth Vader)-- I feel like the red captures Kylo Ren's rage, frustration and insecurity a lot better. Formula-wise, this was good! Nice consistency, not too thick or too thin, with a good distribution of glitter/shimmer and it went on easily and built up nicely. I used three coats. The shimmer adds so much depth to this polish, I love it! I especially love I can actually see the violet shimmer, as I feel like it could be overwhelmed by all the red.

In the end, I like Kylo a lot better as a polish than the unfortunate Hocchhh Kssshhhhh from Monday, though overall Darth Vader still beats Kylo Ren out as a better villain; time will tell if Kylo really steps up to the plate as a villain. Hopefully, like his namesake polish here, he gets more depth and interest!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Level Up Lacquer The Dark Side

We're still looking at the villains of Star Wars, but today I'm taking a slight shift to focus on the power that binds them all together: The Dark Side (of the Force). While not all the villains in the SW universe are Force users, the leaders like Darth Sidious and Darth Vader have a strong connection to the Dark Side and it is a thread that runs through all the movies. To this end, Level Up Lacquer made a polish, The Dark Side, to give her interpretation of this power.

The Dark Side is described as a "black jelly with a purple red shimmer and red and black holographic glitters. This polish looks great over black, or can be built up over several coats." This is pretty accurate! The polish is really really really sheer with just one coat; I was a little freaked out when I first applied it but decided to soldier on. It built up nicely once the foundation was laid, so to speak, and subsequent coats had more glitter and gave a nice final look. I used three coats here.

And because I now have a matte top coat I like and is readily accessible (seriously, organize people!), I'm pretty much matting all my glitters. Why not?!

I'll be honest, I was really worried when I first applied it. But I kept going and was ultimately rewarded, so whew! This is a very pretty polish and I love the mix of glitters. I continue to enjoy the polishes I bought from Level Up Lacquer-- I look forward to showing you some more later!

Monday, May 23, 2016

NerdLacquer Hocchhh Kssshhhhh

Technically this could be a quote, I suppose, but I'm using NerdLacquer Hocchhh Kssshhhhh to kick off a week of Star Wars Villains! And today we're starting with the biggest and baddest villain of them all, Darth Vader! *cue Imperial March* "Hocchhh Kssshhhhh" is supposed to be the sound of Darth Vader's breathing. Say it out loud and it will totally make sense (well, as long as you have actually seen Darth Vader before). But Darth Vader is the most intimidating, fearsome villain the Star Wars universe has produced and made a huge stir when he first appeared on screenin A New Hope.

Hocchhh Kssshhhhh is described as a "sheer black with black hex, black square, black bar, and black micro glitter, finished off with big charcoal holo hex. The micro holo shimmer scattered throughout is The Force." It is on the sheer side, but does build up. I didn't have the easiest time applying it-- the glitters wanted to clump together and I had a difficult time spreading it around.

I decided it might be easier to see the different glitters if I matted Hocchhh Kssshhhhh, so I picked up a new matte top coat (Revlon) and it's working much better than my Zoya one, so I think there's something off with the my bottle and it's not just user error. Anyway, matte

Ok, I have to be honest... I was not in love with this as I wanted to be. The first coat was pretty sheer (which is in the description) and the glitters were a bit clumpy and it was a little thick and hard to spread around. Plus... I just don't know if the glitter mix really speaks to me. I think it looks pretty but I just don't love it. Which is a shame, but it is what it is!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Darling Diva I'd Just As Soon Kiss A Wookiee

Ok, last but not least, today I have Darling Diva I'd Just As Soon Kiss A Wookiee. This is my last Darling Diva polish for a little bit, but you can obviously tell which collection most of the quotes came from. This is another line from ESB, when Han is trying to get Leia to admit she has feelings for him, and Leia isn't quite ready to take that step yet, hah.

I'd Just As Soon Kiss A Wookiee is a grape purple jelly that is packed with holographic shimmer and glitter. The formula is definitely a touch thick, which makes it a little difficult to work with because it wants to drag a little bit-- not helped by the fact that I had a very busy week and swatched this quickly instead of wearing it as a full manicure and taking a bit more time. Despite that, it dries fairly quickly and was easy to build up. I used three coats here.

I'm a bit bummed I only got to swatch this-- I'll definitely be returning to it in the future because it's so pretty. The formula was not my favorite, but I probably need some more time to play with it instead of trying to swatch it in a hurry. The color is gorgeous, and definitely deserves a full manicure. I'm so glad I picked this one up, plus the name will always make me laugh!

With that, I'm wrapping up the quote section of my Star Wars polishes... join me next week for villains!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Darling Diva Scruffy Looking Nerf Herder

Today's polish, Darling Diva Scruffy Looking Nerf Herder is technically only part of a quote, but it counts (or I'm counting it, anyway). It's the last part of a quote from Leia, who is describing Han as a "stuck-up... half-witted... scruffy looking nerf herder!" to which Han woundedly replies: "who's scruffy looking?" Classic. (This is another quote from ESB, which truly yielded some of the best lines in the original trilogy and series in general.)

Scruffy Looking Nerf Herder is described as a "complex brick red holo is full of sparkle and depth." As a brick red, there are definitely brown tones to this polish, and I think the balance is pretty even between the red and the brown (I feel like my photos lean slightly brown, but in real life I think the red is the more dominant tone). The formula was a breeze. Not too thick or too thin, and it applied easily without any issue.

I fell in love with this polish, even though I did not expect to. Yes, it's pretty, but I didn't think I would full on love it. Scruffy Looking Nerf Herder is bold, sexy, and vampy-- without being too much of any of those. It's very wearable and I wore it upwards of 3 days, which is pretty unusual for me (though it also had to do with not being able to change my polish at all during that period). In any case, I think this color is perfect for a polish describing Han Solo (even if it is sarcastic) and it's another one of my (surprise) favorites from this collection.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Darling Diva I Know

Oh this one... Of course I had to include Darling Diva I Know in my famous quotes section (and of course, also from ESB). The line "I know" came about as an ad lib-- rumor has it that Lucas had written a more cliched response for Han when Leia announces she loves him just prior to Han being frozen in carbonite but when they went to film the scene, Harrison Ford either forgot his line or decided spur of the moment that Han Solo would say something sassy, and "I know" became a part of film history. (The story also goes that Lucas wasn't very happy about it, but was overruled... and sorry Lucas, but it's honestly a lot better than some sappy response.)

I Know is a deep metallic magenta holo with blue microglitter in it. Because it is more metallic in nature, it does want to leave streaks when you have excess polish on your brush/nail, but they are pretty easy to take care of. The formula was a little bit on the thick side, but not bad. It was pretty easy to apply in general, though I think it did thicken up a bit as I was using it. Still, it went on easily enough. My only quibble is that it dried a little bumpy looking, either because of the microglitter or maybe my coats were too thick (I think it's the microglitter but maybe someone has a better explanation). It's a small quibble. I used three coats in all, though I feel like you could probably get away with two. 

I think I Know is just gorgeous. For some reason, to me, this color just works for the quote. I'm not quite sure why that is, because this isn't a color that's prevalent in the movie at all. Maybe it's because it's a romantic color, but not totally traditional? We'll go with that. I love how deep and rich it is, and the blue microglitter gives it some added depth and interest. It feels right!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Darling Diva Do or Do Not, There Is No Try

Today's famous quote also comes from The Empire Strikes Back! (Actually, lot of my quote inspired polishes are based off ESB... But given that it's the best movie in the series, perhaps it's not a surprise.) Darling Diva Do Or Do Not, There Is No Try is spoken by Yoda to Luke, during his brief training on Dagobah. Luke still doesn't believe in The Force and anticipates failure. It's a great moment. And a classic line you can still hear repeated to this day. Believe, I plan on using this on my boys when they are older.

DODNTINT (yes, another abbreviation) is described as a "dirty green apple base full of holo, metallic flakies of assorted colors and sizes and rose gold shimmer." Check! This polish has sooooo much going on, it's a joy to look at! Someone call CoverGirl; this is real Star Wars inspired polish. I love that the flakies, holo and shimmer add a ton of depth to this polish; it's unique and interesting. Formula was great; maybe a tad thick but easy to apply. The first coat was a touch sheer, but not too bad, and it built up nicely. I used three coats to achieve the look I wanted, though I probably could have gotten away with two.

I wanted to matte this, but either my Zoya Matte Velvet topcoat is not good or I don't know how to apply matte topcoat (is there a trick I don't know?!) because I am having issues with it actually matting anything. Soooooo sorry, missed opportunity there. I'm sure this would look awesome matteified.

While I am not a fan of greens, I love the complexity of this polish. Plus, the murky green of the base works so well for Yoda and the Dagobah swamp where he resides. Verdict: love it, why aren't all polishes this cool?!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Colors by Llarow Luke, I Am Your Father

Today's famous Star Wars quote polish is actually a misquote, but whatever. Colors by Llarowe Luke, I Am Your Father is based off what might possibly be the most famous (and most misquoted) line out of the Star Wars movies. The actual line is "no, I am your father!" but it certainly sounds more dramatic with the name in front of it. This is the last polish from the May 2015 A Box, Indied. This was such a revelation when The Empire Strikes Back came out and shapes a lot of what happens in Return of the Jedi.

Luke, I Am Your Father is an inky black holographic polish with black microglitter (though the microglitter is a bit hard to see when the polish is opaque). The holographic finish has a strong blue flash and has a strong linear flash. For a CbL polish, I found this to be a bit on the sheer side, which is a bit unusual but it wasn't difficult to work with. It applied easily and built up nicely; I found I needed three coats to get the opacity I wanted. 

Of course, Seattle has had gorgeous weather-- up until the night I applied this! So I wasn't able to get any photos in the sunlight, argh. But I did grab a quick photo with my iPhone so you can (maybe) see the blue tones to it.

This was a really gorgeous polish and I think fits the quote perfectly. The darkness of the polish with the sparkle of the holo-- it works so well! I really like how even in lower lighting conditions you could still see the holo and it was really gorgeous in natural light as well. This is a winner in my books!