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Shiny red kinda-holo

Spent the weekend at my parents’ house, swimming at their nice gym, playing with the kids, and generally having a lovely time. B will be fully, effectively vaxed this coming Wednesday, so we jumped the gun a little, but only a little, and nobody in either household was showing any symptoms of anything other than missing their relatives, so… we went.

Of course, that was enough activity for my nail polish to start cracking off, but fortunately I took pictures first. Unfortunately, I took them all after applying top coat. this is Phoenix Indie’s Fighting for Love and Passion, from the March 2022 Polish Pickup.

In my office, versus…
Direct sunlight.

So basically it’s a very true red with some holo that only comes out in sunlight. What’s weird about it—and the reason I said “unfortunately” about the pictures—is the polish looks very, very different before it’s top-coated. Without a top coat, it’s a dull-ish pinky-red with a lot of silver holo. After, it’s… well… none of those words. I’ve rarely seen a polish that changes that dramatically with top coat. I wanted a true red holo, but this, apparently, can only be one or the other.

I’m very on the fence about this month’s PPU. There are a couple of polishes I find interesting, but only one I really want, and for just one bottle with fixed shipping, it’s a very expensive way to buy nail polish. On the other hand, I want it an awful lot. 😬 I’ll probably dither until I run out of time, but who knows.

PWI: Harbour Island is a pretty name!

Christmas before last, I got some mostly-indie* I Love Nail Polish goodies from my sister. This was wildly exciting, because I love I Love Nail Polish! Unfortunately, I haven’t used most of them much (or at all), because I go through long cycles of not really doing anything with nail polish. So renewing attention to this blog gives me an excuse to pull out, use, and show off some lovely things, like ILNP Harbour Island.

Direct sunlight, in the car on the way to anywhere. (I wasn’t driving, of course.) Giant pic because it’s hard to see the lovely holo sparkles without it.

This is a beautiful scattered holo teal jelly, which means it’s sort of a deeply colored transparent polish—this is three thick coats and you can still see the free edge. “Scattered holo” means the holographic sparkles are all over the place, rather than being all lined up (a “linear holo”). Jellies are a pain if you want full coverage, but they let the glitter sparkle through, and since they are showing through varying depths of polish you can get some really deep, lovely effects. So I’m not sorry I pulled it out, and I’m going to keep it on for as long as possible.

And I was going to talk some more, but it’s time for movie night with Mr. F, and it’s been a few weeks since we actually managed to watch a movie (because some weekends are more packed or more exhausted than others), so I shall go do that. The internet is not really experiencing a shortage of blog words anyway.


* I’m never sure when something crosses the line for being an indie. ILNP maintains a robust web presence, including through Amazon, but AFAIK aren’t affiliated with something like Sally Hansen. Is Holo Taco an indie? Definitely. Deborah Lippman? I have doubts about something readily available in department stores, but they’re not owned by a cosmetics brand, I don’t think. I am confused. We’ll call ILNP indie. Sure.

PWI indie gold, plus random cleanup

Interestingly randomly, I started writing here in early February 2014. Now it’s early February 2022, so I’ve been casually intending to update this blog for eight years, almost to the day. Maybe it’s something about the season.

Almost everything I used to link to from this space is defunct. That’s hardly a surprise. Eight years is basically forever in blog-land, plus a lot of the people I used to follow were students. Students graduate, have life transitions, and move on. It’s actually one of the sometimes-good, sometimes-hard things about being faculty—you form relationships with your students, and then they go. I don’t mind the defunct stuff so much (blogs, not students), but the stuff that now links to “Buy this domain now!!!1!one!” can pretty much piss up a rope. Camping on a used-to-be-popular site name that you aren’t using, in hopes of getting someone to buy it, is one of the many sleazy bits of How It All Works.

As of today I’m wearing Make It Stop, by Quixotic Polish, also a Polish Pickup pickup. This is a slightly difficult one to describe. In the bottle it’s a color-shifting scattered holo, but on the nail the holo is quite lost except in really good lighting:

A hand with nail polish holding a bottle.
The centering and wrapping of captions in my new wordpress theme is rather messed up. 🙁

This was three fairly thick coats. Nice formula, if rather thin, but more coverage would have been nice. It comes across as a sort of a slightly holographic nude color? It’s gold with a lot of green-to-pink multichrome shimmer, so it really depends on the angle at which the light hits it. I do wish the holo was more pronounced.

A hand with gold nail polish with holographic flecks.
See, holo! Only in my bedroom, though.

One of the notable things about nail polish (and nail art) is how different it looks in practice, which is to say, not up close to the camera and holding still. Hands move fast and nails are small, and different polishes come across very differently. Despite its lovely complexity, “in practice” this one looks like a gold nail polish with occasional pink reflections. But it is lovely, and flattering, and I am glad I went to the trouble of stripping off Glass Fish for it (and it was a PITA to remove).