Different Dimension: The Expansion Set
I’ll warn you- this is a VERY picture heavy post!
Some of you already know, but I play World of Warcraft. I have since shortly after it was released- just over 7 years. So when Missi of Different Dimension put out a call for bloggers that also play WoW to show off her new collection- I jumped at the chance!
World of Warcraft has it’s 4th expansion pack, Mists of Pandaria, coming out in just over a week. The theme of this expansion is Pandaria- ie, panda people (for those who aren’t familiar with the game). Much of the backbone of WoW centers around conflict between two warring factions- The Alliance and The Horde (which when playing, you play for the faction of your choice).
Of course, you certainly don’t have to play- or even like- World of Warcraft to love these polishes!
Be sure to grab any you want NOW- Once the Expansion is released on September 25, these will be gone for good!
I’m going to start off tonight with Murloc!
So that green guy is a murloc! Murlocs are (usually) hostile creatures found… well… all OVER the place in WoW. They’re sort of like fish people. There’s a lot of color variations with them, but this particular one shows off the polish colors the best!
Murloc is a pretty glitter polish filled with green, blue and red sparkling hexes. This could be opaque in multiple coats, but I chose to use it as a layering polish.
This is 2 coats of Murloc over Spoiled’s I’m So Jaded. The glitters were so beautiful and sparkly- there is a bit of a holo shine to the them, especially the blue and green!
Next, we have Spectral Tiger!
The Spectral Tiger is a very rare, very coveted mount in the game. It’s only available via the WoW Trading Card Game, so it costs a lot of real-life money to acquire (think many hundreds of dollars). It’s a ghostly, slightly transparent tiger. I do not have this mount 😦
But I DO have this beautiful polish of the same name! (yeah, cheesy, I know)
Spectral Tiger is GORGEOUS. Just absolutely gorgeous. It’s a very subtle polish; a light baby blue shade filled with baby blue, white, and holographic glitters. I chose to layer 2 coats over Sinful Color’s Snow Me White.
But the BEST part about Spectral Tiger? It GLOWS! I took this picture in my hall bathroom with the door shut.
Next up, we have Bad Ass Panda!
Bad Ass Panda is a pretty black and white topcoat. It’s filled with black and white hexes of various sizes, black diamonds, and holographic glitter- so there’s a lot of sparkle!
As a reference- here is a Pandaren, the new race that’s being introduced in Mists. To be specific- this is MY Pandaren. This is my main character (Sunni) as she looks on the beta servers- since you can change your character’s race over there. I plan on doing this the day the expansion comes out, so this is exactly how she’ll look again in a few weeks 🙂 She’s also hanging out with my very favorite companion pet, Bananas- he was a birthday present from my husband about 4 years ago.
For those interested- I’m an enhancement shaman, and I play Horde side!
Now you’ll understand why I chose this undercoat for Bad Ass Panda…
This is 2 coats of Bad Ass Panda over 2 coats of Zoya Lola. I did do a tiny bit of glitter placing for these photos, just to ensure that every nail had a diamond, but it’s not necessary for normal wear!
And now, we just have the last 2 polishes- Alliance and Horde. I happen to have faction-specific stuffed animals (yes, I do, and I won’t allow my kids to play with them), and they’ll be making appearances alongside their faction’s colors! You already know I play Horde side, so I’m leaving the best for last.
(One of the Alliance’s war cries is ‘For The Alliance’, and their main aerial mount is a gryphon- this is a stuffed baby gryphon)
Alliance is filled with blue, lilac, and holographic gold glitter. Like the ones before it, this is best used over another polish!
I chose to layer 2 coats of Alliance over Love My Nails Electric Blue. It’s not quite the right shade of blue, but that’s ok.
Here’s my nails posing with the Alliance crest, which is the inspiration for the polish!
And last (but certainly not least), we have Horde!
(One of the Horde’s war cries is ‘Lok’tar Ogar’, which means Victory or Death in orcish. Their main mode of aerial transportation is a wryvern- and the stuffed animal is a baby wryvern).
This polish is the best in the collection for using with no polish underneath. It’s a jelly finish, but it’s almost opaque in 2 coats and completely covers in 3. Horde is filled with silver and red hex glitter and fine silver holographic glitter in a black jelly base.
This is 3 coats of Horde with no basecoat. If the second coat was thick, a 3rd coat wouldn’t be needed! These photos truly don’t show off the holo sparkle of this polish well- it REALLY shines!
Posing with the Horde crest- like with Alliance, this is the inspiration for this polish!
Overall, I was blown away by this entire collection. I thought they looked pretty and awesome before I recieved them, but once I put them on, they were all just so very gorgeous. I’m partial to them all of course, but if you have to be good and just grab 1 or 2- I’d say Spectral Tiger is a must-have, and if you lack a nice black and white topcoat Bad Ass Panda is as well.
You can follow Different Dimension on Facebook, and be sure to check out her Etsy Store! In addition to the new WoW collection, there are a TON of gorgeous polishes. Each color in this collection sells for $10 and Spectral Tiger sells for $12.50, or you can get the whole set of 5 for $45 (a discount of $7.50!). Other polishes are $8.50, and Glow in the Darks are $10. She also now offers mini sets!
*These polishes were sent to me for review. All opinions are my own.*
Shouldn’t Horde have been the first one you showcased? Just sayin’ *grins* This is incredibly tempting I have to admit.
September 13, 2012 at 6:06 am
My daughter will love to see this!. She and my husband played WoW for several years. Everytime I walked by the computer, the monitor looked like a command post some some authentic, complex military initiative. Now whenever she is frustrated with her schoolwork, I tell her there’s no way she can tell me she’s not smart enough. If she can manage a hundred windows of weapons and raids and whatever else you do on WoW…then she has the analytical skills to do word problems in math! Oh…and she also loves polish like her mom – so this collection will be right up her alley! Sorry for the novel here! 🙂
September 14, 2012 at 12:20 am
As a non WoW player, I really appreciated the back stories in your post – I want SO many from this collection!
September 14, 2012 at 12:26 am
Ahhh!!! I am practically hyperventilating over these!! Yay Yay Yay!! I can’t wait to get my hands on a few of these…especially the spectral tiger 🙂
September 18, 2012 at 4:10 pm
Best hurry girly, they’re only going to be available until next Tuesday! 🙂
September 18, 2012 at 10:13 pm
I went straight over to her site from here to check them out! Gorgeous stuff! I wish I could justify the purchase but I’m not used to these indie (I hope that’s what this is called) prices! I will just live vicariously through you 😀 Thanks for sharing and keep the pretties coming!
September 19, 2012 at 9:31 pm