Archive for October, 2013

Happy Halloween!

I hope everyone has had a great Halloween!  Ours wasn’t super- it’s been pouring rain and storming all night.  But we tried to have fun here at home!

Tonight wraps up Halloween inspired manis 😦  I have a couple to show you tonight!

First up is Lumina Lacquer’s Mickey’s Moonlit Masquerade over Takko Lacquer Kiss the Sky (post coming in a week or so)!

Lumina Lacquer Mickey's Moonlit Masquerade

I really love this Micky polish- and it looks so lovely over Kiss the Sky!  As with most of my Luminas, I applied using the dabbing method.  I didn’t have to fish for any glitters- such a fun variety!

Lumina Lacquer Mickey's Moonlit Masquerade

Next up is the pumpkin mani I kept talking about!

Like I said- simple, but festive and fun!  I never got a chance to take ‘real’ photos of this one before there was so much chipping I couldn’t save it.  But I was able to enjoy it for almost a full week!  I got a bunch of compliments!

Sinful Colors CitrineThe base color is Sinful Colors Citrine.  I picked it up last summer from the Wow! Pop! display, but I’ve heard that it’s part of *this years* Halloween display!  So if you want to grab it- hurry!  My phone picture is showing this as more red than it actually is- it is a red orange, but a bit more orange leaning.  For the jack o lantern face, I used Nail Thins- SUPER easy to apply, just like a sticker- but it’s incredibly thin, so you can’t see a ridge where it’s applied.  I’ll provide links at the end of the post!

Last but not least, is my official Halloween mani for this year!

Lumina Lacquer Desfile de Mickey over Different Dimension Gnarly, Totally and Tubular GradientI finished my nails up last night right as the clouds rolled in, so I wasn’t able to get good photos- and then I smudge my ring finger.  Still wearable, but not as pretty to photograph 😉

This is a gradient mani using Different Dimension’s Gnarly, Totally, and Tubular (green, yellow and orange).  I did 1 coat of Cult Nails Tempest (white), and then sponged the 3 colors on top.  This was a super fast, quick gradient- I think it took me 5 minutes.  It’s also very messy, and you can probably see a bit of green still on my fingers.  After I was finished I did a TON of cleanup!  I knew I was going to add glitter though, so  I wasn’t worried about it looking good on it’s own.   Then I topped it with 1 coat of Lumina Lacquer’s Desfile de Mickey!  Such a fun, bright look to compliment my bright pink and purple monster hat 🙂

Information!
Takko Lacquer:  Store , Twitter
Lumina Lacquer: Store, Facebook Page
Nail Thins: Store, Facebook Page
Different Dimension: Store, Facebook Page
Sinful Colors: Available at most drug stores (Walgreens, CVS, Walmart) for $1.99

 


Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer Discontinued Limited Edition and Lumina Lacquer Mick or Treat

Happy Halloween everyone!  I have quite a few posts scheduled for today- hopefully to make up for my couple of missed days 🙂

The first halloween mani of the day features Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer and Lumina Lacquer!

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First up is Discontinued Limited Edition- which is a Limited Edition!  This polish is part of Julie’s Nail Polish Frights Halloween collection.  It’s a beautiful charcoal holographic polish filled with orange sparks and shimmer.  A perfect Halloween polish!  Application was wonderful- photos show 2 coats with no topcoat.

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Then, I topped Discontinued Limited Edition with Lumina Lacquer’s Mick or Treat!

Lumina Lacquer Mick or Treat

Mick or Treat is a fun glitter bomb that features holographic Mickey Mouse heads, as well as lots of red, orange, yellow, black and holographic glitters.  Photos show 1 coat of Mick or Treat- I applied by dabbing.  I was able to get 1 Mickey head out naturally, the others I did fish a little bit for- but Lumina Lacquer glitter bombs are so dense you rarely have to fish for long!

Mick or Treat also has big pumpkins in it- but they completely eluded me this time!  I think they’re all hiding in the middle 😉

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Both of these polish are Limited Edition- while Mick or Treat is sold out (you can check sales groups and blog sales though!), there are still a few bottles left of Discontinued Limited Edition if you hurry!

Here’s the polish brand info:

Lumina Lacquer: Facebook Page and Big Cartel Store
Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer: Facebook Page and Big Cartel Store


China Glaze Immortal Swatches

Quick post this morning to make up for forgetting last night- I should have today’s normal post up this evening!

China Glaze Immmortal is from last year’s Halloween 2012 Wicked Collection.  Though no longer available in stores, you can still nab this one on blog sales and sometimes some online stores.

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Immortal is a really pretty concrete grey polish filled with blue and pink shimmer.  I love grey polishes- don’t ask me why, it’s a very random favorite since I don’t otherwise enjoy grey- so last year I knew I had to grab this one!

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My only issue with this polish was it’s application- which wasn’t terrible, I used 3 coats for coverage- but it’s opaque enough that it should have been 2 coats.  But even though I let the first coat dry a reasonable amount, I still had random bald patches after the second.

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Overall I really love Immortal, and most of the Wicked collection in general.  Make a Spectacle and Cast a Spell are my other 2 favorites- this year’s Halloween collection just didn’t excite me as much 😉


365 Days of Color After All This Time? Swatches

I managed to miss posting my pumpkin mani *again* last night-  I’ll try and get that up tomorrow!  It’s a pretty basic, simplistic mani, but I still love it 🙂

Tonight I’m going to be showing off a new favorite- 365 Days of Color’s After All This Time?.   For Halloween this year, Sunny released The Horcrux collection- an amazing set of 7 polishes inspired by the horcruxes of the Harry Potter series.   To tie in with the Harry Potter theme, the October polish of the month is After All This Time?, a *gorgeous* polish in honor of Snape’s love for Lily Potter.  *sniffle*  I don’t know many fans that don’t get seriously emotional over this scene in the book/movie.

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After All This Time? is a light grey crelly base filled with holographic silver glitters.  It is reminiscent of a pantronus- which is featured in the scene.   Application was good- I needed 3 coats for opacity, and it was still a bit see through in some spots.  I think the sheerness works well for the polish’s inspiration though!

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After All This Time? also glows in the dark!!!  It has a beautiful blue glow, just like a patronus.  The glow is very sensitive- I went outside for photos, and next picture is what the polish looked like without a flash *in my hallway* in the middle of the day.  Darkness is not needed for this baby to shine bright!

365 Days of Colors After All This Time?

After All This Time? is sold out at the moment, but I know it will return!  Be sure to check it and the other Horcrux collection polishes at the 365 Days of Color store!

Store: http://www.365daysofcolorpolishes.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/365daysofcolor

This is honestly my favorite book/movie moment of all time- I LOVE that so many amazing indie polish makers are letting it inspire such gorgeous creations!  What are some of your favorite book/movie moments that you’d love to see in a nail polish?


China Glaze Riveting and Enchanted Polish To Die For

So I wasn’t able to get good pics of my pumpkin mani today- it’s been super overcast and icky!  So I’ll do these pretty colors today instead, and hopefully show my pumpkin mani tomorrow 🙂

I paired up China Glaze Riveting and Enchanted Polish To Die For for a fun halloween-esque mani.

China Glaze Riveting

I decided to show Riveting by itself first!  China Glaze Riveting is a gorgeous shimmery orange color.  This was one of the Hunger Games collection polishes released last year- and one of the first I picked up!  It’s incredibly stunning.  Photos show 2 coats, no topcoat.

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Then I topped Riveting with just 1 coat of Enchanted Polish To Die For

Enchanted Polish To Die For over China Glaze Riveting

To Die For is a fun glitter topper filled with a very slightly charcoal tinted base filled with charcoal holographic glitters.  Application was great- this is just 1 coat with no topcoat, and everything went on super smoothly and evenly.

Enchanted Polish To Die For over China Glaze Riveting

China Glaze Riveting is no longer available in stores- it was released in Feburary/March of 2012 for the release of the first Hunger Games movie- though you can sometimes still find it online and via blog sales!

Enchanted Polish To Die For is a Halloween Polish from Enchanted Polish.  I can honestly say I have no idea if this will return this year- though it never hurts to keep checking!

China Glaze:  https://www.facebook.com/chinaglazeofficial and http://chinaglaze.com/
Enchanted Polish:  https://www.facebook.com/EnchantedPolishPage and http://enchantedpolish.bigcartel.com/


Monster Polish: Purple People Eater and Monster Mash

As I mentioned on Facebook- tonight kicks off my week of Halloween manis!  Every night through Halloween, I’ll be posting a Halloween mani- sometimes just a Halloween polish- indie and mainstream- maybe even a little bit of nail art!

I thought to start things off, I would- for the first time- show off my own creations here on my blog.  I’m sure a lot of you have seen my frankens (Monster Polish) crop up here and there- Dulcie at Ohthreeohfour.com has posted about a few, Jen at Jen’s Nail Files has taken a bunch of pictures, and a few other ladies have posted on IG and my Facebook wall.  I’ve given them away in friends giveaways, I’ve sold or swapped a few here and there- but for the most part I don’t really sell, and I’ve never shown off photos myself.  Obviously that changes tonight!

I’ve long said I wouldn’t sell my polishes, and that it’s just a hobby- which is still true.  But after a year and a half of this hobby, I have a lot of extras!  So I’m going to start selling extra polishes through Big Cartel in the next few weeks.  I won’t be carrying a permanent line, and most polishes will only have a few bottles available.  If there is a very very strong demand for a particular color, I can try to make more- but when I make things I rarely write down the recipe.  So if you’ve ever wanted a Monster Polish, keep your eyes peeled for my little store!

This Monster duo are the polishes I created for the Halloween Giveaway that just ended on Monday- so one of you may still be able to get your hands on them!  Right now I don’t have any extras available for sale (don’t kill me!), though I could probably create more if there’s a strong interest.

First is Purple People Eater!

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Purple People Eater is a light purple holographic polish with a faint blue flash.   I used 3 coats for these photos- the polish is sheer, but builds well.  The holographic effect isn’t super strong, but is definitely noticeable even indoors.

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Second, I made a fun glitter topper called Monster Mash!  (I stuck to a monster theme for these- it’s kind of my thing!)

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I layered 1 coat of Monster Mash over Purple People Eater.  Monster Mash is a glitter bomb chock full of most of the shades and finishes of purple, black, lime and orange glitters I had!

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I did a bit of dabbing for placement, but this glitter polish is thick enough that it’s not totally necessary.

I’ll update information about when and how to buy Monster Polish as soon as I am able.  Check back tomorrow for my Pumpkin Patch mani- it’s super simple, but fun!


Enter if You Dare! Giveaway

Happy Hump Day everyone!

Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday- so when my friend Tish at Cosmetish asked me to join up with her for a spooky giveaway, I jumped on board!  Together with Lac Attack, we’re bringing you the Enter if You Dare! Giveaway 🙂   Here’s what you can win!

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Prize #1, from me: 2 Monster Polishes (eee!  My new labels!)- Monster Mash (a glitter bomb), and Purple People Eater (a purple holographic polish)- perfect alone, or paired together!  I’ll try and post some photos of these soon- along with the polishes from my Blogiversary giveaway.

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Prize #2, from Lac Attack: her entire Tricks &Treats Halloween collection!

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Prize #3, from Cosmetish: China Glaze Fang-Tastic, Orly Velvet Rope, Orly Top Coat

This giveaway is open to everyone, and you can enter by following the Rafflecopter link below!  There are a TON of optional entries, so be sure to check them out!  This giveaway is running now through October 21st!

Enter If You Dare! Giveaway at Rafflecopter


Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer Monster’s Tea at Tiffany’s Swatches

Today I’m going to show off a BEAUTIFUL polish- Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer Monster’s Tea at Tiffany’s!

Julie made this gorgeous mint polish for me as a surprise birthday present, and then decided to sell it in her store!  So though it began as a custom, now everyone can enjoy it!

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Monster’s Tea at Tiffany’s is a pretty mint green/Tiffany blue that has a gorgeous bright green shimmer.  Simple, gorgeous, and a bit different from a lot of other Tiffany blue polishes out there.

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I used 2 coats and Out the Door topcoat for these photos.  Application was great, the polish went on smoothly and I didn’t have any issues.   While the shimmer is a bit subtle due to the color, it’s also obvious- it doesn’t hide indoors and is always noticeable (does that make sense?  It does in my head!). 

 

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You can follow Wishes of a Blue Eyed Girl via her blog, her Facebook pageTwitter, and Instagram!  To follow her polish line, check out  Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer page and her Big Cartel page!  Prices range from $8.00 to $10.00 per bottle.


Elevation Polish Grotte et Cascade, Trift, and Rapa Nui Swatches

Happy Thursday everyone!  Have you entered my Blogiversary/Birthday giveaway yet?  If not, it ends TONIGHT!  Be sure to get your entries in!

I apologize for the lack of posts this past week- I’ve actually been contemplating a blog move from WordPress to Blogger (I’ve already imported all of my posts, so PolishMonster.blogspot.com IS me- I’m just not active over there yet).  A more ideal time to make that move would have been *before* my giveaway, but hopefully a lot of you will follow me there!  I didn’t want to keep waiting to post until I finalized everything though.

Today’s post I’m going to be showing off Elevation Polish Grotte et Cascade, Trift, and Rapa Nui.  I received these 3 polishes as a birthday gift, and decided I had to show them off!

First is Grotte et Cascade.

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This is a gorgeous dark brown polish filled with beautiful pink and blue shimmer.  The shimmer is subtle- it’s very obvious out in the sun, but when you’re indoors it tends to hide a bit.

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Application was great- it went on smoothly and I used 2 coats and Out The Door topcoat for photos.   1 coat gave good coverage, and 2 coats evened everything out.

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Then I added 1 coat of Trift on top of Grotte et Cascade!

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I’ll be honest- I probably would have never bought Trift on my own.   I thought it was pretty, but it didn’t grab my attention like some of the others did.  But I am SO GLAD I got this as a present- because I would’ve been missing out on a gorgeous topper!

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Trift is a color shifting glitter topper- simple, pretty, and very versatile.  This is one of those polishes you can grab to add some ‘oompf’ to any color you own- I can’t think of anything it wouldn’t look good over!  Sadly, Trift has been discontinued- BUT there are still some bottles left on the Elevation Polish website- AND it’s only $6.50!

Last but not least is Rapa Nui!

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Rapa Nui is one of those Elevations that I never really noticed for a long time- but when I did, I couldn’t understand what took me so long.

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It is a gorgeous steel blue grey color with a very strong purple/red shimmer.   The shimmer is incredibly strong outside in the sun, it’s a bit more subdued (but still there) inside.  When outside, it almost appears to be a duochrome- the shimmer is that noticeable.  Very, very pretty.

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You can find these beauties at the Elevation Polish Big Cartel Store and also at Llarowe.  As I said before, Trift is discontinued, but is still available until it sells out- there just won’t be more once it’s gone.   You can also keep up with Elevation Polish updates by following Lulu’s blog, I Dig Brown Nail Polish.  Restocks are on the 7th and 22nd of each month, though no restocks are planned for October (be sure to check out Lulu’s Auction site this next week!)


Jindie Nails Halloween and Fall Chic 2013 Swatches and Review

Good morning everyone!  I have a few of the new Jindie Nails colors to show off today!  During the presale I grabbed a few of the Fall Chic colors and 1 of the Halloween colors- they were just listed for sale yesterday, so it seemed like a good time to show them off!

Even though my nails are short again- I’ve been suffering from MORE breaks.  Thankfully the worst ones were on my non-swatching hand, but still!  After going so long with no casualties, it’s been hard.  It feels like maybe my nails are TOO strong now- the breaks happen whenever I bump something and a side part just chips off.  Not a problem I ever expected to have 😉  I actually like my nails shorter just fine- but I’d like them just a tiny bit longer, for reasons I’ll explain in a minute.

First, I’ll show off the 4 colors from the Fall Chic 2013 collection I have.   All of these polishes are packed *full* of circle glitter in various sizes and colors.  This is true for all 4, so I’ll talk about it here versus repeating over and over- I didn’t have to fish for any of these glitters.  What you see is minimal effort for glitter- even on Midnight Rainbows.   So the glitter payoff is excellent.   The only issue I had with any of these wasn’t really the fault of the polish- but I struggled a bit more with them due to the length of my nails.  Larger glitters take up more available space when your nails are smaller (I know, thank you Captain Obvious), and I had to be sure to stick to thinner coats than I would normally do to avoid a big mess.  It wasn’t too hard, but it was a bit more challenging on short nails to get things looking nice.   Just me adjusting to the new length- you wouldn’t think it would impact the way I paint, but it does.

Also, Jen just introduced her new medium size 9mL bottles, which is what you’ll see in this post.   I really prefer these so much to the previous mini bottles.  I don’t mind most mini bottles (and sometimes prefer them due to the sheer size of my collection), but the issue with the old Jindie ones was that the brush wasn’t able to reach almost any polish unless it was fully twisted in.  It was a pain to use, especially with the glitter based polishes (though they were very cute bottles!).  But now, you’re able to reach plenty of polish and the brush is very long.   And it also holds a bit more polish!

The first polish from Fall Chic is What Are You Smokin’ Mirrors!

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This is a medium grey crelly polish filled with tons of gold and silver dots and flake shimmer.  I used 2 coats with topcoat for these photos.

The coverage was good- I did have to brush off a bit of excess grey base from some of the circles so that they would show, but other than that I had no issues.

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Next is Midnight Rainbow.

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This polish is something else!   It’s a black jelly polish filled to the brim with rainbow shimmer and metallic circle glitter in tons of sizes and colors.  And when I say to the brim- like I said at the beginning of this post, I didn’t fish for glitters.  What you see here is 2 coats with topcoat- with no fishing.  I’m sure if I actually tried there could be MORE circles on my nails!

This polish went on well- I had to do a bit of dabbing to get circles the way I wanted them to be.  There’s so many in the polish that sometimes they can clump up a bit, so you just need to spread them around once they’re on the nail.

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Now we have Breakfast at Tiffany’s Cousins.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s Cousins is a teal crelly polish filled with maroon, lime green, blue and silver glitters.  Plenty of large circles and hexes in here, and I didn’t have to fish for any of them!  Pictures show 2 coats with topcoat.

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And the last polish from the Fall Chic collection I have to show off is Shimmer Me Timbers.  The only one of the 5 I don’t own is Rhythm and Blue- but I didn’t exclude it purposely, I actually didn’t originally buy Shimmer Me Timbers either.  Jen sent it as a surprise with my order- now I feel bad I’m only missing 1! 🙂

I’m glad she sent it though- this was my surprise favorite of the bunch, and I would’ve missed out on it otherwise!

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Shimmer Me Timbers is a bright, juicy emerald green jelly polish filled with a bright gold shimmer and lots of green and gold glitters (along with a few blue, maroon, copper and purple too!).  I think what surprised me is that this polish is a lot ‘brighter’ than I realized- it’s still a deep emerald, but since it’s a jelly it still retains that squishy feel, and the shimmer brightens it up a lot.  The pictures show 2 coats with topcoat.  Application was great, this one went on the most smoothly of the bunch!

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Last but not least, we have Be-Wear the Polish, my only purchase from the Halloween colors.  There’s a lot of *gorgeous* colors in that collection- but I was trying to be good!

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Be-Wear the Polish is a fun glitter topper (glitter in a clear base, meant to be layered) filled with green, grey, black, and purple glitters in various shapes and sizes, TONS of fine glitter and shimmer- and also glow in the dark glitter!  I tried desperately to get a picture of the little flecks glowing, but my camera didn’t want to cooperate.

Application was great- this is so overflowing with glitter, I didn’t have to make an effort to have my nails covered.  In fact, I usually ended up with a bit too much on my smaller nails and had to decide which to put back in the bottle!

Photos show 1.5 coats (I did 1 full coat on each nail, and then filled the brush and dabbed a little extra here and there to fill in some empty slots) with topcoat over Wet N Wild’s Sea Ya Soon (post on that later today).

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I think overall my very favorite was Be-Wear the Polish- this is a must have!  Between the fun bright colors, variety of shapes and sizes, and glow in the dark glitters, you have something very fun for Halloween.  I might be a bit partial though- Halloween is my favorite holiday and I love the green/purple/black/orange color combinations associated with it!

These colors launched yesterday- grab them while they’re in stock!  You can find Jindie Nails here:

Store: http://jindienails.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JindieNails
International Stockists: http://shop.llarowe.com/http://meimeisignatures.com,
http://www.harlowandco.org,  http://www.ninjapolish.comhttp://femmefatalecosmetics.com.au/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JindieNails
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/JindieNails/nails/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/jindienails/


OPI Alcatraz… Rocks Swatches and Review

The other day at ULTA I spotted the OPI San Francisco collection- there’s a lot of pretty colors, but the one that jumped out at me most (and into my bag) was Alcatraz… Rocks.   I’d seen it in photos, but it was SO much prettier in person!

I’m still a bit on the fence when it comes to the textured polish trend- I don’t like many, but super sparkly ones (like Zoya’s Pixie Dusts or JulieG Gumdrops) I LOVE!   And Alactraz… Rocks is definitely sparkly!

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Alcatraz… Rocks is a dark blurple base (more purple leaning than I initially realized) filled with lots of different shimmer.  I definitely saw blue, pink, and gold, though there could be a touch of green in there as well.

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Application was great- I had good coverage with 1 coat, and complete coverage with 2.  Photos show 2 coats with no topcoat.  The dry time was pretty good- textured polishes can sometimes take a bit longer to dry, but it seemed like this one was touch-dry in around the same length of time my normal polishes are.

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This is my first Liquid Sand polish, though I have quite a few textured offerings from other brands- and I can definitely say OPI did a great job with it.  Dry time seemed to be superior to others I have used, and the sparkle was over the top (in a good way).  If you like textures, definitely be sure to pick this one up!

I bought my bottle at ULTA for $9, but you can find this at most places OPI nail polish is sold!