I had all sorts of catchy and witty things planned for my opening paragraphs in this post. But, when I sat down to write this … every single thought seemed to vanish from my little, pea brain. It was like rats racing from a sinking ship. Or … well, something.
So … I guess this is the part where we jump right into this week’s batch of untried polishes. Let the games begin!
This is OPI, A Mirror Escape, from the 2016 Alice Through the Looking Glass Collection. It is a bright, almost brassy gold with matte white glitter and holographic glitter. It is a metallic polish with an almost frosty finish. This polish was opaque in two coats, although I can’t say they were easily done. There is a ton of glitter in here, which would usually be a good thing. In this case, it ended up making the polish a lumpy, bumpy mess on the nail.
Mirror Escape … why do you hate me so? *sigh* I saw several reviews of this polish, and all of them said what a mess it was. I can’t recall even one reviewer who liked this polish. And yet, I thought to myself that maybe … just maybe … I could be that one person. I could be the special mermaid-unicorn who loved this polish! Because, you see, this polish called to me from the bottle shots. It called to me when I saw it in the store. “Buy me,” it whispered, “You’ll love me. You won’t regret it at all. I promise.”
Well, I’m here to tell ‘ya: This polish lied. That’s right. This polish, which looks so incredible and gorgeous in the bottle, is a lying liar. And a two-timing heartbreaker. Okay, so that might be a bit strong, but it’s not a good polish. That’s what I’m saying. I love the color of gold in this polish, and I love how it looks in the bottle. I hate it on my nails. Hate it! It’s never going to be smooth, no matter how much top coat I pile on. The glitters just clump together and stick out too much.
Next up is China Glaze, Joy to the Waves, from the Holiday 2016 Seas & Greetings Collection. This polish is a mid- to light blue base with a strong green shimmer/shift. The shimmer gives a slightly frosty look to the finish. The formula is pretty sheer. I used two coats for my swatch picture, and I was happy with that. For actual wear as a manicure, I think you would be good to go with two, although I can see a couple of low spots in my photo, which makes me feel like I should have done three coats. Your mileage may vary. I found this polish showed brush strokes, even with top coat. It applied easily. I don’t recall having trouble with flooding or pooling.
I’m a bit on the fence about this one. I want to like it. I mean, it’s blue — hello! And the color shift from blue to green is really pretty. I loved it in certain lights, but not in others. The blue hides a bit more than I would like. And it has that frosty-ish finish … Plus brushstrokes … Meh. I can’t decide if I like it or not. I stuck it back in my storage drawers to wear later. Maybe putting it on as a manicure, as opposed to just a quick swatch picture, will help me decide if this one is a go or no-go for me.
This is SpaRitual, Crystal Waters. I did some internet sleuthing, but I couldn’t figure out the collection information for this one. There are not a lot of posts talking about SpaRitual polishes. This is an aqua blue with a metallic, shimmery finish. It has that “liquid metal” look on the nail, although it is slightly brushstroke-y. I did two coats for my picture, but I can see a low spot on my middle finger. I think I would be happy with this at two for actual wear, but I probably should have done three coats for photos. Overall, this one was easy to apply.
I really like this polish. The color is beautiful, and I like the look on the nail. There are more brush strokes than I would prefer, but the liquid, metallic finish is enough to distract me away from them. This polish has an ethereal, ocean-like quality to it that fits with the name. It made me think of mermaid colors. And that’s always a good thing.
And my last polish for this edition of Try Them On Tuesday is China Glaze, Nice Caboose, from the Fall 2014 All Aboard Collection. This polish is a magenta / pinky-purple with pink shimmer. The shimmer might be visible in sunlight, but I didn’t manage to catch it in my swatch picture (taken in indirect light). The tone on the nail is darker and more purple than I expected from looking at this color in the bottle, and I can see the shimmer peeking out at me from the bottle. This was easy to apply, with a good formula. It was nicely opaque in two coats.
I like this one quite a lot. I love the name, and I wish I had a nice caboose — all of which is wildly off-topic for this post. But, there ‘ya go. I really like this color tone against my skin, and the polish was easy to work with and apply. It’s a beautiful color for Fall, but I think it could also be nice in the late Summer. I like the shimmer, which is pretty and gives the polish a softer appearance on the nail, even if it isn’t prominent to the eye as “shimmer”.
And that wraps up another edition of Try Them On Tuesday! I decided to show only four polishes today because I need to get some more untried swatches done. Hopefully, I can do some of that over the weekend. I had several polishes that I had swatched earlier, but the photos didn’t turn out. So I have to go back to the drawing board on those. But I’ll get there. Eventually. If nothing else, at least I will enjoy the journey.