Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Crystals and Jam

Following my review of Get Your Number from Mariah Carey's first collaboration with OPI, I'm finally posting about another polish from the Liquid Sand minis set I was given for my birthday last March, Stay the Night. Despite looking moody and alluring in the bottle, a jet black base packed with gleaming cranberry glitter, most swatches I'd seen were a letdown. It resembled red-flecked pebbly tar, like charred muck stuck onto the nails with generic sparkly bits peeking through.





With Stay the Night, I'd have to wholeheartedly agree with Cassie's review that only loads of topcoat salvages things. One coat isn't even enough to bring the polish alive, I find I need at least two. Even then, it's still relatively bumpy and uneven in texture. The actual look however, is transformed from ugly and dull to eye-catching and complex, like crushed up ruby crystals in semi-set black jam. The contrast between the colourful, dense glitter and the dark base is amped up, accentuating the appearance of partially translucent layers that give the illusion of depth. The effect was enough for me to describe it as "alarmingly pretty" the first time I wore it, particularly in direct sunlight.

17 comments:

  1. It looks so pretty, I sometimes have to double up on the top coat with glitter polishes too x

    SophiesMakeupBlog

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  2. Yeah, many intense glitter polishes are top coat guzzlers. But the color is so pretty, all worth it! :)

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  3. I love this, it looks so pretty!

    http://books-and-memories.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. Glad to hear you agree with me on this one!! It really is a shame that it looks so… unappealing without a topcoat but thankfully a couple of thick layers of something like Seche Vite salvages it :)

    ♥Cassie
    thriftthick.blogspot.com

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  5. Looks like it is such a pretty color! :)

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  6. Ohhh I like it, but it's a shame that you need to wear tones of top coat :x I really like polishes with this kind of effect!
    Take care*

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  7. as pretty as they are, I don't reach often for glitter nail polishes mainly because of this same reason.. but stay the night is so pretty, like a night sky!

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  8. This is so gorgeous, but the top coat problem sounds like a bit of a dealbreaker. BUT IT'S STILL SO PRETTY #bbloggerdilemmas haha :D x

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  9. I really love the polish, but I do like my nail polishes to have that lovely, easy to apply, creamy texture! It looks absolutely amazing though.

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  10. the topcoat really does make a difference with this one - still isn't a shade I would pick up though, despite my love for deep dark shades it just doesn't do it for me

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  11. I totally agree, a topcoat (or two) is essential for any glitter polish! This one is so pretty, very similar to one of my favourite Revlon polishes Scandalous

    Emma x

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  12. Glitter nail polishes are so damn hard to get off! but look so pretty :-| This is such a good color on you.. but I somehow find darker colors "too muhc"on me.. I stick to nudes and pastels and clear glitter coat "Sometimes"

    TheConscienceFund

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  13. Ohh it's gorgeous, definitely worth the extra effort applying a double layer of top coat! <3

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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  14. Excellent tip for double top coating! I will have to give some of my glitter polishes another go using this trick :) Thanks!

    Kate | themintedbeauty

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