Thursday, March 21, 2013

Red on Red

Also known as my extremely belated Valentines Day nails, these were supposed to be my more conventional alternative to the Mint Love Nails I posted, but I kept putting it off until now. I was so annoyed at my super-dry fingers and cuticles that I was avoiding editing and posting them for a while. Doing close swatch photos like these really forces me to see the unattractive lines I don't notice in real life, and this one was an extra bad reminder. I've starting making a conscious effort to moisturize my hands and cuticles, so awkward dry-hand photos will be a thing of the past (after I get through all my unposted photos, that is.)

On to the actual polish-- index finger is Nicole by OPI I Love You Cherry Much; middle finger is OPI The Spy Who Loved Me (gifted to me from sweet Sarah); pinky and ring fingers are my favourite red to date, butter London Pillar Box Red, with silver foil Orly Dazzle and The Spy Who Loved Me. It's hard to see because The Spy Who Loved Me was unexpectedly such a close match to Pillar Box Red, but the ring finger has a heart made of alternating silver foil and red dots.

Can you tell I am really starting to embrace red polishes? :D I Love You Cherry Much and The Spy Who Loved Me are close, with the former being more pink-y and less of a deep red than The Spy Who Loved Me. I Love You Cherry Much (these long names are killing me) features red flakies, which as you can tell by the photo, were hard to capture on camera. They're subtler than glitter or shimmer and add something unique to the sheer pink-red base. The Spy Who Loved Me is packed with very fine glass flecks that practically glow after a super glossy coat of Seche Vite. I love both polishes, but The Spy Who Loved Me has a slight edge for me because it reflects light so beautifully.

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