With the recent release of Dior's Blue Tie Collection, I've really been rocking the blues lately. Although it's a dark color and arguably not the best for summer, I've been wearing it anyway because 1) I like it, 2) I'm pale all year anyway, so it provides a good contrast to my skin, 3) It's fun and sophisticated at the same time, and 4) I like it and don't pay attention to seasons, just my mood. With all of that taken into consideration, plus the fact that Dior has just released their own navy lacquer in the form of the gorgeous Tuxedo (Cafe Makeup has an excellent review), I've come to the conclusion that for once, I'm actually following a trend--and loving it.
I've really, really, really been lusting after Tuxedo, but truth be told I just can't justify the money. I work in a kitchen 9 months out of the year, and I'm not allowed to wear polish to work. That gives me only a few months a year to enjoy painted nails, and since I have many, many other items I can purchase that I can actually get some real use out of, I typically choose to go with the less expensive options in nail color. There are some hits and misses with this technique, but typically I have pretty good luck.
I found Sinful Colors polishes at my local Walgreen's a few months back. For only $1.99, they offer a wide range of colors, and I've been pleased with each of them. Shockingly, they are toluene, formaldehyde, and DBP-free. The colors are unique, and there's something for everyone, from nude to black and everything in between, including a few neon colors (my daughters love them).
The formula is a nice one, if not extraordinary. It's a bit on the thin side, which means it usually requires 3 coats to get full opacity. However, dry time is fairly short, the brush is a good size for both coverage and maneuverability, and wear time (for me) has been up to a week. It's a very good polish, and for the price it's extraordinary.
I chose "What's Your Name" for today's manicure. It's one of my favorite colors. It's a deep, deep navy with slight purple undertones (it could be called a blurple), and it has deep pink and teal micro-shimmer. The shimmer is very slight on the nail, although it shows up fairly well in the bottle. It's more purple and a bit deeper than Tuxedo, and it's not a straight-out smooth shimmer, but it gives a similar effect.
Here are a couple of shots:
You can see the shimmer in the bottle here
You can also see it on my nails here:
As you can see, on the nails it's very subdued (you may need to click the picture for an enlargement to even see it). However, it adds a bit of interest to the color, and in the right light the shimmers really pop. The polish itself doesn't leave a really high-shine finish, but a top coat solves that problem in a flash.
I'm really loving this color and formula, and I plan to purchase more colors in the future.