Monday, May 3, 2010

Swatch – Orly Iron Butterfly

*starts humming ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida*

I’ve been trying to talk myself out of buying Orly Iron Butterfly. How many bottles of charcoal-y nail polish do I need? But in the end that question will always lose against `so pretty. I generally don’t feel that I need mattes and satins if I have a matte top coat. And overall I’ll stick to that opinion, but Iron Butterfly merits bending that rule.

Iron Butterfly is the best charcoal grey I’ve used so far (though I haven’t tried my new bottle of OPI Baby It’s Coal Outside yet), whenever I look at my top coat-free nails I get flashbacks to a crystallography class I took before switching to Ancient History where (amongst other stuff) we got to melt minerals on blocks of charcoal. That was one of my favourite classes ever.
Anyway, this polish I supposed to be a matte metallic, but to me it looks like a dark grey base with silvery grey shimmer. It’s opaque in two coats, but I found it a bit lumpy and uneven, three coats are perfect.
The application of Iron Butterfly was not as smooth as I hoped for, the polish is relatively runny, but strangely gloopy on the brush. The first coat was incredibly patchy. But at least it dries very quickly and the brush is fine, too. But despite the less than stellar application, this polish is well worth the money.

This is Iron Butterfly in two coats without top coat:

And here is Iron Butterfly in three coats. I added Seche Vite on four nails of my left hand and on the nail of my right ring finger:

Have you worn Iron Butterfly?

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