Friday, July 27, 2012

NotD - Urban Crosshatch

Last time I mentioned the new Colorama polishes. Most shades in the display were not my cuppa, so I only picked up Urban Turquoise and Blackout. A couple I didn’t recognize and some I did, like Marshmallow. I hope Dark Chocolate makes it through the shift, it’s my favourite brown right now.

This is what I used for this mani:

  • essie grow stronger
  • Maybelline Colorama 120 Urban Turquoise
  • LOOK by BIPA nail tattoo liner 13 silver
  • LOOK by BIPA nail tattoo liner 2 white
  • LOOK by BIPA nail tattoo liner 1 black
  • LOOK by BIPA nail tattoo liner 9 green
  • essence gel-look topcoat
  • Seche Vite

I first applied two coats of grow stronger, two of Urban Turquoise and sealed it with Seche Vite.

Urban Turquoise is more of a vivid teal in my opinion, but whether you call it teal, turquoise or blue-green, it’s a beautiful crème polish. This colour existed (and I believe is still being sold) in the old bottle with the same name and number; I never owned that, but have seen it swatched at Parokeets. Gejba’s swatch looks more like a deep turquoise, but that may just be the lighting. Urban Turquoise is a two-coater and does stain a bit.
This polish applied quite well, it was fairly even with just a tiny bit of streakiness in one coat. The quality is on par with my experiences with my other Colorama polishes. Now what I find interesting is that the brush and the bottle seems to be identical to the MNY (i.e. Maybelline New York) polishes, except that the caps are black instead of white. I can’t see any differences at all, including the bristles’ flexibility. So instead of a supple, thick, round brush we have a supple, straight-cut, narrow, flat brush.
I’m quite happy and I suspect that folks with narrow nail beds will love the brush. Now what really would be nifty if they added some MNY colours to the Colorama range, but I highly doubt that.

Here’s Urban Turquoise in two coats with Seche Vite:

Then I used the four liners and added some horizontal and vertical lines. This was the first time I used the new white liner. Since the old one smudged badly I let the lines dry quite a bit and first went over them with the gel-look topcoat so any smudging polish wouldn’t get into my final coat of Seche Vite. Not at all necessary, as it turned out. None of the liners smudged.

So I’m ambivalent in regard to the new Colorama bottles. The old ones are pleasantly shaped and held 7,5 rather than 7 ml, but the new ones won’t fall over as easily.
We’ll see, the most important thing is the colour range, really.

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