Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Vamp Of It All

Word of advice to those just beginning their polish collecting: beware of vamps getting out of control!

Fundamentally I have too many and that is because in the bottle they look like an actual color, but on the nail, they vanish into blackness. So, in essence, I have a ton of blackish polishes.

Handy? Not so much.

I have mixed feelings because I'm not seeing them as a super au currant look, but they are still classic enough to not be too dated. 

I was rearranging a drawer of dark reds and wanted to wear L'oreal's Breaking Curfew, which I do like mainly because of the formula, and found Essie Berry Hard sitting kind of close. So I thought I'd test out how close they actually are.

Three coats and pretty much the same. 

I did a fourth coat on my index with Breaking Curfew and on my pinkie with Berry Hard.

I'd say Breaking Curfew is a bit darker, Berry Hard holds the red shade. This is, though, under a pretty bright Verilux color corrected lamp. 

Thie only thing I'd add on this is that both were a bit sloppy and so I had some flooding in the cuticles which immediately stained. GAH!!!!

I've relegated a back up of Breaking Curfew and Berry Hard into the purge pile - or the "use for stamping and water marbling pile.

Here are the bottles:

I purchase L'Oreal Breaking Curfew long before they bought Essie, though only a year or two, now that I think back, but I don't think they are some kind of kin, just vamps that look alike.

Here, I finalized the manicure of L'Oreal Breaking Curfew with a coat of Sally Hansen Mist You.

Three coats of L'Oreal Breaking Curfew and a coat of SH Mist You. 

For some reason I have three bottles. I think because they were in a two-pack with something else. One day I'll franken these into something, because the shimmer on this is out of this world.

Thanks for reading my little nail polish journal!

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