Sunday, March 28, 2010

NOTD: ManGlaze The Death Tar


I'm in a fairly frustrated mood right now. First of all, I'm sure I've mentioned this before, my graduate school program is heavily influenced by postmodern philosophical thinking. Unfortunately, the faculty did not feel it was necessary to share this with me before I agreed to accept my offer to join the program (and I would have declined had I known). Even more unfortunate is that I have had zero experience whatsoever in philosophy, let alone postmodernism (which mostly reads like rambling gibberish to me). So I am thrilled (not) that I have to do a 20 minute presentation this Wednesday on Anne Anlin Cheng's The Melancholy of Race: Psychoanalysis, Assimilation, and Hidden Grief, a book that is very interesting yet I do not understand it very well by any means, let alone well enough to create some kind of critique or analysis. How do you create a presentation on something that does not make very much sense to you? Where do you even begin? ARG.

Thanks for letting me vent. Back to nail polish....

Way back in the day when mattes weren't everywhere like they are now, I ordered from ManGlaze. I resisted for a long time because of some offensive misogynistic (IMO) pictures on their site that have since been taken down. I received great customer service and everything arrived safely. However, I didn't actually use my bottles (I ordered the black and grey) until yesterday! On Saturday afternoon, I was laying around doing homework and feeling angry and nervous about my looming presentation, when I decided to do my nails as a way to calm down. I was about to work out (we have an elliptical in our apt - it's a very cheap Schwinn (this one except ours is black) but it does the job very well) and I got dressed and ready in my workout clothes and sat down to do my mani. I went for the "sweatpants for nails look" and chose ManGlaze The Death Tar, which has now been discontinued and replaced with Matte is Murder. This was, hands down, the BEST experience I've had with a matte polish. I tend to apply very slowly, since I like to have minimal cleanup, and mattes simply cannot be applied slowly typically. This one, however, could be applied like any normal polish. The slight problem is that it was very easy to smudge - I accidentally lightly brushed my pinky against a nearby bottle and it totally smudged off. It was fixable though. It bubbled a tiny bit on my index finger but it's no big deal to me.

I put it on around 4:40PM, worked out until 6:00, and took a shower around 6:45. It was completely dry by the time I took my shower. While I worked out I was careful not to touch my nails, so I'm not sure at what point they were totally dry.

This is 2 coats with Barielle Camouflage as a basecoat and no topcoat. It's already starting to chip since it is a matte (mattes chip quickly) and I had to do laundry and dishes today. But that's ok. I only meant to wear it for the day anyway.

Indoors:


Outdoors, sunlight:


Outdoors, shade:


ManGlaze polish can be purchased here. I have to admit that I'm tempted to order Matte is Murder, Matte-Astrophe Topcoat, and Hot Mess Topcoat. Do any of you own ManGlaze? What do you think?

Thanks for reading and thanks for listening to me vent!

[Edit]: I forgot to add, if you feel like following me on Twitter to listen to my random rants and complaints about life, I'm @aclockstopped. :)

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5 comments:

Evil Angel said...

I have Matte is murder, Fugin ugly, Matte-Astrophy and Hot Mess.
I love them all! The best and most matte polishes I've found and if you feel like going glossy they come alive!

WizardsOfBling said...

I have no Man Glaze. Crib notes, And wings and Prayers! :) Good luck!
~Sylvia

rmcandlelight said...

It's very pretty and great application.

Scandalous said...

Hey hun. You NEED hot mess. I am the biggest glitter-hater in the blogosphere and I want to have illicit sex in the backseat of a stolen car with this polish and carry its illegitimate baby. hands down best glitter ever. It dries smooth as a babys butt, not gritty at all, and removal was painless. Best purchase I have made in months

mKat said...

I have Death Tar and Fuggen Ugly. They were my first matte polishes. I guess they're my only matte polishes as I've only done matte since by topping everything with Essie MAY.

To be honest, I love The Death Tar. I think I may like the new black even more because it's just that much richer.

I am sorry to hear you're feeling the way you are about school. I would like to say that you eventually get over that but... I can't. (At least, not from my personal POV.) For your sake, I hope everything works out. I am sure your presentation will go well.

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