Friday, September 17, 2010

The end of summer blues: Illamasqua Phallic and Orly Royal Navy


The last week of summer. How did it all go by so fast? I had so many grand plans for my summer and now, it is over. Sob.

Illamasqua Phallic

I've actually come to the conclusion that my nails grow somewhat fast (which is bad news for filing-averse me, as I'm trying to keep my nails at a shorter length lately). This wasn't taken that much after I nubbinized the first time during the summer... was it? I don't even remember. Summer feels very far away already! Either way, this was one of the Illamasquas I got from eBay (3 for $16!). In the bottle, it looks like it should have purple shimmer but on the nail, all I got was this gorgeous dark blue with light blue shimmer. Two coats, lovely application.

Orly Royal Navy

This was sort of an It polish this summer, thanks to Scrangie's gorgeous swatch. Unfortunately, it was a huge fail on me. I actually hate the way this looks on me (and these photos), I'm not even sure why I'm posting it. Just to have it, perhaps? (Though I think extraH posted this awhile back already...) This is four coats on me and this is nowhere near opaque. It's a royal blue jelly with teal shimmer -- which sounds like it should be a hot combination -- but this definitely has to be layered over something or else it's just far too sheer.



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6 comments:

Twister said...

Really like the Orly polish

ainos2 said...

I found that you have to shake Orly Royal Navy to get rid of vnl. The shimmer is heavy and sits at the bottom of the bottle.

Lucy said...

That was a great deal for those polishes. Love that shade like the bottom of the ocean. I just got Royal Navy in my TransDesign order. Glad I read the comment to shake the bottle. Hope I remember when I use it. It's gorgeous.

Meeka said...

I've got RN but I don't really like it *gasp!* The blue is nice but it's not my kind of blue and I wish the shimmer were more apparent on the nail. I'll have to try giving it a super shake up next time and see if that helps. That's a smoking deal on those Illamasqa's though! Baptiste sure looks pretty :)

Sarah B. said...

Phallic is so gorgeous!

flinty said...

@twister: everyone likes it except for me..

@ainos: Ooh, thanks for the tip!

@lucy: I love a good deal.

@meeka: Thank goodness that I'm not the only one who thinks it's all that and a bag of chips...

@sarah: thanks!

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