Sunday, March 6, 2011

First mani with Clarins 230 (over Orly Total Darkness)


Aaaack. Lightboxes just don't do justice to this polish. Yes, totally overpriced... and yet, totally, utterly, completely worth it.

Clarins 230 over Orly Total Darkness




Orly Total Darkness is an old Orly in one of those 0.75fl oz bottles (they were huge): it's this vampy, plummy, slightly taupe-leaning jelly. Totally hot color. It applied perfectly and looked super duper glossy. (The fumes almost knocked me over though when I opened it. It had probably been more than a decade since that thing was last opened. If ever.)

Anyway, as we've seen with the numerous 230 swatches elsewhere, the most prominent shimmer color that jumps out at you is related to the base you wear it on: in this case, wearing it on a reddish-purple vampy tends to bring out more of its tendencies towards red and orange. Kind of ordinary in these moments but still very twinkly. But then, you catch the green flash, and it's utterly magical.

Trying to coax out the green duochrome glitter. It's not usually this shy (actually, IRL, you see it a lot, especially in low light situations) but it doesn't like the camera!


Ah ha! There's that green!

And now, some obligatory bottle pics:







So pretty. :)




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15 comments:

Deborah said...

Gorgeous!

Nicole said...

What a wonderful polish!

(♥♥♥♥♥) Minty said...

That's an incredibly pretty color! I'm loving it in those pictures.

Charlotte said...

Want!

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Normal Girl said...

I kinda had buyer's remorse after I saw the $$ come out of my account, but once I wore it, all regrets went away! It's so amazing. I wore it for a week (over Ulta's Devious) and never stopped staring at it. It's so awesome!! :D

Love your bottle pics too - they look even better than real life! LOL

E m m a said...

I love... I want.

Madita said...

Stunning! I need this polish in my life.

gnoma said...

Im feeling like a zombie saying "want want want"... Where we could find this way of art? :O°°°

Karla said...

*swoon!!

I need to win the lottery so I can get my hands on some of this...

Danica said...

I agree with Karla, this is way out of my price range! I could never justify spending this much on polish. I'd have to wear it every day for a year to even begin to justify spending on one polish what could buy me about 20!

tasha~ said...

I want to see this in real life because everyone says that pics can't do it justice!

Lucy said...

That is totally gorgeous. I never pay attention to these brands for polish. Guess that's why I don't have an unicorn pee! Looks so beautiful. The flash of colors is truly amazing.

artful expression said...

So beautiful! Ack, my lemming for this is increasing! lol. I can't wait to see more combos, hoping you will post more :D

Lindsay said...

Clarins 230 is what you find at the end of a rainbow

Jerica said...

Wow that is amazing! I love it!!! =)

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