This day has flown by! I have some exciting swatching to do tonight that I want to get on the blog tomorrow, so this is going to be another fast one!
Just a reminder. I always paint to opacity and then add one more coat for the macro pics. In other words, when it says I used 3 coats, you can usually achieve "in real life opacity" at 2 coats. In no particular order:
Julep Joanna - 2 coats
Joanna, I can't hear this name without thinking of Johnny Depp. Yes, I LOVE Sweeney Todd. Even before Mr Depp became Mr Todd. Back to the polish! Joanna is a delicate greyed baby blue frost. Yep, all that in a gorgeous formula. Although it is frost, it is a Julep frost, which is not overpowering and DOESN'T show brush strokes. Plus, this is two coats! You know what that means, you can get non-pic coverage with 1 coat! This almost made 1st place for me, it is so striking, yet delicate too.
|Macro to show shimmer|
Orly Pretty-Ugly - 3 coats
Nothing ugly about this blue! It is a sweet light sky blue filled with a turquoise shimmer. So gosh darn....pretty! It has a very sheer coverage, so you will probably need three coats, macro pics or not. I painted this over Orly Ridge Filler, my go to base for sheer polish as it has a milky white color to it. I have been disappointed with Orly's collections in the past, but this year they really stepped up their game and several ended up on my Faves lists.
Zoya NYX - 3 coats
After my excitement about the first OPI Liquid Sands, I was giddy with the Zoya PixieDusts! Zoya really knows how to do the pastel textured finishes. This is an almost grey polish, looking like a dusty blue in some lights and a blued grey in others. The texture is perfect, not too rough or bumpy. It is, like many of the pastel textured polishes, sheer. Although I am usually turned off by polishes that need multiple coats, this one is totally worth it! It also layers very easily.
Superchic Lacquer Funnel Cloud - 3 coats.
You may not know about this yet, but I have a total obsession with copper. I have sooo many copper polishes in my stash. Is it any wonder, then, that I love this steel blue pastel filled with a slight shimmer and different sizes of copper glitter? No, of course not. This was in Wonder Beauty's Tornado Alley collection and I own almost the whole collection, but this has to be my favorite. It isn't green enough to replicate a weathered copper statute, but it does bring it to mind. All of the Tornado Alley collection can be found at Wonder Beauty's Etsy shop HERE.
Time for the #1 light blue of 2013! These pics make me cringe! Once again, I should have reswatched this beauty, but ain't nobody got time for that! Look at those cuticles! You've come a long way, baby! This blue is a stand alone in my stash. Jenna describes it as a pastel burple, and I would have to agree with that description. I would also describe it as a greyed neon cornflower blue. Yep, that's it! It is filled with translucent matte white flakies. I get a lot of compliments on the polishes I wear, but this was the one EVERYONE noticed and commented on! I must this one again soon! Jenna is one of my favorite indie polish makers as so much of what inspires her inspires me! You can find her Etsy store HERE. I just got some from her Baker Street collection and hope to have them on the blog in the next week....along with everything else I hope to have up this week!
I have one more thing for you today....an Honorable Mention.
LVX Celeste - 3 coats
As I was selecting the light blues, Celeste was edged out, only because it is a creme. Yet I felt the list needed a creme. Just because I have a penchant for different finishes, doesn't mean that the creme should be left out! So I give you my first Honorable Mention. It won't be the last one! Celeste is a pale celeste blue. Yes, there is such a thing. Google it if you don't believe me! Once again, this is LVX creme perfection, fully deserving of its honorable place!
I have used some of these in nail art, but am in too much of a rush to add them now. Let me know if you want links and I can add them later! Thanks for looking and commenting!