I don't know if my Googling abilities have worsened since college or if no one's posted any swatches yet, but apart from press releases, I haven't seen much of the newer fall colors online. I know I need more American Apparels like a bullet to the brain (or polishes in general, for that matter), but some of the new shades were too much for me to resist.
... especially if one of the new shades is a lovely Tiffany-ish blue. Beteedubs, I am really sorry about my cuticles, dudes. I blame the cold weather. This always happens for a week when the weather gets cold, but after that, it's all good.
Two coats with SV.
Yup, two coats! The formula on this one erred a little bit on the thick side, but it wasn't too awful to work with. American Apparel formulas are always 50/50 with me, since I usually find the not perfect ones chalky or thick (I think it's the long-stemmed brush). This color is very bright but not quite pastel, which I also like.
I've gotten great weekend wear out of this polish. I put it on Friday night after taking off Zoya Racquel, and it's stayed on the most securely of any American Apparel polish I've worn in a while with no chipping and practically no tip wear. I credit my base coats, Instant Artificials (pink bottle) and Gelous. As for top coats, I think SV is still the best to use with American Apparels because SV will level these puppies out.
In terms of color comparison, I would say The Valley's closest relative is Orly Frisky. Frisky is brighter, while The Valley has that ever so dusty quality that American Apparel polishes carry off so well! If you missed out on Frisky, then I would say this is a great alternative. :)
The Valley is currently available at brick and mortar American Apparel locations, and online at AmericanApparel.net. Polish is still $6 a bottle and three for $15, which isn't bad at all.
So what do you think of The Valley? Was I able to twist your arms and/or wallets? I have two other new colors that I'll do my best to share before the end of this month -- you'll just have to wait and see what they are!
I wonder which valley this polish is named for. I'm assuming San Fernando, but which nickname, really? "Porn Valley" or "Silicone Valley"? Either way, it seems to suit American Apparel "sexcellently" well. ;)