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I don't know what it is about January that makes me want to break out icy blues and greys. While the winter in Virginia hasn't been as harsh as it's been at this time in previous years, every now and then the wind carries quite a bit of a bite!
I picked this polish up over the summer at Ulta, but something about the word "polar" made me want to wear it now. (It also makes me want to give a polar bear a Coke, but I'm always like that.)
Please pay attention to the bottle of polish in these pictures.
Two coats with SV.
OH MY GOD, this bottle reeked to high heaven. To be exact, it was closer to that B3FULL smell than it was to a bottle of something that is very blue and very pigmented (SH XW Pacific Blue, China Glaze Frostbite). You know that smell? Yeah. Ugh.
The formula was kind of weird. It went on easily, which was strange considering its thickness and how it dried kind of lumpy/bumpy with this gummy, semi-matte finish (until I slapped on top coat, of course).
And do you see the silver shimmer and "specks" of glitter in the bottle? NONE OF THAT came out to play. The shimmer ends up extremely subtle on the nail, and the glitter never really happens outside of the bottle. That was kind of disappointing -- if I'm gonna put on something with glitter, I expect to be rewarded for taking that chance! I wonder if the glitter is to blame for some of the weirdness with the formula. I think this polish was great in concept, but majorly failed to execute.
But it must be said that Polar Sea Ice had two redeeming factors, mainly the amazing wear! I don't know if that's a credit to Piggy Polish's whole "specially formulated for feet" tack, but my nails looked really great for three days -- very minimal tip wear with showers and glove-less dishwashing. I think wear alone might convince me to hang on to this polish for a little longer.
Also, the color is tremendously gorgeous, even without the shimmer. It falls in with other similarly-colored polishes like Sephora by OPI Slushied and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Brisk Blue. I think it would look good on just about anyone (unless you're a Smurf, and then ... eh), and it even matches one of my favorite pairs of Pumas.
Piggy Polish can be found at Ulta for $7.50 (and at Chatters for you Canadian gals). However, this shade was clearanced at Ulta in recent months -- but it's available to order on the Piggy Polish website for $9. I'm pretty sure it was a core shade at Ulta for a while, and according to the PP site, Polar Sea Ice was part of their On the Bright Side collection, though it's unclear as to when that was originally released.
Thoughts on this polish, or Piggy Polish in general? I'd love to hear them!
Anyone up to anything good this weekend? I'm off to watch the Met Opera's Live in HD broadcast of "The Enchanted Island" this afternoon. My inner fuddy-duddy can totally get down with some baroque music, and I pre-gamed by watching Julie Taymor's "Tempest" last night, so I'm riding on that high. (I absolutely LOVED "Titus" -- I wish she and Kenneth Branagh could just take turns helming and cranking out Shakespeare adaptations. I might actually like "Romeo & Juliet" if she did it!)