I don't remember what else I responded with, only that I started singing my praises about China Glaze Paper Chasing, saying she HAD TO try it ... and then a stash swap was born. We picked three from each other's stashes but between her classes and my general job/life crazy, we didn't have the time to do this properly until recently. (The answer is YOU MAKE THE TIME.)
This was the first one I knew I wanted to borrow! It's actually more flattering on the nail than you'd think. (Edited to say that today = National Cleavage Day. Yeah ... it's a thing. Also, LMAO.)
Note: These photos were taken after two days of wear. My nails looked pretty horrific right after I painted them, so I went to bed and then didn't have the time to do pictures when I woke up.
Four coats with SV. Yes, four.
As we all know by now, Load is an off-white shade (creamy or not creamy? DISCUSS) that carries a bit of yellow in it. I didn't think it was really that white until I put it next to one of the palest yellows I have. It's more like the off-white of, say, a kitchen appliance.
L-R: LeChat Dare to Wear Rue St. Vincent, Illamasqua Load, American Apparel Butter
Normally, Illamasqua's formulas are thin and wonderful and require two coats. Of course, this being a pastel, there were some ... complications. Load was streaky and uncooperative as all hell. Jacqui said I could thin it if I had to, but I get really weird about messing with other people's stuff, you know? I'm not sure if it was my top coat, but I got little fuzzies and stuff on my nail, too. It dries kind of lumpy, but use a self-leveling top coat -- it'll be fine in a few hours. All in all, I liked the final result on me and I would not be surprised if this polish jumped into my next Sephora cart! Thanks, Jacqui!
Load was part of last February's Throb collection from Illamasqua. It's currently available in the U.S. at Sephora.com. That link should take you right to Sephora's Illamasqua nail varnish page.
And here's a bonus picture with my favorite soda at the moment. (That's "Psych" Season Four on DVD in the background, whaaaaaaaaat? I'm not sure why I have the sudden need to catch up on this show for serious ...)
So what do you think of Load? Illamasqua names, God love 'em? Stash swaps? Stay tuned next week for my other two picks!
Any exciting plans for this weekend? A local high school is putting on "Little Shop of Horrors" and my parents and I are planning to go tomorrow night. They have never heard of this play or seen the movie before, so I might have more fun watching their reactions to things than watching the play. My parents are too busy to take in a good deal of pop culture, and it's fallen on me to be an ambassador, so to speak.