Despite March's arrival and the impending spring season (golly, that sounds not unlike a threat), I continue craving vampy shades. After wearing old favorite OPI LPAD recently, I want to wear them all the time!
China Glaze's Rodeo Diva collection was an epic fall collection of yore (if you consider 2008 "yore"), and I have quite a few favorites from it. But I've come to find that blackened shimmers
are very hit or miss on me, and Midnight Ride is one of those misses. It's smexy all right, but like collection mate Gussied Up Green ... it's just not me.
That -- and the lack of sun -- sure as shit didn't stop me from taking an f-ton of pictures, though. LOOK AT THAT GLOW.
Three coats with SV.
This is a lovely blackened shade with extremely subtle purple, plummy, eggplant shimmer. I really must stress that it looks black most of the time. I wish the shimmer was brighter and that this was less blackened -- I don't know how to explain it, but OPI Black Cherry Chutney and FingerPaints Just Plum Fun are more my speed. But if you're looking for a vampy with a twist, all of these shades are great choices.
I suspect the shimmer in this polish is why it applied so wonderfully! It wasn't too thick or too thin, and didn't streak or pool. Because the China Glaze brush is smaller compared to OPI's Pro Wide or even most Sally Hansen brushes, it's easy to control the polish. Dry time was good on this one, too. It's opaque at two thin-medium coats, but three is the norm for me.
You can find Midnight Ride and others from the Rodeo Diva collection online at sites like Head2Toe, on eBay, Amazon and probably at dusties and salons that sell China Glaze. I swapped for it on MUA two years ago, so you might be able to find it that way, or also through blog sales.
I really wanted to like it since it's such a crowd favorite, so I'm a little sad panda about it. --Not too sad, though, because I have four other Rodeo Divas that I found MUCH more to my liking! Don't hold your breath, but I'm hoping I can feature them before fall 2012 arrives. :)