Saturday, July 21, 2012

Full-on Monet? As if!: Hard Candy Sky (2010 rerelease)

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Did you know that yesterday, July 20, marks the 17th year since the release of "Clueless," one of the best '90s teen flicks ever (or simply one of the best '90s movies)? You didn't? Well, there ya go.

I was a strange little thing and didn't actually watch the movie until 2008. I KNOW. Oh sure, I'd watched the TV series and I recognized a movie quote when I heard one, but there's something about watching the original source material for myself that I really enjoy. Apparently I enjoyed this movie enough to buy it on DVD not too long after that.




RIP, Brittany Murphy.


Before she advocated a "kind" lifestyle (read her post on her favorite nail polish brands -- maybe you'll see one of your favorite brands on her list) and feeding her baby boy the way birds feed their babies, Alicia Silverstone was a teen movie darling. Supposedly she's responsible for Hard Candy's popularity in the '90s as a result of telling David Letterman about her nail polish, Sky, when she was on his show. I don't remember this happening because I was, you know, NINE, but the mid- to late- '90s was when Hard Candy really blew up as a brand. Apparently you could only buy it at fancy establishments such as Nordstrom, Sephora, and other boutiques.

And then it kind of went away until 2009, when Hard Candy began distributing and selling its cosmetic line at Walmart. Sky wasn't added to the new polish lineup until 2010, which is pretty insane when you realize that this is probably one of the most popular Hard Candy products, if not THE quintessential Hard Candy product.




Four coats with SV. Trust me, that is not as bad it sounds. For me, that was definitely worth the trouble. More on this in a sec.









And this is why clean-up is so important, ladies. Don't ask me why I was polishing like a three-year-old, but I think this picture does capture the blue shimmery flash rather well.




Sky is a gorgeous light sky/baby blue stark pastel polish with a blue shimmer that reads more like a flash both on the nail and in the bottle. (Oh yes ... it translates.) The only thing with the shimmer is that it's pretty subtle, yet it still manages to pop against the starkness of the base color. That's what makes this polish unique, I think.

As with every other pastel known to man, the formula on this polish was not a fun time. I honestly believe you could get this good and opaque with three thin-medium coats, but I used super thin coats and three did not cut it, hence four. I used SV for its self-leveling magic, and while I did get some slight shrinkage, it wore pretty well for the three days I had it on. For a pastel, I won't complain. I got fantastic wear with Hard Candy Frenzy (five days) -- it's really too bad there are only a handful of Hard Candy polishes left now, because I had a good wear time experience with them!

Sky was one of the colors that made the cut when Hard Candy thinned down their core polishes in the past year. You can find it at Walmart for $4 and it even comes with a little plastic ring around the cap, too. (I can't wear it because I have short widdle sausage fingers. I'm pretty sure I'm a size 9? 10?, which stinks, because the ring is cute.) As for the original Sky, it's become quite the collector's item. There are a few floating around on eBay, but I can't speak to the authenticity of those bottles.

There are no dupes to this polish that I know of -- Chanel Riva does not even come close. There are a few comparisons of these two polishes on various blogs, and Riva really is a pinch dustier than Sky. But because Riva was a limited edition Chanel and is htf now, I would suggest you grab Sky unless you're really a Chanel collector. I haven't decided which of the two is staying in my stash, so I'll have to think about it for a bit.

In short, let me sum up how I feel about this polish.




Okay, maybe I'm a little more enthusiastic. But only a little, only because, as I mentioned earlier, I'm trying to decide between this and Riva. I really don't NEED both of those polishes.

Does the prospect of four coats of a pastel polish deter you from trying the new Sky? Is it a little sad when a brand goes from being sold at exclusive designer boutiques to being sold en masse at Walmart?

Have you ever seen "Clueless"? Any favorite quotes? Do you prefer Jane Austen's Emma, the inspiration behind this movie? Most importantly, do you think Paul Rudd simply benefits from good genes, or that he made a deal with the devil in exchange for aging flawlessly? --Not as flawlessly as Stacey Dash, of course. Daaaaaaaaaaayum, woman. She looks AMAZING.

23 comments:

  1. I don't need both Riva and Sky either BUT I HAVE THEM :D

    Funnily enough, I watched this for the first time in college. I probably wouldn't have understood it at nine years old anyway, knowing me.

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    1. NO NO TELL ME I ONLY NEED ONE, THERE CAN BE ONLY ONEEEEEEEEEEE.

      I think I would've gotten it at 9, but the Emma references would have been lost on me. I think I watched the Gwyneth version of "Emma" and was bored.

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  2. I really love power blue on others - but on me, it looks horrible. So odd as I can wear powder blue clothing. I keep trying different polishes thinking it's the white in the mix that is too chalky and making my hands look horrible - cuticles that are fine look red and ragged and hands look puffy and red. I can wear cornflower blue and periwinkle blues.

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    1. Yeah, skin tones and color compatibility is such a weird thing. Periwinkle blue clothing is OK on me but nail polish is such a crapshoot sometimes.

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  3. I think Sky is really pretty. I've seen it before at Walmart, but I've never felt like I HAD to get it. Maybe I'll give it a shot one day though.

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    1. Yeah! Do it! For $4, you can totally justify that purchase! /enabler

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  4. He's a disco-dancing, Oscar Wilde-reading, Streisand ticket-holding, friend of Dorothy, you know what I'm sayin'?
    Uh-uh, no way. Not even.
    Yes even! He's gay!

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    1. Christian had a thing for Tony Curtis so he brought over "Some Like it Hot" and "Sporadicus."

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  5. Definitely have gotten into a fight with my boyfriend (about Free Pancake Day at IHOP) and yelled "YOU'RE A VIRGIN WHO CAN'T DRIVE" because what better last words are there?

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    1. Howling at Free Pancake Day. What in all heck were you even fighting about?!?

      As far as last words go, I also enjoy "I say good day" from Fez on "That '70s Show."

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    2. We were running errands and, as we were in the car, I said, "Let's go to Free Pancake Day at IHOP!" And he said, "No, I hate IHOP. And it'll be crowded." (This is a lie. We have gone to IHOP several times in the duration of our relationship.) Naturally, I was upset because free pancakes and it may have featured me saying, "I CAN'T BE WITH SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T VALUE THE SAME THINGS THAT I DO." Meaning free pancakes. It was not my most righteous anger.

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  6. oooh I LOVE this!!! Going on my lemmings list!! Usually anything that requires 4 coats steers me away unless they're as beautiful as this one!!!

    I've seen "Clueless" before, it used to be one of my fav movies!! I love it when she looks in her "moving" closet and all the skirts look the same LOL =))

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    1. W00t! And sometimes I wish I had an outfit generator for my closet, too. :)

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  7. "As if" And thank you for making me feel really old! God 17 years ago-yikes dude

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    1. LMAO I think I was more concerned with Disney, "ER" and PBS. I was such a dorky kid.

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  8. Haha Paul Rudd is just one of those lucky people that never age. Never. I mean, this movie came out when I was so young. He looks the frikin same! Impossible! This is sorcery!

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    1. Stacey Dash, too! Can you believe she was in her late 20s when she was in "Clueless"? She's 46 now and she's smokin'! I hope I look half as good as she does when I'm her age.

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  9. Would you look at that body language? Legs crossed towards each other. That's an unequivocal sex invite.

    OMG I can't believe Clueless is 17. *creys*

    Also...I totally had Sky and it was a total shit show on my fingers. Sweet Talker will work for me.

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    1. THANK YOU for reminding me about Sweet Talker! I keep forgetting I have it! Will have to take that one out for a trot. :)

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  10. Clueless is one of my most fav movies ever! There was a guy in undergrad who we called Monet (behind his back of course). lol

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    1. LMAO that's awesome! I code name guys all the time but that's just great.

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  11. Clueless was my favorite movie when I was younger! I remember everyone at my school wearing Cher's style. I was not lucky enough to get Sky back then because my mom would only let me wear clear nail polish! If only my 12 year old self would know how much polish I'd have in the future.

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    1. We had older family friends who saw this movie wayyyyyy before I did, so for a while I didn't know what I was missing even though I loved the TV show. LOL isn't hindsight something? I think this is what my mom gets after not letting me wear it for forever.

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