You also might know about the kerfluffle with Sinful Colors using bloggers' photos in their promotional pamphlets a few weeks ago. I'll comment on that at the end of this post, but I want you to know that this will not prevent me from posting about the other Sinfuls in my collection. I haven't bought any since then, though that's partly due to Low Buy (For My Life) 2012.
So, Olympia. This was a late purchase for me because I already had Essie Navigate Her, which is widely considered to be a close dupe for this color and vice versa (read Karen's Olympia and Navigate Her comparison). But in all fairness, it's not like $1.99 would've set me TOO far back. Also, my friend Madeline lives in Olympia, WA and considers this color to be reminiscent of green tea ice cream -- which I also love -- so there's that.
Three coats with SV. Sorry for the tip wear. I didn't have time to take photos by the time this had dried to my satisfaction, so I had to wait a few hours ... a few hours that included the task of washing dishes (I know, I need to get new gloves).
I'd read that the formula on this polish was not so fun to work with, and it really wasn't. As with any pastel, it was thick and a little streaky, and I needed to use three coats to get this to look halfway decent. I used SV as a top coat in the hopes that this pastel would level out and dry a little faster. It did, but it was slow going for me -- another reminder that Olympia is one of those "YMMV" (your mileage may vary) polishes, for sure.
The color payoff was worth it, though! I love these light, almost pistachio shades so much because they're more wearable on me than some mints. I'm on the second day of wearing this polish as this post goes up, so let's see how many days it will take me until I crack or this chips. EDITED TO ADD: I wore this for four days -- no chips and only a little bit of tip wear. I could have kept this on all week, but my nails had grown out and it was irking me!
Olympia was part of Sinful's Cast Away collection that was out this spring at Wags and RiteAid. I bought four other Cast Aways and I have no promises as to when exactly I'll be posting THOSE, so let's shoot for before April 2013. That collection was like catnip to me ... I had a minor Greco-Roman mythology obsession when I was 10. I was home-schooled that year, and the curriculum was fantastic -- I honestly think I learned more about art history, literature (I read an abridged version of Lorna Doone), and European history than other sixth-graders in my area.
As for the hubbub over Sinful Colors using uncredited and edited bloggers' photos in their display pamphlets, I didn't know this had happened until I saw the small uproar online within the nail blogging community. The thing is, I didn't bother reading the pamphlets because I don't do nail art and I tend to skip over most nail art-related things (more for you!). Briefly, here's what I have to say.
- I think it was a bad move on Sinful's part. On some level, someone had to know what he/she was doing, because I'm pretty sure Jeanette and Mary had watermarks on their photos and those were edited out of the pamphlets. It's their work. What's more, the polishes both ladies used in said photos weren't even Sinful polishes! As a fledgling blogger, I think that kind of move from a company not only is dishonest but also devalues our hobby. But Revlon has issued an apology and the pamphlets have been removed, so that's a good start to reparations.
- I don't know that boycotting Sinful Colors would have made an impact outside of the nail blogging community. I know that there are infinitely more nail blogs out now than there were say, three years ago, but the rest of the world and the majority of Sinful shoppers have no knowledge about something like this.
Moving on and wrapping this up ...
Did you buy Olympia, Navigate Her, or both? Now you know what I think re: the Sinful "controversy," so does anyone else care to share some late thoughts?
What about the Olympics, now that they're over? I don't want to be TOO harsh in the unlikely event that I return to the television industry, but wow. WOW. NBC's coverage of the Games overall was good for their ratings, but in the future, I think the network needs to come up with a better way of televising events that occurred and were streamed earlier in the day. Since we know how these things turned out, it makes no sense to pretend to air them in real time. And did anyone else find some of the commentators and interviewers just awful? (Also ... how do you have a London opening ceremony without a Doctor Who reference ANYWHERE? I just want to know.)
At least we got this meme out of the Olympics ...
source: mckayla is not impressed
What about Olympic/Olympian nail art? Are you over it? (I'm over it.) I'm not much for sports***, so I was just happy that a couple of native Virginians came to London and medaled (namely, Gabby Douglas and Kellie Wells), and that Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jennings won their third gold. USA, USA.
***After flunking a test on volleyball in seventh grade, I decided any sport was beyond my comprehension. A friend from a former job was going to help me find an NFL team to root for, but he left before we got to do that.