In the process, Madeline and I had a discussion about power colors. It turns out my power color is ALL THE COLORS, but I had her choose between this Illamasqua and Essie In the Cabana.
It also turns out that I had an okay time up north. The trip was much too short for my liking and Shark Week had me looking like a "melted candle" (my dad's words), but my aunt was delighted with her party, I got to see my cousins and their babies, and I only cried once in front of my aunties, so ... gold star for me.
Pictures first, and then I will tell you why I'd give this polish a silver star instead of a gold one.
Three coats with SV.
Lovely color, no? On that alone, it'd get a gold star. This green is bright and saturated without becoming a neon, and walks the line between mint and jade (depending on your lighting, it could go either way).
Other reasons Illamasqua Nomad would get a gold star:
- I got SO MANY compliments on this mani, oh my God.
- I wore this for four days with no chips, only minimal tip wear. This hasn't happened to me with an Illamasqua, ever -- I usually get a chip by Day Three.
- That color, though!
Reasons Nomad gets a silver star instead:
- It might be something about the pigment, but it dries to a near-matte finish, so the formula is a little thick and you have to work a little quickly with it, meaning you don't have too much time to cover up mistakes.
- As a result, it didn't level too well, before *or* after SV. (Keep in mind, I was polishing at nearly 1 a.m.)
- LOOK AT THAT MESS near my free edges! This is typical of pastels, but SV can work only so many miracles, apparently.
- It took a tad bit longer to dry completely than it should've.
- I've heard Essie First Timer is supposed to be a close dupe with an even better formula. I don't have a bottle, but I might get one the next time I have money to blow on polish.
But really, I like the color too much to be bothered by a silver star ranking. Nomad was released late last spring/early summer as part of Illamasqua's Human Fundamentalism collection. You can pick it up at Sephora for $17 ... or you can grab Essie First Timer if you'd rather save nine bucks. Up to you, dudes.
So that was my power color for the weekend, out of which two other great things came: My sister and I got made fun of by a cousin for drinking PBR at a party (RVA, represent). The other thing was that we discovered an adorable Canadian magazine my aunt had taken down to NY with her, Chatelaine. Maybe it was the lack of sleep and my predisposition to say "we can't have nice things in 'Murica," but ... I kind of want a subscription now. My aunt lives in Montreal and she is who I want to be when I am older and fabulous and very, very eligible.
Sorry this post was like, 5x the TMI than the usual, but ... have I mentioned I'm a hot mess? (Or that I have to be at work in 20 minutes?) I'd love to hear about your power colors, though, so tell me what they are!
Over and out.