Anyway, now that I'm feeling a little better, it's time for a blog post! :)
Sixteen years ago today, my favorite Madonna album was released. Many wonderful albums came out in 1998, and yes, Madonna has decades of hits to her name, but ... "Ray of Light" is my shit. The album AND the Lippmann polish.
Three? Four? coats with SV.
I wasn't able to capture the color shift of the iridescent flakes as they went from red-orange to green-blue, but it's there. Trust. They really pop against the indigo jelly base!
I hadn't heard the greatest things about Ray of Light's formula, so I was expecting the worst. Instead, I found it to be very easy to work with. Yes, because it's jelly-based, you're going to need at least three coats for opacity; I know there are people who like to layer Ray of Light over cremes, but I think that takes away from the dimensionality of the flakes. I can't remember whether I used three or four coats here (I tend to get excited with flakies, so I pile those mofos ON); whatever I did, it dried smoothly with SV and the flakie effect was BEAUTIFUL.
Ray of Light was part of Deborah Lippmann's "3D Holographic" duo from Spring 2012, so it's been around a while. HAHAHAHAHA. "Holographic." I'm starting to think that the beauty industry has no idea how to use the internet, because ... NOPE. We all know this -- and Lippmann Sweet Dreams -- is a flakie! Ray of Light goes from $19 to $20 at most stores. However, I scored my bottle at the end of 2012 in an awesome HSN deal where Lippmanns were either half off? $8? It was a sweet deal. That's all I know. I also know there is? was? an Urban Outfitters dupe of this polish, but the formula is quite fussy, so perhaps the UO polish is worth looking into if you don't want to plunk down cash for a Lippmann. (EDITED 3/6/14: If you'd like to, check out the other nail goodies offered at HSN [here]. This is not an affiliate link, so shop away!)
In conclusion, YES.
Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you guys again this week! We'll see what happens between the snow, sicky times, and work. It'll be interesting.