Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Pink Wednesday: Pretty Serious Cosmetics CGA

In case you missed Monday's egregiously late Skinny Dipping post, you missed a major giveaway announcement: Anna and I are giving away 4 of our favorite nude polishes to one lucky reader on August 31! Click [HERE] for contest rules and the Rafflecopter form. :)

Now, I'm preeeeeeeeetty sure Pink Wednesday nail posts are no longer A Thing these days, but indulge me. Today, I've got a polish I've been attempting to blog for two months. Say hello to Pretty Serious CGA!

Three coats with SV.

Sadly, CGA is another case of Like, But Not Love. It's the color. I should have gone with my gut instinct and skipped it -- if I wasn't in love with it on Scrangie, how was I going to love it on me? LOL. The magenta/orchid tones of this polish realllllllly kind of blends in with my skin tone and makes me look dead, which I am not crazy about (in that sense, it reminded me of my warped bottle of Orly Frolic). That really gave me a sad, because CGA is the third polish from Hello World that I didn't quite love on me. Ladies, I have to say that I adore the motif of the collection. I'm not an out and out computer/tech geek (I mean, I remember going to Babbage's with my dad, I used to love Jonny Lee Miller in "Hackers" so much that it defied sense, and the summer before ninth grade, I read this book called The Cuckoo's Egg, which, LOVE -- and not just for the chocolate chip cookie recipe in the footnotes), but I totally cackled when I saw the names of everything in the collection because it was all too perfect. This polish is no exception. The cyan? turquoise? aqua? shimmer against the magenta *is* CGA in nail polish. Google "cga graphics" if you don't know what the heck I'm spazzing about.

Oh, and the formula was great. I think it was opaque in two coats, but don't quote me on this because I don't remember. (Sorry!) Some of my Pretty Serious polishes tend to be on the gummy side, like my RBL shimmers can get, but I've never had a problem with them. They go on the nail very easily and dry quickly, which I always appreciate.

CGA was from the Pretty Serious debut collection, Hello World! from the late spring? early summer? of 2012. (You guys. That was TWO YEARS AGO, WHAT EVEN?) Although ANYWAY, if you're interested in picking up CGA, it's being discontinued from the core line, so hop over to the Pretty Serious shop and grab it while it's $4.95. I don't remember whether I got this off a blog/Storenvy sale or directly from the Pretty Serious clearance sale, but I know I didn't have this polish before May of this year. (Steff, maybe you would like this one? Let me know!)

Any thoughts on CGA? What was the last color that didn't quite work on you? Did you ever watch "Hackers" back in the day? I'd love to know! It's sooooooooooooo terrible, but JLM was kind of darkly dreamy in the '90s (can we talk about "Trainspotting"? Or, even though it was 2009, his Mr. Knightley in "Emma"? MY GOD).

Oh, and don't forget to enter our Skinny Dipping giveaway! ;) Again, there's a link at the beginning of this post, as well as on the sidebar of this blog. Now you know.

Thanks for reading! I'm trying to finish up with a post for Friday, but we'll have to see -- I'm not in a great mood today, so I don't know if I'm going to feel like blogging when I get home from work. Ugh, is it Saturday yet?????


  1. This color is GORGEOUS. That shimmer is really putting me over the edge. I may have to scoop it up, before it's gone!

  2. I am a totally clueless. What does CGA stand for? Love this polish by the way. I also live in Virginia.

  3. This one has been sitting in my untrieds since, um, 2012, probably. Viscous Vampire from Pretty Serious' first Halloween collection was one that I was super excited about based both on swatches and how it looked in the bottle, but once I had it on, I was like "ehhhhh." Not sure why. Sparkly red polishes are generally right in my wheelhouse.

  4. I like this. I think I would like it more if the shimmer was a bit more prominent and if the base color was a bit more magenta/less lilac.

  5. OMG, Hackers! I was obsessed with Angelina's blue polish and had such a hard time finding any. I think I eventually found a blue Bon Bon that I used up within a week.

    Also, CGA. I like it on you, but I understand it can be a difficult shade of pink. The shimmer in this is what makes me swoon.


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