Sometimes polishes that look identical in the bottle do NOT look the same on the nail! Today’s art is the story of two similar polishes that shine differently. Both are “black” holos…yet neither is black!
Honestly, I have wanted a REAL black linear holo for a while. I don’t think I will ever find it. However, both Fated Prince by A England and Black Diamond by Darling Diva appeared very close to black, and both were linear holo polishes! So, I decided to pair them with two random colors that looked good, light purple (Royalty Reinvented by L’Oreal) and teal (I Need A Refresh Mint by Wet n’ Wild).
Both “black” polishes are grey. They are darn similar in the bottle:
But are NOT similar on the nail! Fated Prince is a very dark grey polish with fine scattered holo particles. Unlike my other 3 A England polishes which only need one coat, Fated Prince required two. It dries to a nice shiny finish. It was incredibly easy to control and dried quickly, but (as you can see on my thumb) is not as great for stamping as the other holos from A England. Black Diamond is a medium grey polish with a scattered holo effect, that dries to a satin finish. I used two coats but could have gotten away with one. This polish dries incredibly fast.
I think the holo effect in the two polishes is similar. They both look silvery in normal lighting and have a true rainbow of colors in sunlight. I stamped over them with BM 207, a weird stamp that I had been wanting to try just to see what would happen! I liked it, but wanted a bit more of a color contrast so I added the teal dots.
On my thumb, I started with a purple base. I then painted a thin layer of Fated Prince followed by Black Diamond onto the stamping plate and tried to transfer it. It worked! Which is to say that Fated Prince is dark enough to be visible because it is being primed against the more opaque Black Diamond. Pretty cool!
These two holos make me want to do a greyscale holo ombre. I’ll have to put one together! I think overall that I like the color of Fated Prince better (I do prefer dark colors), but the ease of application and drying time of Black Diamond just cannot be beat. What do you think? And was anyone else shocked at how different they look on the nail?