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Yellorange Rise Marble

Yellow and orange? Check. Topographical map stamp? Check. Water marble? Sure why not! In summary I have no idea where I was going with this nail art but it ended up somewhere at least! The base is a yellow-orange thermal but it was weirdly warm and I could not get the darn thing to stay orange long enough to get a photo! Oh well :-p

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Colors:
~ Yellow/orange glitter thermal: POP Polish – Leaves of Gold
~ Yellow: OPI – Never a Dulles Moment
~ Orange: OPI – Freedom of Peach
~ Dark orange: Essie – Playing Koi
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: BPX geometry – L020

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Short and sweet, mostly because this is more strange than pretty. Hopefully I will have some better nail art for you later this week! Hope you enjoyed!

Orange Snake

This is a bit of an odd manicure. I wanted to show of my new thermal a polish, but I may have gone a little overboard? The design was cool, but the thermal polish is hardly the star of the show with so much else going on!

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What you see here are three thin coats of POP Polish Leaves of Gold. This polish is overwhelmingly filled with flakies. Tons of flakies. Swimming in them. The polish color is a bright yellow (almost a green) when warm, which turns into a bright orange-red when cool. The flakies show up more distinctly in the yellow state but are obviously also very visible when orange. The color shift was easy, but not as dramatic as I expected despite the colors being quite different! For me, the polish mostly sat in a pale-orange state.

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The design was made by stamping with the snake stamp, and then grabbing a red jelly polish and just coloring in part of the design. There is a part of me that wishes I had also added some gold, but that would have been even MORE distracting!

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Colors:
~ Orange flakie thermal: POP Polish – Leaves of Gold
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black of Black
~ Red glitter: Zoya – Aphrodite
~ Stamp: Moyra – 32 Nature

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Hope you enjoyed! I think this should be the last thermal post till Fall, there isn’t much color shifting happening in the summer!

Golden Hoops on Red

I feel like this is a very descriptive title. And I feel like this mani would have been boring…if not for the fact that the red base is a thermal! I didn’t bother trying to catch all the color shifting, since this is an old one that you guys have seen before. BUT, I did capture it how it existed 90% of the time: as a gradient!

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This was basically just me having fun with thermal polish and a swoopy stamp. Of course, I used gold, because what else does one use with red? As a result it accidentally came out Christmas-y!

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Colors:
~ Red thermal: Bow Polish – Hex
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: Moyra – 54 Matrix

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So, super simple for today. Hope you enjoyed!

Starlight

It turns out that thermal polishes are only intended to be good for 6 months…so all of my beautiful thermals are becoming less shift-y! Which clearly means I just need to use them more. It also means I wish my favorite brands would stop releasing thermals because I don’t want to buy things that stop working 😦

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This was my trial with my shiftiest thermal, a clear-to-black with scattered holo shards, that used to have a darn impressive color range. The base here is actually a holographic blue-grey, but once I put the thermal top coat over it most of the color just went grey. This top coat used to be almost entirely see-through, and I am sad about this change! However, the shift is still VERY prominent so I am ok with it.

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I think I want to try stamping with this polish at some point? I don’t know if it is quite opaque enough even in cold/black form but I am curious! Now I just need to plan up things to do with the other…6 or so…thermal polishes that I own. Two others are already shift-less 😦 (but luckily for both I liked the cold color better, which is where they stayed).

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Colors:
~ Blue: Milani – Cyberspace
~ Grey/Black shift: Bow Polish – Black Thermo Top Coat
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamps: BPX – L020, BM – 206, 607

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Happy Friday! Next week is one of my last required classes for medical school, and our “rank list” goes in for where we want to go for residency. Mine has been in for about two weeks already, but I will certainly be double-checking! And I will be fleeing to Hawaii on my much-delayed honeymoon for two weeks after that, so I will be pre-posting. 😀

Clouds and Stars

Another adventure in thermal polish! I was going to do another hills-and-sky thing, but since the thermal I used goes from grey to black (it is supposed to be clear to black; I really should get over my paranoia and add a single coat rather than two over the base color and see if I can get it to show instead of just grey), but the color scheme ended up different so I made a night sky instead!

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The clouds are one thermal polish and the background is a different one. I didn’t think the blue of the clouds stood out enough against the grey, so I added a dark purple boarder. Funnily enough, when the nails are in their coldest state, the purple border on the clouds is actually LIGHTER than the clouds themselves! Triple thermals are awesome.

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I did try to make a moon peeking out behind the clouds, but it mostly just looks like a messed up star. That said, the stars came out quite nicely!

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I don’t have much else to say about this mani. I feel like I had high hopes and was somewhat disappointed. I should have just gone with my second choice and made a rainy day with raindrops and the clouds! Oh well.

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Hope you enjoyed!

Black Hills by Moonlight

As it turns out, thermal polish is only intended to change color for 6-12 months after you buy it! So, I need to get to using my pretty thermal polishes before they are relegated to regular polish!

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This is supposed to be hills by daylight and moonlight in warm and cold respectively. Oddly, the blue color looks wonderfully bright in direct light…and rather dingy at all other times. So mostly this just looks like different levels of light pollution at night :-p

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I did end up trying to make the sun turn dark and look like a moon…but that REALLY didn’t work, so I just re-painted that part. Whoops!

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I didn’t bother listing all the polishes that I used, since there were a few in there. The base color (the one that changes color) is Winds of Change by Bow Polish. I am glad I kept the mani in the periwinkle family at least!

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The really cold/dark version of this mani might have been my favorite, but it was warm enough out when I wore this that I seldom saw the dark purple! The light blue was also pretty…but by painting my tips black it made it hard to see any actual gradient!

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Regardless, I hope you enjoyed! Do any of you guys have a favorite thermal mani that I should use for inspiration?

Rainbow Swirl to Black

Time for a jelly rainbow mani! I have a second one coming up shortly as well, but this one is a bit more…neon…and since Monday’s post was more dark-and-elegant I decided it was time for colors! Also, I got to use my favorite auto-nail-art polish, the black thermal top coat from Bow polish.

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I started with two coats of white creme, then two coats of the thermal polish, then I painted on the rainbow jellies and finally the swirly stamp. When cold, all you can really see is a hint of color over the holo flakes within the thermal top coat…but when it is warm the whole rainbow comes alive!

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On my accent nails, I did two coats of Zoya Storm (which I also don’t wear enough!), then a stamp (I tried to do a gradient rainbow stamp, but the colors I used didn’t work well over black and mostly appeared as a pastel version of themselves….which is not what I was going for). I ended up going over the stamp with the same jelly polishes I used on the rest of my nails, and it looked so cool! You can see the slight tinge of color overlaying the holo flakes in Storm, in addition to the color over the stamped pattern.

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I think if I had to do this over, I would make all the nails look like my accent nails. I love the thermal polish, but I think the revealed rainbows might be a bit…much. Still awesome, but honestly more colorful than I was expecting!

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What do you guys think, black holo+rainbow on top, or hidden rainbow revealed by warm? I ended up really loving the almost-cold state, where you could barely see the colors peaking through, but it was hard to get that to last without going bright or dark!

Cold Winds

I wanted to do some bare trees in the winter…with a sunset-like color changing background. Ta-da! I just need to remind myself never to paint trees again. It takes too darn long!

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The base color is a triple-color thermal polish called Winds of Change by Bow Polish. Winds of Change is a complicated polish: it is a light blue-grey when warm, a magenta when medium-cold, and a dark purple when cold. It has a nice smattering of holo shards in it as well. The polish takes 3 coats to be opaque in its lightest color (the warm blue-grey), and dries matte without top coat. All my images are with top coat. I really like all three of the colors it turns to…although it is warm enough in my apartment that I had to keep dunking my fingers in cold water to show the shift!

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I ended up taking a LOT of photos. I’ve tried to include ones that show the full range of colors…either with all three on the nail, or at least the darker two (since the blue is visible in almost every photo). Sometimes my warming-up nails after I dunked them in cold water looked really goofy (they warmed in a radial pattern from the middle of my nail…so the trees looked like they were growing into a vortex).

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I do wish I had left more of Winds of Change showing…I certainly will next time! I like the trees, but they ended a bit denser than I planned. Also, in retrospect, I should have posted these before the snow passed, since it is now spring time and these are snowy trees!

Colors
~ Blue/Purple thermal: Bow – Winds of Change
~ Black: Wet n’ Wild – Black Creme
~ White: Wet n’ Wild – French White Creme

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Hope you enjoyed! Friday’s mani is much simpler, I promise!

Wrapped Hex

Initially, I wanted to do a wrapping paper design, where more of the design would be visible (or invisible) depending on the temperature of my nails (because thermal polishes are magic). But then the bow stamp I wanted to use wouldn’t stamp, so I found a different one, and wanted swirls…so here we are.

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Basically, I have no idea what this is but it looks cool!

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I started with three thin coats of Hex by Bow Polish. Hex is a thermal scattered holo polish, which is bright red when warm and deep burgundy when cold. This time around, my nails were warm when I was painting them, so they turned bright red very quickly! I don’t know if I needed three coats (although the polish dried fast enough that it wasn’t a bother) since I couldn’t tell if the darker red was evenly coated since it kept turning light. I do love both the bright and dark shade of this polish! And the scattered holo-goodness.

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I then tried to stamp with a dark red (which was too jelly-like to really show up), a dark purple (which also wasn’t quite dark enough to stand out) and eventually gave up and just stamped with black (Wet n’ Wild – Black Creme) with swirls from BM-607. After that, I tried stamping some gold (Essie – Good as Gold) bows from one of the 300-series BM plates….which failed. So I grabbed a cool diamond-like design from JQ-L20 and used that instead! I meant to add straight lines to maybe make the pattern look like a wrapped gift…but decided on dots at the last minute instead. So now it looks nothing like what I intended but I like it anyway!

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I don’t know if I like the way the gold stands out from the dark color better than when the swirls appear or not. Decisions!

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Regardless, I hope you enjoyed! Clearly, thermal polishes are my new favorite thing (I went from owning 3, only one of which I paid for, to owning 7! Yay)!

Sea or Sky

I kept thinking that this mani looked like swirling sea water (with ice on it) or a fancy stone…and my husband saw celestial bodies and stars. So sea or sky, which do you guys see?

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Regardless, I have another new polish to share! This one was sent to me to review from the Born Pretty Store. It’s a thermal polish with copious silver glitter in  it, and is quite pretty! Oddly, when I looked at it online, it looked like a bright blue when warm and a deep purple when cold….but in person, its more of a blue-teal when warm and a deep blue-jean shade of blue when cold. Not as exciting as blue and purple, but still pretty! I wonder if they changed the formulation?

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Regardless, 009 by VCND Bluesky covered very nicely in three thin coats. I used thin coats to get maximal glitter coverage! It dries to a semi-matte, but does dry fairly fast. The best part is the glitter spread…I didn’t have to go digging for the larger hex glitters at all, and despite the glitter load the polish spread smoothly. The warm color is a bright teal-leaning blue, while the dark color is the shade of blue jeans. There isn’t a huge difference between the two colors, honestly…but both are pretty and the glitter is really nice!

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Colors
~ Blue thermal: VCND  Bluesky – 009
~ Light blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Dark blue: Zoya – Ibiza
~ Silver: Nails Inc – South Kensington
~ Clear: Pipe Dream Polish – Clearwater

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I couldn’t decide what to stamp, so I did a quasi water-marble instead. I wanted to do blues with silver (and clear to allow the thermal polish to show through) but the silver I grabbed formed these awesome clumps instead of marbling…so I just went with it! It was much more fun making this messy clumpy marble than it was trying to perfect an elegant and smooth water marble, so win!

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If you want to pick up this blue glittery thermal for yourself, you can find it at the Born Pretty StoreBorn Pretty Store for $4.99. I think its important to point out that this is a mini bottle (only 7.5ml). You can also use my 10% off code, LY5X31!

Imprinted Purple

It’s cold out, so I can use thermal polish! I honestly remember this one being MORE shifty than it currently is, but thats alright. It still shifts and it is still pretty! I want to go use my other two shift polishes and see how they behave now as well 😀 especially after all the fun I’ve had with the new ones from Bow Polish (although, I technically painted these first in anticipation of getting the new ones).

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Really, this was just a fun little thing that I put together. I figured a self-forming gradient counts as a gradient, and just stamped over a simple polish. Unfortunately, that meant that the nails chipped easier (since it was fewer layers of polish) but it was also much faster!

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I also wish I could wear more purple polish…I don’t know how acceptable jewel-colored polish is. I think I should be ok for the next two weeks, since I am conveniently going to be on service with some friends of mine! But that really only gives me time for 3-4 manis. Oh well.

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Colors
~ Purple shift: Femme Fatale – Mushroom Cloud
~ Light purple: L’oreal – Royalty Reinvented
~ Stamp: BM – 608

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Hope you enjoyed, simple but pretty!

Hidden Snow

This is actually appropriate! I am posting this today (and another super cool mani on Friday) just so that next week I can post my top 10 polishes of 2016 and include these ones. Cause they are awesome.

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This truly fantastic polish is Thermo Top Coat in black by Bow polish. It is wonderful. I didn’t use it on its own, because the best part of this polish is how it works with designs! The polish is a nude-grey when warm and a black when cold. I don’t know if the nude color is opaque on its own, I layered this over a nude polish. It did grey the base a little, but you can hardly tell!

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What you see here is two coats of the thermo top coat over a nude base. The black stamped pattern is underneath the thermo polish (so in the warm state, what you see is how much the black lines were color dampened). The thermo polish also has a generous but not overwhelming amount of scattered holo glitter, which really pop in the cold/black state, and are pretty and subtle in the warm/nude state! The polish dries down to a semi-matte (I didn’t take photos since I needed to top coat before stamping the snowflakes, sorry!) and as such dries fast.

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Two more awesome things about the bow thermal polish:
1) it didn’t smudge the stamp! The black pattern is between two layers of the thermal polish (although being honest, I probably only needed one coat…I had planned for two so I went with it, but I imagine the white base would be less greyed-put if I had just done one coat). Despite not adding ‘real’ top coat over the black patterned stamp before adding the next layer of thermal, there is 0 smudging. Yay!
2) the polish goes on in the ‘dark’ color (aka black) so it is really easy to clean up and not miss something.

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Colors
~ White: Wet n’ Wild – French White Creme
~ Black thermal: bow – Thermo Top Coat (black)
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black

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Hope you enjoyed! I want to use this polish again soon…lets see if I can get away with it on my current rotation? Maybe? Oh well! Still awesome.

Swirl Up

Simple, easy, and woah do I love thermal polishes! I was having a lazy day but my mani was in desperate need of a change. I didn’t want to spend the time doing a gradient, so I grabbed my magenta-to-dark-purple thermal polish and went to town!

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Thermals are one of my favorite things to come out of nail art recently (that and multichromes). You can get so many looks out of one color by just changing temperature! This polish is dark purple when cold and bright magenta when hot, with a blue flakie shimmer. (Yes, you’ve seen it before…I reviewed it about a year ago).

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The stamp is one of the new ones I’ve been waiting to try, from plate 612. It’s all awesome and swirly and has hearts (although you can’t see them)…and I am a huge fan of whoever put this stamp together!

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Colors
~ Purple thermal: Femme Fatale – Mushroom Cloud
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White

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This mani took maybe 20 minutes, and most of that was waiting for Mushroom Cloud to dry. Sadly, you can no longer buy Mushroom Cloud (why do polish companies discontinue the prettiest polishes??) but there are other fun thermals out there! Hope you enjoyed!

Fade to Jade

I have been plotting this mani for three weeks…ever since I knew Mentality was sending me a jelly polish! Meet Mona, a beautiful slightly shimmery green jelly polish. Isn’t she squishy?!

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Mona covers nicely in three thin coats. At two I could still see visible nail line, but by 3 everything was gone. She has a nice shimmer that is somehow not even remotely streaky (which I enjoy) and is a beautiful true emerald green.

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My pointer, middle, and pinky fingers all have three additional layers of Mona. The pointer has three layers of white dots (first layer was at the base of my nail, second was in the middle of the nail, and the last layer was at the free edge of the nail mostly). Middle finger has three free-handed white chevron patterns, the bottom-most one has 3 thing layers of Mona over it, the top (tiny) one only has 1 layer. The pinky got various swirls.

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Overall, I think Mona is just a bit too pigmented to be my perfect jelly, but this does mean I can wear her alone (I don’t think the OPI sheer tints would ever layer to opacity on their own!). The other polish here is a thermal mint-to-green shimmer called Shade Shift 28 by Dear Rus.

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Oddly, I don’t think Mentality carries Mona any longer (boo!) but they just (this weekend!) released their new Jellycreme collection, so go check it out!

Changing Vines

Featured today is the second of my three new purchases from Llarowe, a thermal color-shifting polish from Dear Rus. This polish was on sale for $1.50 when I bought it on July 4th, and it was totally worth it! Not only are both color parts of the thermal beautiful, but it goes on like a dream!

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Shade Shift #28 is a mint (warm) to green (cool) color shifting polish, with shimmer. Both of the colors are awesome, the shift is very visible. I love this polish! Shown here is three thin coats. It dries semi-matte without top coat, and the shimmer comes out more with top coat.

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The design I added was mimicked from kimiko7878, because I am loving her nail art! This is the third design from here that I’ve replicated in a month. Go figure.

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I was hesitant to buy this polish given that there was not a single swatch of it on the internet, but I am glad I did! For $1.50, it is hard to feel bad about buying anything…but thermals might be one of my favorite polish types right now (up there with multichromes and glitterbombs involving diamond or circle glitter).

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I See The Light (Mushroom Cloud)

When I received Mushroom Cloud* by Femme Fatale for review, I immediately fell in love. A dark purple polish with pink glitter and blue glass flecks? YES! And THEN I discovered that it is a thermal polish. I kept staring at the two colors trying to figure out what they reminded me of. Then it came to me: the logo of the kingdom from Tangled!

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Mushroom Cloud is a truly impressive polish. Shown here is two coats over my clear base coat. The polish is slightly thick, but the type of thick that makes it easily workable. I had no trouble controlling the polish, and it dried very quickly to a satin finish. The color change occurs somewhere between 68 degrees and 90 degrees (how do I know? My apartment is at 68 and I was unable to get the lighter purple to stay at the tips of my nails!). I can’t decide if I like this polish better with or without top coat!

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The “cold” color is a deep indigo with blue glass flecks and a subtle pink shimmer visible at the curve of the nail (it is a bit more purple than it appears in my photos). The color looks almost duocrhome between the blue and pink! The “warm” color is a bright purple that leans strongly pink…one might almost call it radiant orchid :-D. In the warm state, the pink glitters come through more strongly, and the blue flakes are more subtle but appear in indirect light again creating almost a duochrome on the nail!

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I love this polish. The dark purple color is stunning, the bright purple is vivid, and the addition of the blue glass flecks creates something unique and wonderful. I love this so much that I wore it alone. For an entire day. No nail art. I NEVER do that! I kept washing my hands just to watch the nails change color :-D. This polish will make your more hygienic!

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After staring at my nails for 24 hours, I added the sunburst pattern from Tangled using my yellow WOW polish #301. I am honestly impressed that they looked good in both the light and dark forms of Mushroom Cloud!

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Apparently, I saved the best for last. If you want to get your fingernails on Mushroom Cloud, it is $12.50 over at Femme Fatale! You will not regret it. Enjoy!

* Product sent for review. All opinions contained within this post are my own.

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