Orly Royal Navy

2 coats, sunlight

Let’s take a break from the Urban Decay Summer of Love collection and swatch one of my favourite polishes – Orly Royal Navy. I first heard about it from Scrangie. Her passion for this royal blue colour was so contagious I had to purchase it off eBay. When I first applied it, I was struck by how quickly it dried. There is some neon pigment in this, similar to the cremes in the Urban Decay collection, so it dried semi-matte. It was only after two coats did I see the micro turquoise glitter. But creme lovers, do not worry, the micro glitter is so subtle that you have to stare at your polish to realise that it’s there.

With OPI Alpine Snow (matte) and Zoya Charla

Here’s my blue pudding manicure. Okay the lines aren’t particularly straight but hopefully you will be too entranced by the pretty blue colours to notice!

Urban Decay Woodstock

Urban Decay’s Summer of Love, released in 2010, features seven mini nail polishes that reflect the colours of the hippie era. While these colours are generally hippie-ish, I feel that they should be more washed out. I would have loved for the colour of faded jeans or sun-dried carnations. These colours are just really loud and obvious. Today, I will feature Woodstock, which is a hot neon pink that dries semi matte.

2 coats, sunlight

The formula was good. It applied smoothly and dried quickly. The brush is too tiny to achieve perfect application but I guess that’s the problem with all mini polishes. I haven’t tried any OPI minis so I can’t compare though.

With OPI Black Shatter, no top coat, sunlight

With OPI Black Shatter, top coat, sunlight

I think OPI Black Shatter needs no introduction but for the uninitiated, this is a black polish that randomly separates and cracks when you apply it on your nail. You can literally see this happen the moment you apply it. It’s incredible and sexy but I’m wondering how I am going to hide my crazy nails at work this Monday. A top coat is needed because the black shatter polish dries matte.