Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Ulta Devious and Kiko 237 (or, The Traveling Polish!)

A while ago, Allison of Alli McBally and I arranged a swap - she was still living in Switzerland with access to a lot of the European brands we US girls regularly drool over, and I was able to nab her some seasonal stuff that she couldn't get before they disappeared. I got a big box of some really AMAZING polishes. Thank you Alli! So awesome.
Anyway, a couple of days after I got my box, she found a polish rolling around in her car that she had meant to send me - so, instead of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, we have the Traveling Polish. Kiko doesn't name their polishes that I can see, so it's actually number 237.
I picked up Ulta's Devious polish because it looks like the perfect polish for layering - it's a nice deep purple that's dark, but still very obviously purple. It does indeed make for a great layering base, and it fills a color hole in my stash. The only thing I'd complain about is the stumpy brush, which I have a picture of here for you, if you've never seen them. I wish the brushes were just a tad longer, it would make application a bit easier to control, less likelihood of a mess. I love the bottle shape and design, though. Not a big complaint, but something to bear in mind if you use them. The polish itself is a nice creme, well pigmented.

Sometimes purples can be a bit of a pain to capture on camera. That's probably pretty true to life though, maybe a tad less blue than it's leaning there.
Anyway, so I decided to use Devious as a base to layer Kiko 237 (The Traveling Polish!) over, and this was drool inducing. Seriously. 237 looks like a bright, shimmery sheer pink in the bottle, but put it on your nails over an existing base, like Devious, and it's almost impossible to describe.

Gold and pink shimmers, for sure, but there's a lot going on there, right? It's completely stunning! I could not love this any more than I do, but I'm going to try it over some other colors, too. Go ahead and click to enlarge these. *hands around bibs for drooling* I just LOVE to layer stuff!
Tomorrow we'll officially start off with the Focus On Purple series!

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