Friday, November 2, 2012

Wet n Wild Under Your Spell

Today begins Day 5 of my forced staycation from my office, which like most places located inf Manhattan, was taken out of the game the past week.  I'm super grateful that my neighborhood was not hit too terribly by Sandy and that we only lost power for a few hours on Tuesday night; compared to some of the other towns nearby, we got off lucky.  My mother and I were thankfully able to drive to New Jersey yesterday to save my grandmother (as I so humbly put it) since her power has been out since Sunday.  Fortunately for her, all her friends hung out together the past few days and she had a helluva better time during her power outage than I did, stuck at home with just my internet, DVR, and box of cereal.

I took advantage of the time off and have been polishing up a storm (ugh, that was not even remotely meant as a bad pun, sorry about that).  Under Your Spell was a polish I just had to get when I saw it newly released at a local drugstore.  Of course, the first time I saw it about a month or two back, I didn't buy it, only to conclude a few days later I absolutely needed it for my soul's completion and subsequently couldn't find it anywhere.  Eventually, I found it again, bought it and threw it in my untried drawer where it remained until this week.  I seriously believe my lemmings serve as a fundamental staple in the American economic recovery; otherwise, why would I buy all this polish that I never manage to wear?

But back to the polish.  Under Your Spell is really quite something in the bottle.  A dark red creme, moving the bottle ever so slightly, you can see inroads of golden shimmer that make the color go from burgundy to ruby to black.  The glowiness of Under Your Spell while in the bottle is really something and from what I've read, can be compared to OPI German-cure.

Sadly, on the nail, that golden shimmer disappears.  While the color is still quite nice, in standard light, it just stays a blackened brown-leaning burgundy creme with a definite vampy flare.  Occasionally when the light hits it at just the right angle, you can make out the shimmer, but it's very slight.  If you click my photo to enlarge it, you can make out a little bit of that shimmer in the part of my nail hit by the glare.

The formula was satisfactory, but only because my bottle had a defective brush with bristles poking out in different directions and cut severely unevenly.  Straight cuticle lines were difficult but I managed.  I've never had this issue before with the Megalast line, so I'm assuming I just have a one-off.  

This is three coats.


Am I disappointed?  Yes.  Is this an instant swap contender?  Not necessarily.  This definitely has potential as underwear for a layered experiment and I have a few ideas in mind already.  

If you have any suggestions or ideas, please let me know!

21 comments :

  1. I look forward to seeing this layered.

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  2. Lovely color! I do that too.... want something, don't buy it, then decide I NEED IT, then can't find it. Then find it and chuck it into a bin for months. Sigh.

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  3. super pretty !

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  4. I have this sitting in my nail polish storage containers and came thisclose to wearing it, but tossed it back in it's spot :) Kind of disappointed that the shimmer disappears, though! It looks so gorgeous in the bottle :(

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  5. I know! But it's definitely something to play with before we both get terribly disappointed.

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  6. Sigh is right. Story of our hoarding life!

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  7. I'm glad you're ok over there and you have power.
    This polish is a nice shade for fall, although it was a disappointment...

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  8. Thank you for your kind words, Traci.

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  9. Glad you are safe and glad your Grandma is safe! I like this color, but I can't remember if I have it or not!

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  10. Thank you, Meredith! That means a lot.

    And lol about not remembering if you have it.

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  11. We don't have Wet N Wild where I live anymore - used to be tons of their product lines but they pulled out of my area and seems a large part of my state. I had read someone saying they also pulled out of FL or parts of that start. - Anyhow, never was a big fan of the polish and think I only really liked a few eyepencils in days before they got a ton better as they are now and I was not as picky about them as I am now. Anyhow...save this shade despite the shimmer did not translate to the nail I can see it looking really pretty as the base for a # of things - thinking Zoya Guilt (gold leaf 24K) or same product from Jessica (soon to be released) or same product from OPI Man with Golden Gun. Also I can see it looking very pretty as the base with Essie's pink large glitter that was part of the Essie Lux Effects - that pink is great contrasted over shades like this - it's not too baby pink or fuchsia..it's got a little gunmetal in the glitter along with the pink that makes it really different. I can also see mixing this with a white cream and doing some holiday/winter season art if the formula is thick enough for detail work. I can also see stamping over it with a gold metallic like the one that essie came out with in the Mirror Metallics collection - it would look like brocade then and you might even be able to mix this with a little black and do double stamping to enhance that brocade look. It has possibilities. I have some older OPI shades that look very similar to this in cream formulas and they date back to I think collections in the early or mid 90's and they are still good!

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  12. Glad you live in the part of NYC that only lost power for a short time = I have a good friend from high school who lives now in the old family house that fronts the river in Weehawken right by Sinatra Park - he's had no power or water and his basement is flooded and some water came into the first floor area as well. Still don't know about my friend who lives in Chelsey - she was evacuated and that area still has no power according to all reports. I have tried to reach her cell. Think she went to stay with friends in Queens but still have not heard from her. Glad you guys were able to get out of town and down to NJ to pick up g'ma...I am sure she is glad to have heat, showers and clean clothes to wear. Hopefully her house did not suffer damage and it's just a wait 'till the power/water/gas come back up and all is safe to have her go back - she is of course going to need to be sure her community is ready to support her needs for food, transportation, doctors, etc. Nice you all live so close.

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  13. This one is gorgeous! So much prettier on the nails than in the bottle! PS - glad to hear that you and fam is safe! (=

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  14. I hate the brushes on these polishes, but they do always have great formulas. I liked this one, but I never really used it, so I traded mine :D

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  15. I actually don't mind the brushes normally since I like the wider wands. But I can see why this would be trade-worthy.

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  16. Such great suggestions! I was thinking of layering Barielle Elle's Spell over this, but I'm intrigued by your idea of using Lux Effects polishes. I'll have to see which ones I have to test...

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  17. NJ was hit very hard, but thankfully there was no flooding where my grandmother lives, just no power. It's Day 6 and her area still has no heat, light, etc. Thankfully, people are really coming together to help everyone out. I hate what people say about New Yorkers being rude because being a lifelong New Yorker, I've found that people from my state are truly the kindest, truest, and most helpful neighbors.

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  18. This is a beauty! I really dislike when a polish comes with a discombobulated brush, I end up cutting them of and nail polish ends up all over my poor scissors. Anywho I think this would be a great base for Max Factor Fantasy Fire ;)

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  19. Ooh, Fantasy Fire! Great idea!

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