Color Club — Harp On It

If you want to sport an attention-grabbing nail but don’t have the time (or skillz) to deal with complicated nail art, there are few better ways to get ooohs and aaahs than a holo.

There are a bunch of holographic shades on the market, but my favorite brand is Color Club. They’ve got a full range of linear holo colors, but I like to go for the tried-and-true silver holo. As I always say, why gild the lily? A classic silver that sparkles like a prism is just perfect.

Here's the full lineup of Color Club holos, 2013.

Scrangie's got THE best swatches of the entire collection. Click the pic to check out her post.

If you’re going to have but one holo in your Stash, my professional recommendation is Color Club Harp On It. The coverage is INSANE, the formula’s smooth as silk and the rainbow effect is oh, so pretty.

Think about it. This is *indoor* lighting and it gleams like this.

Holo nails make you feel like your nails are from The Future. A streamlined, metallic future where everyone dresses only in American Apparel lamé outfits.

But wait! Step it up a notch and do an accent nail inspired by the always clever NailedIt.

Nailed It created a beautiful holo 2D diamond; looks great with that powder blue. Click the pic to get the tutorial.

shineon, Francesca

P.S. Color Club Beyond is a great dupe for all of y’all out there who are still on the hunt for an OPI My Private Jet dupe. Just sayin’. :)

Spotted: Mademoiselle Marie — Part Nine

On aesthetics alone, Marie's mani silver glitter gelicure is out of this world. I know I have a penchant for glitter (and it IS glitter month) but I'd be pleased to post this, no matter the theme. It's lovely.

And then you lock in on the accent nail. It's holographic! Not holographic glitter. She's sporting actual holograms. And when I hear "hologram," obviously only one thing springs to mind.
A dear friend of mine is what we'll call a "spring chicken." More like a "spring chick." I tried to explain the storyline of Jem and it sounded so crazy, I just quit while I was ahead. That aside, this manicure is something that any of The Holograms would have rocked for sure.

No need to be a Misfit. You want this look? Here's what to do!

Marie goes to Marie's Nails on 3rd Street here in Los Angeles. Her good friend Shigeko Kawaguchi is the artist responsible for Marie's polished look. Show her this pic and she'll know just what to do.

Stay tuned for a new Mademoiselle Marie post next week.

Stay Shiny, GLOSS

OPI — My Private Jet (Holo)

I am sure you angels studied The Polish Addict's Lacquer Lexicon post religiously and can recite all the jargon by heart, right? ;) Of course.

So you know all about HTFs; "Hard To Find" colors that nail polish hunters search high and low for. We'll talk about the best way to go about tracking down HTFs at a later date. In the meantime, allow me to boastfully show you pictures of my current manicure.

Meet: OPI My Private Jet Holo. And this isn't just an HTF... it's actually regarded as a VHTF.

Let's talk about the murky history of OPI My Private Jet. MPJ was released in 2007 and quickly became adored for its deep, smoky, somewhat translucent base loaded with teeny, tiny holographic sparkles. Is it a sheer? Is it a jelly? Is it a glitter? It's hard to say what genre My Private Jet falls under... but it sure is easy to love.

And then, so help us all, OPI pulled what is basically one of the most perfect polishes in existence from the shelves. And that's fine, I guess. Maybe, for some bizarre reason, it was more expensive to produce than other shades... or maybe there was something sinister and toxic about it, something we'll never know... or maybe it was just too awesome and was cannibalizing the sales of their other colors and so, in a cold, calculating, utilitarian move, they killed it.

This is merely speculation. We will never know why OPI made this poor decision, but what we do know is this — OPI never actually killed My Private Jet. OPI replaced the original color with a similar (but hardly the same) shade and dared to keep the name "My Private Jet." As if we wouldn't notice. As if we couldn't tell.

You know what this is like? It's exactly like falling in love with a great girl who's popular and gorgeous and a really great student, whose favorite color is blue. And then she mysteriously vanishes, and you panic, fearing the worst. Accident... abduction... murder? And then she is found and you want to rejoice! Except something's just not right. She's not as... special. She's coarse. She's dull. She loves the color red, and you're like, "What the hell. This isn't like you. I know you said you're 'you,' but something's different. And your leg is missing. I am starting to believe that you're not really who you say you are."

And so now, true nail polish aficianados know that there are two* versions of My Private Jet floating around: The "Original" My Private Jet, to which we add the suffix "holo," and then The Imposter; a warm bronzey brown with small pewter pieces of microglitter. To be fair, I have never tried it, but my neighbor owns it, so maybe one of these weeks I'll get around to giving the less attractive twin a fair shot. (*I should note that rumors swirl of a THIRD version — or more! — but I have never seen one in real life. Here's a link if you want to learn more.)

Back to MPJ Holo. The formula is a dream. I've had mine for years and it applies just like the day it was opened. The sparkleocity we've got going on here is incredibly multifaceted. In dull fluorescent office environments, MPJ puts on a professional demeanor and her prism-like glitter tones down to a subtle shimmer. But take MPJ outside on your lunch break and HOT DAMN does she sparkle and shine. Mini rainbows on every nail.

This is one of those polishes that's a distraction while you drive because it just keeps twinkling at you, "Look at me, look at me!" And so you begin to turn your finger this way and that, watching the sunlit sparkles dance... and then the next thing you know, someone is giving you a finger of an entirely different kind.

Lovely in Lacquer has some gorgeous swatches of MPJ Holo that are simply fun to look at. Enjoy!

xxo, GLOSS

P.S. Thank you to Katia, who gave MPJ to me as a gift so many moons ago. <3

UPDATE, dated 07/19/12

I mentioned above that my neighbor had the newer MPJ. I took a picture of the bottom of my MPJ Holo bottle and she took a picture of her bottle. Observe.

Spotted: Mademoiselle Marie — Part Eight

Well, the month is nearly halfway over and I realized that I forgot to tell you...

...that I came up with a theme for my January posts!

It wasn’t technically deliberate. I was coming up with my Nail Planz for the month and it seemed like almost everything was revolving around…


So, last week brought you Marie’s (and my!) Red Sparkle Mani plus Alpha’s Gobs of Gold Glitter. And we can't forget Whiskey's Snow Globe Mani.

Between now and the end of January, you can expect four (yes, four) more glitter-centric manicures, modeled by moi. And did I mention that two of these will feature HTFs?! (That’s “hard to find,” if you’re new to the nail blogger lingo.)

We’ll also talk about the various types of glitter, which of course leads us to the best way to get all that glitter off!

For today, I shall leave you with another one of Marie’s marvelous manicures. And yeah... there's glitter.

If you've been loving Mademoiselle Marie's manis (the eighth installment already... hard to believe!) then give thanks this day, because it's her birthday. :) SHOUT OUT TO MY PAL MARIE!!

Marie goes to Marie's Nails on 3rd Street here in Los Angeles. Her good friend Shigeko Kawaguchi is the artist responsible for Marie's polished look.

Stay tuned for a new Mademoiselle Marie post next week.

allthatglittersisnotgold,buthotdamnyouknowiloveit, GLOSS

Spotted: Mademoiselle Marie — Part Six

Two words:


May I present: MADEMOISELLE MARIE: Part Six.

This gelicure may not feature Marie's trademark, detailed nail art, but I still find it absolutely out of this world.



And the KEY question. Who on Planet Earth does her nails?! Marie goes to Marie's Nails on 3rd Street here in Los Angeles. Her good friend Shigeko Kawaguchi is the artist responsible for Marie's polished look.

Stay tuned for a new Mademoiselle Marie post next week.

Stay Shiny, GLOSS