Monday, March 11, 2013

Case of the Blues: Sassy Lacquer Dawns Dew

With the end of this project in sight, I sighed in relief.  Until, that is, they decided to get an extension so we could continue on this insane project for another week.  Now, I'm just sighing.  There go my plans to hit up Disney this weekend!  Meh.  Oh, and let me just tell you, time changes suck.  They need to keep it one way or another.  This stupid variation is killer!!!!  Ugh.  So, I guess you can say that today, I have the case of the blues.  And the Mondays.  Maybe a little of both.  Or a lot of both?  Fitting that I'm rocking some seriously killer blue nails!

First, I want to show you a quick peek at my undies for this mani.  They'll be up on the blog shortly for a Comparison Thursday post, but here's the ombre I used as my base mani.

Deborah Lippmann Dancing in the Sheets, Elevation Alphubel, OPI What's With the Cattitude, Barry M Blueberry Ice cream, and China Glaze Electric Beat.

I chose to top these guys off with an indie called Dawns Dew [sic] by Sassy Lacquer.  (Read my interview with Carrie of Sassy Lacquer here.)

Color: Super sheer blue with fine blue and pink shimmering micro glitters.

Ignore the smudge on my middle finger...  I ran out of time, so it had to stay.  Womp womp!

Finish: Sheer – a polish that is sheer like a jelly, but has shimmer.  Not squishy like a jelly.  Best over darker colors.

Bottle / Brush: Round mini bottle – wand and brush are just long enough to reach the bottom of the bottle.  However, the fact that it’s a mini makes application a little tricky.  Requires a steady hand to apply evenly without pooling.

Opacity: Low – it requires several coats for opacity, but you'll never really get rid of visible nail line.  This is pretty much best used as a topper over other polishes.  It's so sheer that I couldn't get it to build up enough to cover my visible nail line.  However, it looks great over other colors and transforms darker colors into something special.
Here it is over black and white.

Glitter Application: Easy – Spreads evenly without much manipulation.  Like with Tiger Lily Wears Pink, Dawns Dew has super fine micro glitters that come out of the bottle easily and spread without any need to manipulate.

Consistency: Medium – applies easily and doesn’t flood the cuticles.  It was almost perfect.  I didn't even need to do any cleanup - and this is my right hand, guys.  I'm not so awesome at polish application with my left hand, so the application for Dawns Dew is something special.

Overall Ease of Application: Easy – applies well without pooling, dragging, streaking, or balding.  Spreads evenly and smoothly.

Stampability: Not designed for stamping.

Dry Time: Medium – dry to the touch with minimal smudging in 3-8 minutes. Overall Thoughts: Dawns Dew is a very pretty blue shimmer looks best over darker colors.  The micro glitters slightly detract from lighter colors by giving them a speckled look, which is actually trendy right now so it's not really a negative.  You just don't notice the blue sheen and pink shimmers as much over lighter colors as you do over darker.  It completely transforms mid-range and darker colors showing off it's beautiful shift from blue to pink.  Application was amazing.  It applied evenly, spread well, and I didn't screw up my right hand, which is fantastic since it's now my swatching hand!  Even though I'm not usually really into sheers like this, I'm very pleased with Dawns Dew.  It's extremely pretty while also being fairly unique.

You can purchase Dawns Dew from Sassy Lacquer's store.  Follow Carrie on her blog and Facebook for more information, news, and updates.

What's your favorite sheer?

*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  For more information, please see my Disclosure Policy in the tab above.* 

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