In the last year, my local supermarket has begun stocking the latest OPI and Essie releases, which is both an incentive to go grocery shopping and a severe test of my willpower. I’ve been disenchanted with Essie for a while now, but OPI has impressed me over and over with the quality of its formula and the creativity of its shades.
First Class Desires, whose bougie name cracks me up, is part of the 16-piece Holiday 2014 collection. The theme of this collection is rather mysterious. OPI reports that it’s inspired by Gwen Stefani, but the shade names and colors are typically “holiday,” and Stefani already lent her name to last year’s holiday collection. Not that it really matters to me: I know almost nothing about Gwen Stefani except for that awkward Harajuku Girls phase in 2004. More important, from my magpie point of view, is that this polish is complex and sparkly and pretty much flawless.
First Class Desires is a deep plum packed with gold microglitter. This photo reminds me of an ink bottle, which makes me wish that the polish existed in ink form, too. It would be the perfect ink for composing magic spells.
In direct sunlight:
First Class Desires applies very smoothly and has an average drying time. It’s a bit on the thin side, but is pretty much opaque in two coats. I used three for these photos anyway, because I’m obsessive about the opacity of my nail polish. I applied First Class Desires (plus base and top coat) on Monday night and it wore well for three days. In the first two days, I counted two minuscule chips, easily touched up; by the third day, there was some visible tipwear. I have a hard time making any polish last more than a day or two without chipping, so I count this a victory. And after removing the chipped polish, I reapplied First Class Desires because I couldn’t stand the thought of having anything else on my nails during Halloween.
In the shade, FCD looks almost black on the nail; in direct natural light, the purple blazes forth, along with a pinkish cast that’s hard to capture on camera. FCD is festive but not gaudy, subdued but not somber. Perfect for a grown-up Halloween.
Indoors, natural light:
Macro shot, i.e. glitter porn:
And here’s today’s FOTD! I’m saving my Effie Trinket costume for later, when I hand out candy to neighborhood kids; this is my daytime look for library visits and coffee-shop work and other #gradcore activities.
On brows, Milani Clear Brow Gel; on eyes, NARS Lhasa and theBalm Serious eyeshadows and CoverGirl LashBlast Length mascara; on cheeks, tiny dabs of Illamasqua Zygomatic blush; on lips, & Other Stories Droguet Purple lipstick layered over Barry M Plum lip liner. I don’t mind looking pale and severe today. Yesterday I blow-dried my hair, which I almost never do, so it’s straighter than usual.
I’m also wearing an orange wool miniskirt and black tights that look like spiderwebs. I take this holiday fairly seriously. (I took it even more seriously as a child, because it was two days before my birthday, and birthday season was a time of great solemnity.) Happy Halloween, for those who celebrate it, and happy Friday, for those who don’t!