September 28, 2013

Color Club- Sugar Rays [Swatch]

Color Club- Sugar Rays is from the Winter 2013 Harlem Lights collection.

Sugar Rays caught my eye because I don't think I've ever seen anything exactly like it before!  It's sort of a nude, green-tinged (dingy?) champagne color shot through with a lot of light pink shimmer.

Artificial light, two coats over Zoya- Purity:

Okay, so it is definitely not the most flattering shade for my skintone, but it is unique, I think.

At first, I tried to get it opaque on its own, but it took four thick coats:

Window-filtered daylight:

Sort of a strange color, if I may say so.  I'm sure some people will love it, but I just didn't like it against my skin- the lobster hands strikes again!

Outside, shade:

Formula: Medium-to-thin consistency, and also definitely on the sheer side.  It goes on very smoothly, but you do have to be careful to paint in straight-ish lines to minimize brushstrokes. It also doesn't want to wrap around the nail tips very well either, as you may have noticed.

On my first application, I got a lot of little bubbling from using so many layers, so I scrapped it and started over.

For my second application, I used Zoya- Purity underneath; the first coat of Sugar Rays is still quite streaky over the white. I was able to get away with just two coats over white, although a third might have been a little more polished. This shade might look interesting layered over black or a dark color.

TLDR: I struggled with this formula a bit; I'd recommend underwear with this one because three coats was not perfectly opaque.  Since the color is sort of beige-like, you really don't want to wear it sheer since it makes the visible nail look quite yellow underneath.  Not cute.

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