I am in love with Blue Rhapsody!
Essie Blue Rhapsody is a silvery-blue metallic from the Mirror Metallics collection (Fall 2012). What you see here is three coats with no base or top coat. As you may remember, base coat doesn’t smooth out the nail surface well, and chromes are notorious for picking up imperfections. Top coat only highlights any brush strokes so naked is the way to go!
While it does dry quickly, it is not so quickly as to dry-while-you-apply (like Sally Hansen Insta-Dry or Sally Hansen Color Foils) so there is room for spreading the color all over the nail without leaving behind too many obvious brush strokes. Nevertheless, the fewer strokes you use the fewer mistakes you will make.
The color is not exactly as deep or vibrant as I would prefer but it is a gorgeous wedding-day blue. Sally Hansen Cobalt Chrome is more electric, and I wonder how this measures up to Sally Hansen Leaden Lilac. I’ll have to do a comparison swatch one of these days! The soft blue does compliment my periwinkle cashmere sweater. I just picked it up at an L Train Vintage thrift shop (the Vice Versa store in Brooklyn) for $8.00, and I love it!
This about sums it up: this polish doesn’t dry too quickly while applying so there is leeway for fixing brush strokes. Too many layers start to make mistakes obvious so you still need to work quickly!
Nailluminati status: Chrome Application Aficianado level achieved.
What is your favorite time to wear metallics? Let me know in the comments!