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The joys of Ninja Polish 100% Colombian…plus mystery bags! [image heavy]

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I haven’t disappeared!  Seriously!  I resolved not to blog unless I was inspired and it didn’t make my life unduly complicated.  Turns out inspiration only strikes periodically…and time to blog is even rarer.  Ha!

In any event, I finally found a reason to blog.  A few months back, I posted on the Cuticle Pusher Facebook page that I wished with all my might that I could find Ninja Polish’s 100% Colombian.  Sadly, Ninja Polish had gone out of business awhile back. (They were a great source not only for lots of indie and semi-indie polish brands, but her own polish line was GREAT.)  I stalked eBay and Makeup Alley to no avail.  And no one on FB had any leads, although they had a few good suggestions for similar polishes.  However, it just wasn’t the same!!

Then, like a bolt out of the blue, Ninja was back!  She said that she was offering mystery bags, and she did have Ninja Polish products available.  I decided to take a chance and order an Indie Mystery Bag.  In the comments, I mentioned that I would be super pleased if a bottle of 100% Colombian fell into my bag.  And lo and behold, I got it!!

Did I love it?

Does a nail blogger love rhetorical questions??

Of course I loved it. I’m a big fan of deep browns and multichrome.  Thing is, this completely surpassed my expectations.  I tried to get pictures of all the various facets of this polish, but it’s basically impossible.  You’ll see what I mean from the pictures (which don’t even do it justice).

Here’s the particulars: this is a thin formula.  One coat is not enough.  Two coats look magical.  Three coats looks otherwordly.  (I actually used four coats here because I needed to fix some painting errors, but three coats gives the same effect.)  It was definitely easy to work with – smooth, and medium-to-fast drying. The base is a dark coffee brown base, with shimmer that shifts from red to gold to green.  The shifting can be strong during the most unexpected times (like while driving!).

Here’s a few pictures.  I’m wearing a base of Orly Bonder and topcoat of Seche Vite:

 

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This is direct sunlight.  Shift a bit, and…gold!

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Try it in indoor light, and…get a glimpse of red!

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Here’s the weirdest shift, though.  I’d been trying for most of the week to get a shot of the green shift in this polish.  I swear, there were times I thought I was wearing an olive green.  The full green shift mostly happened during cloudy days.  Well, we got a cloudy day, and here’s the best I could do.  (Please ignore the tip wear – it’s been on for at least five days now!):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s almost a completely different polish!

This polish is definitely my cup of tea (or coffee), and one of my biggest lemming scores ever. So, if you’re into happy surprises, I’d highly recommend ordering one of Ninja Polish’s mystery bags!  She has all sorts of options.  Here’s what I got in the rest of my bag:

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L to R: Pretty Serious Gargoyle Ganache, Dandy Nails Eager Eyes, Serum No. 5 Sunset Flare, and Femme Fatale Maddening Whispers.  All but Pretty Polish are new brands for me!  It’s like she was reading my mind!  I’m really looking forward to playing with these pretties. Getting these polishes was definitely a pick-me-up from the winter doldrums.

You can order your own mystery bag from the Ninja Polish website.

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Sephora by OPI Nifty Shades of Grey…OH MY!!!!!

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When I made a sojourn to Chicago in January, I couldn’t help but notice that my hotel was close to a Sephora.   Let’s just say, a bit of wallet damage was done.  (What was I supposed to do?  There isn’t one where I live!  It was a sign!)

Since I’m a sucker for all things multichrome, when I got in the store, I started salivating over some of the multichrome Sephora by OPI shades, including Nifty Shades of Grey.  What a great late winter/early spring shade!  In my neck of the woods, right now everything is definitely a shade of grey.  It reminds me of the Lewis Black monologue about how gray February is.  (NOTE: that link is probably not safe for work!  There’s a bit of profanity, among other things.)

Formula: I’ve tried Sephora by OPIs before, and I’ve always thought the formulas were great.  This one is no exception!  It was thin, but three coats made it fairly opaque.  One small negative thing: for some reason, the rounded shape of the bottle top seems to make application a tad tricky for me because I have a hard time gripping the brush, but that’s me and the way I grip it, and it’s not a big deal.

As for the multichrome effect, this one has about a billion different personalities, and it was almost impossible to capture them all.  When I used my regular camera setup, I got this:

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Here it looks pretty, but just OK.  It could be Zoya Adina, for instance – nothing we haven’t seen.

(Note: I have Elixir Lacquers Powder Keg on my ring finger as a topper.  You’ll also see Vivid Lacquer Theoretical Rockstar on my thumb in the subsequent pictures.)

However, I decided to take a few mediocre phone pictures outside, in the grey yucky yuck outside.  There wasn’t even any sun – just cloudy grey light.  And what happened?  WHOA.

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Do I see a bit of purple?

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Is that another personality, perhaps greeny-grey?  (Also, I love the way Vivid Lacquer Theoretical Rockstar looks on my thumb in this pic.)

And finally:

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WHAT THE EVERLOVING PURPLE PEOPLE EATER IS *THAT*??  See what I mean?  And I wasn’t even able to capture all the green and grey shades that showed up, depending on the angle of my nails.

Bottom line: this shade is perfect for the February doldrums, if you have them.  I think it’s lovely!  It’s also great with a number of glitter toppers.

You can buy Sephora by OPI Nifty Shades of Grey in a full size bottle as I did, or as part of the Metro Chic mini-bottle set (which was pretty tempting).  It’s available in Sephora stores or online at their website, as well as Amazon.com.