Move (waaaaay) over Charla and Dickweed...Etude House BL009 is the new, Mega Superstar in my polish collection. Everything about it- color, application, formula, dry time and finish is total perfection!
For the last 2 days, I've spent more time looking at my nails than doing the things I'm supposed to be doing.
Etude House BL009 is an absolute stunner- it's a crime that I put up pictures that fall so very short of what it truly looks like. I tried an image search, only to come up with pictures similar to mine.
Take the following description and imagine this polish twice as pretty as the gorgeous bottle it comes in!
Etude House BL009 is a "blued" jelly, turquoise/emerald shimmer. ("Blued" like Zoya Isla is a "blackened" red.) The density of the micro shimmer makes it difficult to identify what shade of blue the base really is. I've included a 1 coat swatch of BL009 on a piece of clear plastic to get a better look at the base. The swatch isn't totally color accurate, looking a bit greener than it is. This might be due to my "sunset" camera setting which puts a yellow cast to my pictures. While the base is not as blue as Orly Royal Navy, it is blue enough to look blurple at the extreme edges of the nail. ~So pretty and totally cool!~ Anyway the micro shimmer is very glowy with a fair amount of tiny sparkle. Depending on light source the micro shimmer fluctuates between turquoise and emerald.
The application of BL009 was perfection...absolutely the smoothest and most behaved polish I've ever experienced. No "oopsies", mani turned out flawless where the polish was concerned. There was no need for clean-up. The base *is* thin, and I believe that all the micro shimmer not only helped keep pooling at bay, but also helped keep the polish traveling down the whole length of my nail without streaking.
Mani is 2 coats of BL009 over 2 coats of Seche base, topped off with 1 coat of Seche tc...all done and dry to the touch in under an hour.
The only negative I had with Etude House BL009- no ballz in the bottle- to which I remedied by adding 2.
I happen to LOVE shimmers. I think they look best on my nails, making them look longer and more slender than they really are. Etude House BL009 goes even further with that optical illusion... the "blued" effect around the edges makes my nails look super slender. I want 4 more bottles...1 as a back-up and 3 to franken with!
I feel very lucky to have Etude House BL009 in my stash. I received it along with several other ETs in a swap with the lovely and mega talented Thriszha from FAB UR NAILS. Thank you sooo much Sweetie!!!
It can, however, be purchased HERE, if it ever gets restocked.
As always, pictures are clickable for the ginormous view.
These are lightbox pictures...
*edit* I did not kill this dragonfly for pictures- I found it dead but intact on our bench in the restaurant's lobby.
Washed out color directly under an incandescent 60watt lightbulb...
1 coat swatch on clear plastic...
Another lightbox pic...look at the blued edges on my nails and in the gorgeous bottle...so beautiful!!!
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