Greetings from the rooftops, my fellow rogues!
You know when you do something that takes a lot of effort, something very precise and delicate, and then it’s gone in the space of a day, but you do it and love it anyway because for that brief period, the result is breathtakingly gorgeous?
Yes. Well, that basically describes this rogue’s entire attitude to nail polish (also low level enchantments, but we’ll talk about that another time).
Today’s post showcases a perfect example of this situation: OPI’s In the Cable Car Pool Lane, a deep reddish purple.
As you may have realised by now, I have a penchant for all things purple (and jokes at the expense of the paladin – sorry Hilarion). OPI’s In the Cable Car Pool Lane, from the recent San Francisco collection, fits perfectly into this aesthetic. If you look closely, and can convince yourself that you’re not going insane, there’s even glitter hidden in it:
In case you’re wondering, no, the glitter doesn’t show up on the nail. I did actually wonder if some big batch of this got accidentally contaminated with a leak from the giant vats of magical glitter in the OPI factory, as some other reviews make no mention of it!
Anyway, to get back to my rather tortured point from the beginning of the post: this polish is glorious, but it doesn’t hang around long. In OPI’s defence, as I mentioned in my first polish post, basically *nothing* stays on my nails for very long. The wear time for this one clocked in at just under 24 hours for me, and that’s actually better than average.
Application time is actually quite long – this creme polish is on the thick side, but I find I need three thin coats to achieve opaque, even coverage. Dry time is long in this humid climate (up to 12 hours before you’ll stop getting sheet marks if you sleep on it), and if you don’t wait at least a coupe of hours before attempting topcoat, the colour will transfer instantly to your topcoat brush like orcs onto an unsuspecting adventurer. In other words, this is not the polish to slap on right before you’re due to go raid a harpy nest. I will stress, however, that if you are applying it in a different climate, your results may vary/improve significantly!
All whinging aside, however, this polish is gorgeous. It is totally worth the somewhat painstaking application. Even before I put the topcoat on (Sally Hansen Mega Shine), this polish was glossy. The colour is rich and changeable depending on the light, and it gives a glamorous edge without being too dark. Absolutely perfect for any rogue who wants to stand out in style.
The verdict: If you’ve got the stomach for a slightly tedious application, this is a beautiful, elegant polish for the discerning rogue! Sometimes, things are worth a little bit of extra effort, even for a fleeting joy.
The practicalities: OPI colour polishes (including this one) cost NZD ~26.00/USD ~8.00 each for 15 mL/0.5 fl. oz, depending on where you shop. Topcoats, treatments etc tend to be much more expensive, around NZD 40.00/USD 16.00. In the Cable Car Pool Lane is from a recent limited edition collection, but these typically hang around for several months (to years!) on the OPI shelves at your local pharmacy/Farmers, as well as various online distributors. They are also available in New Zealand (along with China Glaze, Zoya, Picture Polish and a number of other hard-to-get brands!) from www.candygirl.co.nz.
Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!
I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com., or use the contact form provided!