|2 coats, no topcoat|
That polish was Mad Man With a Box from part one of a series inspired by Doctor Who. Being a fan, this polish combined so many of my favorite things: Doctor Who, nail polish and BLUE. <3 Care to see some swatches of this beauty?
Pahlish - Mad Man With a Box
Name: Mad Man With a Box
Product Description: "Mad Man with a Box is a smokey navy blue jelly loaded with metallic gold flakes and blue glass-fleck shimmer." (credit: product page)
Vintage: January 2014
Collection: All of Time and Space - Part 1
Limited Edition: Yes
Size: 15ml/.5 fl oz
If there were ever a shade of blue that could be described as "TARDIS blue," this polish would be it. I've come across a few polishes inspired by the Doctor's TARDIS, but this one has a beautiful depth that really sets it apart. A deep navy jelly base, Mad Man With a Box is packed full of blue green glass flake shimmer. The metallic gold flakes that take on a greenish-blue hue inside the blue base andd give the polish added dimension.
|2 coats polish, 2 coats topcoat, a good look at the color|
|2 coats polish, 2 coats topcoat; The topcoat's shine really shows the depth of color|
These photos show two coats, but it is very close to being a one-coater. I found that if I tried to put it on too slowly, or too thinly, it began to dry and clump a bit while working. I suggest using a light touch, which allows you to apply the polish more smoothly.
|2 coats polish, 2 coats topcoat. LOVE <3|
This polish is definitely one that devours top coat, so keep that in mind when chosing what you want to put over it. I applied two coats of Butter London PD Quick Topcoat (which is the only non-matte TC that I have at the moment), after which you can really see the color in this polish shine (no pun intended). When the light hits those glass flecks in the formula, you can really see the depth of the glowing blue-green-gold.
|A shot in direct sunlight. Look at the depth of color <3|
The one thing to keep in mind with this polish is that it definitely stains, as is the case in most polishes in the dark blue range. Make sure to use a good base coat to protect your nails!
|Look at those flakes and shimmer as they shine in direct sunlight!|
Manicures/nail art that use this nail polish:
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