Saturday, June 14, 2014

FingerPaints "As If Figuratifs"

Every time I go to Sally Beauty Supply, without fail I find myself slowly going from the front of the store to the back, looking over every brand of gel polish.  The last few months, FingerPaints has caught my eye more than anything else, even though I've only worn their amazing "flakie" glitter toppers before.  To be honest, those were SO amazing that they probably made me start looking closer at the brand!  They seem to release a limited edition collection or two every season--but more importantly, the closer I looked at their permanent gel polish rack, the more I noticed MORE shades I've never seen before...

FingerPaints "As If Figuratifs" is one of those colors.  I randomly found it while opening up a few bottles to see the shades (since those plastic toppers/swatch photos are so inaccurate!) It's green--and it reminded me a bit of OPI "Just Spotted the Lizard"/Chanel "Peridot"--so it had to come home with me. Compared to those other duochromatic regular polish shades, "As If Figuratifs" is kind of a more muted middle ground--it doesn't have the gold highlights or the dark teal lowlights, but it does have a nice duochrome effect that takes it from an olive green to a bright teal, almost cyan blue.  Most of the time, it shines more olive or seafoam green, with the blue really coming out in the sunlight.  It is also contains a highly silver metallic finish, so the blues and greens tend to look very  "frosty"--and it also shows streaks like nobody's business!  The hand I photographed doesn't look too bad, though; to keep the streaks to a minimum I used two thick coats, trying to minimize the amount of brush strokes I made on each nail.  The good thing of it being so metallic is that you can get away with two coats easily, too.

As when I photographed another duochrome last year (OPI Gelcolor "Peace & Love & OPI"), I'll do kind of a "photo story" of what "As If Figuratifs" looks like in different lighting.  If you really want to get a good idea of how this shade transforms (lest you blame it all on my bad photography), keep comparing the color of my nails to the color of the handle of the gel polish bottle in each photo.  :)

First up is indirect sunlight; this is how the polish looks most of the time, kind of a silvery-seafoam green:

Although sometimes it can show a bit of the duochrome and look a bit more blue.  It also has a lot of depth thanks to the metallic finish--it magnifies the effect of the angles of light and curves of the nail:

With yellow lighting--here with flash--the olive tones really come out, too--although the metallic finish doesn't look so scattered as the flash makes it out to be!

In the bright sunlight or direct light, it takes on a cyan blue shift--kind of like I captured the sky on my nails.  Be forewarned: it WILL distract you while driving!

Lastly, the photo that I also posted at the introduction of this post is probably most accurate I could capture for the range of colors you can see--slightly blue highlights, green midtones, and darker/steelier green shades.

I think I might have a developing FingerPaints gel polish problem on my hands now...


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    1. I agree! My only wish is that it could be as awesome as the Chanel/OPI color it reminds me of. :)