I had to languish on the fainting couch today. By the second coat of Milani Totally Cool, I fell into a swoon. Be prepared for rapture when viewing the pictures below. Clicking to enlarge will likely upset the delicate constitution of ladies made excitable by purple. If perchance you are not moved by the photos, please stand by with smelling salts and painted fans to help return the rest of us to our senses. I hope you like my trinket. It's a treated amethyst set in silver.
I found this liquid gem at Target. When David lingers over golf balls or supplies the cart with endless cereal boxes, I depart to cosmetics for...extended research. Milani Totally Cool was first mentioned to me by my friend Lisa. If a polish is available in drug stores or chains, she is prepared with names, collection information and release dates for shopping ventures. Totally Cool is evidence of what incredible beauty can be discovered for less than four dollars! While I am a devotee of luxury brands like Chanel, I still am open to be awed at Target.
Totally Cool has juicy pink shimmer suspended in a purple jelly base. It's more pigmented than the average jelly finish, but it maintains that glassy transparency. The bright pink shimmer seems almost edible. The color could be the content of a faceted candy dish from a dream: scrumptious, otherworldly jelly beans.
Application was simple. The first coat seemed sheer, but the color built respectably. The dry time was a little slower than usual, but it's difficult to discern if local humidity was not contributing to or the source of the issue.
I had fun placing rhinestones to highlight the shimmer. I like having a bit of flash where the moons of my nails are obscured by polish. At the coffee shop today, the barista asked me if the pink sparkles did anything. I countered that pushing different ones would open doorways to other dimensions. Try this at home for a bit of whimsy.
Happy painting, ladies.