17 February 2013

Purple Week: Color Club Alias

Welcome to Purple Week! For the next 7 days I'm going to be posting in purple. I've mentioned before--on more than one occasion, really--that purple is not my favourite colour ( <-- tact ). There are shades of it that I like, but overall it's not really my thing. However, the fabulous Amanda of Amandalandish is most definitely a purple fan. She also thinks it's a colour that suits my skin tone, and she recently challenged me to spend an entire week wearing and posting purple polishes. I wasn't sure I even had that many purples, but there was really only one thing I could say...

Challenge Accepted

I decided to start this week off with a purple that was actually on my wish list, Color Club Alias, which Anna was sweet enough to send me in a recent swap.

Color Club Alias swatch

Alias, from the Color Club 2011 Alter Ego Collection, is a bold, rich, foil-laden polish with lots of shimmer. It's also a duochrome, which you can see better if you enlarge the pic. The effect is more subdued in the light, but if you check out the bottle you can see what it's capable of.

I was a little disappointed that the duo wasn't stronger, but it's a sacrifice I'm happy to make for the deep, near-vampy, blackened tones that came out instead. The bright, "royal" purple shade is almost a highlight; overall it's more of a dark eggplant on me, and that's just what I was hoping to see.

The formula was a bit thin--I'm wearing 4 coats here for picture-confident opacity--so I'll probably wear it layered over black next time. And there will be a next time! I wear a lot of black, sometimes nothing but, and this should be a great compliment.

Color Club Alias swatch

This isn't a one-sided challenge, by the way! In return for my spending a week in purple, Amanda has agreed to go all turquoise and teals for the duration, since those seem to be my favourite colours to wear. I also upped the ante by challenging her to include at least one glitter and one day of nail art...though she totally foxed me on that one by choosing a week where Twinsie Tuesday already has us doing a nail art theme...but the anti-authoritarian in me is so delighted by her loophole-finding that all I can really do is tip my cap. Well played, Amanda. Well played. Can't wait to see what polishes you picked!

26 comments:

  1. This is beautiful! I actually really like the subtle duo to it, rather than a strong one!

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    1. Thank you! I have to agree about the more subtle duo--I usually like them stronger, but the polish is so deep and rich already. :)

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  2. Amanda is right, purple does look great on you! I'm excited to see what other purple polishes you have up your sleeve for this week. This one is lovely (and reminds me of one of my old favourite tv shows - Alias starring Jennifer Garner)! :)

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    1. Thank you, Jenn! I actually had to go shopping because I just didn't own that many purples, but I found a few that I think I'm going to like. And yes--that's one of the reasons I absolutely wanted this polish! Alias FTW! ^_^

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  3. Ahhh she is a fox, she got me last year to accept a challenge of wearing peach!!! I do love this on you, and I'm excited to see what she does as well!

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    1. Wow, I don't think I own a single peach polish--she really *is* a foxy one! Thank you, Tara!!

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  4. I love the purple in this polish. I was however very disappointed in the subtle duochrome myself - I couldn't get it to flash anything but purple no matter how much I twisted my fingers :D

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    1. I do see a bit of the green around the edges of my nails, and even though it seems counter-intuitive, it did seem a little stronger in slightly dimmer light. Hmm, I wonder if layering it over black will make that effect more or less...?

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  5. I like my new foxy label ;)

    But I totally called it, you look beautiful in purple! Day one: success!

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    1. Thank you very much, Amanda! You are most definitely a foxy one! ^_^

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  6. Pretty shade - wish the area I lived in sold Color Club - we only have had a couple collections show up in the past 4 yrs between rare ones at Sally's and a couple random ones at Rite Aide. Funny - I forgot Feb was amethyst birthstone month and I just painted my toes an amethyst purple last night - using NOPI from the new Modern Family collection - Gloria something.

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    1. Thank you! I haven't really looked at the Modern Family polishes, but I'll keep an eye out!

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  7. This polish is gorgeous and Amanda is right, you look great in purple!

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  8. Oh wow, Alias is gorgeous, I don't think I seen swatches of it before!

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    1. Thank you, Maria! There are tons of swatches on Google Images, but I haven't run across that many in my own surfing either. Then again, it did come out before I really got into nail polish, which was only about a year ago. ;)

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  9. Love this purple, the shimmer is just gorgeous!

    And love the HIMYM Icon (I'm a lover of that show)!

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    1. Thanks so much, Heather! Haha, I say that to my husband all the time now, since we started watching HIMYM. Ack, come to think of it, we've gotten really behind! Must have more Barney, STAT!

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  10. Very nice polish!!! So is Neil Patrick Harris!

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    1. Thank you very much, Brittney! :o)

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  12. This looks amazing on you! Glad you like it!! (=

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    1. I really do, Anna! Thank you!! ♥

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