Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer "Death & Taxes"

*Provided to me for my honest opinion and review*

 Well, well, well... I'm here, again, with another stunning OPNL named "Death & Taxes". This color is extra special fancy pantsy because it is to honor the one year anniversary of Octopus Party Nail Lacquer's opening. I wanna have a little chit-chat about the badass name first though, shall we? A bajillion years ago (okay... more like a few hundred) a dude with a sweet wig named Daniel Defoe was busy paving the way for what we know today as a novel. The name "Death & Taxes" is a reference to his work The Political History of the Devil, in which he states "Things as certain as death and taxes can be more firmly believ'd." It may be more commonly known by the quotation courtesy of Benjamin Franklin "... but nothing in this world is said to be certain, except death and taxes." Boom. So much truth right there.

Ahem, anyways. Now that you've had a totally unnecessary mini history lesson, I bring you the color of the hour, "Death & Taxes". This is a stunning charcoal infused with gold/silver chromaflair pigment and a subtle, yet captivating, array of red flakes and sparks. In addition to the totally killer color, Dave paired up with Daily Charme to bring us a skull and spiky crown bauble for our nails.

In these pictures you can see the gold and silver chromaflair bouncing off of that charcoal holo base. And while the charms totally swallowed my baby nails, I still think they're doable for anyone else with nubs! The only one that gave me issues was the spike crown, but I theorize that it had something to do with the 5 cups of coffee I had before trying to apply. 

Obviously this polish required this many macros. Don't judge. I love how the red flakes and sparks really come out. This color really reminds me of some fancy gem stones I used to see when my dad would take me to the rock and mineral market. And that spike? It looks menacing, much like taxes or death. The skull is just my favorite. He's kinda adorable but also not. I think it's the gold and the tiny size that are making me want to name him and keep him forever. I applied these suckers with a smidge of nail glue and clear top coat, and they lasted a whole entire shower! I did wake up the next morning with sad, unadorned nails though. I totally didn't expect them to stay on longer than 5 seconds so that was pretty exciting! 

As far as formula goes, this one was perfect. Two coats, one coat topcoat. No funky things to report! The skull charm was super easy to apply though the spikes kinda wanted to give me a hard time. I finally got them to lay the right way on the third try. They may have won 2 battles but I won the war, ha! Don't forget to scoop this lovely up on 11/30 when it drops over at Octopus Party Nail Lacquer.

Until next time, my loves! 

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