Happy Post-Christmas! I think until you're done eating Christmas food, it still counts as the holidays. Thankfully, I started the pain turn-around yesterday afternoon after my tonsillectomy, so I was able to go out and celebrate with friends and family. I hope all of you had a great holiday, whatever you celebrate! I'm sorry I didn't get to my promised posts yesterday, but since Friday, Minnesota has been having major snow - it made for a lovely Christmas, but poor swatching conditions. At least we have some celebrating left to do for New Year's Eve - the blingy manis are still in season!
Tonight, I have my comparison of the "ruby red" polishes in my collection. It seems like any reasonably popular nail company these days must have one of these. You know what I mean: those red jelly polishes packed with red glitter, almost invariably named after Dorothy's ruby red slippers. I've always wondered that most of these polishes have such similar names, since we all know Ji Baek had to change the name on Rescue Beauty Lounge's Revamp to Black Russian after legal snafu's over that name, but I digress. (Also, did you know that Dorothy's slippers weren't even originally red? They were changed from silver for the movie, because Technicolor had just come out and they wanted to show off a more vibrant color!) I have had Essie in Ruby Slippers forever and as such, never saw the need for the most popular "ruby red", China Glaze in Ruby Pumps. Then last year, I caved and bought Orly in Star Spangled because it was on super discount at Sally's Beauty Supply and I thought I might want a finer-grade glitter. So by the time the re-vamped China Glaze Wizard of Ooh Ahz collection came out this winter, my resolve was already low; I decided I needed to have it to complete the collection. At this point these are the three ruby red's I own, but here are some other's I know of: BB Couture in Cherry Baby, Butter London in Chancer, Color Club in Ruby Slippers, Finger Paints in Pretty Poinsettia, Finger Paints in Red Marzipan, Maybelline in Red Comet, OPI in Crimson Carol, OPI in Dear Santa, OPI in Smitten with Mittens, Pop Beauty in XMas, Precision in Twinkle Toes, Savina in Ruby, Savvy in Ruby Slippers, Zoya in Delilah, and Zoya in Jade. That's only polishes in a true red jelly base with red glitter - I allowed different sizes as well as those that include some gold glitter because Essie in Ruby Slippers has a gold glitter look at times. Most of these polishes are still available.
Orly in Star Spangled came out this summer, along with two repromotes (Star of Bombay and White Out), to celebrate Independence Day. Now, I am all about a theme mani, plus my birthday is July 2, plus one can never have too many reds, plus GLITTER, plus it was on sale for an insanely cheap price. Donc, I had to buy it - it's not a compulsive sickness, it was clearly necessary, all right? This is three coats, indoors in indirect light (it's not often we're going to have sunny days while it's winter here in Minnesota) - it only needs two coats for opacity, but three gives it more depth. Application is typical of a jelly glitter, it's not hard to apply, but it does have a slight tendency to pool at the tips. I was perfectly happy with this ruby red, but every season on the NB, China Glaze in Ruby Pumps continues to be ranked in the Top 20, so I figured there must be something special to it, right?