This is going to be a photo-heavy post, so get comfy!
I bought Color Club’s Alias last month from Nail Polish Canada, but am just getting around to trying it out now (I was in a major holiday nail phase, and this wasn’t part of it). It’s a stunning violet shade packed with shimmer that looks lovely on it’s own, but has a hiddle duochrome effect that turns it’s edges golden-green. Duochromes, like some holos or polishes with ‘secret shimmer,’ are notoriously difficult to photograph, as you need just the right light in order for it to appear. Unlike those polishes though, duochromes actually are better seen in the shade, rather than sunlight. I tried my best in the shots below, and I think I captured it just about as well as you can see it in real life (which is to say, not a whole lot).
Under both natural and indoor light, straight-on you can’t see the duochrome. Shown below on my thumb, is four coats (!) of just Alias (it’s quite sheer):At the right angle however, you can see the greenish tinge at the edges of the polish.
I thought I would play around with the polish a bit, and try to bring out the greenish cast. Initially I tried Illamasqua’s Baptiste, but it merely made the purple tones more intense. Then I thought perhaps Zoya’s Edyta – a sparkling deep olive – would pull out the green in Alias, and I was right. Below, two coats of Alias is painted over one coat of Edyta (with my middle finger painted in just one coat of Edyta):The green is pretty similar, no?
Here are some shots with all nails painted with the Edyta/Alias combo, with the last shots highlighting the duochrome effect:
Despite the fact that I find the unique nuances of Alias hard to catch, I still think it’s a beauty of a shade, and the duochrome, however minimal, gives is a depth it would otherwise lack. The sheerness of the polish is a bit annoying, as I don’t fancy having to apply 3+ coats to get to full opacity, but it dries fairly quickly, and is great for layering. It is often sold out online, so it must be doing it for some people, anyway!
Are polishes with effects (such as holographic/prismatic, secret shimmer, and duochrome) worth the trouble? What kind of polish formulations are your favorite?