ILNP – Magician and Masquerade (H) Swatches and Review

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Good Monday my dear readers.  I hope that the start of this new week is filled with sparkly nails.  Perhaps you also got Magician?  Maybe you’ve been on the fence?  I know that this week I’m meeting Monday head on with some Unicorn Pee sparkle and shift.  It is still available so if you didn’t get it maybe this will help you decide!

I guess we should start with Magician (even though it’s my favorite of the two I bought and I usually leave my favorite to last).  Prepare yourselves, readers, the following post is PIC HEAVY.

ILNP – Magician (over black)

It is literally impossible not to be mesmerized.

ILNP – Magician (over black)

ILNP – Magician (over black)

ILNP – Magician (over black)

Ok, I’m sorry I got distracted by the amazingness for a minute.  Let’s talk about some application stuff etc.  Magician is a topper, it will not build to any kind of opacity on its own (although now I’m thinking of negative space manis and all the possibilities there!).  However, this polish does have the ability to completely change the look of what you’re wearing.  Application was perfection.  All my pics show two coats over a single coat of a base color.

ILNP – Magician (over black, matte)

ILNP – Magician (over black, matte)

As you can see this magical (har) topcoat is constantly changing.  It shifts from emerald green, to bronze, to rust, to red.  It’s just fantastic.  I’m not sure how I never picked up a Unicorn Pee polish before now.  But, boy am I glad I broke down and cheated on my no-buy for this one.  Unf, can we talk about mattifying it?  AH-MAZING.

First, I started with the traditional black base.  Honestly, you will get the most bang with a black base but other combinations are just as lovely and amazing though it’s more subtle.

ILNP – Magician (over colors)

ILNP – Magician (over colors)

ILNP – Magician (over colors)

To be quite honest of the four colors I chose besides black (all cremes – a royal blue, a true red, a turquoise, and a nude) the ones I thought were the best match were the royal blue and the nude.  My least favorite option was the red.  Somehow, some of the Unicorn Pee magic got a bit lost in the red.

Oh, I almost forgot.  I totally stamped it for wearing.  Driving after putting this on was hard because my nails+the sunlight was so distracting:

ILNP – Magician (over black, stamped)

Ok!  Moving on for now.  So, when I cheated on my no-buy for Magician, I thought, “hmm, why should Magician travel alone. Surely, we should get him a buddy.”  Because, you all know, nail polish addict problems.  So, I snagged up Masquerade, the holo version as well.

ILNP – Masquerade (H)

Hmm…weren’t we just talking about shifty polishes?  Because, holy shift, Batman.  Look at the range of colors in that polish.  Masquerade is a multichrome polish that transitions between a gorgeous green, to teal, to bronze, to a beautiful pink.  To be honest, when looking at it in the bottle in some lights and angles it reminds me of a watermelon because the pink and green are so prominent.  I picked up the holo version of the polish and it has a lovely subtle linear holo finish.

ILNP – Masquerade (H)

ILNP – Masquerade (H)

ILNP – Masquerade (H)

While the actual application of the polish was good, I did note it had a tendency to show brushstrokes so you will definitely want to use a patient hand.  I’m not convinced that it has anything to do with the polish itself.  I think that it’s more of an effect of the multichrome pigment.  Pics all show two coats over black except for the ring finger where it’s three coats on its own.  I actually liked it better on its own.  The brush strokes weren’t as noticeable and it seemed to just have a better overall finish that way.

Alright, deep breaths.  You can still get Magician and naturally Masquerade is available as well not to mention a whole HEAP of multichrome shifty polishes.  I will include stalker links below!

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