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It wouldn't be Halloween without a little something from Carpe Noctem Cosmetics, and you know that Ms Emily would never disappoint us. This season the theme is Forest...and it is beautiful.
(I'm sorry for the lack of glorious sun shots in this post. We actually had a rain-producing storm roll through! It was much needed, and I am grateful...but it does put a wee crimp in my holo-enjoying-plans. As penance, I will feed myself to zombies immediately.)
I Come From the Forest
This is a metallic soft emerald green holo with a gentle dusting of cool green flakes. On my cool toned skin it has a decidedly warm caste, and I love it. This could be a definite season-spanner. The formula is the typical CNC perfection and I used two coats + Seche Vite for the pictures below.
This one is possibly the most perfect yellow-green ever. It is exactly the color of fresh growth on evergreens, and it makes me feel like spring is looming. It is a delectable jelly formula and is filled with delicate scattered holo and multichrome flakes. I only needed two coats + SV for the pictures below.
Oh my. I have a thing for luminous white shades like this. They are so hard to find and find a good one. This is a pale, pearly white/blue creamy-jelly holo dusted with pale gold flakes. It reminds me of the Moon on a cold Fall night. I imagine if we had snow around here, it would probably be reminiscent of that too...I used two average coats + SV and I was ready to rock.
This is a medium orange jelly holo with iridescent flakes peeking out here and there. This is probably the best "pumpkin orange" non creme polish I have come across. It has a subtle pink flash which gives it that luminosity that usually only natural things have. I used two coats + SV for the pictures below.
Foliage in Flames
Two oranges in one collection? But of course! Except this one is a warm, yellow-leaning holo in the standard CNC formulation. I spied gold flakes shimmering throughout, and added to the scattered holo it really gave the feeling of Jack-O-Lanterns. I used two normal coats + SV here, and I couldn't be happier. That jelly-holo glow...
For those who don't know how crazy I am, lemme just tell you a secret: I take notes while I swatch. I jot down things about the finish, smell, color, etc...and for this shade I have more than five different color descriptors. This is a red-orange/bright rust/hot tamale red shade...but looking at it now, I think it reminds me of cinnabar. Tl;dr it is an unusual-but-seasonally-appropriate Fall shade. It has a strong holo as well as gold flakes. I used two coats + SV, and it glowed like crazy. I don't think this polish can be judged by pictures...you'd better just buy it so you can see for yourself.
This whole collection is just amazing. I don't know how Emily manages to think up new and amazing shades over and over again. I think, if I had to pick just two...I'd pick Faerie Synthesis and Burning Bushes. But that is only if I were forced at knife-point. I think those two would stand out in any proper hoarders collection and be a good intro to the CNC brand if you haven't tried these yet. Which one is your favorite?