Friday, May 18, 2012

NOTD mild Before & After: Hits No Olimpo Ares

Hello!

Red is my favorite color. If red is one of my color options for anything, that's what I'll take. I have more red polishes than any other (although my greens are creeping up fast!). And, I love holos...so of course my dream list of polishes includes a gorgeous red holo. :)

So when I saw Ares in Hits' No Olimpo line, I started to drool. But drooling was all I did because $10 for a small bottle (6ml) is not cheap.

But then...I accomplished a personal milestone and of course needed a suitable reward. And the polish went on sale at the same time, so it was fate. And polish was purchased. And there was much rejoicing (yaaay).

Here it is in the sun:


Oh, man. I don't know what heaven involves, but I'm pretty sure it includes an unlimited supply of this polish.

And here it is in the shade:


Even in the shade, the flecks reflect light and look like little bits of diamonds floating throughout the polish, although this was hard to capture on film. Unlike some holos, Ares is absolutely not dull or boring in the shade or indoors. Even when the holo effect doesn't show, it still looks like a pretty cherry polish with silvery-glass particles in it.

I should also mention that I put a coat of Seche Vite over this after I took the pictures, and couldn't tell any difference. So this holo goes well with a topcoat, at least with Seche Vite.

I couldn't bring myself to do any kind of major stamping over this color, because I was enjoying the holo effect so much. But after a day I thought I would give it a teeny bit of bling. So I stamped it with Color Club's Worth the Risque, using Red Angel plate RA-119. It's very subtle, and I think it adds to the beauty of the polish rather than taking away. Let's face it--when you already have RED and HOLO, you don't need much more of an attention-catcher, lol. Not that that has stopped me from going overboard before with holos (click here to see my crazy holo manicure).





So while I can't afford to wear this polish all the time, I love that I have it for when I need some holographic dare-doing. And now I wonder...is it too much to put a deep blood-red holo on my wishlist now? :)

Thanks for looking,

M.

30 comments:

  1. I love it! And I love the subtle accent nail! :)

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  2. Gorgeous!!! Nothing better than a red holo!

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    1. Ty! I agree, this is my favorite holo, with Nubar Reclaim coming in second. But I just ordered Apolo, so we'll see how that goes. :)

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  3. OMG!! I need this polish!!!!
    And I LOVE your little stamping. You're right, such magnificence can't be covered with any large stamping, but your little one added amazing elegance to it IMO.

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    1. Thanks! I was so afraid to do too much and ruin it, lol. :)

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  4. oh i love this one!!! looks so good in you ♥

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  5. I love this red! I have to get some Hits holos!

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    1. Ty! I wish I could afford them all...sigh...

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  6. Love this!!! The stamping turned out great and I love Ares!

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  7. Hello, I'm a new follower :-)
    I love this shade and I love your subtle nail art too!

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    1. Welcome, I'm glad to have you here. :) And ty for the compliment!

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  8. Sorry to take so long to respond...can you tell I sleep late on Saturdays? Thanks everyone for the very sweet feedback about the stamping (wasn't sure if it was worth posting because it was just a tiny bit), and for taking time to comment. Yes, this is a gorgeous holo--I don't regret buying it for a minute. Worth every penny!! :)

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    1. Thanks so much! It's such a pretty color I think it would look good on anyone, but I'll take it. :)

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  10. Ares is so amazing! The delicate stamp is perfect!

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  11. I'm not a red person but you make me like this polish, haha!!! :P
    And the stamping is so pretty!

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  12. That's quite a compliment! Glad to pull you over to the dark (red) side...bwah hah hah...;-)

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  13. Love this!! I wish I could wear hits!

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  14. I like the stamp you added! Looks great!

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