Cactus has a blend of antique gold and aqua flecks in a sheer cobalt blue base.
Such impact for a $1 polish! I'm very impressed. Good formula, nice and smooth. The sheer base means it takes a bit of building up. This is three coats. The finish reminds me of one of Butter London's shades, kinda, but I can't remember which.
It's very complex and interesting because of the blend of flecks and the colored base. It has that awesome 'darker at the edges' effect that others like Wet n Wild Poison Ivy and OPI Every Month Is Oktoberfest have. It changes with the light, with different aspects and colors taking over.
Cactus can be very brassy or broodingly dark. I really love how variable it is.
Mattifying highlights the complexity. From almost a smoky blue to metallic, all right there...
The first time I wore it was actually two weeks ago. I originally wore one coat over SinfulShine Rebel. I didn't post it then, because I thought it seemed a bit "Halloween-y" and wanted it on the claws I was planning.
|over SinfulShine Rebel|
Stupid part is...I like it way more this way! Wearing just one coat over another polish makes it even more lively and interesting. It boosts everything about the finish. It has moments where it almost looks like a gradient.
I love this so much that it *might* be my Halloween manicure. We'll see. Maybe a different base color. Mattifying it when it's layered makes it almost look green. This stuff is so cool!
Bottom line: One of the best polish dollars I've ever spent! Versatile, visually interesting, fairly unique, and looks more like $15 than $1. If you spot this at one of the discount stores, GRAB! I'm gonna be hunting down a bottle for Zeus and maybe a backup for myself.
How weird is it that Nichole may have posted more swatches this week than I have? I do have some coming up for next week.....and nail art...and weirdest of all...makeup! We both have so much planned for Halloween.