Hello my long lost blog! Some NOTD for you. I’ve still not found the perfect wine/burgundy shade but this one sure does come close. It is, however, somewhat of a shape shifter, you’ll see in the pics below.
CoverGirl Wine to Five has a great formula, and was almost opaque in one coat. If you had super steady hands, this would be a one coater for you! Dry time was good, and the finish is glossy and feels plastic-y, in a durable, resilient way. Only gripe is the somewhat unwieldy chunky square top, which I’m sure wouldn’t be a huge problem for some but I have some pretty angry carpal tunnels after painting a bunch of furniture, so gripping it was tricky.
In indoor light, this was a nice deep wine, with the right balance of red to purple. When taken outdoors (rainy and cloudy) it appeared more of a cherry red, and when taken with flash it went straight to a fuchsia pink! I don’t really mind, it keeps it interesting. Swatches!
Current front runner in the search for the perfect wine shade. Any suggestions from those who have found a good wine shade polish?
Why does it seem so difficult to find the perfect burgundy or wine coloured nail polish? It’s a matter of finding, for my skin tone, the perfect blend of red, purple, brown and depth of colour. Just about everything I find is either too red, too purple, or too brown. As LA Colors has a proven track record of not disappointing me, I thought I would give this shade, Transformer, a go. They are so cheap that even if it wasn’t right for me, I wouldn’t be disappointed. But I wasn’t disappointed!
LA Colors Transformer is a gorgeous deep red/wine shade in a jelly formula. It builds perfectly, and is opaque enough at two coats, but I used three for the swatches to make sure I captured as much of the depth of shade as possible. with three coats and a top coat, I had only minor chips and tip wear going into the fourth day where it was time for a change, so performance is more than satisfactory!
I had some troubles getting these swatches to show at their true deep cherry shade. My camera tends to make reds brighter and more orange if I’m not careful, especially with flash. I think most of these pictures are without flash. Keep in mind these are a smidge darker and more wine like in person. It also seems to go on darker than the bottle colour, which I am perfectly ok with!
I can find LA Colors for a dollar or two, and the wear is fantastic. The shade is almost perfect, it’s blue enough based to look fine against my skin. My only issue with this polish is that it’s hard to photograph properly, which of course won’t stop me from wearing it! I will still hunt for the perfect burgundy. If you like deep cool tones reds and wine shades, definitely pick this one up!