Thursday, April 21, 2011

Color Club Wild Orchid + Manatees!

    Today's animal is the manatee!

    I love manatees...they remind me of babies. Fat, grey underwater babies with flippers and a tail. So cute! Manatees like warm water and are native to the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, the Amazon Basin, and the coast of West Africa. They're as intelligent as dolphins and are also super friendly and gentle. Unfortunately for them, they are also uber nosy and instead of being afraid of new things like most animals, they'll go closer and check them out. That's how they end up way too close to boats. People driving the boats don't see them or just aren't paying attention, and as a result, the manatees will often get slashed by the propellers and die from those injuries. Manatees are also very vulnerable to habitat destruction (oh hi there bp), algae blooms (caused by farmers using too much fertilizer) and poachers. It's very hard out there for a manatee, which is sad, because they really are sweet animals. They don't even eat meat. :(

  For such a special animal, I couldn't do a plain creme, so I went with Wild Orchid, from Color Club's Untamed Luxury Collection. 

Wild Orchid is a slightly lavender-toned grey creme base with silver, lavender, and purple microshimmer in it. I couldn't get the lavender or purple to show on camera, but in the right light, you can easily see it in real life.

Sunlight, no flash.

Natural light, no flash.

Sunlight, no flash.

Sunlight, no flash.

      Wild Orchid is pretty! The shade of grey is flattering and a little unusual because of the slight lavender cast, and the shimmer is a great touch. It looks silver to me for much of the time, but when the purple and greenness come out, they're a nice little treat. I think this is more of the amount of shimmer that I would have liked to see on Cult Nails My Kind of Cool Aid. It's subtle enough to not draw attention, but not so subtle that the wearer can't see it. 
     Color Club usually does a good job with their formulas, and Wild Orchid is no exception. I only needed two coats for full opacity, and there were no issues with streaking or dragging. I did have some unevenness, but that was probably user error, and was smoothed over nicely with a layer of topcoat.

And that's all for today! Thanks for reading, and I hope everyone is gearing up for a wonderful Earth Day tomorrow!! It's Friday too, so yeahhh double party yo.