Eat Sleep Polish The Winged Monkeys
Deciding it was time for a switch-up to a non-springtime vampy dark, I pulled Eat Sleep Polish The Winged Monkeys out for a spin this week.
|indoor, bright CF lighitng|
The Winged Monkeys is a black base full of vampy plum holo shimmer. When wet, it looks just like the bottle - a subtle gleam of wine-colored smoke sparkling over the dark, but when it dries down (yes, even after topcoating as I always do) it appears nearly black in most lighting.
|shady, overcast daylight|
The formula is a touch thick, which is actually helpful since if this pooled in the sidewalls you'd have a very difficult time with clean up. As it was, this ultra dark shade clings pretty tenaciously to cuticles - careful painting is an absolute must here. TWM is nearly opaque on the first coat, but needs a second to even everything out, and dries satin so needs topcoat.
|outdoor, bright sunlight for both|
Even in bright sunlight, the shimmer somehow sinks into the polish, giving a much more subtle sparkle than what the bottle suggested. It's a classy off-black that will likely be an attractive base for flakies or toppers that really pop over black, but I didn't love it enough to wear it solo for long.
|outdoor, bright afternoon sunlight|
I wanted to bring back the subtle vampy shimmer of the bottle without going for a bold, obvious stamping pattern - this is Hit the Bottle Paint the Town Violet using a trilaterally symmetrical design from the Symetrika 04 plate.
|indoor, bright CF lighting|
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. A decent formula and wear time, but surprise black polishes make me a sad monkey.
Where to buy: Eat Sleep Polish is sadly closed now, so check in destashes and blog sales.