When writing this blog, I try my hardest to pick the polishes and write about what you all are most interested in. Looking over the analytics for this blog, I've noticed that American Apparel Smoke Dazzle is search term I get returned by the most. Given American Apparel isn't that well known for nail polish, it's interesting that it would be my biggest hitter. It must mean there are lots of you out there that are looking for swatches and can't find them. All this of course, is a long segue into my review for another American Apparel polish, this time a lovely blue-purple duochrome called Violet Panache.
Starting off, I applied a coat of Sally Hansen Navy Baby. Given that this is a blue polish, I prefer to use a navy over a black. Tends to blend better around the edges. Next up, two coats of Violet Panache. This polish created such a good effect going on. Looking at it closely, it's almost clear but completely jam packed with flecked glitter. I nearly stopped at one coat as it was just adding this gorgeous purple shimmer effect but thought I'd see what it looked like more opaque. Application was really good although you couldn't wear this one without a coloured base coat.
See what I mean about the flaked glitter? You'll want to click for a close-up on this one, it's just so pretty up close.
Another thing I liked about this one is how strong the duochrome effect is. Normally it's really hard to capture on camera but this was dead easy. The blue to purple shift is really strong and pretty, I'm a fan.
The Verdict: This is one of the better blue-purple duochromes I've tried. The application is good though you will need a base colour, the colour shift is great and it's super sparkly. Yet another good one from American Apparel.
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