If you're a longtime reader of this blog, then you know that I don't often go crazy over red nail polish. But every once in a while a certain red catches my eye and I fall hard for it. The last red that really won my heart was Maybelline Autumn Leaves from back in the Fall of 2011. Not since then has a fall limited edition red really spoken to me but, I'm telling you, this Milani polish is The One. I even named the title of this blog post after the post I wrote for that Maybelline polish back in 2011, because I feel like it deserves the same amount of praise.
Milani Color Statment Nail Lacquer in Echanted Garnet
From the Fall 2014 Limited Edition Bedazzled Collection
(retail: $3.99, 0.33 oz)
Before I get to my review, I want to let you know that as of the time of this post, the Bedazzled collection is no longer available on the Milani website (hopefully it pops up there again soon..sometimes that happens!). But I have heard from readers who have still been finding this collection at their Walgreens and CVS stores quite recently. Per Milani, this collection is exclusive to CVS and Walgreens, so hopefully you can still find it in your area. And if you can't, perhaps try Amazon or eBay. To me personally, it's worth the hunt. Keep reading to find out why...
Enchanted Garnet is a shimmery crimson in a blacked jelly base. I intentionally left some of this polish on the rim of the bottle above, so that you can get a better idea of the blackened base.
Two coats, no top coat
In very low lighting, the blackened base can make it appear that you're wearing black nail polish (or a very, very dark, vampy red). But once even just a bit of light hits your nails, WOWEEE! That shimmer comes out and gives this polish the most gorgeous glow. I cannot stop looking at my nails when I'm wearing this color and it almost puts me in a little trance sometimes (weird, I know, but hey, I'm a polish fanatic and sometimes pretty nail polishes have that power over me). In full sunlight there's no way you'd mistake this for a black nail polish--it looks like a gorgeous, rich, shimmery crimson in the sun. But I'm telling you--dim light, low light, sunlight--it doesn't matter. I love it in all of its various states. It's one of those fall/winter colors that goes with everything but it never gets boring.
As for application, the first coat is a tiny bit streaky, but two coats is all you need for excellent opacity. This polish dries quickly and dries to a nice, shiny finish. The formula is super easy to work with and I love the narrow brush. This one's pretty much perfection in a bottle, all the way around.
FINAL VERDICT: If you see this at CVS or Walgreens, and you even so much as like deep reds, I say grab it. I know that colors like this aren't unique and I'm sure this one's dupe-able to a certain extent, but there's something a bit special about this particular shade. I don't know if it's the ratio of blackened base to red shimmer, or if it's the particular shade of red shimmer that gets me, but something about Enchanted Garnet speaks to me in a way that very, very few reds speak to me. I honestly can't recommend this enough and I really hope that Milani considers making this part of the permanent collection at some point.
Do you own any of the nail colors from the Bedazzled Collection? If so, which shades do you own and what do you think of them?
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