Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Indigo Bananas Black Based Beauties

Happy hump day, dear readers! It is a grey and rainy day so far here in Northern California for me, so what could be better than a post featuring some dark shades with pops of colour! In a recent post, I shared several brighter polishes by Indigo Bananas that I love, and I thought today would be the perfect day to share two black-based polishes that are beautiful as well. Let's check them out!

When Are We?
With shiny top coat
With matte top coat
A black jelly filled with a unique shimmer that twinkles multiple colors, and at some angles shifts green blue.  This shimmer is similar to the Clarins/'unicorn pee' shimmer (which is what is in several other IB polishes such as Hole in the Sky and Gods & Monsters), and therefore it "glows" and looks different than other similar shimmers.

Wait, what's this? Polish photos with matte top coat?!? I picked up yet another bottle of matte top coat and it seems as though the gnomes that stole all my bottles before I could even use them are no longer interested in the matte finish. Seriously, I have had four bottles disappear on me and still have no clue what happened to them. I digress so let me get back to the polish...

When Are We? is a beautiful polish, and I adore the colourful pops of glitter against the dark background. The formula was really nice and easy to work with; I used three coats plus top coat for these photos. I prefer When Are We? to be shiny, but it is still pretty as a matte.

Rainbow in the Dark
With shiny top coat
With matte top coat
 Black (blue leaning)
Shifts: red and green large multichrome flakes, gold and blue tiny flakies
Finish: smooth flakie, linear holographic

Rainbow in the Dark is one of those polishes that gave me a flashback to when I was a little girl. Story time! For as long as I could remember, I recalled being at a location peering down into a body of water and seeing a sunken pirate ship that was falling apart and littered with the skeletons of the crew. Sharks wove around the broken wooden mast and a rainbow appeared on the water's surface. Surely this was just a dream, but it all seemed so real to me. Many years later when I was 18, we took a family trip to Hawaii and visited the Pearl Harbor Memorial. As soon as I looked down at the water as the sunken USS Arizona, this memory came rushing back to me. Obviously the details were embellished in my five year old mind, but it suddenly made sense. The rainbow flakes against the black base remind me of the oil droplets creating the rainbow effect at the water's surface.

Rainbow in the Dark is gorgeous in either shiny or the matte state. Even with all the flakes, it was really easy to work with and I had no trouble with the formula. I used three coats plus top coat for these photos.

These two shades are beautiful, and I love the combination of colour against the black base! It's the time of year where it rains all the time here, and I am going to be wearing these a lot!

Both of these polishes can be picked up at the Indigo Bananas website here.

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!


  1. I'm a firm believer that everything should have a matte topcoat these days! LOVE!

    1. I'm so glad to finally get to use a matte top coat! I'm definitely going to give it some love!

  2. I love how Rainbow in the Dark looks matted.

  3. I love dark polishes, and both of these are awesome...sigh...

  4. Woah, the shimmer in these is just out-of-this world. I love all the different colors packed into a black polish.

  5. When Are We? glossy is fantastic! I love both of these on you.


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