Friday, May 4, 2012

Lac Attack: Serengeti Midnight

Lac Attack sent us some samples from her Wild Thing Spring 2012 collection to review and I got to do the lovely Serengeti Midnight. (Erin has already done Perfect Passion Fruit & Goldenrod and Anna did Peacock-y.) If any of you are lucky enough to be in an area where there is little or no light pollution so you can see the night sky dense with starlight, then you have an idea of what this polish is like. The base is a deep, deep, deep blue-black with multi-colored sparkles in varying degrees and sizes. A very appropriately named color!
Just like a midnight sky!
Blurring to show the glitters.

I was quite surprised when I opened the bottle because several other blogs where it had been reviewed mentioned how thin it was and how great it would be for layering. The formula I got was quite thick; in fact, it could easily have gone with one coat but I ended up using two to get in as many sparkles as possible. I'm not sure if Lac Attack has changed the formula or if this bottle was an anomaly because the polish is very textured and dense — I really can't see layering it over another color and hoping to see any of the color underneath. Possibly layering it over a black or navy creme in order to use a single coat of this more expensive polish, but certainly not for any sort of layered effect.
Two coats of Serengeti Midnight, no top coat.


A close-up to show the texture.
It dried to a sort of satin finish so I added two coats of Out The Door topcoat for a gloss finish because the texture seemed to diminish all the lovely "stars" in the polish. Even that was not altogether successful as the finish was still quite bumpy. It seemed to even it out at first, but as it dried the texture seemed to soak it up and it remained bumpy. Perhaps if I had used a layer of Gealous to level it out it might have given me the glossy surface I'd hoped for.
Even two layers of top coat leave it still quite textured.
The only other polish I have in my collection that even comes close to this is Orly Rock Solid, which also has multi-colored sparkles but in a black base with no hint of blue. That also has a textured finish, although it's much more so than Serengeti Midnight.
Here it is before the top coat dried and revealed the texture.
Here you can see how the base is blue-black and not just black.
I think I need to experiment with this polish a bit more; it holds a lot of potential with the unique blue-black base and the sparkles are really beautiful, but I'm not thrilled with the texture. Perhaps a single coat of Serengeti Midnight topped with a layer of Gealous and another of Seche Vite? I'll let you all know...

**This product was provided to me for an honest review.

6 comments :

  1. So pretty, shame about the bumpyness but it is a lovely polish

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    1. It is, isn't it? I'm going to try some other combinations of base coat/top coat to see if I can smooth it out some more.

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  2. That texture is crazy gritty! Lovely sparkle though!

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