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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Barielle Date Night

So, one of the side benefits of re-organizing my stash was re-discovering polishes I had previously purchased that had gotten lost in the chaos.  One of those polishes was Barielle Date Night...

(I apologize for the super-short ringer finger... once again I had a bad break and I'm having to grow it back out)

Date Night came out a few years ago, at the end of 2008, right before the green craze in nail polish  reached a fever pitch.  I remember seeing pictures of it on All Lacquered Up and I immediately fell in love.  However, as, at the time I wasn't completely comfortable wearing dark green on my nails, I didn't buy it.  Of course, that was an issue I quickly got over, but I still never got around to picking up Date Night.  

Then, a few months ago, Barielle offered a percentage-off sale (I'm thinking it was 30%) on their website.  As polishes are always B1G1 half-off at Barielle.com, I decided that would be a perfect opportunity to pick up some of their polishes.  I mainly stuck to the new colors, however, as Date Night was the only one of their previous colors that I added to my cart.  

When I got my order from Barielle, I was so taken aback by the fact that the new releases didn't match their online swatches, that I stuck Date Night in a box and promptly forgot about it.  Then, like I mentioned above, I found it during my re-organization.  As I remembered how much I liked the color, I figured it would be a good one to use as a full manicure, before I stuck it on the shelf and forgot about it again.  :P

As I was applying it, I was honestly thinking that I was going to write a fairly neutral review.  I mean, in 2012, the color isn't as unique as it was in 2008, but once I started applying it, my opinion began to change.  As you've probably guessed, Date Night is a dark green shimmer.  That much is obvious, though it's what I would consider to be on the lighter side of dark green.  However, what isn't so obvious is the super-fine micro-shimmer in a shade of green that is one or two shades lighter than the base.  Also, there are silver ribbons in the bottle, that I first thought were going to equal to a frosty mess (that is not unheard of with Barielle), but that was not the case with this one (I was pleasantly surprised).  There are brushstrokes (probably a side effect of the silver ribbons), but in this polish, they were not bothersome and, in fact, I think the brush strokes add to the luster of the finish.  

Additionally, the formula on this one was perfect.  Sometimes, Barielles can be thick or goopy, and require a ton of thinner to play nice, but this one had none of those issues.  It was almost-opaque at one coat, and I simply had to apply a second one to cover a few thin spots.  It did dry a bit matte for me, but a quick coat of top coat shined it right up.

Barielle Date Night is available at Barielle.com.  You can also find Barielle numerous places online, like Transdesign.  On their website, their are $8 each, but $6 if you buy in multiples of two (with the half-off BOGO).  They are $3.60 at Transdesign, but then again, shipping is much more from there.  

I purchased Date Night myself from Barielle's website.  The above links are not affiliate links.


PassionForPolish said...

Really beautiful even with the brush strokes :)

Liesl said...

Oh my gosh, this is GORGIE. And there was a green craze that reached fever pitch and I missed out?? Though honestly, if greens were THAT on-trend I probably would have been irritated and not worn them until they hype went away. lol. Or maybe not.

A Polish Problem said...

When I first got back in to nail polish, it was late 2008/early 2009 and I remember deep greens were in high demand. I think it was mainly fueled by NARS Zulu (this was before the re-release when it was crazy scarce and much sought-after). That was back when polish companies weren't really releasing greens with their new collections. Nowadays, a deep green is pretty commonplace in any new collection, especially a fall/winter collection, so it's not as crazy, but at the time, people were snatching up greens like crazy.

A Polish Problem said...

And thank you. It really is a gorgeous polish.

A Polish Problem said...

Thank you.

Normally, I hate brushstrokes, but I think they actually work with this polish.

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