Valmy Zafiro is a deep glowing blue with clear blurple vibes. In my books it goes down as shimmer.
the above pictures are taken indoors in day and artificial light, the below photo outside in the shade
I applied two coats of Valmy Zafiro over Essence Hardening Nail Base. The formula is a pleasure to work with, not too thin or thick. It is nicely pigmented but I found two coats are needed to make Zafiro pulsate and vibrate on my nails. I finished the mani with Glisten&Glow HK Girl Top Coat. Oh ja, and it is quick drying - in case you wondered.
Then I got more awesome nail polish gifts from another very dear to me friend Antonella - she was staying in NYC for a couple of days and shopped for me some beautiful polishes that are not HTF but UTF (unable to find) here. One of them being Milani Twinkle, a clear based glitter bomb filled with small turquoise and magenta glitter. Zafiro and Twinkle make a perfect duo:
I applied one coat of Milani Twinkle over Valmy Zafiro l and finished the mani with another layer of Glisten&Glow HK Girl. Twinkle is while pretty dense in glitter hardly meant to be worn on its own - I am sure you would need X layers to get anything close to opacity. But it is a super versatile topper that can add a healthy dose of bling over a wide range of base colors.
I couldn't resist to mattify my mani - I used Orly Matte Top. My Essie Matte About You has reached the end of its life cycle. The remaining fourth of the bottle was rock solid and wandered into my bin. Orly Matte Top is actually not giving a matte matte finish but more of a wax-satin finish. I do have to stock up on a matte-matte finish but I do like the slightly shiny finish as it keeps the base color GLO-WING!!!
Final thoughts: I am truly blessed to have such wonderful friends and between the two of them they brought me a set of not only beautiful and unique polishes but they complement each other perfectly - I am planning to show some more combinations from polishes they brought me back soon!!!
I look forward to reading your comments - thanks for visiting!!!