ILNP Cygnus Loop Polish Review and Swatches
Warning! This post is photo intensive! Enjoy!
The first time I saw the polish bottles during the presale of the ILNP’s Ultra Chrome limited edition line, I just about fell out of my chair.
How was it that an indie polish maker could create colors so stunning?! I wanted to have all four of them! But how?
I’ve been on a no-buy for a year, since my husband was laid off in September of 2012.
Like all addicts, I’ve fallen off the wagon a couple of times with a few 99 cent polishes from The Dollar Tree, but for the most part I’ve been really good.
I’m sure you can relate to my excitement when I realized that my birthday was 3 weeks away.
I had birthday checks on their way! Sweet!!!
This gave me the opportunity to choose two; Cygnus Loop (purple) and Birefringence (blue).
We’ve all seen duochromes, but Barbra, the creator of I Love Nail Polish polishes has managed to do the seemingly impossible …. a pentachrome ….
Yep, five colors!!!!
ILNP Cygnus Loop Description
Here’s Barbra’s description and inspiration:
Who would’ve thought you could wear the remnants of a supernova on your fingertips? Cygnus Loop is a stunner of a polish that may just blow your mind right into another galaxy. Depending on the light and angle of your lovely fingertips, Cygnus Loop will shuffle through a bright purple, to orange, to yellow, and even a little bit of green. Woah!
Cygnus Loop is part of ILNP’s “Ultra Chrome” class of chromatic nail polishes; formulated to apply directly to the nail without the need for a base color. Fully opaque after 2 coats!
Cygnus Loop starts as an intense deep royal purple, sprinkled with holographic bits of heaven, which shifts to magenta, fuschia, a golden burnt red, and green.
Personally, I couldn’t figure out how to photograph this to see the green, like in the bottle. A few other bloggers actually photographed their manicure under water (Alexis Leigh, Very Emily ) to capture all of the colors.
Cygnus Loop In Sunlight
Bright sunlight enhances the deep purple bordering on blue intensity, illuminates the holographic bits, and brings out the fuchsia and magenta shift.
The red and gold shift only reveals itself in shade or indoors which makes it a delightful polish for the colder season when we spend more hours indoors.
I was finally able to see the burnt gold inside after I finished the photo shoot and it had started raining. (The joys of living in the Pacific Northwest.)
Fortunately I had caught it in the bottle. Notice that it’s the portion in shade?
Cygnus Loop in Shade
I used two coats of my favorite ridge filling base coat Bliss Kiss™ Simply Smooth™, then two coats of Cygnus Loop, and nail art sandwiched between two coats of Bliss Kiss™ Simply Quick™.
The flower stickers are by Kiss™ available at Walmart, Target and numerous drug stores nationwide.
Silver striping tape is available at Amazon and Ebay.
Since it’s best to paint your polish layers thinly, the first coat of this polish goes on un-evenly with a black tint.
I was a little bit more generous with my second coat to achieve full coverage.
The application was smooth with just the right amount of working time to smooth out my application and minimize brush strokes.
In the future, I plan to use a dark purple or black as my first coat of color so I can use this amazing polish longer.