Today I've got a post that was inspired by one of my dearest bloggy buddies, Ange-Marie over at Scandalously Polished. A couple days ago I came home from work to find that she had posted something just for little ol' me. Wanna see it? Click here. In her post she talked about how meh she was feeling about China Glaze Wagon Trail. Now, I don't know if I have flat-out said this--I've beat around the bush a few times like, "Wagon Trail is in my top 5 favorite polishes"--but Wagon Trail is my Favorite Nail Polish Of All Time. Yes, it gets capitalized. What do I mean by that? I mean that if I had to get rid of every single polish that I own and only keep one, it would be Wagon Trail. It's one of two polishes that I own a backup bottle of. I knew I needed one. Why do I love it so?
Well, just look at it. Now, I don't discriminate against polishes; holos, glitters, shimmers, cremes, nudes, sheers, I'll wear 'em all. My one true love, though, are vampies. I love wearing black and "almost black" shades. I really like a lot of shades that I feel like some bloggers don't because they look so dark all the time (OPI Black Cherry Chutney, anyone?). Wagon Trail is so amazing because--and yes, I admit it--it does look nearly black indoors and in the shade.
Here it is indoors.
You can see that it does appear to be "almost-black," but it's still tinged with kind of an olive cast. So what's Wagon Trail's deal, anyway? It's a black base with a lot of shimmer. Its shimmer is predominantly gold, but there is also some green and red thrown in. The gold plus the black gives the appearance of the polish being olive green sometimes. That's what's so awesome about it.
There's a nice macro. I mean, c'mon. This is gorgeous. In the sunlight Wagon Trail also has that lit from within thing going on where it kind of looks like it's glowing in the middle of the nail and blacker around the edges. It's just stunning and I can't stop looking at my hands while I'm wearing it. And I wear it a lot. Hence the backup bottle. What's that? You wanna see it again? Okie.
Ooohhh, be still my heart. It's goin' pitter patter. Now, let's talk about where Wagon Trail came from for a sec. China Glaze's fall 2008 collection Rodeo Diva. Holy shit, if that wasn't like the best collection of all time I don't know what can top it. It has brought me so many gorgeous polishes. Red Stallion. Side Saddle. Midnight Ride. Branding Iron. Gussied Up Green. Golden Spurs. Prize Winning Mare. And oh, did I mention Wagon Trail? Almost every polish in that collection is incredible. I have a lot more readers now than when I did my long-ass Rodeo Diva review, but I found the entire collection in a dusty in either late January or early February. I wore every polish from the collection over the next two weeks and I blogged about each of them. If you wanna see that, check the February archives.
What I'm basically saying is that I love everything about Wagon Trail, from its provenance to its appearance. I love its formula too, but make sure to wait at least thirty seconds between coats or you'll get cuticle drag. I used two coats for the manicure above, plus one coat of Seche Vite. This is my favorite way for my nails to look. Period. I love it.
Now, Ange-Marie and I have talked many times about polishes that we dearly want. We once exchanged names of discontinued OPIs that we would be willing to shove old ladies for. One of mine was At Your Quebec and Call from OPI's Canada collection. It's a shimmery olive green, slightly blackened, that I have been looking for forever. Ange very rightly called it Wagon Trail's kissin' cousin. At the end of her post to which I linked you above she revealed that she found At Your Quebec and Call in a dusty and that she was SENDING ME A BOTTLE. I came home to a little package last night when I dragged myself back into the house around 1am.
Look at that little beauty. Hello, lover. So Ange, dear Ange, thank you. Thank you so much for sending me this little gem that I've wanted for so long. Thank you for inspiring me to bust out Wagon Trail yet again.
Now, what do you guys think about Wagon Trail? Most of the people who commented on Ange's post didn't like it, which I found really surprising. Do you like it? Do you have it? Are you looking for it? Spill.