The real color of this polish falls somewhere in-between the photos in natural light and the photos in artificial light. While the natural light photos represent the polish well in terms of tone, the artificial light photos show how yellow this shade leans. While I wouldn't describe it as yellow per se, I think the color bears a striking resemblance to Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard. It has been snowing in Cleveland pretty much non-stop for the past forty-eight hours, so good natural light has been hard to come by, as you can probably tell from my abysmal photos.
The application on Trenchcoat was not as good as I would expect from an American Apparel polish. It was very thick and difficult to get even. It only took two coats for opacity, but I felt like I should do a third to even things out. I didn't. I let Seche try to even it out for me, and that worked fairly well, as you can see. After having worn numerous American Apparel polishes, I can tell you that I love many things about them but also dislike a few things about them. I love that AA makes unique and beautiful cremes. I love that [for the most part] they're really easy to apply. I love the square bottles. However, I dislike the wear time. I often have chips or tipwear within hours after application and I have never had an American Apparel polish last for more than two solid days on me. The new polishes that they have released that I've tried have had formula issues. Port was too runny and Trenchcoat was too thick. If you let the polishes sit for an extended period of time--I'm talking like, four days--the formula separates, requiring extremely vigorous shaking or rolling in order to mix the separated parts. Also, the names differ slightly on the website as opposed to what's printed on the bottle. For example, the website calls Berry "Berries" and Trenchcoat "Trench Coat." I know this is a small, nitpicky thing, but these are the things that I notice readily.
Will these beefs stop me from purchasing American Apparel in the future? No, of course not. They're pretty. L'Esprit is one of the most beautiful polishes I own and California Trooper is too unique and weird not to love. I really like a lot of their polishes. I just thought I should get these grievances off my chest, so to speak.
Here's a [not so good] picture of me wearing the polish. As you can see, it doesn't go well with my skintone. But I still kind of like it. It has that Sally Hansen Salon Forsythia quality to it that I'm so fond of. Another great color, American Apparel, but please fix the formula on this one.
So! School has started. It's Thursday and today is the day that I have the seminar I'm most worried about this semester. I guess I just have to dive in and trust that I'll do okay. I have been having a lot of trouble sleeping lately, which is strange because I've cut back slightly on the caffeine. I had what I believe was a small panic attack on Monday morning before I left my apartment for my first class. I don't know when I became so high-strung that I can't even cope with the first day of school in a normal way, but there you have it. I think I'll be really glad when the weekend comes, although this semester appears to be even more reading-intensive than the last, if that's even possible, so I surmise that I'll be spending most of my time either in the library or a nearby coffee shop.
In fourteen and a half weeks I'll be done with this semester, too. And then I'll be halfway to my Masters. Eyes on the prize, right?
So that's what's going on in my little world. How are you guys feeling about Trenchcoat? It's admittedly an ugly-ish shade, but would you buy it? Wear it? Am I crazy for liking it? Spill.