Thursday, January 13, 2011

NEW American Apparel Trenchcoat

When I went and bought the polishes to send to my last American Apparel giveaway winner I picked up a few for myself, including Port, which I showed you here.  This polish is another part of that haul.  It seems to me that American Apparel released a couple "safe" colors, a couple trendy colors, and a couple of ugly-pretty colors.  The following, Trenchcoat, falls under the last category.

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. 


  1. I definitely own a few colours that fall under the ugle-pretty category, and while I wear them, I don't really enjoy them as much as the colours that suit my skin tone. I like them, but I don't love them. I dunno, I'm weird haha

    Best of luck with your new semester!! I'm in my 3rd year of uni with 1 more year to go and I can't wait to be done. I know I'll miss it once it's over, but right now, graduation can't come soon enough haha

  2. Nice color, I'd wear it for uniqueness although I doubt it will go well with my skin. I can't even imagine a skin tone suited to it.

  3. I must own it. Maybe thinning it will help with the formula? IDK. But I need that uggo-awesome color in my life.

  4. I love fugly colors like this - this one is going on my list ;-)

    I want to thank you for introducing me to AA nail polishes - I'm in love! Interestingly, for me they wear really well! I'm currently wearing California Trooper, topped with CND Sparkling Silver Effect - it's been 2 full days and NO signs of wear, which is a lot for me. I also like how opaque they are. The only thing I don't like is the bottle shape! Feels unstable to me. I'm always worried I'm going to knock it over!

  5. I find almost all of my friends who went through graduate school have serious anxiety going back each semester. It's completely normal.

  6. Hmm... I have a particular notion of ugliness and beauty, quite often lead by my attraction of the weird, the unseen, the unique and the unusual. In that respect, Trenchcoat is great. I would buy it, I would wear it if the closest AA store wasn't at 125 miles away from me. Hello Paris! Ok, also maybe if the formula was better because I'm not having any patience with thick polishes. They end up in the back of my drawers and they make me angry.

    Don't let the stress devour you, Steph. Easier to tell than make, I know.

  7. Thanks, Helena. That actually does make me feel a little better.

  8. Good luck with the new semester! I tagged you for the Stylish Blogger Award.

  9. Hello there! I've tagged you with a Stylish Blogger award here. :D Thanks for being so awesome!

    You're such a qt.

  10. I really like this color on you, but I'm not a fan of yellow or yellow/green polishes on my own nails.

    AA polishes are one of my favorite brands, but I do hear what you're saying about the chipping. I tried Sally Hansen's Hard as Nails clear polish on top, and it tends to keep it chip free for 3 days!

  11. Definitely Dijon. I think I'll save it for sandwiches.

    Panic attacks. Was shocked when the doc said that's what was happening, but probably shouldn't have been. Stress is a funny thing, we'd get nowhere without it but sometimes it sure screws us up. Hopefully your seminar went well today and now that the hardest part is over the stress will decrease.

  12. I have to admit, I find this to be pretty fugly. A couple of the "ugly pretty" shades have appealed to me though. Like AA's MacArthur Park. Why? No idea.
    Good luck with this semester!

  13. Laura, you'll see MacArthur Park on me in an upcoming post. I got that one as well.

    Thanks for the well wishes, you guys :)

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  15. Colors like this one are definitely interesting, at least to me. Wonder how it compares to ChG Classic Camel or butter London's Bumster...

  16. Hi, so I've been obsessing over finding a dijon mustard color for a while now and this looks awesomely perfect in the lit picture but I looked it up online and it doesn't come close to looking like that. Macarthur park looks exactly like what I wanted online, but when I saw it at the store, it looked really green and wrong.
    So, could you please please please tell me how similar Trench Coat looks to
    or if it looks as a lot more nude like the online version.


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