I've turned into a massive fan of YSL nail polishes! It's not that they're particularly innovative when it comes to colours, textures or price for that matter, but what I absolutely love about them is that they don't smell horrendous like other nail polishes.
With other nail polish brands, the smell during and after application is just way too strong for me. I usually sleep with my hands under my pillow and sometimes the first thing I smell when I wake up are my nails on the pillow. I swear I can smell the polish on my nails right up until the day I remove it.
Yes, I am that sensitive to smell. AHAH.
That's not to say that YSL polishes don't smell at all. You will definitely smell it when you're painting your nails but after 24 hours, it's virtually gone.
I recently bought No. 28 Bronze Aztec which is one of those colours you have to see in person to realise how beautiful it is. It's one of those metallic shades that is a million shades depending on what angle you're looking at my nails. The colour is very close to black but upon closer inspection it's actually a deep olive shade with hints of bronze shimmer.
Like the rest of YSL's nail polishes, it glides on effortlessly and dries very, very quickly. The finish is always smooth and elegant-looking.
The consistency is perfect so you can get by with one application. With one coat, you'll get a metallic finish with a slight khaki tint.
I was going for a slightly darker look, so this is with two layers. You can definitely see in this photo that it is somewhat black with some subtle shimmers that the light has caught. I love how the shimmers don't steal the show. You have to look closely or be in the sun to actually notice them.
From afar, it looks like I'm wearing black matte nail polish.
I love versatility and illusions, so this is perfect for me. It's more playful than a dark navy or straight up black and different people under different lighting see different things. I just love the whole idea!
This photo was taken four days after I painted my nails and they're still looking pretty good with some minor chipping on my other fingers.