I’ve never claimed to be hip, and my personal style resides nowhere near the vicinity of cutting edge. But there’s one way, and one way only, that I can manage to achieve up-to-the-minute, on-trend looks in my life: nail polish. I don’t care if you’re rocking mom-jeans, jorts, or any other fashion faux-pas (wait, are jorts in again??), you can always keep your nail color current and fashionable even if everything else in your life is…well…a little on the safe side.
Enter BleachBlack. Have you heard of this online “Conversational Fashion Diary”? It’s OK if you’re late the party, because I was too. Founded by Kristin Reiter and Valerie Killeen, two painfully stylish friends, former colleagues and fashion industry veterans, BleachBlack’s goal is to spotlight “iconic style muses, musical prodigies, DIY catastrophes / strokes-of-genius, and rarefied hot shit that the girls adore”. Sounds awesome, right? And it is.
BleachBlack is a cornucopia of fashion and it’s where I go to feel more knowledgeable about current trends and keep abreast of what’s happening NOW. I may not rush out and try to capture the looks I see on BleachBlack, but this site makes me feel like I’m keeping at least a finger in the pool of relevancy and it helps keeps me from feeling like I will soon hear, “Nevermind, you don’t get it” when I try to carry on a conversation with a 20-year-old.
So you can only imagine how elated I was to discover that the girls from BleachBlack, known for their uber-chic style and sense of fashion, recently created an eponymous nail polish line. Regardless of our own personal fashion sense, it’s now possible for all of us to easily and with little risk, achieve a little bit of “cool” for ourselves. And we don’t have to spend gobs of time, effort or money to get it.
For their first foray into the increasingly relevant and stylish world of nail color, the girls at BleachBlack had a mission. They wanted to create a color that was “a striking hybrid of Japanese Beetle Green and Malachite Stones with a hint of Metallic Shine.” That’s a tall order for their first attempt at bat, but after numerous trials and errors, they managed to nail it.
The wht team received the infamous BleachBlack nail polish for review, otherwise known as Dickweed (would you expect a more conventional name from these two?), and I have to say that they truly knocked it out of the park. Dickweed exquisitely blends the duo-chrome green of the Japanese Beetle with the deep, rich hue of Malachite to produce a color that is not only painfully beautiful to look at, but mysterious as well.
In the photos above, I tried to capture the chameleon-like quality of this polish. In certain lights, it appears to be more on the teal side of the spectrum (left photo – fluorescent lighting and sunlight, no flash), while in other lights (right photo – with flash) it veers into almost a deep kelly-green.
Regardless of the lighting, all the while, it manages to maintain that purplish/violet/rainbow duo-chrome effect which sets it apart from many other mid-range teals and greens on the market today. It is truly something special, and I’m willing to bet that you’ve never seen anything like it on store shelves. You can find Dickweed online at Need Supply Co and leave it to our hip friends at LuckyScent to have added this coveted item to their stock!
My only complaint about this polish is that it was streaky on the first coat. But as they say, “Fashion has its price”, so if you work through the streaks and delicately apply two additional coats (three total) you will achieve complete opacity. The extra effort is totally worth it, and, to mention another cliché, there is struggle in art. So it’s not surprising that something that produces such a glorious outcome can be a little finicky to obtain. To me, that’s totally appropriate and quite fitting.
The wht this team will weigh in shortly with their views about Dickweed, so be sure to check back for their opinions. In the meantime, are you as mesmerized as I am with the color of this polish?
Gianna is our expert on drugstore and budget beauty. She is the writer/editor of Nouveau Cheap, a blog that’s devoted to finding quality products that don’t break the bank.
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