Other than vampy-hued nail lacquers, I’m a total sucker for anything multi-chromatic, especially if it literally stops me in my tracks the way GOSH’s ‘Galaxy’ did recently while I was running errands at my local Pharmaprix (Shopper’s Drug Mart to all non-Québecers). Ever notice how the cosmetics department is the first section you encounter at a drugstore? Yeah…that’s lethal for a beauty aficionado; you just KNOW you’ll be walking away with something. At least this time is was just this one unique bottle of varnish. Maybe two … but that’s for another post!
#612 Galaxy – (CAD $7.99 8 ml/0.3 fl.oz) is a highly complex shade that almost defies being pinned down in description. A sheer-ish taupe/bronze base colour that is absolutely filled with gold, green, blue, and purple irregularly shaped & finely ground glass-flecked shimmer. Bearing an excellent flow and viscosity to the formula, I found that 2 coats gives decent coverage, although it seems to turn the base colour somewhat browner at this point. With a reflective foil-like finish, there’s definitely an ombré effect seen, where the tips can appear darker and an almost greenish cast seen in some lights that provides that gorgeous duo & multi-chromatic tone. Perfectly self-levelling and with a surprisingly high glossy finish at the end, removal wasn’t too difficult, excepting for some of the more stubborn shimmery bits. Coats applied: 3 (thin)
Alls watches are with base and top coats and I encourage you to click to enlarge the following photos for ‘Galaxy’s’ full impact.
GOSH ‘Galaxy’ – decorative cap
The 2 polishes which bear a similar look & finish and that came to mind, are OPI’s ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ and ‘The World is Not Enough’ (both previously reviewed here) from the brand’s latest ‘Skyfall’ release, but even before swatching, you can clearly note how different they all are:
- index finger: OPI ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ – identical sheerness level, greyer based with steel blue undertones, good shine but without ‘Galaxy’s’ high gloss finish
- middle & pinkie fingers: GOSH ‘Galaxy’
- ring finger: OPI ‘The World is Not Enough’ – the sheerest formula and lightest in tone of the 3, not as glossy as ‘Galaxy’
GOSH ‘Galaxy’ & comparisons
GOSH ‘Galaxy’ & comparisons
Final thoughts: As I’m not up on GOSH’s releases, I couldn’t tell you if this particular shade was from a specific collection or not, although with “special edition” printed on the bottle along with the stars decorating the cap, I’m going to guess that this was probably a limited edition colour. The formula, as with several other GOSH lacquers that I’ve tried, was quite good and if 3 coats of polish seems like a lot, then I imagine one layer over a black base would probably achieve the same depth of tone, although you may lose some of its unique complexity. Definitely a varnish that will be conversation-starting, ‘Galaxy’ is so worth hunting down, in my opinion … in particular if you also happen to be a sci-fi buff like me!
*Disclaimer: Some products provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration