Black Gold! #NOTD

I picked up China Glaze’s Wagon Trails ages ago but never got around to wearing it.  That changed this weekend when I spotted a bottle of Maybelline Color Show in Twilight Rays.  I’ve been eyeballing the Color Show rack, but nothing has really caught my eye yet.  Twilight Rays seemed right up my alley so I picked it up.  I wanted to see how it compared to Wagon Trails, since both lacquers are essentially a gold shimmer in a blackened base.  So here we go.

The long and the short of it is texture and formula.  Twilight Rays, an economically priced drug store polish, is a bit thick and coarsely grained.  The shimmer is nice, if a bit unrefined.  Wagon Trails, on the other hand, is divine.  Lovely formula, application was smooth, and the shimmer is finely milled and homogenous.

It struck me immediately that it looks exactly like gold sheen obsidian.  Obsidian is a naturally occurring volcanic glass.  In the gold sheen and rainbow variations, gasses released from the lava flow create deep color shifts along the layers of cooling glass.  I’m something of a rock lover, so I happen to have a large, beautiful specimen to show for comparison.

If you’ve ever watched the movie Shawshank Redemption, the “rock that has no earthly business in a Maine hayfield” is a big piece of obsidian.

Gold Sheen 1

2 coats of China Glaze Wagon Trails with 1 coat of Seche Vite and a large gold sheen obsidian stone. 2 coats of Maybelline’s Twilight Rays on thumb and index finger.  I rushed the clean-up, don’t stare.

Gold sheen obsidian shifts as you turn it in the light.  The gold tones catch light and rise up from deep within the rock, and settles back down to deep black as it passes back into shade.  Along with Ulexite, it’s one of my favorite stones in my small collection.

Gold Sheen 2

Gold sheen obsidian and gold sheen nails.

Gold Sheen 3

Bright sunlight to show the different textures. Twilight Rays on thumb and index, Wagon Trails on middle, ring, and pinkie.  Still dealing with that damn hangnail business.



About Smapte

I crochet. I crochet a lot. My speciality is amigurumi dolls based on pop culture entertainment, such as LOST, Star Trek, Mad Men and Firefly. I also crochet beanie hats with food items on them such as pancakes, sushi, burgers, spaghetti, or whatever sounds hat-worthy. Visit me at or

Posted on September 26, 2012, in Misc and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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