Upfront warning, this is a sheer polish. This is a duochrome/multichrome polish. I took pictures both sheer and layered. There are *lots* of pictures!
Last year Models Own launched a very successful collection of 5 polishes (which I haven't yet posted swatches of but I know you've all seen them already!)
This year, as a Spring/Summer 2012 Collection, they announced the addition of 3 new Beetlejuice polishes Indian Ocean, Copper Pot and Tropical Summer.
First up is Indian Ocean, in my view the prettiest and most duochrome of the three. And the most sheer.
First up I tried it alone - these swatches are 3 coats with no top coat. As you can see it's pretty sheer with loads of visible nail line. And I think my delightfully stained nails may make it look greener than it is. I've seen other blogs that went up to 5 coats, but it was not fully opaque.
Oooooh, but look at the pretties...
To me, Indian Ocean is a sheer grey toned blue with masses of pink/gold duochrome shimmer. Models Own describe it as "a calming iridescent blue with soft pink undertones"
So then I thought I'd try layering it. First over a mid blue, OPI What's With the Cattitude. In hindsight this blue was a bit too bright and strong.
This is 2 coats over 3 coats of What's With the Cattitude.
Then I tried it over a more muted, but slightly too dark blue - Nails Inc Queensgate Terrace, a slighty dusky, mildy periwinkle mid blue creme
Again two coats over 2 coats of Queensgate Terrace.
Finally I thought I'd give it some underwear and try it over a nude base, Nails Inc Instyle Bare
But what can I say, it's gorgeous, if a little tricky!
The duochrome is fantastic, sparkly, foily with a strong colour change and it's looks gorgeous in sunlight and shade.
Make sure you pick this one up, just don't bother with it alone, layer it up!
What do you think of Indian Ocean?