I have a special vintage gem today. This is Misa- Embroidered Emerald. It is about 11 years old. I was lucky enough to snag it in a blog sale! I don't have many Misas, but I fell in love with this one as soon as I saw pictures of it floating around in the nail blogging world.
The color is somewhat difficult to describe. It's green shimmer floating in a dark, almost brick red base that leans towards brown. The base also sometimes looks like a plum. The shimmer looks blue in some lights and green in others.
In natural daylight, you can see how beautiful the shimmer is!
In indoors with the flash, this polish looks much different. You can see the dark brown of the base and the shimmer isn't as apparant. The formula on this was a little thin, so I used three thick coats in order to achieve opacity.
Indoors without the flash, it just looks like a plain brown shimmer- but it's definitely more special than that.
There are a couple dupes to this polish. There's the coveted Urban Decay- Bruise that I do not yet own but would love to. Also in ORLY's Cosmic Fx collection released a couple years ago, Galaxy Girl has the same idea with the color, but instead of a shimmer, it's more of a glass fleck finish. MAC also makes a pigment called Blue Brown which I have that reminds me of this. I will have to add a swatch of it eventually.