Marc Jacobs Blue Velvet is a very dark blue polish with green shimmer running through it. In the bottle it is so gorgeous you won’t be able to stand it.
It is a seriously wow type of colour. Wow. Wow. Wow. Mr Swatchfest has asked me to wear this repeatedly (where I have defied him and worn whatever else I wanted such as Gatsby or Lola (but he was ok with Lola)) and so when I finally did it he looked almost excited.
And then the disappointment set in. I was a little bit disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, this is a gorgeous polish. But the green iridescence that is apparent in the bottle doesn’t transfer as readily to the nail. I want to look down at my nails and see the same as what you see in the bottle. I’m sure we’ve all been in this position before where we look at the bottle and swoon and then paint our nails and look at them and go “hey?!”. That’s a little bit of what happened with me and Blue Velvet.
That and me singing the song every time I mentioned the name, Blue Velvet, to anyone or anything. You don’t have to say it, I know. I’m kooky. It can be endearing. Or irritating. Your mileage may vary on this one.
On the nail the colour is a very very very dark green-blue. An ocean blue according to Sephora. It is very dark and does veer into black territory but I’m a bit fond of the ol’ blue polish so I’m not going to diss it too much.
I deviated from my usual swatchiness here to mention that the swatches below include base coat and top coat. I applied base coat more from a nail staining preventative thinking that a colour this dark could cause some serious mischief on my nails and then after two coats of colour where I didn’t get blown away by the shimmer, I added a coat of Seche Vite to see if it would bring the shimmer to life. It did. But it wasn’t mind-blasting. The differences weren’t that significant between no top coat and top coat (besides the glossiness being amped up by Seche Vite). The application is flawless and you could get away with one coat with this one but I did the two to make sure. I’m really loving the formula on these Marc Jacobs polishes. So far (except for Lux), I’ve had no issues with this line.
Mr Swatchfest on the other hand looked disappointed. “Wow, it’s DARK!”. I think he was hoping it too would be a little more true to bottle colour where the depth of the blue is counteracted a little by the lit-from-within glow that comes from the green iridescent shimmer. But alas it did not. I feel that I need to mention that Mr Swatchfest is a man’s man. A bloke. But he understands my love of polish and therefore is an enabler to my addiction. He usually doesn’t take much of an interest but not only did he want this one on, he was disappointed by it being so dark and not so shimmery. So if you are a little bit like him, Blue Velvet is super dark and not as shimmery as the bottle colour so brace yourself for that. Other than that is still is beautiful. I think it looks pretty gorgeous on but I like blues and I don’t mind dark polishes.
Disclaimer: Blue Velvet was purchased from Marc Jacobs website.