I decided to don this nail polish back in January because, in addition to its beauty, the milky white base with blue, black, and bronze glitters sort of looked like snow to me. With all the snow on the ground when I swatched this (we got close to 20" in my corner of the DC area in January, holy crap!), I thought it was pretty fitting. And then, when I went to the store page to remind myself of the inspiration behind Angerona, I found this:
Angerona was a goddess who helped the Romans endure pain, sorrow and hardship, especially during the dark days of winter. She was also responsible for keeping Rome’s sacred name secret from its enemies.
Aha! I thought that was pretty cool. If Angerona helped Rome during the dark days of winter, I bet that Alison was at least sort of aiming to make this polish look a bit snowy. Well, good job!
Anyway, on to my usual review talk:
Angerona is a crelly base. It leaned a little closer to jelly in terms of application; it was a bit thin, and I needed three coats to achieve full opacity. But a true jelly usually needs at least 4 coats, and they're often much streakier than this polish was, so it's definitely a crelly. Its sheerness is probably more a result of how light the color is than of its formula.
I couldn't get many of the darker glitters onto the nail in each coat, but between three coats I did manage to get a decent coverage! I was a little more interested in getting those barely-there irridescent blue glitters onto my nails, anyway. I almost didn't even notice them until the light hit my nail just so during application, and then I was captivated! The irridescence of the blue glitters is highly reminiscent of snow. And perhaps, since they're barely visible, they're also reminiscent of the secrecy of Rome's sacred name?
I definitely really like this polish. Cleanup was much easier than my cuticles make it look - I used my glue base coat so that I wouldn't have to fight with the glitters to get them off later, and that always makes cleaning up my cuticles turn into a gloppy mess. I did my best for these photos, but man, you don't wanna see my right hand! ;)
This is one of the few polishes that I absolutely love with a matte top coat. You know how I am - I enjoy matte, especially for the right kind of nail art (remember the tiny chalkboard I made once?) - but for most polishes, I'm usually disappointed with how matte flattens out the color and dims sparkles. But a matte top coat looks great over Angerona!
This polish is definitely a hit in my book! It may be basically spring now (well, down here in Maryland, at least!), but the delicate snowy colors of this polish are definitely wearable year-round.
What do you think of this polish? Do you own any of the When in Rome polishes? Which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!