Among all the brands I was familiar with, I came across one I'd never seen before that really jumped out at me. Echo from Swiss indie label Cadillacquer is a stunning dark blue glitter in a jelly base. It was very easy to apply, and if you're one of those patient people who can do thin, even layers of jelly polishes this would do well without any undies.
However, I am not patient so I did two layers over a dark blue Kleencolour. I had no problems getting enough glitter out, even for my seemingly insatisable glitterthirst.
A lot of blue glitters tend towards the lighter end of the scale, so I was delighted to find one so deliciously dark and vampy. I will definitely be going back to Femme Fatale for more from this brand.
Admittedly, I didn't just pick this polish because it's really pretty - I love buying things to show you all that will give me an excuse to tell a story. I imagine this polish was actually named after the character from Dollhouse, but despite being a drivelling Whedon fangirl I've never actually seen more than two episodes of it, so I can't really write much about her.
|I love Eliza Dusku as well, but it still wasn't enough to|
keep me on the Dollhouse train
|Not the most flattering painting ever, but the only one I could find of|
Echo on her own.
Echo is no exception to this - as far as I understand it, the story goes that Zeus would come down to earth and have a bit of a game of kiss chasey with all her nymph friends, but Echo would distract Hera with stories and dancing and being generally amusing. Once Hera realised Echo was trying to distract her from the bad behaviour going on in the background, she got righteously ticked off at Echo (not Zeus, or the other nymphs apparently) and took away her voice. After that, Echo could only speak by repeating back things other people had said to her, so she could never trick anyone with her voice again. Hera was a righteous bitch sometimes, but certainly creative, I'll give her that.
|Sure, she looks nice here. But you wouldn't like Hera when she's mad.|
|I imagine Narcissus looking something like this.|
Something I hadn't read before though, is that there is another version of this story by Conon, where Echo is replaced entirely by a handsome male suitor, who kills himself on Narcissus's doorstep because Narcissus isn't into him. It's the poor suicidal spurned lover that calls for revenge in this version, but the end remains the same - Narcissus bent over a pool, starving to death because he just can't get over how damn handsome he is.
What a complete ass.
And in the end, he gets to be a really pretty flower, and all Echo gets to be is a voice on the wind. Mythology is kind of depressing sometimes.
|See how narcissi grow bent over? They also like to grow near the edge of water. |
Mythology can also be pretty literal sometimes.
And here's one of Narcissus on his own, like he bloody well should be. The lighting in this one just blows me away.
And now we can add this polish to the list of beautiful things to be inspired by what is, when you get right down to it, quite an awful story. Echo by Cadillacquer can be purchased in Australia from Femme Fatale Cosmetics, and in Europe direct from Cadillaquer.