A Very Crabby Mani

August 1, 2011

This is a very silly mani.

Crabby Mani

Ingredients: two coats Wet n Wild’s Black Creme, three coats Wet n Wild’s Prancer, a variety of Cina Nail Creations nail stickers from the Under the Sea sheet, and one thick layer of top coat.
The result?

Crabby Mani 2

Amusement.

My other hand has only one sticker: a red seahorse. Pictures… did not turn out so well. Oh well! I still think that it’s cute.

I also have to say, I was very impressed with Wet n Wild’s Black Creme. I had not had good luck with their polishes in the past, and definitely did not expect it to be a one coater. While I used two coats here, I think that a thick single coat would certainly provide opaque coverage. That said, Prancer (from a 2010 holiday collection) already has a special place in my stash: it was the polish that started this whole nail polish thing for me. Prancer can apply however it wants.
As for the nail stickers, they were very easy to apply (even with one of the cats, Truman, trying to help me – he was very concerned with sticker placement). I was surprised that they were spongy, as opposed to… I don’t know… flat sticker-like, but I had never used them before and didn’t know what to expect.

And the look on that crab’s face? Priceless.

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Sinful Color’s Savage is a very weird polish, and it was very difficult to photograph. Most of these pictures are not very color accurate.
When I look at Savage, this is about the color that I see:

Sinful Colors: Savage

Savage is a dark, green-leaning teal creme – darker and greener than it is here, honestly. And, without top coat, it isn’t nearly as shiny.
What does Savage look like it when it is first applied? Texture-wise, it looks like this.

Sinful Colors: Savage (no top coat)

I believe that this is three coats of color inaccurate plastic-y chalkiness. And I don’t mean that in a bad way – it’s a very interesting texture, and this polish dries very quickly! I was seriously impressed with it in this respect.
For this mani, I did decide to add top coat, and… Well. Savage sucks up top coat, and it felt like my top coat took longer than usual to dry (although that could be, at least in part, because Savage itself dried so quickly). I ended up using two layers of top coat instead of my usual one layer.

Sinful Colors: Savage 2

Later, I decided to layer Sinful Color’s Green Ocean on top of my mani. A while ago, I did a mani with Green Ocean over Sinful Color’s Gorgeous, and the colors weren’t really different enough to let Green Ocean shine. That was much less of a problem here.

Sinful Colors: Savage & Green Ocean

(Again, Savage is much darker and greener than this, but Green Ocean is pretty accurate.) Look at those flashes of color! Really, really lovely.

For fun, I added up the number of layers in this mani:

3 coats Savage + 2 coats top coat + 2 coats Green Ocean + 1 (really thick) coat top coat = 8 coats

It beats out my OPI Mermaid’s Tears and Austin-tatious Turquoise mani by several coats! Wow.
Despite the number of layers, I have to give this mani props for staying power. Several days later, I have only minor chipping (mainly on two nails that, due to issues with the nails themselves, I expected to chip), and some tipwear. I am impressed. Overall, despite the weirdness, I am going to rate both Savage and Green Ocean as winners.

Let’s take a break from all these teals and blues, shall we?
FingerPaint’s Outta Sight Orange is part of their Peace, Love, & Color Collection, and it is a very, very summery color!

FingerPaints: Outta Sight Orange

Per my new photo policy, I was going to take pictures with and without top coat… but I never got that far. While I did add a top coat later, the Outta Sight Orange that is shown here is three coats sans top coat. Honestly, it is almost as shiny without my Sinful Colors top coat as it is with it!

FingerPaints: Outta Sight Orange 2

(Please excuse the sloppy edges here. I’m wincing, too.)
Look at that glittery, bright orange wonderfulness!
This is a color and polish that I completely approve of. It was only my second foray into FingerPaints, and I am looking forward to exploring their collection further!

Essie: Absolutely Shore

July 20, 2011

Guys… I have found a polish that being really, really shiny will not redeem. Unfortunately that polish is Essie’s Absolutely Shore, which I purchased at a whim because it was half-price and looked like an interesting color.

Essie: Absolutely Shore

Is it an interesting color? Yes. To me it comes across as a very pale grey that leans green or blue, depending on the light.
However, being interesting does not redeem the four coats that it took to make it that interesting color – nor does it redeem the fact that it could really, really use a fifth coat.
While that is more visible in person, here you can (hopefully) see that I still have some bald/awkwardly uneven patches.

Essie: Absolutely Shore 2

I will give it this: the problems with it were much more visible before I added my Sinful Colors top coat! I really should have taken pictures of it before I added a top coat, and I think that that is a policy which I will implement in later nail polish picture posts.
This is not a polish that I particularly like, and I will admit that after four coats and a top coat I was done. There is a fuzzy on one of my fingers, and, well, that is just too bad. I am not redoing it. In fact, I imagine that I will be taking this off pretty soon. It’s a shame, because I do like the color all right!
And, before I sign off, a bad joke that I just cannot avoid: if you’re thinking about picking up Absolutely Shore, make sure that you’re absolutely shore that you’re patient enough to deal with the application. Hehe.

China Glaze: For Audrey

July 16, 2011

Last week, I went into a Sally Beauty for a job application… and came out with said application, three (on sale, plus a buy-2-get-1 deal) nail polishes, and a membership card.
This week, I went back in and bought China Glaze’s For Audrey, and I am enamored with it.

for audrey 3

For Audrey is a perfect robin’s egg blue with a gorgeous creamy finish. I can definitely see why this polish is considered something of a classic. It is also a two-coater!
The only nail in this picture which has three is my top nail (which I accidentally chipped before top coat application), and all of my nails have a Sinful Colors top coat. On my right hand, I did do three coats on every finger; I traditionally find it much more difficult to paint that hand.
That said, can you see the difference in these pictures between the nails with two coats and the nail with three?

for audrey 1

Except for a dent where the chip was, I can’t!
Fantastic, lovely polish.

Revlon: Blue Lagoon

July 14, 2011

While visiting, my aunt purchased and did a mani with Revlon’s Blue Lagoon, which is part of Revlon’s 2011 Summer Romantics Collection. In the bottle, this polish has a slight silver shimmer, and while this can be seen on the nail, it primarily looks like a nice blue cream.

Revlon Blue Lagoon

I believe that it is shown here with two coats – as you can see, there is still some visible nail line. My aunt also added a thin layer of Sephora by OPI black crackle and a Sinful Colors top coat.
While this color does not particular float my boat (possibly because I am currently in the mood for ‘pure’ creams?), it is a nice, gentle color, and could be great for people who love pale polishes!
(I am using the word ‘nice’ a lot here… possibly because it is the best word that I can come up with to describe Blue Lagoon. Not a fabulous color/polish, not a terrible one, but an ‘eh’ one.)

This mani was a mess. I had read about the sheerness with OPI’s Austin-tatious Turquoise, but it was also the only shade in the Texas collection that had really struck me. When I saw it for sale (at Bartell’s!) I pounced.
In the bottle, Austin-tatious Turquoise is a stunner: a teal shimmer polish that goes purple at some angles. I decided to layer it over OPI Mermaid’s Tears in order to combat the sheerness; what is seen in these pictures is three layers of Austin-tatious Turquoise over two layers of Mermaid’s Tears, plus my Sinful Colors topcoat.* That is a lot of polish.
What I had hoped to get was all that beautiful shimmer supported by a solid color, making it more opaque. From some angles, I more-or-less succeeded: while I lost a lot of the purple shimmer, my nails were definitely shimmery and teal.

OPI AT 2

From other angles… I was not nearly so successful. This picture captures it best – look at that streaky, see-through mess. (Remember that this is five layers of colored polish.)

OPI AT 3
While I am unsure how many days of wear I took these photos after (probably not more than two), also look at the chipping and tip-wear. While that may have been due to too much polish, it was disappointing.

OPI Austin-tatious Turquoise

Overall, I was not particularly impressed by Austin-tatious Turquoise, and I am very glad that I did not attempt it without a solid color underneath. Perhaps using a darker color would help to alleviate some of the problems that I had?
While this polish is still in my collection, I don’t know when I will use it again.

* I had to redo my pinky, and I believe that I used one layer of Mermaid’s Tears, not two.