The last of these is the one I actually wore for Christmas. When I took these swatches I was enamored. Here it was, finally. After all those China Glazes and Orlys that I found uninspired, the 4000 Deborah Lippmann exclusive collections (of which there is one more! OMG!), none of which had that perfect polish, here it was. The perfect Christmas red.
Yeah, it's pretty chunky, it needs a solid top coat on it, as I would find out, even one generous coat of Seche couldn't smooth it out completely. Two did acceptably, and that was on top of another gel top coat.
But I loved it. It was bright, very red, very sparkly...ooooo!
Look at all that. You can see here how thick this is and the texture of it, which is really not smooth. Really not. Can't stress that enough because I'm not exaggerating. But it's SO RED!
You would think this would wear like iron. Glitters typically do. I tend to think of them as suspended in some sort of glue, generally.
I happily took this to my manicure, handed it over...it's not what BMWWU wanted to do. She wanted to do another gel. No. I wouldn't have gone for it regardless. I don't like them. I'm sorry. I don't. The top coat she put on this was some sort of UV gel top coat from OPI. I didn't pay for it so I didn't say anything, but....It wore really well. For about 4 hours. I'm not even kidding, I wish I was. I don't have pictures of this, I wish I did.
I got my nails did, ran errands, tried desperately to drop off a present to a good friend and couldn't get across traffic. I came home, unloaded the car and started to make cookies. It was Saturday before Christmas. I had to work partial days on Sunday and Monday...I needed to make the cookies.
This started to chip WHILE I WAS MAKING COOKIES. I'm not even joking. It just started flaking right off. It flaked off when I started the first batch. The more cookies I made the worse it did. I did a lot of dishes, I admit that, but I hadn't started them when the chipping started. My nails just looked worse after I had done them.
I repaired it, put some Seche on it (two coats) and it made it another couple of days. Like...one. By Christmas eve this was a hot mess. I was quite simply too tired to remove it because glitters are difficult. I do the whole holding the acetone on and all, but it's still a nuisance. For Christmas this year I had horrible nails.
I suppose there is a dud in every bunch, huh.
ETA: At the request of Kelly, I'm adding a couple more swatches of this layered over something else. The Something Else is BB Couture's Orion's Belt, which I was currently wearing, which is a whole other thing. The next post I was planning was going to be an A-England. The tips weren't wearing well, my job is to blame, and I wanted to just touch them up last night. Welllll, MDAMO handed the wrong cute little square bottle and as I was indulging one of my stupider habits, that of painting my nails to the light of The Big Bang Theory, I didn't notice either. Both polishes are primarily black. I just thought it was weird that it dried kind of rough. OK, hand me the Seche and then hours later I realized...I had painted over with the wrong polish! I thought this was really rather funny. MDAMO apologized many times, but I wasn't upset. I will tell you one thing: Orion's Belt can cover another not really black polish in one coat.
Here is one coat of Covent Garden Market over mostly black Orion's Belt:
What do you think?
PS: The Orion's Belt started peeling, it was too thick over the A-England so I'll be swatching some new stuff that arrived today!