Monday, January 21, 2013

A polish comparison for a gray day...

Hello Dahlings!
We've had nothing but foggy days & frozen foggy nights for the past week, so I thought I'd play with gray duo chrome polishes to match da mood.
Da line up: Fetish Mirror, Revlon Smoldering, American Apparel Smoke Dazzle, Wet N' Wild Gray's Anatomy, Essence Chic Reloaded & L'Oreal VIP Status. Mirror is da undies cuz some of these are on da sheer side. The others all show a duo shimmer of pink, green or both in da bottle. 
This is 2 coats of Mirror. If I weren't wearing it as undies I do 3-4 coats tho' I'd consider white undies under it, just to keep the layers down. It's a bit streaky, but for $1, I can live with it.
Starting with my thumb ~ VIP Status is opaque in 2 coats (doesn't need undies) tho' it barely shows a shimmer of green & is more of a blue gray than the others; index ~ Chic Reloaded is opaque in 2 coats w/o undies as well & shows its pink/green duo easily; middle ~ Gray's Anatomy needs 3 coats w/undies, so really is more of a topper than base color, it only shows a pink shimmer on da nail; ring ~ Smoke Dazzle is opaque in 2 coats over da undies, so 3 coats by itself might do ok, it does show both colors; pinky ~ Smoldering needs another coat here for opacity & is another topper, while it does show the green, the pink was shy to non-existent. Of the 5 polishes I compared, Essence Chic Reloaded was my favorite followed by American Apparel Smoke Dazzle. The L'oreal is ok, but not really a duo chrome & the Wet N' Wild barely qualifies. Smoldering was so underwhelming to me I put in the swap box.
So I thought I'd spiff up my gray nails with some stamping! I used Konad Silver & Princess Pink stamping polishes with FabUrNails Fun 2 plate. I used the hearts & crossed bones full nail design in da middle of the left column. I LOVE FabUrNails stamping plates! The images are the right depth to transfer polish well & many of da images available are not available anywhere else. You can see what's available HERE. These plates are a smidge under 4" x 6" & the full nail designs will cover longer nails. The downside of ordering these plates is da price per plate is $20 US & when I ordered 2 plates the s/h was $17 & it took about 3 weeks to arrive. (Which is pretty good for international non-express shipping, but I thought you should know.) Even with the price & s/h costs being what they are, I will be ordering more of these plates. They are worth it!
Alas, my stamping results were not worth the effort due to my choosing silver over white & black for stamping the image. It showed up better on the 2 dark gray nails, but pretty much disappeared on the light gray ones unless I did hand gymnastics to catch just the right angle. The Princess Pink worked great with a dotting tool & I need to stamp with it at some point soon.
Thanks for stopping by!
~ Inky


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