I know you lovelies love the science (yay!), and that's the whole reason I started this blog! But lately I've been working on my thesis intro (le sigh) and since that involves reading a LOT of scientific papers, when I get back to blogging I don't really want to read even more papers, y'know? I'd rather just paint my nails! So I'm going to stick to science once a week for now, and when the thesis gets under control I'll do more sciencey posts. Pinky promise!
Application - 2-4 coats alone, 2 coats over white
Colour and finish - very bight but poor coverage for light colours, slightly matte
Drying time - slow as!
Price - $10 for a pack of 6 x 15 mL = $0.11/mL. Soooo cheap.
I picked these up from Priceline - how could I resist? I'm such a sucker for cheapies :P
Even though these are advertised as "fluoro", I'd describe them as "brights". Not properly neon, but very eye-catching and bold. They're somewhere between a creme and a jelly. (Jeme? Crelly?)
The bottles aren't labelled with the names, so I've had to make an educated guess from the box.
1. Maz-Arati - bright grass green.
This needed 4 coats for complete coverage on the bare nail, but only 2 thin coats over white. Although it goes on fluoro yellow at first, it quickly turns to a colour best described as "Shrek green". I absolutely love this colour!
2. Cracker Jack - medium warm yellow.
(index and ring 2 coats over white base; thumb, middle and pinky 3 coats on bare nail)
Cracker Jack is the colour of really yellow cheddar cheese! Like the American cheese on McDonald's burgers. There's some visible nail line on the ones with no base coat, but it's not so obvious in the photo.
3. Parfait - bright pink, a little on the dark side.
(index and ring 2 coats over white base, middle and pinky 2 coats on bare nail)
This one gives slightly better coverage. It only took two thin coats for the nail line to disappear. One coat over white is quite fluoro but it darkens quickly.
So far, the biggest problem with these is the slow-drying formula - I would call it never-drying! I applied Maz-Arati at 2 pm, but when I woke in the morning it was still sticking to the sheets. Even Seche Vite couldn't completely save it - although there were no sheet marks, I could easily dig my nail through and peel it off. This is worse with the colours that need a few layers for coverage. The best solution I've found is sandwiching 2 coats between a white base and a top coat.
Check out the wrinkle horror!
Part 2 soon!