Thursday, 2 February 2012

Review: TBN Fluoro Nails Pt 1

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!
 

Summary
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!

14 comments:

  1. That green is really cool...I've seen this TBN brand about before, never thought to give it a go, glad you got it covered Labbie :)

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    1. Thanks :) I wish it dried better though... franken time!

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  2. I think I picked these up and then self control took over and told me I did't need them :P Nice review though :) I like the look of the darker green one! Cracker Jack does look like maccas cheese! It also looks very similar to the bottle next to it. Are they almost the same colour in real life or does it just look that way in the picture?

    As much as a love your sciencey posts I understand if you need a break from it.

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    1. Thanks! From a distance the colours are very similar, but up close, Cracker Jack is more medium yellow and Zinger (the second bottle) is a fluoro light orange. On the nail, the orange darkens a bit.

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  3. I too have seen this brand before but never thought to give it a go. The crazy dry time has definitely put me off :( Great swatches though :)

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    1. The drying time is definitely the worst part :(

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  4. I love the green one! I hope you don't get tiered of the science, 'cus I really love reading your science posts. I'm a chemistry student myself so I even understand a bunch of it, haha!

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    1. Thanks! I don't think I'll ever stop the science posts, they just take a lot of time to research and write. I'm glad you understand them! :)

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  5. wow all these colors are amazing! i love bright polish! what is your thesis on?

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    1. I love brights too, especially on sunny days! My thesis is on cyclising small peptides (3-8 AAs long).

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    2. good luck! takes me back to my cell bio days lol. if i hear the word protein again ill scream :-p

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  6. Oooh - that looks great! Can't wait to see the rest swatched :)

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  7. Whoa, love that super bright green :)

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