I’m Wearing:

Two coats of Black Diamond by Sally Hansen Diamond Strength
One coat of Ringo by Urban Outfitters (on ring finger) atop white base coat
Two coats of Ever Reddy by Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant (on thumb)
Top Coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri

This mani was a bit random, color-wise, so I ended up changing it to a simple red & black after a couple of days. Black Diamond is a black polish with dense silver shimmer. The combination of bright gleam and dark base in this polish keeps it looking quite sharp. You could wear it with a black evening dress if you wanted to; it’s not at all grunge. I also like the formula: two coats, no flooding, durable as hell, and no shinkage at all.

Much as I like Black Diamond, it was upstaged by Ever Reddy, a bright red creme polish with a finish so shiny it genuinely doesn’t need a top coat. This polish was love at first swipe. Its formula is perfection - smooth as butter, no bubbles, no streaks, no dragging. And the color! This red is so intense I can’t stop staring at my own nails. (It did shrink a bit, but I probably could’ve been more meticulous about wrapping my tips to prevent that.)

I’m Wearing:

Two thick coats of Pink Voltage by China Glaze
Two thick coats of Frostbite by China Glaze
Top coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri

Pink Voltage is a pink neon with a satin finish and a slight blue sheen. I absolutely love the color, which will be great for summer and is a hotter pink than it looks here. However, the formula is a bit of a nightmare. It’s uneven, it drags, it bubbles, and it dries so fast there’s barely any time to smooth it out without making a goopy mess. I also had major peeling and warping problems with it.

Frostbite is as slick and shiny as Pink Voltage is matte and draggy. I really like this one, both for its intense blue shimmer, which is a great combination of dark yet bright, and for its smooth, gleaming formula. For the record, while Frostbite did bubble a little, that one big dent in my middle finger wasn’t a bubble. I just wacked my hand on something.

I’m Wearing:

Two coats of Let’s Meet by Sinful Colors
One thick coat of Big Money by Sally Hansen GEM Crush
Top coat of Seche Vite

It’s only March and I’m craving summer like crazy, which is why I impulse bought a bottle of Let’s Meet, a sheer shimmer polish that’s the bright yellow of an August sunset. It went on smoothly without any fuss, and for a sheer polish it built up well. However, the color was absolutely atrocious on me, so I attempted to mediate a little with a thick layer of Big Money - a mix of small round purple glitter and micro-fine gold glitter. I like Big Money for its Goldilocks thickness (substantial but not smothering; just right). I’ll definitely be trying it over less problematic colors in the future. 

I’m Wearing:

Two coats of Turned Up Turquoise by China Glaze
Top coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri

For some reason Turned Up Turquoise photographs much lighter than it wears. It looks so washed out in these pictures, which is a shame because it’s actually a really bright, intense, oceany sort of teal. Other than that I don’t have much to say about this one. It went on easy and dried fast. TUT’s satin finish felt a bit dull when paired with such a bold color, but the application of a topcoat gave it back its oomph.

I’m Wearing:

Four coats of Creative Fantasy by China Glaze
Top coat by Sally Hansen Insta-Dri

Creative Fantasy is a medium-dark purple crelly. I wouldn’t call it watery, exactly, but it’s very translucent, as seems to be common of neons  - which, believe it or not, CF theoretically is. However, once applied there’s nothing neon about this polish, despite how it looks in the bottle. It also photographs way, way more blue than it actually is. In reality I would say it’s slightly more of a red-purple than a blue-purple. (I color tweaked these photos and I still couldn’t get an accurate color.)

The next time I wear Creative Fantasy I’m definitely going to try starting with a white base coat, just to see if it will brighten up a bit, but at the moment I’m a bit skeptical of this one. Oh, and I wouldn’t recommend mattifying it, either; whatever charm this polish has is in the rich gleam of its purple. Once mattified I found it lost all appeal, like a stone that’s only pretty when it’s wet.

I’m Wearing:

Two coats of (unnamed) neon pink polish by SUZY Shier
One coat of Lights of Emrald City by OPI

Yeah, I broke a nail. But I managed to find some press-ons today, so hopefully one of those will work for a month or so until I get some length back.     

I don’t quite know what to make of this neon pink SUZY polish. I feel like its essentially cheap crap, but by some kind of fluke it ended up a pretty decent polish? Yeah, IDEK. It has the potential to be a one-coater, though it’s a tough polish to apply evenly, so unless your application is particularly skilled you’ll probably end up applying two coats just to smooth it out. And the reason why it’s difficult to apply smoothly is because it dries extremely fast and very matte. If neither of those things bother you, then you might actually find this polish a pretty good steal.  
 
Lights of Emerald City is a mixture of small iridescent square glitter and larger white square glitter. I love the name, and it looks cool in the bottle, but that’s about all it has going for it. Ultimately it’s just way too light on glitter. I had to fish around and then glob it on in heaps just to get it to yield even what little I’m wearing here. Ugh, annoying.

Question:

Does anyone know where I can buy full press-on nails online for a good price? Just the plain, quite long kind with nothing on them. I broke a nail yesterday, and was hoping to grab some press-ons from the drugstore, but as it turns out none of the drugs stores sell press-ons that are long enough.

I’m Wearing:

Two coats of Just Be-Claws by China Glaze
One coat of Gold Star by Elf
Light dabs of Gold Glitter by Joe Fresh
Top coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri

I did this red and gold mani a couple of days ago, in honor of Chinese New Year. I wanted to paint the horse symbol for an accent, but alas my hands aren’t steady enough to do anything freehand.

Just Be-Claws is a rich red shimmer polish with a pretty good formula. It’s non-streaky with minimal bubbling, and it’s thick enough you could easily get away with a single coat in a pinch.

I’m Wearing:

Two coats of Light My Sapphire by OPI
One thick coat of Love Me by Elf
One thick coat of Gold Star by Elf
Top coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri

Contrary to its name, Light My Sapphire is actually more of a deep indigo. I believe it qualifies as a frost polish, and the subtle sparkle definitely adds life to such a dark hue. You can’t really see Sapphire’s true color under all the glitter, but it’s quite nice on its own. You could almost call it SFW, yet it still has a slightly mysterious, femme fatal quality. And thankfully the formula lacks the streakiness of a lot of frost polishes.

For Christmas this year I was given a fifteen-pack of Elf polishes, including Gold Star - a mixture of small hexagonal glitter and micro glitter flecks - and Love Me, which contains uniformly sized small red glitter flecks. Together I think they look quite sharp.

I’m Wearing:

Three coats of Ringo by Urban Outfitters
Top coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri

Ringo is a somewhat matte neon yellow creme that comes in a funky square bottle. The color is cool, but the formula kind of sucks. It’s a bit goopy, a bit streaky, and altogether too translucent for my liking. A minimum of three coats is required, and that’s if you apply very thick, very even coats. I should have applied a fourth coat to all my nails, but something in me refuses to accept the existence of four-coat polishes. I put my foot down at three.

This also marks the first time I’ve attempted to photograph my nails using my camera’s timer function. For a first try, I managed better than I thought I would.