Wednesday, August 31, 2011

NotD - Edgy And Icky Are So Hard To Tell Apart These Days

Wack! Once again my addiction to Daria and predilection for quoting from random episodes rear their awesome and juicy-brained heads. Admittedly, today’s base polish isn’t even pea green, but that’s just a letter away from pear green and to my quotin’ lobe that’s not much of a difference. Also, the title is quite apt (though I chose it before deciding what I’d paint over the base colour), because I really don’t know if I like this mani.

This is what I used today:

  • OPI Nail Envy
  • essence better than gel nails base sealer
  • China Glaze Electric Pineapple
  • claire’s matte medium blue polish
  • LOOK by BIPA nail tattoo liner 3 black
  • essence black & white 02 white hype
  • ArtDeco Ceramic Nail Lacquer 542
  • essence better than gel nails top sealer
  • Seche Vite

Electric Pineapple is a bright yellowy pear green. My camera insisted that this polish was neon. I shouldn’t have stopped at three coats, four would have been opaque.
The first two coats are rather streaky, but other than that I found Electric Pineapple easy to apply. The viscosity is slightly runny, so take care not to flood your cuticles. But overall the formula is pretty good. The brush is round, but nicely flexible and precise.
I edited the images to the max, but they’re still quite a bit too green.

Here’s Electric Pineapple in two coats without top coat:

And this is Electric Pineapple in three coats with Seche Vite:

This is a story of multiple fails. I pretty much fell asleep after applying the base colour so for once it was completely dry when I started to paint. Therefore I could do a tape mani, I wanted to to a blue chevron but somehow the tape just appeared to adhere and the edge was really gross and wobbly. Out came the black liner and I have to say, painting a right angle is a pain in the tush.
Then I figured that while I was doing a wonky mani I might as wall go for the neon tip I was thinking about. I first painted the angled tip with white hype, then covered it with ArtDeco 542 and neatened up the edge with more of the black liner. I added a coat of essence top sealer first, as the remaining areas of Electric Pineapple were fully dry and Seche Vite would start lifting that, and only then added a coat of Seche Vite. And, yeah, it was bound to smudge the black liner, right?

I dunno. I really love the blue and pear green together, but overall I’m kind of ‘eh’ about this mani.
Question for Austrian readers (or anyone who has the necessary information): What polish thinner do you use and where do you get it? I’ve been looking for something I can pick up locally and I just can’t find anything. But I’d be just as happy to order something. None that contain acetone, though (why do those even exist?)!

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