The sixth of my Kleancolor swatches is a lovely lavender/lilac creme called 'Lavenbaby'. It reminds me of a polish I had when I was 12 or 13, it was a Rimmel one and had a name with 'delight' in it. Apologies about the light in these photos, time was not on my side yesterday evening!
Lavenbaby has a great formula, the best of all the Kleancolors I've tried so far. It dries to a gel-like, almost rubbery finish and it's really pretty.
|Outside, fading light, sorry!|
I got rid of the acrylic from my pinky nail, it was driving me absolutely bananas. Please bear with the tiny nail for a week or so, I've started taking calcium & vitamin D supplements (which half of the Irish population probably need right now, considering the lack of sun this year) so hopefully my nails will get a little stronger.
|Outside, fading light, flash. Look at the formula! Brilliant. 2 coats.|
Now, yesterday I went into Penneys (Primark) to get their exfoliating gloves, but was blinded by the Essence stand.They have a whole new range of polish, including a glow-in-the-dark topcoat, a new holo topcoat, lots of treatments & nail art stuff, colour change polish like the recent Barry M chameleon polish (in 4 shades) and this: a peel-off basecoat.
Before you paint your nails, put on one coat of this basecoat. It's thick, and looks for all the world like PVA glue. It goes on like this:
The box states that it takes 10 minutes to dry, and it was fairly accurate - it took 12 minutes to dry. You'll know it's dry when it looks like this:
I put a coat of this on before I swatched Lavenbaby, but I think that this could really be a saviour when it comes to glitter polish. I grabbed the glitteriest (yes, it's a word) polish I own, Rainbow in the S-Kylie from the Nicole by OPI Kardashian Kolors collection. This is another of my Voldemort polishes (the ones I don't like to talk about where I own a polish, sell/swap it, then instantly want it again).
I layered on 3 or 4 coats of Rainbow in the S-Kylie, and then I had to wait the whole night without picking my nails until I could get a decent picture this morning. It was like picker hell. Everytime I went to pick at a nail I had to remind myself of this post. I need a prize for willpower! Here's the picture I waited all night to get:
|Outside, natural light|
And now for the big question. Did the stuff work? Does the polish just peel off without damaging your nails?
Well, yeah. It does. Now, it all peeled off fairly easily, but it did leave a kind of tacky residue behind, so this is definitely no substitute for nail polish remover. I definitely couldn't paint my nails again without doing some extra clean-up. Still, a nail polish remover wipe would get rid of the remainder.
Would I use it again? When I'm layering on the glitters, I probably would. For everyday polish or swatching, I don't think so. I'll tell you when I AM going to use this, I'm going to use a layer of it on my wedding day so that I can change my polish really quickly for the next day. Great idea Essence, but if you can find a way to make the tacky residue disappear, then it's a winner in my book. Until then, it's a novelty. A picker's dream, but a novelty.
Have a great Saturday,