Sunday, January 6, 2013

Holo Basecoat Comparison and Review!

 So, holographic polishes can be hard to deal with. They can be streaky, especially as you add more layers of polish.  This is my review on different base coats that I used with the most holographic polish I own, MakeUpStore Greta. I do not own the Nfu Oh Aqua Base, but after this review I don't think I will need it.

Overview and ratings:
1st place: Pinky: Nail Foil Glue
2nd place: Middle: G&G Stuck on Blu
3rd place: Ring: LA Colors Blue base
4th place: Pointer: Gelous

From top to bottom, I will go through the base coat, how well it applied, how the polish applied, and how it looked afterwards.  For all of these photos I used 1 coat of base coat, followed by 2 coats of polish.

  • Pointer: Gelous Base Coat:   Gelous is just a regular base coat, so it didn't do anything spectacular. The polish went on the streakiest with Gelous compared to the other 3, and in the photo you can tell it. This was the worst of all of the base coats.
  • Middle: Glisten and Glow's Stuck on Blu Base coat: (purchase here) This is a new base coat from Glisten and Glow which was sent to me for review. I thought the true test of its abilities would be with a holo, and I have to say, that it applied very well. Of all the ones tested it would have to be my second favorite base coat for holo polishes following the pinky finger. The first coat was not very streaky, and the second coat was fine as well. This basecoat is great for general use, and I have been using it daily.
  • Ring: LA Colors Blue Base coat: This one has been raved about as a cheap alternative to the aqua base, so I had to try it out on my base coat test, and this one would come in 3rd.  It was still a little streaky, more streaky than Stuck on Blu, when the second coat was applied. I also had a bald patch which shows up in the nail.
  • Pinky: Nail Foil Glue:  This one I have to say worked the best. I used Nail Foil Glue for the base coat, and it worked magic on my nails.  The first coat was much more holographic than the previous fingers, and the second coat was perfection.  I will definitely be using this one as my base coat for holos from now on, because it literally held on to the holographic pigments in the polish.
 Nail foil glue definitely worked the best of all of the ones tried, followed by the Glisten and Glow Stuck on Blu base coat. The worst contender was Gelous, which was kind of expected as a holo base coat.

It has only been 9 hours since applying this polish without topcoat, and the nail foil glue has chipped at the tips.  All other nails are holding up just fine.

XOX Caitlin

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year's Mani

 Today's Mani is my attempt at Nail Foil. I purchased foil a while back, and while I like the way it looks when you first apply it, i hate how crinkly it gets with topcoat. :(

To create this mani I used 1 coat of Wet N Wild Black Creme as the base, followed by the foil glue, then the foil Roman Marble from, then 2 coats of topcoat, which still didn't even out the foil. This doesn't look terrible, but it would look better if it weren't crinkled.

I recently stumbled upon this site and I plan to try this if I can find it at hobby lobby.  It looks like it might be the answer.

XOX Caitlin
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