My Thoughts On Textured Nail Polish

Hello lovelies!  The other day I read an article that was very condemning of textured nail polish and how it was a trend that must die. I think it’s pretty extreme to dislike a trend to the point of saying that it needs to “die.”  I also quite like the textured trend, and here’s why:

  1. It’s not as gritty as you think. – I’ll admit that when the trend first came into existence, I immediately thought, “Sandpaper texture on my nails, ick.”  After reading a few reviews, I decided to try out one that I liked the color.  I had seen that a top coat smooths out the texture, so the worst that could happen is that I acquire a polish that requires a top coat.  I applied the polish and was a little freaked out at first, but after a few minutes, it didn’t seem so bad, and I really liked the effect.
  2. After a few hours wear time, it smooths down some. – Yes, that is what I’ve come to find at least for myself.  Maybe it’s because I can’t stop rubbing it with my finger tips; maybe it’s just normal wear.
  3. Chip? No problem! – The beautiful thing about textured polishes is that when they chip, just slap some more on and go!  Because of the texture, there are no “touch up lines.”
  4. No time? No problem! – This is the other wonderful thing that I’ve found about textured polish: it is pretty quick-dry.  I’m not a big fan of regular quick-dry polish, there’s just something off about the formula to me.  I can think of very few exceptions – Sally Hansen Insta-dri in Red-io Active comes to mind.  Matte and textured polish is my go-to when I need a mani in a hurry.
  5. Don’t like it? Don’t wear it. – My final thought is that if you don’t like it, don’t wear it.  It’s as simple as that.  There have been a couple of textured flops that I would be interested in because I’m crazy like that.  China Glaze’s Snow One Like You, Essie’s Belugaria, and all of the China Glaze Crinkled Chrome collection are what I’m referring to.  I will admit to owning Snow One Like You and Chrinkled Chrome in I’m a Chromantic.  I haven’t tried either, so I cannot attest to how much I like or dislike them on experience.  I know that overall the polish community labeled these as flops.  (Or at least they were with the circles I’m in.)

All-in-all I like the textured trend and hope it stays around for awhile.  I may dig out my textures and do a texture feature.  Hmm…  Monday’s post maybe?

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Who’s a Dupe? – Turquoise Polish Edition

Hello lovelies!  Today as I was trying to revive an older polish, I realized that I have a lot of other polishes that were similar.  So today I present Who’s a Dupe?: Turquoise Creme Edition.

Turquoise Creme
The creme polishes I am comparing are China Glaze in For Audrey, OPI in Mermaid’s Tears, Sally Hansen Insta-Dry in 140 – In a Splash, Avon in Jade, mark. in Mojito, and Sugar Kiss (an E.L.F. brand) in Mint Creme.

Turquoise Swatches
I was a bit surprised that the Sugar Kiss polish wasn’t lighter than it was.  It looks suspiciously similar to Mermaid’s Tears.

Sugar Kiss vs OPI
Swatched next to each other, there’s a slight difference in the green tone.  But I wouldn’t say it was noticeable enough, so I’ll call dupe alert.

I also thought that the Avon and Sally Hansen polishes looked very close in shade as well.

SH vs Avon
The Sally Hansen is just a tad darker, but again, I’ll call it a dupe.  I prefer the Avon formula, In a Splash was the polish I was working on thinning out when I started this turquoise endeavor.

While going through my stash, I noticed I have a lot of shiny turquoise colors as well.

Shiny Turquoise

Just for fun, I swatched them.

Shiny Swatches

From left to right is butter London in Two-Fingered Salute, Revlon Parfumerie in Wintermint, LA Splash in Golden Seahorse, China Glaze in Metallic Muse, and Sally Hansen HD in 03 – Pixel Pretty.

I liked the minty smell of the Wintermint.  It was not obnoxious and subsided after a while.  After about 5 hours had passed, I sniffed again – the minty smell was still there, but I had to get the swatch very close to my nose.

All in all, I’d say that there isn’t too much of a difference in a few of the creme polishes: Sally Hansen and Avon fall more in the green turquoise range, OPI and Sugar Kiss more in the grey range, mark. is a bit lighter than the others, and China Glaze is more blue-toned.

~ Carol “RubySprinkles”

Hello and (Belated) Mani Monday

Hello lovelies and welcome to my blog!  Being my first post, I’d like to introduce myself and share my visions for this blog.

RubySprinkles is my handle across most of the internet, but you guys can call me Carol.  I’m 28 with a wonderful husband, Richard, a 4-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, and several pet mice and rats.  Elizabeth shares my passion for nail polish pretties, so I’m sure she’ll be wanting to share her manis every once in awhile as well.  I am currently a full-time housewife pursuing my first degree online in Marketing Management.  Hopefully I’ll be graduating next March – fingers crossed!

My goal with this blog is to share my adventures – both in life and in nail polish.  I’ll be trying to do at least two features: Mani Monday and Foodie Friday.  The idea for Mani Monday is to branch out from my existing one-color boredom and to share some of my untried polish as well as provide honest reviews about brands and colors I come across.  It is almost tradition that we go out for dinner on Friday nights, usually going to a different place each week.  The idea for Foodie Friday came to me when sitting at a highly-rated restaurant thinking, “How did this get so many stars?”

With that we’ll move on to Mani Monday which was postponed yesterday due to not finding my light box, being super late, etc., etc.

I messed around with stamping again.  Stamping is a type of nail art.  For stamping you need a metal plate with images engraved on it, nail polish suitable for stamping (the polish used for the image needs to be opaque enough to be visible), a scraper (used to scrape excess polish off of the image plate), and a stamping tool (a stick with curved, squishy rubber bits on the end.)

StampingTools

Image

Pictured above are all the tools I used for my design and a close up of the stamping plate I used – Bundle Monster plate 221.  I always begin by prepping my nails with OPI Chip Skip and ORLY Bonder.  Since my base color is a neon yellow, I started with one coat of Wet ‘n Wild French White Creme.  Next, I applied two coats of Sinful Colors Neon Melon.  For the stamped design, I used FingerPaints Pink Perspective.  I finished up with a topcoat – butter London PD Quick Topcoat.

Mani

 

This is the design in my lightbox.  The topcoat made the design streak.  On this particular manicure, I kind of like it.  I think it makes the design more of a batik look.

 

Natural Light Mani

This is the best natural light photo I can get.  The sun has been hiding from us the last few days.

This is my third or fourth time attempting stamping and only my second successful attempt.  I would rate stamping as 4 out of 5 on a difficulty scale.

What do you think?  Would you try stamping?

~Carol “RubySprinkles”