Let me quickly share that my sister and I share a love for nail polish. We both have an extensive collection, consisting of bottles that range from the el cheapo brands to the pricy ones that could already buy me two cups of designer coffee.
She however, has the better arsenal since she has all these sticks (tools?) I saw her hand one morning and immediately took notice of her awesome nails. I didn’t ask her then what brand she was wearing ’cause I like to think I’m an awesome researcher–well mostly ’cause I was (and am) too proud to admit that I actually liked one of her many bottles. Of course, I had to give in at some point. It took about two days before I caved and borrowed her bottle.
She warned me that it had a horrible stench. While it won’t welcome you with a waft of freshly picked roses, I thought it wasn’t too bad. It just had a sharper and stronger scent. Definitely typical of just about any nail polish. Then again, we all have our own merits as to what stinks and otherwise.
True to its name, it has a sandy, matte finish that I like. I usually stay away from glitter when it comes to nails because it’s so disco era. This one however, had a muted appeal to it amid the ever-so-slight shimmer. I cannot emphasize how pretty this looks in person.
There is however, one big catch. It has the staying power of, well, let’s just not go there. While it dries up really really fast, it chipped at the same rate. Hours after I first painted it on, the corners were already chipping away. I left it alone thinking it was probably my own fault. But the next day, I woke up to even more chipping. When I dug my hand in my bag, it chipped. When I slipped my hand in my back pocket, I was left with half of the nail polish on my right thumb missing. It was that bad.
Although it’s not really a high-end–or even midrange–brand, I was surprised at how poor its lasting formula is. Hmm, maybe I should’ve painted a top coat? But then wouldn’t that ruin the sanding effect? I guess that doesn’t matter since I removed it a day after.