Hey guys so I am waiting for my car to get all fixed up at the shop and since there's nothing better to do (OK I am sure I could actually do some work but enh), I'm here. Right now. At a Starbucks with a hibiscus berry green coffee refresher and an egg white and turkey bacon breakfast sandwich. Stealing wi-fi. Mwahaha. Anyway.
Today I've got a polish from Essie from the Mirror Metallics collection released in 2012. This is Essie No Place Like Chrome, which is a slick metallic foil silver. I know many of us want the shiniest glossiest "mirror" shine but it doesn't seem like there's any polish that actually mimics that. The closest you can get to that kind of effect is to use nail wraps. Application and formula wise, this one can be tricky if you're not careful. It will pull on application with multiple brush strokes, however it will also self level to an extent. Despite the weird application, it does cover quite nicely and finishes beautifully. With that said, beware: this polish will reveal all of your nail's flaws. Do you have a ridge? It will show. Did you not remove all the polish and any cotton residue? It will show. Did you apply this polish with multiple brush strokes, creating issues do the polish can't level? Don't worry, that will show too. Anyway, here's my swatch in two coats without any top coat:
I honestly thought my nails were reasonably healthy looking but see how this polish exposes the explicit shape and all flaws on my nail? I'm not too hot on that part.
You might also recognize this polish from when I was highlighting Fandom Cosmetics. If you missed out, here's one coat of Fandom Cosmetics Rumbelle over Essie No Place Like Chrome. As you can see, the glitter kind of hides all the flaws, but I also find the nature of this strong foil to really overpower the glitter. I've seen this already so I don't know why I keep trying. You'll see -
Anyway what I mean by I've seen this before is when I used Essie No Place Like Chrome underneath Rainbow Honey The Worst Possible Thing. It again, was overpowered by the strong silver foil. Also, this is hilarious because these photos are before I started Claw of Cthulhu. I don't know if they're better or worse - hopefully they're worse - but I kind of miss the white background sometimes. Anyway I also decided to add some black half moons, but in hindsight, I should have gone for the Louboutin look instead. Here's some photos of Essie No Place Like Chrome with Rainbow Honey The Worst Possible Thing before this nail blog mess all happened:
Overall, I like No Place Like Chrome for what it is. I think every polish needs a polish like this - it's really opaque as well and makes a great stamping polish if you work fast enough. What do you think of this foil effect? Will your nails survive the flaw revealing polish? Do you have any embarrassing pre-blog photos that you'd share?