I am currently on my last overtime day for the week, hooray! I've been shooting event photos after each 11 hour day though so really I have been working 16 hour days this week. It's worth it though - I've been shooting some very cool artists this week and hope I get approved for some more tonight and the weekend. After that, I swear: Couch. No pants. Oversized Slytherin t-shirt. It's what the doctor ordered! So with that said, I've just got a swatch today - no bonus glitter, no nail art. For one thing, it doesn't need it!
This is Rainbow Honey Birdcage from the Clover Trio set, which was made as an ode to all-female manga artist group Clamp. On the site, the polish is described as one that holds black and holographic glitters and stars, with sparks of iridescence hiding in a shimmery gray base". Formula wise, this polish is finicky. I found it very hard to work with - the star glitter is very thick and heavy and had to be fished out. The inside neck of my bottle was starting to get a bit crusty since I was trying to reserve some glitters there. (The idea of pouring polish out to fish for it makes me sad, what a waste!) Because I was trying to get an even balance of glitters and the grey crelly base, I found it very hard to make it look even. I was successful after about three (and a half, give or take, there was a lot of patching to do) but it was also in dire need of a top coat since the glitters were gave a lot of bumps. I used two coats of Seche Vite to accomplish a smooth look. Despite the hard application, I think it was a huge pay off:
I think overall I could have done without the black circle glitter but I do love this polish. Applied with patience and finished correctly, it looks great. I'm a sucker for slate, grey colours and the black star glitters made for a very beautiful look. I would recommend this if you have the patience and aren't in a hurry to polish your nails.
Do you have any polishes that are terrible to apply but give a decent pay off? Do you think "pay off" polishes are worth it?