Tuesday, October 11, 2011


It's been a bit of a day for me and I haven't had the chance (or energy, for that matter) to swatch today.  I thought since my followers has reached 20 - yay! - I'd try to start a bit of a dialogue.  I'm in a blah mood, so let's focus on the negative, shall we?  

Since I've started polish blogging, I've found myself needing to describe polish without sounding repetitive or boring.  That being said, I've decided to complain about things I dislike in a polish:

  • Pricey polish.  Is this even necessary?  While I do have a lemming for many colors from a-england and Glitter Gal, I can't stomach their prices.  I understand that the holo glitter they use is "of a high quality," but it just seems a bit silly.  But then again, I'm a handbag whore and have been known to spend ridiculous amounts on Rebecca Minkoff, Charles David et. al; who am I to judge those that want to binge on polish?
  • Layering polish.  Maybe it's because I'm not in love with the glitter trend right now,  but I seriously dislike polish that has no- to sheer-base.  If I have to do more than 3 coats of any one polish, I feel like I've been duped. 
  • Thin, uneven brushes.  (Ahem, Maybelline.)  I'd like to think that I have a steady hand when it comes to applying lacquer.  But sometimes even the steadiest hand cannot compensate for the fact that companies put no love into making their products.  If Sinful Colors manages to produce $1-$2 polish that applies like a dream, why can't more established companies?  I haven't bought a Maybelline polish in at least 3 years because I was just fed up with the brushes... which is a shame, because their colors this season are quite nice.
  • Chipping and wear time.  OPI fails me here.  While I'm not their biggest fan, there's always at least one color in their collections that blow my mind.  They apply well and the consistency is probably my favorite of all brands, but the wear time drives me nuts.  Why do they chip so quickly??  And speaking of OPI... (keep reading, it'll circle back.)
  • People who knock the Revlon bottle.  What's with the nail community ragging on the oval/pyramid-y shape of the Revlon bottle?  It's been the same since the 1950s which I personally think is a nice touch.  OPI, on the other hand, screams passe '90s to me.  It's just such a blah bottle.  Not that I wouldn't get a color because of it's packaging, but I don't understand the rampant Revlon hate.  
Okay, I think I got all the negativity out.  What do you, lovely readers, think?  I'd love to hear your thoughts!


  1. off topic- Llarowe sells a red holo on her site here http://shop.llarowe.com/

  2. I agree fully with all your rants, even your concession to expensive polish- it's a seller's market out there, whatever the demand is for they can make it and charge what they like ($36,000 Olsen twins frickin backpack? please!) And I like Revlon too, I have more Revlon than OPI! (heresy, I know!) My favs seem to be China Glaze and Fingerpaints.

  3. 1. Thanks for the info! I'm waiting to see if a more mainstream company comes out with a good red holo (see rant #1 above). I think China Glaze might have one from their OMG collection, but I've heard it's a bit pinky.

    2. Hmmm...I've been wanting to try Fingerpaints, especially Raspberry Tafetta from their latest collection. You may have pushed me to go out to Sally's tomorrow and try it out!

  4. 1. I don't buy pricey polish. It's ridiculous to me how many times I've seen some Chanel shades, which are so easily dupeable... Meh. Nail polish isn't worth that kind of price tag, especially not when you can find a cheaper dupe.

    2. Layering. If the polish is sheer and needs to be layered, then I'll normally pass and it really needs to be something special for me to even consider wearing it. If it's glitter, well, it's OK. It's for manicure touch up.

    3. Wonky, bushy brushes and brushes that are too thin bother me. Sometimes the polish becomes useless only because of a bad brush.

    4. Chipping and wearing time: I used to change my mani daily, but that was because I wanted to. I don't want to HAVE to change my mani because polish can't last one day without chipping. OPI failed me as well.

    5. I like Revlon bottle. Don't love it, don't hate it. The only bottle I really dislike is the Nicole by OPI one. It's the worst.

  5. I'm totally with you on #4. I also choose to change my polish about once a day (I use the best quick dry in the world, in my opinion, so this is a pretty quick and relaxing ritual), but I think my daily do-overs were the result of constant chipping. Super frustrating, but allows me the opportunity to change it up very very often.