Saturday, March 31, 2012

Finger Paints Winter Sky

I struggled for a long time about whether or not to post this swatch.  In the end, I decided that it would be best to share the information I gleaned while testing this polish out since I'm sure many of you nailphiles will inevitably have a similar problem.  I preemptively apologize if this post in any way feels lacking in gratitude since that is not my intention.  This preamble will make more sense as you read the post.


One of my dearest blogging friends, Marisa from Polish Obsession, saw that I had Winter Sky (a major lemming) on my wish list and was kind enough to send it my way.  I was super excited about this polish as it was my first Finger Paints and the color almost broke the bottle from its own gorgeousness.  A heavily blue-leaning teal, this applied like buttahhh (I'm from New York, we speak like that) and the shimmer really made the polish glow on my hands.  Oddly enough, I got a lot of compliments about this polish from guys!


This is 2 coats.



It's beautiful, right?


Here's the rub....


When I tried to take it off, this is what happened:




And this was after using non-acetone remover, then acetone remover, and then exfoliating my hands twice.  After this picture was taken, I cut a lot of my cuticle off -- which I never, ever recommend doing -- which certainly took some of the green staining off, but left me with what looked like white fences on green lawn around my nail beds.  


I took to one of my Facebook polish groups to figure out how best to treat this staining since I had work the next day and wouldn't exactly feel comfortable with elf hands.  The amazingly wonderful Lindsey from Neverland Nail Blog recommended the most brilliant solution: whitening toothpaste!  She suggested leaving the paste on my cuticles for about a minute but because I was desperate, I left it on for ten minutes.  It burned, let me tell you, but the green disappeared!  How fabulous is that tip?  A huge shout out to Lindsey!


I want to take this space to clarify that I am in no way ungrateful for Winter Sky.  Marisa is truly one of the kindest and classiest bloggers and I am still overjoyed that I was finally able to try out Finger Paints, especially a color as creamy and beautiful as this.  I hope she understands that this post does not in any detract from the excitement I had when I wore this.  Huge thanks for fulfilling a lemming I've had since last fall.


I also hope that this post helps other girls with staining issues when their polish just refuses to leave.


Do you ladies have any other helpful nail tips you can share?

19 comments :

  1. Oh Amanda!!  I am so sorry that you experienced this too!!  I went through the same thing here: 
    http://artevolve.blogspot.ca/2012/01/finger-paints-winter-sky-and-smurfette.html
    It sucked soooo much, since I LOVED that colour!!

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  2. I would have never thought to use whitening toothpaste!

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  3. Oh no!!!  I'm sorry it stained.  I have one also for a while now and am afraid to try it :(.  Glad you were able to get it off.  It's such a pretty polish!

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  4. So glad to help out, thanks for the shout out =]! Beautiful swatch!

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  5. Exactly!  If the color wasn't so beautiful, I wouldn't be as upset.  I wish there was a way to make a polish unstain...sigh...

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  6. Me either but it worked amazingly!

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  7. Don't apologize!  How could you know?  It's a such a shame about the staining though because the color is really fantastic.  I know it would look fabulous on you too!

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  8. try 20 strength developer -you can buy a small bottle cheaply at a beauty supply  leave on for 5-10 minutes it should remove the stain

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  9. Beautiful color, but not worth it if it colors the skin around your nails... I had that problem with a red Essie nail polish, the skin around my nails was red for a few days :/

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  10. Ooh, red staining is pretty bad too. I make sure to be extra careful in applying red polish because I know that once it gets into your cuticles, you look like a bloody mess. I can only imagine what a mess red staining on the whole fingertip looks like.

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  11. Gorgeous color! Too bad about the staining though. I love the application of the Finger Paints as well!

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  12. I'm sorry the polish was such a nightmare when it came to removal! I am glad that you found a solution though.

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  13. Yup, the application was lovely. I really hope that not all Finger Paints stain like this!

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  14. It happens, unfortunately. I just hope my smurf finger situation will help another girl in the similar situation.

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  15. What a fantastic color! But yikes... that staining! I've never seen anything quite like it except for maybe WedMD LOL!!! Great tip about how to remove it.

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  16. Such a gorgeous colour! It's a shame about the staining :(

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