So in order to enjoy as many as possible, I decided it would make sense to use Neely as undies for Vespa, and since FeiFei has some of that green shimmer, I would use it as an accent nail.
I also wanted to try a bit of an experiment with base coat again, so I only put my Revlon base coat on my right hand (since it'll get the most use) and applied Neely directly to the nails on my left hand.
Oops, back up a step - after taking (more like peeling . . . I know, it's a HUGE no-no) off my Revlon Royal jelly sandwich, a fair number of my nails were rough, pitted, and . . . flaking?; also I have relatively big ridges in my thumbnails, so I used this amazing 7-sided nail file to buff the worst of the unevenness out. I know Essie said she's not a fan of this kind of file, but I used to have something similar when I was in high school and would buff my nails to a polish-like shine on the bus ride to school. I loved it! So when I was at Target last weekend, this file fairly jumped off the shelf at me. :-) So glad I got it (for only $2. 86), as it gave me a really nice surface for this mani.
|I realize now this sorta looks like my pinkie is broken, but I really wanted my gorgeous "Adrift" ring from Lia Sophia in the photo. ;-)|
|Aaaand this perspective makes my palm look abnormally wide & flat like a flapjack!|
Application was great on both Neely and Vespa. I definitely think you'd need 2 coats of Vespa if you used it on its own, maybe 3? I did decide to do two coats after the photos just because I wanted it to feel more texturized. Oh actually, my pointer finger has the two coats in these photos. I added one quickly at work because there was a patch that was driving me nuts.
I think the dry time was the same, maybe a minute or two better than other cremes, but the finish to Neely is SO glossy all on its own. Vespa didn't take very long to dry down to the grit either - maybe 5-8 mins? I'm pretty sure I could've still dented them at this point, but they were definitely dry to the touch.
I'm thrilled to have selected Vespa as my first textured polish! The color is really beautiful and definitely unique for this finish/type of polish (so far). And the amazing silver glitter flecks really do make it seem like pixie dust! Oh, one random comment - I love the texture of the cap on the Pixie Dusts. The others were all the standard, high-gloss black. This one has almost a velvety rubber feel to it. Random observation, I know!
I'm interested to see what the durability of this finish is like. It seems like it should grip my nail well and stay there for a good long time, which I wouldn't complain about . . . it's a beautiful polish!
|Color accuracy with NO editing?!?! Say WHAAA . . . ?!|
|Oh my gosh, and this pose rather gives the effect of having 6 fingers! WOW . . . I guess my plan of experimenting with poses to find "mine" did not turn out so well! Oh well, hopefully you guys were entertained by my awkwardness! :-P|
|The amazing file!|
|I feel a Sesame Street vibe: "Today's 'show' brought to you by - the letter 'N' for nail file, without which the good base for this mani would not have been possible."|
All in all, I'm a big fan of the textured trend. I've been feeling my nails all day long, and making other people feel them! haha
Oh, and another handy "feature" of textured polish: it can double as a nail file in emergency situations! Ok, ok, yes, I've got to be pulling on your leg (MOVIE REF!) - textured polish is NOT by any means 100-grit sandpaper, but I had that thought today & it made me chuckle.
Thank you for hanging in here with me 'n my crazy self! :-)