I was talking about polish bottles. What the hell were YOU thinking?
So, my girl Rebecca from the lab at Alchemy Lacquers, a while back, sent me some polishes to swatch. She sent them in “Lab Samples” size - which are super cool, as far as I’m concerned. They’re mini bottles, probably about one-third the volume (approximate) of a normal polish bottle. One polish, in particular, was a little thick and difficult to apply: Delphinium. I got a beautiful swatch out of it…but it was a thick application, and in the interest of having a good swatch picture, I smoothed it with a coat of NPB’s Glitter Food before topping it with a coat of HK Girl. But hey … that’s what Glitter Food is for, and this polish has a lot going on…it’s very pigmented (think TARDIS blue. Oh, you’re not a Whovian? Think “TARDIS” blue anyways…it’s bright and beautiful!). It has bits of holo, and glitter, and flakies, OH MY!
I let Rebecca know what my experience was, and she INSISTED on sending another, full-size bottle (love her customer service. LOVE.IT.). We had an in-depth discussion about whether or not the size of the bottle MIGHT actually affect the consistency (and subsequently, the application) of a polish - so we decided to test the theory. She mentioned that if she thinned the polish out, she felt it would lose something; I’m inclined to agree…the polish has to retain enough “body” to be able to hold all that it has going on.
Here’s the first swatch run of Delphinium, from the Lab Sample (mini) sized bottle:
(Sorry for the blur factor on the second picture.) This was two coats with no base coat, one coat of Glitter Food, and one coat of HK Girl.
And here’s the second swatch run of Delphinium, from the full-sized bottle:
(AGAIN with the blur on the second picture? WTF??) This application started with Orly Bonder as a base coat, then two coats of the polish, and one coat of HK Girl on top - no Glitter Food necessary to smooth it.
The application was MUCH better. But that said? MAKE NO MISTAKE - this is not a thin polish. When I tried to start with a thin coat? That first coat was splotchy…and that was my fault, because I already knew, from the start, that there was a LOT OF STUFF in this polish.
You have to wear two coats of this polish, and they have to be “healthy” coats, if you want the depth and complexity that makes this polish really beautiful. It doesn’t hurt to allow the first coat to cure for a couple of minutes, before you apply the second.
But y'know, some things are worth the extra effort. Like, for instance, those days when a ponytail would be easier and yet, you STILL straighten your hair? Or, those times when a nude lip gloss would work and yet you STILL reach for the red lipstick even though you’ll have to keep checking to see if it feathers or gets on your teeth? Or, that time when you could have gotten away with flats, but you chose the heels in spite of the fact you knew you might have to stand up in them for a while?
Or, that girlfriend of yours…you know the one. The one who kissed your boyfriend in middle school/high school/college. But SHE was honest about it, and he lied like a dog on a rug. And you ditched him, but kept her…because he was a cheating asshole, but she was a true-blue friend (and at least she TOLD YOU) - and y’all are STILL friends because SHE WAS WORTH IT? Yeah. This polish is worth it. Just like that.
So, accept that sometimes you need to take time with the polish that’s worth it … and call your friend - she misses you. Besides…it’s fun to watch your mom wince when you mention you’re still friends with her, all these years later. Rebel where you can - because that rebellious girl who likes the blue nail polish? SHE’s still inside you…and she’s worth it, too.
Love and lacquer,