This is a bit of an essay but I thought I'd document the progression of a manicure over three days wear.
Every so often the Aussie Nails girls in each state have a meet up for lunch, swapping and shopping. Of course the big issue before each meet is what polish to wear. I like to wear Aussie polishes for the occasion but usually run out of time and just slap on whatever is closest at hand and needs the least coats. Mostly that means underwear polish, which is anything that is opaque in one coat and serves as the base colour for some glitter or nail art, but then I run out of time for nail art, meaning I attend these meet ups in my undies :P then dress up the next day.
So last meet up we had Yum Cha and I wore this.
piCture pOlish Revolution. Revolution is a base coat designed to make glitter removal easy but it works great as a wrinkle free top coat over foils, if you're looking for a foil friendly top coat you need to try Revolution. It's now my go-to foil cover :) I have tried so many different top coats to get a smooth finish over foil, even the trick of applying more foil glue over the top of the foil before top coat. None of it works as well as Revolution. Yeh I know I should redo it now I have Revolution. Actually a comparison of different top coats over foil would be good. I'll add it to my to do list :)
Here's a photo of my thumb right after removing the tape. It's still wet with polish and water, that's water on my cuticles, and the pattern is a bit of a fail on this one but I wanted a shot to show how clean it is. No clean up needed! I had the tape a bit far over my nail so there's a big bare gap but that's something that I got better at by the time I got to my right hand.
Best of all when I'm ready for a new manicure I just pop the whole lot off. I've found a peel off base coat that works brilliantly for me, by Innisfree. It goes on smooth and easy, works nicely as a base coat, stays put for at least a week through everything including hair washing and washing dishes and has no problem with daily doses of cuticle oil and hand cream Then when I'm done I just lift one edge with an orange stick, slide it under, and the polish just pops off in one piece. It comes off so complete I could probably stick it back on like a nail wrap if I wanted and my nails are clean, smooth and ready for the next polish. So from start to finish there is no remover needed and I can do crazy water marbling designs :)
This first water marble success was with all China Glaze polishes. I've since tried other polishes and found most of my Ulta3s and piCture pOlishes work including the piCture pOlishes with scattered holo glitter and the Ozotic multichromes. Together over black they make a great galaxy marble effect.
Which reminds me, for our Aussie Nails lunch I wore a galaxy pendant I made, thanks for my 4yo, Ben. I often make nail polish rings for myself and Ben wanted to make himself a ring but none of the adjustable ring blanks I have were small enough for his little fingers. He got the sulks and gave me this look for most of the day until I suggested he make a pendant.