|Essie Lion Around, Resort 2011|
Color Club Revvvolution
Bundle Monster plate BM212
Note that this is my right hand - for some reason, when I'm trying to do a design that I want centered, I have much better luck stamping my right hand with my left. Go figure.
This was my first time using Lion Around. It's not blowing me away, but there are times when I want a brown-toned soft pink, and this one went on nicely and was opaque in two coats. It's just more subtle than I usually want to be.
But the stamping - ugh. I only own four Color Club polishes - the so-called holos: Revvvolution, Worth the Risque, Wild at Heart and Fashion Addict. I had seen someone do a pretty successful stamping with Revvvolution some time ago, but for me it was a struggle. Half the time the polish wouldn't pick up on the stamper. The topcoat smeared it. And this morning when the sun came out, I couldn't see even a hint of holo shimmer. Big fail. I don't know if the non-shimmer/holo colors are any better in this brand, but these four are going into the box where I keep my rejects to trade in (hopefully) next year for the Zoya Polish Exchange. The colors don't live up to my expectations and I'm not a big fan of the formula; they dry kind of chalky, in my experience.
I just couldn't live with it. So this morning I took it all off and put on China Glaze Something Sweet:
|China Glaze Something Sweet|
Up and Away Collection, Spring 2010
Ahhh . . . that's more like it. Cheery. I had some trouble with this too though; I was waiting for a phone call that was supposed to come sometime between 11:00 and 1:00, so I knew I might get interrupted. So I tried to go very slowly and carefully. But the more careful I tried to be, the messier I got! I have this same experience when doing Vrksasana in yoga: the more I concentrate on balancing, the less I'm able to balance!
But I got it applied, and then went on the the stamping:
|Bundle Monster plate BM213|
China Glaze Harmony
China Glaze Adore
Not horrible, but not a complete win either. I was inspired by JQ's awesome multicolored stampings to try to be a little more creative, but I clearly need some practice. Maybe I should just go back to knitting for the rest of the day.
Oh, and the phone call? Still hasn't happened, as of 12:45. Isn't that always the way?