Sunday, January 10, 2016

Unfavorites of 2015

In my last posts I have shown you my favorite main stream nail polishes, my favorite indies and the best nail care products of 2015.  But this past year did not just hold amazing nail polishes and today I want to share with you my most disappointing products. To be fair I rarely come across a really bad product. Even if the formula on a polish isn't the best you can usually make it work with a little patience. The items mentioned in this post however did nothing for me, even though I tried to make them work several times.

ÜNT Ready For Takeoff Peelable Base Coat

This peel off base was the biggest disappointment of 2015. I ordered it after watching Simplynailogical's video about peel off bases and this one seemed to work so well. My friend Danny from PolishChest tried the base and on her the polishes last about 5-6 days without chipping and it was super easy to remove. On me the polishes I applied on top of this base did not even last for 24 hours. I tried one layer, I also tried two layers and applied various polishes on top: Essie, China Glaze, different indie polishes. I even tried different finishes, from creme over shimmer to glitter. Nothing stayed on for long. After 2-3 hours (!) I had first signs of tip wear, some of my manis even came off in the shower. From now on I will only use the ÜNT Peel Off base for swatching. Have you tried this? Maybe there is a trick to using it that I haven't found yet?!

MoYou London Stamping Polish 001 red

I purchased this polish in early 2015 and it does not seem to be available anymore- which, in this case, is a good thing. I was looking for a good stamping polish that does not smell like car paint (I am looking at you, Mundo de Unas) and since MoYou London is well known for their great stamping plates I thought their polishes will be good, too. Well, this red polish does not work for stamping at all, because it has a jelly finish. It shows up over white, but that is about it. It does not work over darker colors at all and because of the jelly finish the base color changes the look of the stamping polish. I wouldn't complain if this was some cheap polish, but I paid a whopping 6,50€ for 9ml, which is not really cheap. Guess I'll have to stick to my smelly stamping polishes from overseas.

OPI Sheer Tints

Last but not least I had to include the OPI Sheer Tints. A sheer top coat sounded perfect for nail art and I was totally hooked when I saw various watercolor manicures using these polishes. Of course I had to buy all colors in full-size. Should have went with the mini version, because I used them maximum three times (in this leadlight manicure and over Orly Mirrorball for example). The colors are extremely sheer and the consistency is very thick and stringy. The yellow one is the worst of the bunch while the red is ok to use. I prefer the Essie Watercolor range, which has a much better texture that even works for watermarbling and has a larger color selection.

Let me finish up this post by saying that although these products did not work for me they might work well for you. Maybe one of these items even is a favorite of yours. Everyone's taste and opinion is different and I'd love to hear your thoughts on those products in case you have tried them.
Thanks so much for reading! xo

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