Not-So Smooth and Perfect
I decided I had resisted long enough and bought two bottles of Sally Hansen’s Smooth and Perfect. The marketing claims it is beautifully self-leveling and produces a smooth, porcelain-like finish. I bought Air, which is a gorgeous baby blue, and Fog, which is a soft, pearly white. I’ll admit my selection was driven by my frustration with the application of white polishes, mentioned in my previous entry.
So here goes, two test nails:
Oh my god it’s gorgeous. It’s exactly as promised, so smooth and even and china-esque after three coats. And check out how clean my cuticles are (although dry). Getting better in that department.
But wait… I decided to go ahead and paint my other eight fingers, alternating blue and white. And during that distraction something very strange happened. This perfectly smooth, documented with photography, porcelain-like finish bubbled like crazy.
I did a bit of googling and I’m not the only one who’s had this problem. It seems pretty hit or miss, but unfortunately I can’t determine what makes it a hit or a miss.
By this point I was too far in to bail out, so I decided to stamp. However, these formulas are not stampable. So I ended up having to find a white and pale blue I could stamp with. I ended up with Konad’s white special stamping polish, which is a much starker white than Fog, and Sinful Colors’ Greek Isle, which is more turquoise than Air. I did multiple passes of a floral stamp from BM-205. In short, this was kind of all over the place. I topped it all off with Gelous to conceal the bumps, and finally a coat of Seche Vite. The end result looks a bit like china, I guess.
I should mention that I made the bizarre decision to slather my cuticles with apricot oil before taking photos, so I’m shiny as hell. I’m not sure that’s an improvement. Frankly, I think it makes my hands look old.