I'm having a hard time writing it because I wanna complain but I also don't want to be a bitch right off the bat. Haha.
So, first I'll show you this totally gorgeous manicure. And then the aftermath.
Lush Lacquer - Neon Blast
This is an indie polish from Lush Lacquer - a mother/daughter duo who sell their polishes on Etsy.
What I adore about their shop is that the polishes are always available for purchase and they make the orders as they get them - no stalking needed. I wish all sellers could do things that way!
I purchased four mini polishes from LL and this was the first one I tried out. The colors of glitter in this are just so awesome!
For this manicure I layered 2 coats of Neon Blast over OPI - Here Today... Aragon Tomorrow Suede which I posted about yesterday.
I added a coat of OPI - Yule Love This Silver (a super-fine holo glitter topcoat) on top for a little added sparkle.
JUST LOOK. So pretty!!!! Multiple exclamation points!!!!
I got so many compliments on this mani because it was just so sparkly and all the colors just looked awesome. A lot of people were asking me how I did it and couldn't believe it was just a few polishes!
I always seem to get that reaction when I layer a bunch of glitters. Haha!
I'm drooling. Really.
Also... IT MATCHES MY BLOG.
Ahhhhhhh. I've got to make some nail polish jewelery with this baby. It's stunning, right?
Now... I told you I had to be a complainer in this post. Here it comes.
This polish stained my nails unlike anything I have ever seen before.
Yes, glitter stained my nails. It seeped down through 2 coats of polish and a coat of base coat and stained my nails in little glitter-sized yellow polka dots.
Please excuse the awful photo but hey, it had to be done.
Imagine my horror as I was picking off my polish (it was a thick manicure - it peeled easy!) and was revealing all these little yellow stains.
There is nothing worse than enjoying a beautiful manicure for several days, only to remove it and be completely depressed by the staining left behind!
My nails were completely stain-free before this manicure.
The stains are so deep I can not buff them out and none of my other stain-removal attempts worked either.
It really makes me mad, too, because I adore the look of this polish and I hate that I will not be wearing it again. The stains are just too awful to deal with.
This is not a one-polish-problem either - I had this happen to me twice in a row.
The manicure I wore after this one did the exact same thing, but with pink glitters. It was done by another indie polish, and I'm gonna show that tomorrow.
(The above photo was taken after both incidents so you can see the yellow and pink stains.)
I don't want this post to come off as anti-Lush Lacquer, because that's not how I feel.
I just feel a little weary of purchasing indie polishes when you don't know what to expect with glitter like this.
I definitely am more picky now when buying hand-made polishes because I don't want to buy pricey polishes, only to end up seriously disappointed. I regret most of the ones I've bought.
But like I said, this post isn't telling you not to ever buy Lush Lacquer (or other indie polishes) because they have created some beautiful polishes and they run a great store. I have other polishes from them that I am happy with.
I feel really bad for complaining but it has to be done. Stainy glitter sucks.
I haven't seen other people make this complaint but I can't be the only one this is happening to, right? Have you ever been stained by glitter?