Disclaimer: Purchased by me.
You can read my first experience from last week here!
I felt like I had to try it again, without base coat or top coat, to see if it would work better. I’ve heard from other bloggers about the no base/top coat thing, and I felt it only fair to try it the way it’s best used before deciding whether or not I’d buy or recommend this again.
I had been wanting one of the gold colors so I went and sprung for Liquid Gold. Here’s my experience.
Knowing that the first time I used the Color Foil formula, it showed every flaw in my nails, I used a four-way buffer on my nail after taking off my prior mani (which you can sorta see in the photo above!).
I used Color Foil directly on my naked nail bed. And you know what? It applied smoothly, it allowed for multiple strokes, and it wasn’t a pain at ALL.
I waited for the first coat to get nearly dry, which happened very quickly. I applied the second coat, also without incident.
I had much less clean-up involved in this mani, as I was able to take my time and apply it neatly.
As the second coat dried, I saw all the flaws in my nails highlighted; that bummed me out. These would look amazing on perfect nail beds.
I decided to do a third coat on a couple nails where the flaws really bothered me. It didn’t make a difference. The flaws were still visible.
I didn’t use top coat on this mani, as I was testing the theory that it’s best used without base and top coat. The polish dried relatively quickly, almost as if I’d used a quick-dry top coat. Here’s how it all looked:
I was worried my nails would feel very flimsy without top coat and base coat, and they didn’t feel flimsy, but they didn’t tough either. I didn’t have any breaks while I wore this mani.
However, the polish wore badly. In just over 12 hours (during which time I did my nails, slept, woke up and got ready for work), I had tip wear like this:
My final thoughts on this? It’s a really cool finish, and definitely works best without base or top coat. But it’s not a polish I’m going to use for a weekend trip, it’s something I’ll use for a night out – like a wedding or a concert.
Ultimately, I won’t be buying any more of these polishes, but I am glad I found the best way to make the ones I have work!
Have you tried these yourself? What do you think of the Sally Hansen Color Foil formula?