I adore this nail polish. The color is so beautiful! It changes from dusty grape to reddish plum on me, depending on light. Microshimmer gives it depth and elegance. Pictures don't show it's beauty.
Gorgeous neutral color. Easy to apply in 1 coat. Perfect for an express mani. The only downside is that it has old big3 formular.
Absolutely stunning color, but soooooo difficult to work with which is unusual for Essie polishes. You should really take your time whem using this particular polish. Dries fast though even with no fast drying top coat. Van D'Go is changing it's shade from peachy pink to just peachy if top coat is used. Pity it's such a difficult polish cause it has so gorgeous color! And I haven't seen dupes for it out there (may be MAC Seasonal Peach which is HTF though).
A One-Step Nail Growth Formula. Promotes stronger, more resilient natural nails. Specially formulated for peeling and cracking nails. I love this treatment a lot!!! It really made my nails to stop peeling and I get long and strong nails now! White edges have become white again! Really love this product. I've got about 10 different treatments, but I don't want to use them any more :)) Nu Nail is the best treatment I have ever tried. I could see great results in just a week. Peeling nails got literally sealed. You need to apply a new coat every day over the existing coats in a week. Then remove it with non-acetone nail polish remover. When your nails get better, you need to apply a new coat only every 3rd day. Can be used as base coat, but I haven't tried it that way. Nubar products are B3F and Nu Nail contains no formaldehyde.
Top/Base Coats -Essie - fill the gap! ridge filling base coat
Arbuz 6/21/2010 10:59:00 AM
I think this ridge filler is HG! It works really great as a base coat. My manicure lasts longer when I use Fill The Gap! as a base coat. Does great job and evens out ridges. Looks like my nails grow faster and stronger with this base, too.
I love this gorgeous raspberry pink/red color! So gorgeous on my pale skin. It's bright, but not overpowering. Mine Heli-Yum is not that is medium thick formular and cover perfectly in only one coat!
Top/Base Coats -Nailtek - Foundation II - Ridge-filling
Arbuz 6/19/2010 3:27:00 AM
Worked great the first week, made my nails strong and long, but then my nails turned yellow and started to peel like grazy. I still have one nail that is peeling so I have to waer short nail and wait til it grows out again. Contains formaldehyde
I love it! Milky base with ultra fine pink shimmer. I don't have any nail polishes like this in my collection, so it's unique for me. Applies quite nice on Essie ridge filler. 2 coats give you a semi sheer finish with noticeable free edge. I like it more than OPI Makes Men Blush wich has more beige base and less shimmer.
Love it! Easy application (on Zoya Anchor), dries fast and has a ood staying power. I have 2 dupes for this color - Orly Gumdrop and ChG For Audrey (this one is a bit more on blue side with my skin), but Chanel is much more sophisticated and dosn't look flat due to it's almost invisible shimmer. Very beautyful.
I don't have so much experience with base coats, but this one is really good. I'm so glad I bought it after reading MUA reviews. Thin texture, dries fast and my nail polishes spread evenly. Great product! Some of my difficult nail polishes applied easily when I used this base coat. HG.
Absolutely beautyful pastel but bright blue!!! I am so in love with it! Texture is a thin cream and well pigmented, easy to apply. Dries really fast on Essie First Base, but you will need a top coat to add shine. Staying power is great on healthy nails, but would chip on thin splitting nails.
It worked great as a base coat when it was fresh, but than it was difficult to apply nail polish on top of it. It did make some nail polish color darker. But it strengthens nails pretty good if I wear 2 coats of it on it's own, but chips easily when in contact with desinfection. UPDATE: I have found out that it contains Toluene. And Orly stands that they don't use nasty ingredients. I'll stick to Essie Fill The Gap!
I was going to buy ChG Calsium, but I've bought the one from Orly by mistake. It goes OK when applied in 1 coat and no nail polish over (it won't dry). But I'm afraid it makes my nails yellow. Not sure about strengthening my nails, because I've stopped using it when I saw first sighns of yellowing.
Treatments -Orly - Cutique - Stain & Cuticle Remover
Arbuz 5/2/2010 4:19:00 AM
My HG for now! I don't have wide experience with this type of products, but I'm so glad Olry didn't disappoint me with this one. Removes my cuticle gently and nicely, makes my manicure look neat. I have never put it on for longer than instruction says, so I haven't experinced that it is strong or drying out. My nails don't get yellow from it either.
Love it! It gave my Orly manicure (haven't tried it yet with other brands) glass finish and it did dry fast! And I'm using it on top of color nail polishes, not just french manicure.