Review of Born Pretty Color Change Polish

You know what’s hot right now?  Thermal polish.  And it’s beyond cool!

I tried out color 100 from Born Pretty.  The bottle is only 6 ml, so it only holds about half as much polish as a normal sized bottle; OPI is 15 ml and Formula X is 12 ml by comparison.  On the other hand, how many polishes can change colors depending on the temperature?

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Born Pretty Color-change Polish in 100 at room temperature.

The formula itself is fairly opaque, although I find that it’s a little streaky.  Two coats provides good coverage.

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Two coats of polish plus topcoat makes for an easy ombre manicure.

The thermal gradient effect really only happens if your nails are on the longer side.  The tips will be cooler than the part of your nail that is over the nail bed, so the longer your nails are, the more obvious the gradient effect will be.

I find that the polish changes between colors very easily, and all it takes is a little water to discover the extremes of the effects.  Cold water makes the polish turn creamy orange while warm to hot water makes it turn yellow.  Any temperature in between will result in a coral color as seen in my pictures of the polish in the bottle.

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Color 100 in warm/hot temperatures.

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Color 100 in cool temperatures.

Also, there is no need to suffer for your art- the polish is pretty sensitive, so you don’t need to scald yourself to see yellow.  I find that indoors, the polish is usually yellow from your body heat alone, especially now that heaters are on for the winter.  A splash of cool water will turn it dark coral.

You can see how quickly the colors change in the video below.

As for wear, it’s not the worst, and it’s not the best.  I had wear on the tips of my nails after one day, and it started chipping by the third day.  Considering how much I work with my hands, that’s not too bad.  It’s a small price to pay to have a chameleon polish.

Also, have I mentioned how cool it is to have an instant gradient without even having to try?  It’s truly a polish for the lazy nail artist.

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Add some palm trees and you have a beautiful Malibu sunset manicure!

I would recommend this polish in a heartbeat for anyone who is easily amused like myself.  This color changing polish makes for a great conversation piece amongst friends, and it can settle a debate as to whether or not a room is hot or cold based on the color of the polish.  Seeing the polish shift as quickly as Tonks’ hair color will make you think that you have magic at your fingertips…  and it’s all because of this one little bottle.  🙂

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this nail polish (retail price is $5.07 USD), the link for the item is shown below.  Using code RSSPX31 will get you 10% off your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping.  Happy polishing!

http://www.bornprettystore.com/temperature-change-colour-nail-polish-thermal-polish-fashion-multicolor-nail-polish-p-18931.html

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Stamped Shell Nail Art

It’s back to school time for a lot of kids right now, so I don’t have much more time to get another summery mani in this year.  😦  Because I’ve been suffering from horrible back pain and spasms all summer after my car accident, I haven’t had the opportunity to hit the beach, even though I don’t live too far away from one.  My nails this time gave me an excuse to at least hobble around on the sand long enough to take a picture while I waited for my prescriptions to be filled at the neighborhood pharmacy.

But enough of my sob story- I know you’re here to read about nail art, so here are the details behind this look.

For the base color, I used Faded Blues by Ulta Professional, which is a beautiful pearly light blue.

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Ulta Professional Nail Lacquer- Faded Blues

I wanted my nails to have a very dreamy and lighthearted look, so I did the stamping with Konad Special Nail Polish in White with Jumbo Plate 2 by Cheeky.

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Stamped shells- I used the pattern in the first column, 4 rows up from the bottom.

No special tricks or anything on this one- it’s just plain old stamping goodness!

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Sally sold seashells by the seashore- seashell nail art.

The look reminds me of beach houses and all the freshness and airiness of a fine summer day.  More importantly, these nails make me feel happy thinking about collecting shells on the beach!  🙂

Hope you all have been enjoying these past few months because soon enough it will be cold again.  :O  Happy polishing!

Temix Mini Nail Color #3 Yellow Nail Polish Review

I’ve been doing a lot more stamping lately, so I’ve found myself in the need of more polishes that I can use with my plates.  The best way to test the quality of a brand’s stamping polish is to see how well their light colors perform, so I decided to test drive yellow polish #3 from Temix to see if their line was any good.

The bottle size is only 6 ml (0.2 fl. oz.), hence the “mini nail color” part in the name.  In comparison, most regular bottles of nail polish come in a 15 ml (0.5 fl. oz.) size.  Because yellow isn’t that popular of a stamping color, this is the perfect amount for me.

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Temix Mini Nail Color: small but mighty.

Stamping polishes should be as opaque as possible in order to perform well over different colors.  Although I would never wear a stamping polish for any other purpose other than for stamping, I swatched the polish to check its opacity.

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One coat of Temix, no topcoat.

The brush is a good size and applied the polish easily, but the first coat left some coverage to be desired.  It’s pretty decent for a yellow polish, but this didn’t seem to bode well for stamping.  That still remained to be seen.

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2 coats of Temix with Seche Vite topcoat.

With the second coat, you get full coverage of the nail bed.  The polish is appropriately thick, although not in a bad way.  However, based on how this applies on its own, I probably would not go using this polish for a regular mani.

Now onto the real reason why we’re here: stamping.

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Temix looks great on a Konad stamper.

The polish spread easily onto the plate (I used Jumbo Plate 2 by Cheeky for the pattern), and my stamper picked it up well.  I was surprised by how opaque it turned out to be.

I tested it on top of hot pink, white, and black polishes and found it to perform excellently.  Any flaws you see with the stamping are because of my own user error.  What I found is that the polish dried quickly on the stamper so cleaning up the excess around my nails with Scotch tape would lift portions of the stamped pattern from the base coat of polish as well as from my skin.  The fast drying time is a good thing because it means it won’t get streaky when you apply topcoat over it.

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Temix used on top of (L-R) Keys to My Hybrid, White Hot, and What’s A Tire Jack? all by Sephora by OPI.

What impressed me was that this polish showed up well on top of a white base coat, and it didn’t come out looking faded on top of a black base coat.  If yellow polish looks this good on either extreme, it’s bound to look great on top of any color.

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Temix #3 on top of Blue Collar by Orly.

Overall, I highly recommend Temix Mini Nail Color polishes and think I might purchase the entire set of colors one day.  My poor wallet!  😉

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this nail polish (retail price is $4.00 USD), the link for the item is shown below.  Using code RSSPX31 will get you 10% off your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping.  Happy stamping!

http://www.bornprettystore.com/high-quality-nail-template-stamping-polish-varnish-p-21124.html

http://www.bornprettystore.com/

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