Today’s polish is Essie’s Steeling the Scene (thanks, Louise!), which is touted as being a kinda-sorta dupe for Chanel’s Kaleidoscope without laying out twenty bucks (or in my case, any money at all). My verdict — squeeeeeeeeeee!!!!
Steeling the Scene presented a couple of interesting issues I’m going to use as the jumping off point for this post, hoping that those of you with more np experience can give me some advice. It’s fun being a total newbie at something, and what’s the point of having the blog if I can’t ask you all some questions?
1) Steeling the Scene, on my nails, is a fabulous faintly green-tinted silver — as opposed to in the bottle, where it looks like a not especially interesting straight silver. Seriously, if I were looking just at my nails, I would not match them with the correct bottle of polish. Leaving aside the issue of whether it’s a reasonable dupe of Kaleidoscope, this keeps cropping up — the bottle color is different than the nail color. Fine, but is this always the case? Are there tips and tricks to cope? Are some brands/types/colors of nail polish more likely to be true to their bottle color, which is what I’m looking at when I’m considering it? By the way, kind readers have already turned me on to sites like Scrangie, which has many colors (and comparisons of similar shades) featured and I stumbled across the community nail polish gallery (nailgal?), which I like because it shows a variety of photos of the same color taken by different people, so I can build a mental consensus about the polish’s potential “true” color. I also like the formats at polishaddict.com and alllacquredup.com Your thoughts? Is the crap-shoot aspect just a basic part of the fun?
2) Dang, these lighter shimmer colors (is that the right nomenclature? cream, shimmer, glitter/sparkle?) really show the brush marks. I had that problem with Steeling the Scene, and I noticed it on the polish board pictures. I really hate those streaks. The way I overcame it was to do a thicker coat, which minimizes the brush marks, but I think that’s a no-no, although they ended up looking fine. Any advice? Also (this sounds weird) putting a top coat of clear polish on the Steeling the Scene affected the finish in a way I didn’t like. It slightly magnified the brush strokes and it gave the polish a glossier “plasticized-look” finish that looked great on my dark silver-gray and navy polishes, but on this looked cheap. Is this a light-shimmer-polish vs. dark polish issue? Should I leave off the top coat? Learn to live with it?
3) Last question. Okay, totally my fault for having on (I think) seven coats of polish by the time I took it off last night for a clean-slate start. I had a base coat, two coats of gunmetal, a top coat (that’s four) plus a coat of navy and a couple coats of glitter mid-week when the gunmetal chipped and I didn’t have time for a polish change. But holy cow, it took me half an hour to get the polish off!! Seriously, 30 minutes of hard work. I knew people said glitter is hard to remove, I assume it has to do with its non-porousness, so big chunky glitter would be even worse. It came off eventually and the nails looked good and unstained (yay, basecoat!) and I conditioned them last night and this morning with jojoba oil, aka The Oil Of All Miracles. But short of a teeny chisel, any other tips for expediting removal? It’s the glitter that’s the issue, right? Should I just settle in with a shrug and a larger glass of wine?
images illustrating The Color Conundrum: maybe it’s just my browser, but the top image from flikr is closest to what I perceive as the true color of Steeling the Scene. The other two images are from polishaddict.com and you can see the issue perfectly illustrated here — in the middle photo, Kaleidoscope and Steeling look remarkably similar, but they both look “blingier” than reality, IMHO. And note that in the bottom photo from polishaddict.com, the color looks different yet again.