Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Review: Hot Topic Nail Polish

I have always wanted to try HOT TOPIC nail polish.  I have heard many good things, and many bad things.  Finally, a HOT TOPIC opened up in the city next to me, so I decided to start my reviews with their nail polish. 

I couldn't decide on a colour!  There were so many, and I have many colours of nail polish.  So I picked one I don't have--purple.  And it happened to be an iridescent colour, which I really like (as shimmer on nails can hide messy application, which is one of my problems with nail polish).

The bonuses of buying HOT TOPIC nail polish:

1) It's SEALED.  No other nail polish I can buy in a beauty store, big box store or drug store have that.  I have issues with germs, so I always just grab the bottle at the far back that seems to not be opened.  Luckily, HOT TOPIC has the lid sealed with plastic.

2) It was $3.00 (Cdn).  A deal's a deal for me!

I applied it on Sunday, November 7th.

My application method is to apply several very thin layers of product to build up to colour.  The first down side: The nail polish took FOREVER to dry fully.  So if you're using it, be prepared to set aside a few hours of not using your hands.

Once I got it on, and it finally dried (after about three hours--yay for boxed set DVDs of television shows, and a fiance who would do things so I didn't have to touch anything), I really loved the colour!  It's a deep purple, but the shimmer in it moves from a dark pink, (almost fuschia) to light purple, to dark purple.

I'm a messy nail polish applier.  So when I had to remove the excess around my nails with cotton swabs and nail polish remover, it came off easily from my skin, but didn't wreck the polish on my nails at all!

Now comes the true test: Durability!

We had a ritual (for Samhain--see HEDGEWITCH HOLLOW for more about that), the day before, which ends with a big feast of massive amounts of food and drink.  I left the dishes until Monday, November 8th.

I hand washed about 5 loads of dishes (using an S.O.S. PAD) and cleaned out the bottom cupboard of my kitchen to reorganize my small appliances (and this included scrubbing with a plastic scrubby).

Were there any chips?  NONE!  Okay, so the three hours of drying was really worth it, I think.  Especially for people who have a tendency to chip nail polish right after applying it.

I will post when it begins chipping, so that you can be sure when it actually starts to wear down.


1 comment:

  1. That's good to know about the dry length. that's the issue that I have with all nail polish, Unless it's OPI, It decides to take FOREVER!!! to dry and always seems to get messed up. I'm eager to find out how long it lasts though. I have that problem too. :-p