Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel

OK, I have to admit a bit of snobbery here. Wet n Wild? A cheap drugstore polish having a "gel" polish? Yes, and it performs beautifully! I would say that of all the gel-like polishes I've tried this one ranks the best, far above the more expensive Sally Hansen Miracle Gel and even the nearly as impressive OPI Infinite Shine. The only drawback is the limited number of colors, maybe a dozen or so. I was still able to find a few that appealed, though, never fear! I used regular Seche Vite as the topcoat and Essie Ridge Filler base coat on all but since that's my usual MO I can't credit them for the stellar performance of the 1 Step Wonder Gel. If only they had more colors!

Lavender Out Loud, two coats plus Seche Vite

Stay Classy, two coats plus Seche Vite
Peri-wink-le of an Eye, two coats plus Seche Vite

Day 1 and Day 3. Minimal tip wear!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

It's been a while…

Anna and Erin are busy with their growing families and as for me? Well, I have to admit that I have been uninspired this past year. It seems that each new collection is yet another same old collection, with the same grouping of colors being merely shades off from the previous groups and collections from one company mirroring another's. Ho, hum. (I'm talking mainstream here — I've always left the indies up to Erin and Anna.) But one thing that is new is the formulas, particularly the new non-UV light "gel" formulas that almost everyone has now, promising up to two weeks of glossy shine and long wear. I think Sally Hansen was the first to come out with this formula back in the summer of 2014 and I wasn't impressed. Since then everyone has their own version of a faux gel or gel-like topcoat and I've tried them all, or at least all of the ones I've seen in my area. So, over the next few weeks I will go over the pros and cons of the following brands, in no particular order. And, yes, I gave Sally Hansen a second chance to see if theirs had improved after its initial release. I think you'll be surprised at which ones performed the best — I know I was!

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel (2 step)
OPI Infinite Shine (3 step)
SinfulColors Sinful Shine (2 step)
Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy (2 step)
L'Oreal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque (3 step)
Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel (1 step, duh)
Essie Gel Setter topcoat
Pure Ice Shine (2 step)
butter LONDON Patent Shine 10x (1 or 3 step, they're not clear on it)