Okay okay… before you get your actual panties in a bunch… I’m talking about nail polish underwear. Sometimes a color is just too darn sheer to layer to opacity. Or sometimes you have a nail polish you really love so much you don’t want to waste it layering it 8 billion times (that’s definitely what I think about my Clairvoyant!). The answer to these problems is: Underwear!!
(Nail polish) Underwear is a base color of polish you apply before your actual color so that it isn’t too sheer on your nail and doesn’t reveal a VNL (visible nail line). I got 9 bottles of LA Colors nail polish for Christmas and one that I tried last night was just so sheer! I love jellies but gosh! This was crazy. I put something like 5 coats on, then a coat of glitter (my plan was to make a glitter sandwich) then at least 3 more coats of the color and you could still see a VNL and bits of Khloe Had A Little Lam Lam under my nails. Gross.
It was unfortunate that I didn’t prepare my nails better with some polish undies because I took a BILLION pictures and had to erase them all because of the nasty polish under my nails showing. Oh well, lesson learned. I found an old Avon Speed Dry Polish called simply “Strawberry” that was a pretty good match to the unnamed LA Colors pink jelly with irregular glitter or micro flakies.
Here is Strawberry by itself:
Avon Speed Dry is a really nice quality polish. It was mostly opaque in one coat, but I added one more just to cover a little streakiness in my application. I would definitely buy more Avon Speed Dry Polish, although from what I remember their colors are rather uninspired, but it IS a good quality polish for sure.
Here is my LA Colors polish over Strawberry:
This is soooooooo much better! I should have done the glitter sandwich effect just for consistency sake, but I didn’t.. oh well. The polishes matched perfectly and I think this LA Colors polish is really pretty. I’m not sure if it’s a bit of a flakie or just irregular glitter (what’s the difference anyway?) but I like it. I’m not much of a pink lover but I can see myself wearing these nails when I’m feeling like some Barbie nails. I particularly liked my glitter sandwich that was ruined, like many Britney Spears photo ops- by the lack of underwear.
I usually call this technique a “base color” but calling it underwear is so much more exciting! 😉 Do you use this technique very much? How do you like jellies? OPI is supposed to have a few sorbets (aka: jellies) in their Dutch Spring collection. I can’t wait!! I guess there are a couple sorbets in the Texas collection but I don’t have them. Do you? Let me know what you think using the comment form below! Thanks for stopping by! 😀