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More Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel Nail Polishes

morewetnwildwondergelDSC_8109I told you guys I would pick up more of these nail polishes! I knew I wanted Power Outage because I didn’t have a really good opaque black polish, and the other two, Cyantific Method and Bye Feluschia! (omg those names) also caught my eye. From what I can remember, the rest of the colors were various shades of either orange or purple, two colors I don’t really like to wear, so I don’t think I’ll be picking up any more of these.

onecoat

One coat of each color

twocoats

Two coats of each color

Power Outage is a wonderful opaque black, and while I haven’t worn it on all my nails yet, I don’t think I’ll be disappointed. As I mentioned in my first post about these, you could get away with only applying one coat, but I recommend two. I have worn Cyantific Method, and it was pretty good. The color isn’t my absolutely favorite, and it chipped pretty quick on me, but it’s not horrible. I’m pretty disappointed in Bye Felushcia! I had no idea it was a shimmery color. For some reason, I absolutely hate those kinds of polishes. I guess it’s because they remind me of all the crappy nail polishes I had when I was a little kid in the ’90s. I broke this out last night to paint my toe nails, and audibly groaned when I put it on the first nail. When I asked my husband what he thought of the color, he said “It looks kind of…gaudy?” I don’t know, I think these kinds of colors are really dated, and I’ll probably give this one away or see if I can exchange it.

Have you tried these yet? I’d love to know your thoughts and your favorite colors! Read my first post about these here.

 

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Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel nail polishes

I recently got rid of the majority of my nail polish collection. To be honest, I don’t paint my nails often because I can’t stand having chipped nails, and most nail polishes tend to chip on me within 24 hours, so it seems like a waste of time. I probably had about eight polishes until I decided to try out a couple from Milani. They were nice; they lasted about the same as any Essie or Nails, Inc. polish would on me, but they didn’t change my life.

From left to right: Stay Classy, Peri-wink-le of an Eye, Condensed Milk, Left Marooned

Enter the new Wet n Wild 1 Step WonderGel Nail Colors. Wet n Wild claims that these are a gel formula that does not need a top coat and lasts up to two weeks. Okay, those are seriously crazy claims, and I can tell you that no $5 nail polish from the drugstore will ever be able to live up to them. I can also tell you that I’m not going to go without a base coat or a top coat, I don’t care what the claims are. You can see my review of the Sally Hanson Miracle Gels where I had some people telling me they might work better without a base coat like the box claimed (spoiler: they didn’t). While the WonderGels did not change my life (they come mighty close, though), and while they don’t last for two weeks, I love them. They are also way better and way cheaper than their Sally Hanson counterpart.

I purchased four shades (there are 18 colors in the range), 719A Condensed Milk, 733A Left Marooned, 729A Peri-wink-le of an Eye, and 732A Stay Classy. All of them except for the lightest shade, Condensed Milk, impressed me. The first one I used was Stay Classy, and I got away with using only one coat. It lasted about three days without chipping, which is better than most polishes on my nails. After the fourth day, my nails still looked passable (one or two tiny chips), but I wanted to try another color, so I took it off and tried Peri-Wink-le of an Eye. Damn, this one is amazing! It’s such a beautiful light blue, and I think it’s great for spring. This one lasted five days without chipping on me, which is the longest any nail polish has lasted for me, ever! I’ve been using Left Marooned on my toes for about ten days, and so far my nails look as good as the first day. The finish is shiny, and while I’ve never had a real gel manicure, my nails genuinely look like they have a high quality polish on them, which could maybe pass for gel?

And now for some close-ups of my sausage fingers! As you can see, you can get away with just one coat of the three darker colors:

One coat of each shade

two coats of each shade

the shape of the brush is pretty standard

I did mention that Condensed Milk didn’t impress me. I actually bought this one about a week after the other three, and I wish it was as good, but it’s just not. The formula is somehow thicker than the others, and yet less opaque. I had to give up trying to use this one because I could not get it to be completely opaque, and it wouldn’t dry enough for me to put my top coat on.

The only other criticism I have is that the color of the packaging does not necessarily match the color of the actual nail polish inside. This was most apparent with Left Marooned, which is less maroon and more of a classic red.

Left Marooned

I tend to be harsh in my criticism of nail polishes. I use my nails a lot at work to open boxes and to scrape tape off of things, and like I said, not many formulas impress me. If a nail polish lasts more than 36 hours on me without chipping, I’m very happy. With that said, I can’t think of anything bad about three of the four WonderGels I purchased, and I will definitely be picking up more shades.

I purchased mine for $4.99 each at Rite Aid and Duane Reade.

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Essie Leggy Legend

leggylegend1 I’m all about weird nail polish colors. My last nail polish post also featured an atypical shade from Essie. If possible, I think I like this one even more! I rarely buy nail polish-in fact, I may not have purchased any in almost a year, but I was instantly intrigued when I saw this one. It’s completely different to anything I’ve ever had, and I knew it would be amazing for autumn.

New for this fall, Leggy Legend is a warm, metallic copper/bronze with gold shimmer. I find that it changes quite a bit in different light, turning almost olive in some and orange in others. I’ve had it on my nails for about 48 hours, and so far there’s just one small chip. I’ve given up hope on Essie polishes lasting for more than a few days on me, but I’m willing to put up with it for stunning colors like this. I’ve also gotten a few compliments on it, which always makes me feel better about my unusual color choices!

Would you wear this color?

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Review: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel

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Update as of 8/31: I have received a few comments stating that Miracle Gel should not be used with a base coat. I will be testing it again without a base coat and updating this post with any new findings.

Update as of 9/9: I painted my nails with this again on Thursday, September 4th. I made sure NOT to use a base coat and to paint my nails during the day so that natural light could “do the rest” as the packaging says. Sadly, I did not notice any difference whatsoever in the performance of this product. My nails look almost identical to the picture in my original review, and this is after only four full days of wear. My opinion is still that this is a gimmicky product that doesn’t live up to its claims. I also wonder why, if in fact this should not be used with a base coat, it’s not stated anywhere on the packaging. I’m really sorry everyone! I was really hoping I’d have better results to share the second time around! Original post is below:

I was so excited when I saw a commercial for this. So excited that the very next day, I went to Target and bought it. I’ve been interested in gel manicures for a couple years now, but never really had an occasion to get one. My job is really hard on my nails, so I feel like manicures are wasted on me anyway, but I feel like it makes it easy to test the durability and longevity of nail polishes. In Target, the display was very picked over, and the only choices were this dusty purple (#270 “Street Flair”), a dark forest green, and a bubblegum pink. I wasn’t crazy about any of them, but this one seemed the least ugly, so I went with it.

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