June 29, 2008

A Sad Day at the Polish Addict: Shorties in Vampies

Posted in Color Club, Comparison Swatches, Essie, Vampies at 9:43 pm by pretear

Some of you may have already heard of the tragedy that befell my nails last week. My left hand pinkie nail broke while I was doing research for my internship. This happened, of course, after I made this post tooting my own horn about the fabulousness of my natural nail strength. Hubris: it’ll do it to you ever time.

At first I was all woe-is-me-wah but now I’ve accepted my new short nails and have decided to embrace them. I’m in the nail polish school of thought that reserves darker colors for shorter nails, not per se, but just as general rule it’s my personal preference. However, I loved my long nails so much I didn’t want to cut them in order to break out my vampies. My unexpected break gave me an excuse to not only break out my vampies but also to put aside my anti-strengthener rhetoric and give some of my dusty strengtheners a try. Nailtek is 25% off right now at my local CVS and I have a brand new untried Color Club Vitabase. Might as well give it a shot, not like my nails can get any shorter than they are now so I have nothing to lose.

Without any further delay I present you the first image of my new shorties in vampies.

Although Color Club Killer Curves and Essie Wicked look dissimilar in the image, they look almost exactly the same in person. They also share deep red as a base color. They both have good albeit similar application so I don’t prefer one over the other. Essie Clutch Me if You Can looks dupish to the others in the bottle but it’s visibly a dark berry red on the nail where as the others border on being almost-blacks. I had to use 4 coats to get Essie Clutch Me if You Can’s depth of color to even out. Which is strange because I wouldn’t classify the polish as streaky. It applied well but for whatever reason it took 4 coats to get the color to even out to be the same shade throughout the nail. The big disappointment here is Essie Material Girl. I had HORRIBLE cuticle drag with it even though I waited ages between coats. To get it to look normal I had to battle the application to an unheard of 6 coats. That’s right, 6 coats.

Now, my Essie Material Girl isn’t a full size bottle, it’s a mini. I’ve heard a lot of people complain about mini bottles (particularly OPI minis) being of a lower quality than their full size counterparts. I’ve personally never had that problem with any mini I’ve tried. I’m hestitant to blame my application troubles on the fact that this was a mini Essie. Especially since Essie is notorious for its streakiness and difficulty of application anyway. The simple fact is that I think minis are the best thing that ever happened to nail polish (with the exception of Seche Vite.)

To be honest, I just don’t know what the issue was with Essie Material Girl. I plan to eventually give it a shot using a good base coat like Barielle Camo. Do any of you guys own Material Girl? Have you had similar results? Do you feel like minis are defunct in comparison to full size bottles? Anyone had bad luck with a particular brand’s minis?



  1. Masa_inn said,

    Your “shorties” look wonderful. I used the quotation marks because you’re lucky to have very long nail beds; vampies work great with your nails.

  2. Jessica said,

    Loving the short nails! I keep mine this length due to convenience and also my hair regimen pretty much demands it (the blessings and curses of a multicultural heritage) but anyways I’ll be interested to see what you do with them!

    i recently convinced my bff to take off the acrylics she’d been wearing for NINE years…. (dont get me started on that) but anyways, shes totally regretting not doing it sooner…. sometimes life demands short nails.

  3. pretear said,

    Thanks Masa and Jess, I appreciate the approval of the short nails. : ) I used to have pink and white acrylic nails too – can you believe it? lol. Life is definitely better now. That’s actually how I got into nail polish. It got too expensive to maintain so I decided to start doing my own nails. It spiraled out of control and eventually became more expensive than just having the acrylics.

  4. Kyl said,

    Sorry for the late comment, but I love the shorter nails as well!

  5. pretear said,

    Thank you ; )

  6. rocketqueen said,

    Gooorgeous swatches! I don’t have any of them I’m afraid but I ‘m so into vampies right now! Having the worst time with Essie, I just can’t get it non-streaky.

  7. pretear said,

    My bad Essies usually work well over Barielle Camo. I’ll have to try the streaky vampies over it and let you guys know how it turns out.

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