I’ve noticed that bright purple nail polishes are difficult to do. Even though I love the L’Oreal Colour Riche Le Vernis nail polishes, even their purple (Atomic Purple #829) nail polish was not crash hot. When I saw OPI’s neon collection (for summer 2014), I thought the nail polishes looked seriously fun! I originally just wanted to buy the shade Life Gave Me Lemons (a citrus colour somewhere in-between a lime and lemon lol) but then I gave in and bought the purple shade and the special base coat polish which is meant to make these neon nail polishes pop (if I’m buying two colours, I may as well get the base coat right?! :P)!
Let me start of by saying that the base coat is terrible lol it’s super white and streaky (I expected the white to be a specific tone so that it could make other colours stand out) but the terrible consistency really threw me. Because the white base coat is so streaky and applies unevenly – whatever coloured polish you apply over it, also looks uneven. Push & Pur-Pull is already a little sheer itself, so I’m not sure how many coats I would have had to apply in order to make the white from underneath showing through (I tried 3 coats, and it still looked awful and streaky, so I gave up and removed the polish). So the moral of my experience is – forgo the base coat lol
The purple on it’s own is relatively good. It’s by no means terrible and I think the formula just gets a little getting used to. As I mentioned, the polish is a little sheer and can build up a little to much if you are not careful (the brush seems to apply to much product). But if you take your time, paint on a few coats carefully and as thinly as possible, the colour is quite gorgeous 🙂 The more coats you apply, the darker the purple shade gets, but this I don’t mind. In the above photo I am wearing four thin coats. Yes it takes a little work, but as soon as you get a hang of the formula, subsequent coats are easy to paint on (and thiner coats dry more quickly!).
The finish this polish gives is a little strange (it’s actually very similar to the L’Oreal’s Atomic Purple) it’s almost matte and it reminds me of vinyl lol I dunno, I’m not a fan of the finish, but a regular top coat (mine is Sally Hansen’s Mega Shine topcoat) fixes that problem right up 🙂 Do I think it’s a neon shade? Not really lol perhaps it would be if I could get away with just one or two coats but alas… Perhaps I should try it over another white nail polish and see how I go? To bad that white nail polishes are also uber difficult to get right lol But should I try this I will let you know!
For all the effort you put in to painting your nails, at least along with a good base and top coat, this nail polish still lasts a good week! Very decent longevity. I bought my nail polishes off Ebay, from a shop called outletnail.
What do you think of this shade? Have you had much experience with purple nail polishes? Please let me know if you have tried any of the nail polishes from this collection as I would love to know!
And finally – here are some extra shots of my garden – just because 🙂
Let me know what you are currently rocking on your nails!
Until next time,