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Review: American Apparel California Trooper and Geometric Taping

Traditionally I've been drawn to the same few types of polishes over and over again.  The blues, the purples, the glitters, always the same.  Since starting this blog I'm been making an effort to pick polishes I wouldn't normally, to expand my horizons.  Hence the polish I'm looking at today, American Apparel California Trooper.  A light yellow/taupe, it's actually a pretty good match for California Trooper uniforms, funnily enough.  I've never worn anything like this before, and that makes me happy.  First, I just have to show you how it looks with taping!



Let's look at how California Trooper applies.  Once again, I'm so surprised at how well the American Apparel polishes apply.  This is two coats and you really could get away with one.  It's nice and shiny too.  It's always just so easy with the AA's which is surprising for a clothing chain.  Take a look at this nice yellowy taupe:




My idea was to try geometric taping! I'm actually really happy with out this one came out.  The colours work together and it came out with some nice shapes.  I created them using my trusty striping tape, usually available from supply stores.  I just cut short pieces, laid them in a random pattern over my nails then coloured in the spaces using a variety of colours.  I found that I was actually able to do all my nails (quickly, mind you) at once and then peel the tape off without any ill-effects.

The colours used here are Revlon Royal, Orly Green with Envy, Urban Outfitters Bandeau on top of the California Trooper.





The Verdict:  I'm once again surprised at how good the American Apparel polish is.  It's a unique colour - something I always look for - and the application was a breeze.  The other colours were good too but deserve their own review.  Check back next for a review of the Revlon, it's just a good colour :)

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