Every once in a while, I take a wander around Winners, the kinda weird "bargain" store here in Canada. They have an eclectic selection of nail polishes but usually nothing new. Knock me over with a feather when I saw these two beautiful polishes, China Glaze I Herd That and I'm Not Lion, from the new On Safari collection. I just had to try them out together and thought I'd play around with some stripes as well.
To start with, I added two coats of I'm Not Lion, a soft gold glitter polish just packed with gold and holo micro glitter. Application was good, although I dread taking it off. I then added a gradient using I Herd That, a bronze version of I'm Not Lion, although the holo glitter is a little more sparse. Lots of people seem to like the sponge gradient but I've never really got it to work so well. I prefer to wipe most of the polish off, then paint 2/3rds of my nail, then half, then the tips. Works for me. Once that was all dry, I laid out stripes of striping tape and added the black polish. I found that you don't need to press the tape to your palm like with scotch tape, if anything you have to make sure it's all smoothed down.
The Verdict: It doesn't really show here as my lightbox doesn't have a sharp point of light but this polish is so sparkly and so packed with holo glitter, you have to see it to believe. I'm really happy with how the stripes turned out over the glitter, too.
- China Glaze I'm Not Lion and I Herd That, various locations.