Monday, September 6, 2010

Some 'edgy neutral' misfires!


I've shown you so many polishes that fall in the 'edgy neutral' category that I adore, I thought it was time to show you some I didn't love, just to even the score. Sometimes not all polishes work - even if they look great in the bottle! Here are a couple that I was excited about, but didn't work out as planned, for different reasons.

$OPI Under My Trench Coat:

I have two Sephora by OPI neutrals that I absolutely love - Metro Chic and Run With It! - and I have been itching to give their sister - Under My Trench Coat - a spin!



This polish reminds me of the clay in art class when I was a kid - complete with shimmer that looks like the little grains in the clay! As pleasant as those memories are, I'm not sure I'm loving carrying that memory around on my nails - it certainly doesn't suit me at all. Even though it is fairly unique in my collection of 'edgy neutrals' thanks to its shimmer, it's not working. All this polish does is bring out the strong yellow tones in my skin, making me look...jaundiced. Nice. Disappointing because I loved it in the bottle!

Off to a new home it goes! I'm sure this would look good on someone with different colouring. :)


Lippmann Waking Up In Vegas:


When I saw this in the bottle, I went completely Gaga for it! (Haha I'm so punny!) It looked like the perfect warmer grey, that doesn't have the green leanings of Essie Chinchilly. Unlike Under My Trench, I actually really like the colour on my nails, and I think it suits me. BUT, the application on this was *horrendous*. Super chalky, and I had to be really careful to load my brush up and use very few strokes, otherwise I'd get uneven bumpiness in the finish that is normally characteristic of pastels. Oh, and I got chips after a day. For such expensive polish, this is ridiculous, and I just don't look forward to wearing it because of the application and wear issues. Away it goes!

So that's all for today! Have you ever bought a polish because of how it looked in the bottle only to be disappointed later?

kittytokaren


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15 comments:

Varnish Vixen said...

I had the exact same experience with Essie Playa del Platinum. I was so excited about this neutral and then it gave me cadaver hands!!

jaljen said...

Yes, I've been disappointed many times but I choose to forget! I love Trench Coat and wish I had it!

hermetic said...

I love the first one, thanks for posting

Megan Harmeyer said...

I'm not much on neutral polishes to begin with and these two are no different. I'm one of your newest followers (I followed LMB over).

Alison said...

It's such a shame the Lippmann applies so badly because I love the colour on you! I hate when that happens.

Amista said...

If you liked Waking Up In Vegas (other than the formula issues), you should try AVON - Urban Grey. They're pretty similar and AVON's formula is much better. Im wearing it right now and i have very little chipping after 6 days.

kittytokaren said...

@Varnish Vixen - Ooo yeah that one didnt work for me either!!

@jaljen - Hehe I like that kind of amnesia!

@hermetic - You're very welcome!

@Megan Harmeyer - Welcome! Yeah these were definitely mega fails for me....

@Alison - Ugh yeah I really like the colour but it was just awful to put on...

@Amista - Thanks for the rec!! 6 days without chipping is the stuff legends are made of!

k2k

faerieberry said...

Under My Trench Coat really works for me. The Lippmann is another story though; I bought it at Nordstrom and returned it the very next day. I love the color but the formula was terrible! Now that I have discovered thinner I might try again, because I collect greys and it doesn't match anything in my collection. I think Waking Up In Vegas looks good on you! : )

Lily nail said...

beautifull colors !!!

Adrienne said...

Under my Trench Coat is one my fav neutrals!! I'm sad it didn't work out for you :( But you have sooo many more neutrals than me hehe

kelliegonzo said...

i LOVE under my trench coat! i really want to get my hands on that lippmann too :)

Cathy Lee said...

I have Waking Up In Vegas and it applies like butter to me with no wear issues. But these two colours look beautiful on you !

kittytokaren said...

@faerieberry - I'm so glad Trench works for you! I really loved it in the bottle and the shimmer makes it really special. I'm not surprised to hear someone else had formula problems with the Lippmann - I was shocked!

@Lily nail - Thanks...

@Adrienne - Yay! Another person Trench works for! I do have enough neutrals in my collection to go around hehe :)

@kelliegonzo - My Nordie's is sold out since the Gaga cover!!

@Cathy lee - I am SO jealous!!! I wish mine applied like that, because I love the colour!!

k2k

Lucy said...

I haven't run across too many that disappointed me. I just bought Sally Hansen's Cherry Punch which is new. It just underwhelms me. I expected more of a brightness to the polish. I also had wear on my tips after a few hours. I didn't even do anything that would cause this. I like both of the polishes you have. Strange how some formulas just don't work on us.

extraH said...

k2k, you have inspired me - I'm going to try a neutral! I'll tell you how it goes!

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