Wednesday, July 20, 2011

OCC Beta (or "how not to make a polish")

Why "Beta"? Like beta carotene, like in carrots? Yes, it's carrot-colored... if carrots were made of neon and were radioactive.

OCC Beta
I love OCC nail polish. I think they do some of the most beautiful dark cremes: they apply "like buttah" and are long-lasting with a good bc/tc combo. So what on EARTH were they smoking over there when they made this polish?! Holy crap. Let's talk about the great things first: it's an awesome, amazing, gorgeous color: freakishly bright neon orange.

And that is all for the great things. Now the "meh, I can live with that" things: it was a bit hard to apply and took three coats to get even, despite that it's a pretty saturated color. Like most neons, it dries matte.

And now, the bad things. Or just one thing: IT WAS BUMPY. There were LUMPS of... something (maybe pigment?) in the nail polish. You could see the lumps on the brush... and you could definitely see it on the nail (and you can see it in the photo). And it was horrifying. I do not recall ever seeing a polish with lumps like that and I've seen many polishes. I don't even feel good about giving it away for free, it was such a turn-off of an experience.

Bumpy glitters = normal.
Bumpy cremes = not normal.

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jbrobeck said...

The EXACT same thing happened to me! I thought I just had a bad bottle!

Hebridean Sprite said...

THat is so weird! I would totally contact them and complain.

Guy Polish (Jim) said...

Maybe the beta products have less quality control. Lets hope they read your review. It gave me a good chuckle!

PolishSis said...

Bumpy glitters = normal.
Bumpy cremes = not normal.
Very funny
And sad, because this is actually on the market

Jonique said...

Its funny because I've had some other polishes do the same thing. I think it may b a weird reaction with the polish and some top coats. I hate it.

Lucy said...

That's really bizarre! It's an amazing looking polish. Shame it has pimples.

beachgal said...

Wow - that's one bright orange! And I am trying to get brave enough to take Kimmy off my toes and put on a much less day-glow orange right now!

flinty said...

jbrobeck: Nope, definitely not just you. But maybe we just got a bad batch?

Hebridean: I think I will do that!

Guy Polish: gmail was in beta for, what, years? and its quality seemed fine... ;)

PolishSis: yes, and for $8 (or something like that) each!

Jonique: Here's the thing: it looked bumpy on the brush. You could see the lumps on the brush! Definitely not a bad reaction to anything but itself.

Lucy: I know, I love the color...

Beachgal: Bright or muted, orange is an awesome color. :)

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