Hi everyone! Before I get to the Neverending Pile Challenge, I want to tell you about a special event that is starting today.
Last month, four-year-old Lily Quintus was killed in a tragic accident in Florida. Over fifty indie polish makers have teamed up to raise money for Lily's family and the other children affected.
Each of us has created a one-of-a-kind polish in Lily's memory, and they will be auctioned off in lots. All proceeds will be donated to the families. Here's my contribution:
The auction will take place on Facebook; it starts TODAY at noon and runs until Monday. Please join this group to participate. Thanks!
OK, on to the nail fail! The Neverending Pile Challenge prompt for today is solar/thermal. I have never actually bought a thermal polish before, because, first, the thermal pigment degrades after about a year, so your polish essentially has a shelf life; second, it just seems kind of gimmicky to me. Plus you need long nails for the effect to really work! Or not, as we shall see...
In one of the Pretty & Polished subscription boxes I got Good Vibrations, which is a thermal that changes from a dark magenta when cool to a brighter purple-pink when warm. It also has a scattered holo shimmer. I made sure to let my nails grow nice and long before I swatched this in order to get that French tip effect. But, as you can see, I was sorely disappointed.
|Pretty & Polished Good Vibrations. Two(?) coats with Out the Door topcoat.|
You can see my free edges through the polish--look how long they are! Yet I only got the "warm" shade. Very weird. I decided to resort to some trickery to show off the cool color. This is the best I could do:
You see the slight darkening at the tips? That's from holding my nails against an ice pack. (Cold water had no effect.)
OK, so maybe the polish itself is a dud? Nope, check it out on the swatch wheel:
It's quite happy to show off its cool shade here (I squeezed the tip with my fingers to show the warm color too). I have seen swatches of this on other people where the thermal effect works quite well. So I can only conclude that I'm just too hot for thermals (awww yeah!!).
In all other respects the formula was fine. If other thermals have worked for you, I imagine Good Vibrations will too. It can be purchased here ($9 for 15 ml).
Total untrieds tried: 49 + chevron decals + 1 stamping plate
The product in this post was purchased by me. All opinions are my own.