Friday, May 30, 2014

The Neverending Pile Challenge: A thermal nail fail (plus a special announcement)

The product in this post was purchased by me. All opinions are my own.

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.


  1. Great polish your contributing to the auction. That thermal does look like its a dud. How strange.

  2. I know that I spent a day wearing thermal and it went through the whole spectrum very easily. I was in and out of air conditioned stores vs Middle East heat all day, so I suppose that had something to do with it!

  3. I just had a similar experience with a thermal!! The weird thing is, that Ive been fine with other brands! It was just this one thermal that didn't work right. So maybe try another brand?