For today's test I applied silver mirror chome powder over Dance Legend Glitter base in black as well as holo powder over Dance Legend Glitter base in black. I tested four different top coats.
- Seche Vite
- Aqua top coat
- Gel top coat
- Essence Gel look top coat
These top coats provided a good coverage across range of quick drying and slower drying, compared with water based and gel.
First, have a look at the photos and choose your favourite, because there is a very clear winner here in my opinion.
Ok, index finger has seche vite quick dry and it is the one that lost the most of it's mirror finish and went sparkly. The middle finger, which retained most of it's mirror finish is Born Pretty Store mirror top coat that comes with the mirror polish set. It is a water based polish that provided great results as a base coat for the BPS mirror polish, but dulled the BPS mirror polish when used as a top coat, as can be seen here. Other water based polishes like this that I know of are Picture Polish Revolution, FNUG Aqua base, Nfu Oh Aqua Base and Little Ondine Secret.
The ring finger is a gel top coat. I was a bit disappointed with this, it was still the second best one to retain it's mirror finish but no where near as good as the aqua top coat. Although, this could also have been because this was over the peel off glitter base, rather than over gel. Maybe the gel top coat would not have made any sparklies over a gel base?
Finally, the pinky finger has Essence gel look top coat. It went sparkly too, but not as base as Seche vite, but certainly enough to say that it no longer looked like a mirror finish.
Now onto the holos.
I'm pleased to say that the top coats made less difference over the holo powder. There was still a clear winner, but all top coats put in a good showing here.
Same story here, index was Seche Vite, middle was the BPS Mirror polish aqua base, ring was gel polish and pinky was Essence gel look top coat. The Essence retained the least holo finish and the aqua top coat retained the most, in fact I'd say the aqua top coat didn't effect it at all.
I also did do this single macro to show you the close up difference using Seche Vite. The left half of the nail has seche vite and the right half has no top coat. you can see the delineation mark if you look closely and you can tell the flame isn't as tight any more.
In other news, my holo powder from Daily Charme arrived in the mail today, which means I can do a holo comparison with various brands, including JOSS, Daily Charme and the holo powder from Spectraflair4U.
Still so sign of my Born Pretty Order. LOL.
See you next time on the Polish Chrome Wars.