Saturday, October 25, 2014

REVIEW of China Glaze Holographic Nail Lacquer in OMG a UFO

Hello earthlings!

I picked up this polish in a recent Cherry Culture haul and I couldn't resist trying it soon after it came in the mail.

Color: OMG a UFO is a green holo polish. I don't know exactly how to describe this shade of green. Swampy? Mossy? Khaki? It's a kind of pretty ugly color like a mix between Butter London Dosh and Essie Sew Psyched. It's like a more muted version of Sephora by OPI Leaf Him at the Altar with more yellow. Needless to say, I love it. These kinds of colors are very flattering for the yellow undertones in my skin. If you're not afraid of color, I think this is a really wearable look. The holo isn't crazy intense and as long as your workplace or school isn't really conservative I think this is a nice option. A little fun but not too distracting. The holo effect comes out in direct bright sunlight and under artificial light at night. However, it disappears in dim sunlight, shade, or indoors when it's not night. I have no idea why. When the holo effect disappears, the polish still has more depth than your typical shimmer but it's considerably less special.
Formula: The polish wasn't notably thin or thick.
Application: The first coat went on smoothly though I did have to even out the polish a bit. The brushstrokes were kind of visible but nowhere near as bad as a frost. I could see the rainbow shimmer typical of holos even in the coat but oddly this polish loses shine as it dries. I haven't tried a ton of China Glaze polishes and I found the brush which is on the long and skinny side to be a little unwieldy. Nothing outlandish, but it wasn't my favorite brush to work with. The second coat also went on smoothly though I had to even out the polish a little more. At two coats this polish still failed a light test which reveals that the coats didn't apply evenly. I added a third coat of polish for more opacity. At three coats the polish wasn't 100% opaque but I wouldn't go over three coats unless you're really a perfectionist. I applied Seche Vite to every nail but my left pointer fingernail. There was a little less shine but no change in the holo effect. I don't think you can really see any difference in the photos.
As for the paint job with my nondominant hand, I had a bit more trouble evening the polish out but it was far from a mess. The polish wasn't thick or gloopy. It just didn't even out the way I wanted it to. But it was thin enough that there weren't thick overlapping brushstrokes. I think part of the problem (other than the formula of the polish) was that the brush was a little too soft to effectively smooth out the polish. The results were OK but not perfect.
Wear: I wore this polish for six days. I experienced a little tip wear but nothing major.

CONCLUSION: If you like these kinds of colors and can find this polish on sale, I would recommend it. Application isn't perfect but it's manageable. The polish is a little sheer but looks fine on the nail at three coats. This wasn't a perfect, out of this world polish but I'm happy to have it in my collection.
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