I have a swatch for you today (on my somewhat nubbier nails!) of one of Maybelline’s new Acid Wash polishes I recently picked up in Superdrug .
The four polish in the range consist of 3 cremes in bright blue, green and pale blue and they all have various sized matte white hex glitter and there is a clear based version which you would use as a topper.
L-R; Top Splatter, Ripped-Tide, Mint-acid-ittude & Lilac Rebel.
I’ve just got one of these to show you today. Why only one Eeeek? All shall become clear shortly.
For these photos I used 2 coats and 1 coat of Seche Vite
Oh my gosh, where to start!! There is a whole heap of wrong with this. Ok firstly, I can’t quite see how this is meant to be an acid wash effect … there are some excellent acid wash manis out there (The Nailasaurus’ one is stunning) but this? Meh. It’s about a as near to acid wash as their ‘Vintage Leather’ effect polishes were to looking like leather… If you haven’t seen swatches for those then check the internetz; I stupidly bought 3 of them but I was so unimpressed I didn’t even bother to post them – you know when you sometimes open a bottle of polish and the dried flaky bits from the rim sometimes fall off and onto your freshly painted nails? Well imagine that in a bottle. Mattified. Yum…
The next is the colour… I actually rather like the colour of this but IT. IS. BLUE!!!! How on earth can they call this lilac?! Maybe it’s deliberate, maybe the idea is that this polish is like, ‘Yeah, I might be blue but I’m a rebel so I’m gonna call myself lilac because, I damn well can and no-one’s gonna stop me!! Ok, maybe not, but that colour right there is pale blue.
As for application… urgh. This needs layering over some BLUE undies as this really needed 3 coats but I gave up after 2; it was thick to apply, the smaller glitter went on the nail well with each stroke but the big ol’ ones never made it on the nail and it’s quite sheer too. As you can see, some areas were a little patchy and the finish is ohmygod! So. Bloody.Lumpy. I only used 1coat of Seche on this but it would have needed 2 in order to smooth it out. I know that given the size and amount of glitter it wasn’t going to be super smooth but I’ve got two gorgeous Emily de Molly’s that are similar to this and one coat of Seche does the trick.
That being said, I do like the glitter-in-a-creme finish but not with the irksome formula 😦
I am somewhat reluctant to try the other two cremes now (the topper will be fine I’m sure!) but if any of you would like to see them, just leave a comment below and I’ll see what I can do 🙂
It’s a shame as some of Maybelline’s previous collections have been really good; the polka dot collection with Chalk Dust is my favourite black and white glitter EVER and their Street Artist collection I really liked too.
Anyway that’s all for today but I’ll see you all soon!
p.s do let me know if you think it looks like lilac and not blue… ha!