I think I may be burned out on glitters. Or perhaps I didn’t have enough coffee the Saturday morning I was swatching these Models Own polishes. Or just maybe, these glitters were as bad as I thought. Because all that was going through my head when I was polishing was, “This is so not working for me.”
Models Own and I did not get off to an auspicious start. When I opened the box I received the polishes in, one bottle with a broken neck spilled polish all over me, the other bottles and my kitchen counter. Although the kitchen is a good place for varied smells, nail polish isn’t one of them.
To Models Own credit, they were very good about sending me a replacement after I sent them an email with a photo of the poor decapitated bottle. Fast forward a few weeks later and I’m opening Emerald City to start my swatching. It was stuck and I had to apply slight pressure to get it open. Once open, I realized that the polish had not only leaked out, making for a less than pristine opening, but the cap had cracked, making a securely sealed cap impossible. Emerald City is going to be an Emerald Clump in about 2 months. Could I email them again? Probably. But there comes a point with quality control where it’s simply not worth the effort.
But let’s move onto the actual polish itself, shall we. The glitter on these is very fine and requires four coats to acheive a reasonable amount of opacity. If it wasn’t for the fact that the color in the bottles is so dense, I’d almost think that these were meant for topcoats. The application was difficult. There were spots that I had a hard time getting the glitter on.
Now I’ll not claim that I’m the most proficient laquerista out there, but I seriously hope my polishing technique is never judged on these swatches. The final results are amatuer looking. The only polish that I was pleasantly surprised with was Scarlet Sparkle as it was set in a red jelly base instead of the clear base all the others were. It made the application and end result much better. But I must confess, by the time I got to Scarlet Sparkle, my heart was no longer into a stellar application.