What Stace had to say on Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
Fingernail Tuesday

(I had a typo in the title so it said “Fingernail Ruesday.” Which would have been quite fitting for last week, huh?)

So this week’s polish experiment is a bit odd. Well, it’s not really an experiment, but…anyway. Whatever.

After finally getting last week’s icky yellow off my nails, I decided to go with the color I’d originally planned for last week, because it’s pretty:

Sally Hansen Insta-Dry in “Jade Jump.”

I actually have this polish on my toenails at the moment, too.

It’s a nice color. And I love the new brushes Sally H is using; they’re wider and flatter, with a slight curve at the end, which makes it so, so much easier to paint neatly. I was talking to my lovely friend Fae Sutherland about this on Twitter a few weeks ago, in that “How the hell did nobody invent that brush before this?” kind of way, because seriously, it’s genius.

But for some reason I had a rough time applying it on Sunday night. It was…goopy. The polish itself, I mean. It didn’t want to go on very smoothly.

It was fine when I did my toes with it two weeks or so ago, so I’m really unsure as to why I’d suddenly have an issue. Maybe because of the humidity or something, although that doesn’t actually make any sense either. It’s not an old polish; Jade Jump is a new color, and I bought the bottle maybe a month ago, so it’s not like I grabbed a bottle that had been sitting in the back of a rack for three years. But still it was gloopy and not very smooth. The first time I’ve ever had a problem like that with polish.

It turned out okay:

And I still really do like the color. I certainly like it better than last week’s yellowy vomit-looking crap. And I still love the SH polishes. But…yeah, something went wonky with this one.

Years ago I remember my mom reading something that said nail polish wouldn’t go gloppy if you stored them in the fridge. Personally I always found fridge-stored polishes to be already gloppy from the cold, so thought it was kind of silly to deliberately glop them up in hopes that they’d stay only partially gloppy for longer. But then I’ve never had one do that on me before.

Apparently you can add a little polish remover and shake it up well to de-goop polishes; anyone ever tried that?

Next week I want to try doing some kind of cool effect or something again. Maybe the newsprint nails someone sent me in a Twitter link, or the black french manicure? Something interesting.

Ideas welcome, both on that and on the sticky gummy nail polish.

6 comments to “Fingernail Tuesday”

  1. Shauna G.
    · March 29th, 2011 at 2:23 pm · Link

    I don’t know if you’ve bought an “Insta-dri” polish from Sally Hansen before, but, sadly, they all tend to gloop-up — or at least all of the bottles I have bought have glooped. I, for some reason, continue to buy them though, because I enjoy how quickly they dry (I’m famous for smudging polish, I have no patience). I actually just bought another insta-dri polish in Silver Sweep two days ago & am wearing it now. I quite like the metallic, so I hope it lasts!

    As for funky/different nail effects, try putting lace on your nails! I bought a spool of black lace & tried it out over a shimmery light pink polish a few weeks ago & loved the result. Unfortunately, it does not last for too long, so I think the next time I do it will be for a special occasion or something .. but, yeah, try it! It was fun to do!

  2. midnightblooms
    · March 29th, 2011 at 2:32 pm · Link

    I’ve noticed that quick-drying polishes get goopy sooner. The first or second time I use them they are ok, but after that they’re almost more trouble than they’re worth.

    Once I tried adding a drop or two of remover, but it didn’t work for me. I should point out I’m notorious for messing up simple tasks like that, and that I barely passed Chemistry, so I’m not the best example in this instance.

  3. Caelia
    · March 29th, 2011 at 3:00 pm · Link

    I like that color!

    Quick dry nail polish does tend to gloop up sooner. DON’T use remover in it though. It’ll break down the polish. Use nail polish thinner instead. You can find it for cheap at Sally Beauty (or any beauty supply really). It’s a must if you have any sort of nail polish habit whatsoever.

  4. seeleydeborn
    · March 29th, 2011 at 5:19 pm · Link

    I rarely polish my nails and have kept the same 4 colours (navy blue, silver, mother fucking red, and black) for years. Any time I want to use it, I add polish remover until it works again. Been doing it since I was 14 and using my mom’s old colours. I thought it was standard operating procedure for gloopy polish.

    • Michelle
      · March 29th, 2011 at 7:25 pm · Link

      Seconding the nail polish thinner. They sell it everywhere (Amazon, Ulta, Sally’s, etc.) and it’s usually pretty inexpensive.

  5. Amanda
    · March 30th, 2011 at 7:30 am · Link

    Yeah, my ‘fast drying’ polishes gloop up fairly quickly too; it doesn’t matter what brand either, so it must just be the formula.

    Why don’t you try using OPI’s Shatter topcoat or some other crackle polish next? It gives your nails the look of leopard print and is easy to use. Barry M does a cheap one, if that brand is available in America.

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