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Monday, May 15, 2017

Paint it Pretty - Thermal Polishes


     I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. I spent mine alternating between cleaning the house and binge watching the latest episodes of Pretty Little Liars on Netflix. I'll let you decide which one I did more of. But now it's back to the daily grind and I'm already looking forward to next weekend. I have a feeling it's going to be a long week! To help shake off my Monday Blues I've got 3 Thermal polishes releasing today from Paint it Pretty Polish.

   This is another one of my picture heavy posts so let's get some particulars out of the way first. Each polish is shown as 2 coats plus a top coat and photographed in my light box using daylight bulbs. During my swatching session, my hands were unusually warm which made capturing each polish in the truly cold state a bit tricky. But this fact should also help to let you know how effective the color shift is in these polishes. 


Butterfly Wings

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Shown in transition
     Color: a pale blue polish with pink iridescent shimmer when warm shifting to a pale purple when cold.

     Application: The first coat applied sheer but builds up nicely on the 2nd coat. You can see a slight VNL after 2 coats. A 3rd coat should take care of that if VNL bothers you.

     Finish: Dries to a shimmery smooth glossy  finish

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Butterfly Wings in a cold state

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Butterfly Wings in a Warm State

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     I really like how both colors in this polish are light and delicate. I think it would be perfect to wear to a gender reveal party or baby shower where the sex of the baby is unknown. Or just when you want something feminine on your nails that's not pink.

Zebra Stripes

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Zerba Stripes in transition
     Color: White creme nail polish when warm that shifts to a charcoal gray creme polish when cold. 

     Application: The first coat applied a tad streaky and thin with everything evening out nicely after 2 coats. I did struggle a bit with the application on a personal level that shouldn't affect anyone else unless they are painting Zebra Stripes onto warm hands. Also using the Orly ridge filling base coat which so happens to dry to the same shade of white as Zebra Stripes can cause the same issue. The transition of this polish is so quick that it shifted to white as soon as it touched my nails and almost seemed to disappear. That was amusing and frustrating at the same time because it made it almost impossible to see where I had applied the polish. 

     Finish: Dries to a smooth glossy creme finish

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Zebra Stripes in a cold state

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Zebra Stripes in a warm state

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     One of the things I love about Zebra Stripes is that the color change is so dramatic and fits the name perfectly. Because of the quick color shift, it was impossible for me to get a full 4 finger shot of Zebra Stripes in its cold state. I'd remove my hand from the bowl of ice water I had sitting next to my light box and before I could pick up the bottle the white color appeared at my cuticles. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of the plain white colored anils but I think this would look fantastic with some gray stamping that almost matched the charcoal color of the cold state of Zebra Stripes.

Mermaid Tails

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Mermaid Tails shown in transition
     Color: Deep pink nail polish with scattered blue and fuschia glitter when warm that shifts to a rich purple when cold. 

     Application: Smooth even application that was just a tad sheer on the first coat. Full opacity was reached after 2 coats. 

     Finish: Dries to a glossy smooth finish. I was surprised to find that the glitters provided zero texture in this polish. 



Mermaid Tails in a cold state




Mermaid Tails in a warm state




     Just like Zebra Stripes, Mermaid Tails wanted to transition almost instantly into its warm state. Thankfully it was slightly slower than Zebra Stripes so I was able to capture an almost 100% cold state in my photos. Out of the 3 polishes, I can see myself wearing Mermaid Tails the most. I like the distinct color shift and looking at this polish just makes me happy. 

     These polishes and many others can be purchased at https://www.etsy.com/shop/paintitprettypolish for $7.54 a bottle. And don't forget to check them out on Facebook to keep up with the latest news on releases. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

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