Thursday, August 29, 2013

Elsbeth's Rose..Excuse Moi!

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2 posts in one day?!  Yep!!  Time for another ABC challenge post!  I feel like I'm going through this challenge so slowly (especially since a couple weekends I wore whatever I felt like for traveling).  At least I'm trying to stick with it, even if I am taking my time since my current preference is to wear my manis until they chip off.  I do have to say that I'm quite disappointed in the wear time of today's mani... so I'll soon be moving on to my next letter.

Today is letter "E" so I pulled out Orly Elsbeth's Rose.  I did 2 tempermental coats of Elsbeth's Rose over a ridge filling base coat.   I finished it off with a coat of China Glaze Fast Forward.
Orly Elsbeth's Rose is a nice medium pink creme polish, but at least my bottle has some issues...
I think that my bottle needs some thinner put in since it went on kind of thick and goopy.  Even though there was enough opacity at one coat, I ended up needing the second to try to even it out as much as I could. After putting on a coat of Fast Forward, this was, surpisingly, completely dry in about 20 minutes...I figured I'd have some smudged nails this morning but nope.  The issue I did have was really crappy wear time.  I put this on around 1:30 a.m. and by 4:15 p.m. it was already flaking off some of the corners of my nails.  That sucks.  Oh, I only paid $1 for this at Big Lots last year.

So today when I got home from running around, I finished my nails with a gradient from the tips using OPI Excuse Moi! so that I could disguise the chips.  And I used another coat of Fast Forward to make it all smooth.
OPI Excuse Moi! is a sheer raspberry and gold shimmer base that's loaded up with small hex glitters that are kind of hard to identify - I see green and pink/red but it also looks like they shift colors to holographic.  All I know is, it's pretty.  I kind of wish I would have worn this over something else, maybe a neutral, so it could have shined all on it's own.  Oh, well.  There's always another time.  I bought Excuse Moi! from TJ Maxx for $3.99.
But it's still not wearing well - now a corner that didn't chip off earlier is trying to lift up. I know for sure when I wash my hair tomorrow I will have massive chips, if not entire coats of polish just peel off.  Generally OPI wears pretty well on my nails, which is leading me to believe that the Orly isn't playing well with my nails themselves and/or my base coat.

Do you have issues with a particular brand wearing well on you?  Any secrets for a better lasting mani?  Also, if you happen to know when Elsbeth's Rose came out/what collection, I would love to know since I haven't been able to dig up anything on it.

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