Essie’s Mirror Metallics collection has been a huge hit. Applying polishes from the Mirror Metallics collection has not.
I did a post on Essie No Place Like Chrome back in July and had nothing but good things to say about the color and formula, but application was a total headache. My nails aren’t particularly problematic but in my swatches minor imperfections became obvious flaws.
I’ve been wearing this polish all Summer and have tried various things to try and make application easier. Things I have tried include buffing the nails before application, using 2 coats of base coat, using a ridge filler and various combinations of all of the above. These things helped but still didn’t give me the perfect look I was striving for.
Finally after using a matte top coat for my Kate Beckinsale inspired nails I got the idea to try No Pace Like Chrome over a matte top coat. The difference is amazing! The matte top coat smoothed out the nail and the metallic polish looked as close to perfect as I could ever hope to achieve.
The exact layers I used in my swatches go as follows: a base coat (I used Julep), one coat of No Place Like Chrome, one coat of butter LONDON matte finish shine free top coat (but any matte top coat will work), one coat of No Place Like Chrome and then, of course, a top coat. Yes, that’s alot of steps but the finished result is completely worth it.
Just in case you don’t believe me, there are more swatches below the jump (including a macro shot!). I hope y’all give this a try! If you do, let me know how it works 🙂