Sometimes I don't know when to leave well enough alone, and this is one of those times. Artistic Azure has been in my untrieds FOREVER. I did a mini-swatch of it some months ago, and in the maybe three minutes I had it on, it stained like whoa. I know this put me off wearing it, but I'm glad I did.
Basecoat: Salon Sciences Fiberglass Network (2 coats, didn't help)
Color: Finger Paints Artistic Azure (3 coats)
Color: Icing Starlight (1 coat)
Topcoat: David (1 coat)
The camera just does not do this color justice. I actually wish I had skipped the coat of Starlight altogether, AA is that gorgeous. It is a little bit more green-tinged than comes across in the photos - despite the blue you see in the Starlight bottle, it doesn't affect the color of the polish underneath at all. I imagine it would if you wore it over a really light color, though.
Artistic Azure reminds me a little of China Glaze Frostbite - it's very, very vibrant in person. It's so vivid it's distracting. Just gorgeous. And yep, this stained like crazy, even with two coats of basecoat - and I picked off almost all of it before I got out the remover. In the same vein, cleanup sucked.
And, even though I wish I hadn't used Starlight on top, I do really, really like it - I intended to put one coat on my thumbnails as an accent nail and liked it enough that I used it on all my nails. Some glitter topcoats can really be a pain to work with - the glitter distribution is uneven and you end up doing multiple coats just to get even coverage. Starlight isn't like that - what you see is one coat, with no attempt at ALL to arrange any of the glitter.
These are both huge wins, just maybe not together.