Thursday, June 30, 2011

Color Club - red and Kleancolor - Chunky Holo Poppy

I've heard a lot about Kleancolor polishes (mostly that they stink), but I've never actually seen one in person - I guess they just aren't carried around here, or I just haven't found them.  Regardless, when I saw the chunky holos on the MUA nail board, I had to have them, so I hauled.

I've worn three other chunky holos and they all were not opaque, so I knew I needed underwear.  I had this Color Club in my untrieds, and it matched closely enough, so I pulled it out.

Oof, didn't realize that picture was fuzzy - I'm a little out of practice with the camera.  Obviously, this one came from a set (smooth bottle cap), and yay, Color Club sets - no names on the bottles or on the box, so I couldn't even begin to guess at this color this is.

Guys.  This is ONE COAT, y'all.  See that coverage?  I'm a habitual three-coater, but even I could make this work with two coats.  I stopped at one because my other KC Chunky Holos were thick and added just enough color that I figured I could make it work.

Here is Chunky Holo Poppy on its own.  This is a red jelly base with multichrome glitter pieces.  Despite the name, it's not holographic, but I can see why they would call it that.  In the bottle I can easily see red, orange, yellow, and green flashes in the glitter, but it's not as obvious in the bottle photo.

Basecoat:  Salon Sciences Fiberglass Network (2 coats)
Color:  Color Club "red" - 1 coat
Color:  Kleancolor Chunky Holo Poppy (3 coats)
Topcoat:  Out the Door (1 coat)

Pretty!  Now let's talk application.  The Color Club applied like a dream, and didn't even suck to clean up.  The Chunky Holo was thick and gloopy, but if you've used any of the others, it seems to be the same consistency for all of them.  I know the three others I've tried have been exactly the same.  On the plus side, it's thick enough that I didn't really have any problems controlling this, and I didn't even need to do any cleanup.

The smell is a little weird.  I didn't think it was all that horrible, but it's definitely packed with chemicals.  If you're easily lightheaded, or pregnant, I'd check the label carefully and use this in a well ventilated area.

In hindsight, I might use a second coat of the base red color if I wear this again, but I still like this.

A return, of sorts

So it's been a while, huh?

To be honest, the fun kind of went out of this for a while.  Too much work, not enough payoff.   And then, in the middle of it, we bought our first house.  So I've been pretty busy.

I've always felt really far "behind the curve" as far as nail blogs go - I follow a lot of blogs (not just nails), but I tend to leave my "Nails" folder for last in my Google Reader.  As a consequence, I almost always have that little (1000+) staring at me, and when it isn't over 1000 (right now I'd guess it's closer to 3000 - it's been that long since I had time to read nail blogs), it's still over 800.  

Anyway, I decided that this is for me, and if I'm always behind on swatching new collections.... I don't care.  I buy everything I show here, and to be honest, my spending priorities have changed a little.  Not that I've stopped hauling,  of course - but there is a lot of furniture to buy when your entire house is furnished in Late Rental (ie, Ikea).

But what would a post be without photos?  In the house we have three bedrooms, plus an office.  Since all my work stuff is in the office, I get to have a craft/polish room!  It's still a work in progress, but here is what I have so far.

The big shelf unit (EXPEDIT from Ikea, of course) holds the majority of my craft supplies.  I have larger blank canvases in the closet, and there's a red Helmer you can't see that holds all my paints, brushes, and palettes.  I'm planning to buy the 9-drawer Alex to replace it, and I hope to be able to fit all my pastels, pencils, and markers in it, too.  This room is pretty much the only exception to the "No new Ikea in the house" rule, too.

This is where the magic happens, heh.  The Melmer on top of the desk holds my basecoats, topcoats, buffers, fake nails, nail glue, files, nail art stuff, etc.  I thought they made it into this photo, but they didn't  - my three polish Helmers are below the desktop.  The lazy Susan on top holds my cotton balls, the used cotton ball trash can, acetone, remover, cuticle stuff, cleanup brush, etc.  That little pile of polish?  That's the stuff I've worn in the past couple of weeks that I haven't updated on my spreadsheet and filed away yet.  Bad blogger!

Anyway, that's what I've been up to since the last time I posted here.  I have a NOTD post coming up right after this.