Thursday, June 14, 2012

Layla Hologram Effect

Like nearly every other nail polish obsessed person I've ever talked to, I LOVE HOLOGRAPHIC POLISH! I'm constantly torn between my perceived need for holo polish and the oftentimes excessive cost. I can rarely justify the price of many awesome holos. A good holo can run from $10-$25 and the awesome holos generally cost a LOT more. Those awesome holos are also typically found on eBay, which can make their prices skyrocket and shipping costs can be high. Therefore, my holo collection is dismal in comparison to what I want it to be. However, I did recently add Layla Ultra Violet to my collection! After seeing Layla Hologram Effect swatches online, I decided I could get just one of them. These polishes cost $15.50 and up, depending on where you buy them at. I had a coupon for 20% off one item at Ulta, so that's where I got Ultra Violet. Also, these polishes are small compared to normal full sized polishes (10ml compared to 13-14ml). 

The best part about Ultra Violet is that the holo effect is crazy strong! Most holo polishes look like a regular polish indoors and then they look beautiful in the sun. Not Ultra Violet! It was holo even indoors under artificial lighting. If there was even a tiny bit of light in an otherwise dark room, it was gorgeous! However, a lot of work goes into using Layla Hologram polishes. You have to buff your nails as much as possible so they are super shiny before you polish them with Layla. There is a specific file they sell to go with their polishes, but a traditional four-way file works fine. Also, you cannot use a base coat or top coat with these polishes. The base coat will make the polish streaky, hence the buffing your nails like crazy instead. The top coat greatly diminished the holo effect of the polish. I tried it on two nails just to see what it looked like. It actually almost seemed like a chemical reaction. The polish began looking cloudy immediately. I ended up taking the polish off and redoing those two nails. Finally, tip wear is TERRIBLE since you can't really put a protective top coat on. It's hard to tell in the pictures, but there was significant wear on the tips after just one day. After three days, I had to take the polish off because the tip wear was so bad. I polished my nails at night (figures), so I had to take some pictures right away with flash. Then, we had three consistent days of rain, so getting a good sun picture was impossible! So the first three pictures were taken indoors at night with flash and the last two were indoors without flash on a rainy day. The good news is that you can see how awesome the holo effect is even when it's dark and rainy out! Enjoy! :)

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