I was absolutely certain that I’d reviewed the Sephora X polishes that I bought in New York in January – I only picked up two, and I re-pulled them out of my collection this week to remind me what I did or didn’t like about them and discovered that I hadn’t reviewed either of them, despite I know I’ve worn both multiple times
Vortex was the one I picked up on a bit of a whim, I’m a sucker for a glitter and I love a bright blue, it definitely one of the colours that sits really well on my skintone. In the bottle it looks like it has a heavier silver hue than it does when it’s applied to the nails. There are a few hints of silver, green and even purple that lift it from looking like a totally flat blue, but you’re only really able to notice them if you’re looking at your nails super close up.
Sephora officially describe it as an ocean blue with a rainbow shift… I think that’s a bit of a misleading description from Sephora, the rainbow effects (which isn’t a true rainbow – just green and purple) definitely don’t show up as a shift and are barely noticeable. It’s not necessarily a bad thing for me as it actually reminds me of one of my favourite polishes from OPI which I had years ago and was discontinued – Absolutely Alice from the Alice in Wonderland collection in 2009. Man I wish I had a back up of that…
This applies really well to the nails, it’s almost opaque in one coat – but I applied a second just to make sure there were no patches being hidden. It dries quite matte, with a scratchy texture to it – it definitely needed a layer of topcoat to it to help make it look great again – one coat didn’t quite cut it, so here it’s pictured with two coats of Essie Gel Couture Topcoat.
I remembered from the past that this didn’t last well on the nails at all, I was hoping that Essie’s wonder topcoat might be the trick to getting this to last a little longer. Sadly that wasn’t the case. This, no matter what I do seems to chip heavily in under 2 days. The bottom layer of this sticks to the nail like tar and is so difficult to actually remove, despite that the top chips so quickly,
I like how this looks on the nails, but I wish it lasted better, I can’t see me reaching for this very often as it chips so quickly and it’s a nightmare to remove. I think I’ll have to invest in a peel off base coat for this polish to get it off all in one go – if you have any recommendations of a good one please let me know.
I’ve got a similar problem with the other Sephora X polish I bought (also a glitter) which applies so nicely and opaquely, but doesn’t stay on the nails – that one is less of a nightmare to remove though. Are all Sephora X polishes like this, is it just the glitters? Or have I just picked a bad couple of shades? I was thinking of buying some more in Milan, where I am when this post goes live, but I’m unsure as to whether I should or not!