Random Roll #384: Born Pretty “Ultrafine Tiny Holo Starry Sky Nail Polish” in Colour 51 – Review. 

BUT THEY’RE NOT HOLO! Damn you, Born Pretty. Why you lie? We know you know the difference between glitter, shimmer or holographic. Why did you fib about this one?! Why can’t I find the holo?

So folks, no matter what BP’s website says, I still have no idea what this polish range is actually called. I’m going to assume Starry Sky, if anyone knows any different, do drop me a line!

This is yet another polish I haven’t tried until today. There’s a lot of untried polish in my collection, and that’s why we’re here, to one day get through the lot of it. This is just one colour in a set of eight (yep, I have the other seven – those aren’t tried yet either) and I purchased the whole set on the provisio that it was advertised as holo!

Colour me disappointed when they arrived.

LOL, how to tell this isn’t a sponsored post…
Yep, that definitely says holo in the title. I wasn’t dreaming it.

Ok, ok, I can get past this. Let’s carry on with the review.

So what we have here is this gorgeous smoky blue, almost a gunmetal blue, and it certainly is pretty. Depending on the light it even shows as blurple. While we don’t have holo micro-glitter, we sure do have micro-glitter, and yes, that’s pretty too, when it can be seen. Just look at the lovely colour and glitter hue! Sparkly! But the light has to hit it just right…

First thing you notice though, what the heck is going on with that brush? This shot is after I had to finagle with it and trim the bent and knotted bristles. The brush itself is ok, a decent flat brush that gives good coverage. The edge is flat too, however, and I much prefer these type of brushes to have a slight curve on the edge (meaning the outside bristles are slightly shorter than those in the middle). This would give us a nice curve in the brush tip to make the cuticle line easy to manage, but for this polish it wasn’t meant to be. Overall, this BP brush was pretty good, but could have been better.

While we’re talking about the brush however, I’m sure it’s the wrong brush for the bottle. The wand and brush are quite wide, and barely fits the neck. There’s little room to wipe the brush against the rim, and similarly getting it back in the bottle without getting polish all over the top or bending the bristles – which is obvious is what happened originally.

Not only that… Getting the brush back in, it feels like there’s something inside there. There’s a definite resistance when replacing the brush. What else is in there, Born Pretty??!

I see you, nail polish gremlin!
Now for the polish itself, it is a good formula and was nearly opaque in one coat, which is what we like. Bonus points right there. I did have to do two coats as there were a few small streaks and thin areas, but that’s likely due to my application. Otherwise this polish went on nice and smooth, and the drying time was super fast. This is a wonderful colour and I am quite partial to blues. The glitter is… Well, it’s there. It’s difficult to catch in the light and isn’t so much ‘in your face’ as other glitter polishes can be. Even in direct sunlight I find it hard to see. I like my glitter (and holo) to be seen when I’m wearing them. With this being a micro-glitter it is a more subtle approach, and makes it more of an ideal polish for work/office perhaps. The base colour here though is great, I’m sure I don’t have anything else quite like it. It will be interesting to see how the other polishes in this set perform and compare.

In the meantime, these polishes are still available at Born Pretty and through their Amazon store. You can buy them here at Born Pretty and here at Amazon UK!

Random Roll #137: 2True Glossywear “Shade 50” – Review.

AND SO IT BEGINS. The first Random Roll, the only way I will be able to try out all my polishes fairly and not stick to the same colours. Let’s get started!

Purples and Teals are my favourites, but this one (it is more mauve than purple or lilac) is just a bit too much on the pink side for my liking. Usually, I would pass this one by. Don’t get me wrong, it is a beautiful colour, but when you have so many gorgeous colours, some have to go to the bottom of the list. This is a shimmer polish, but not just with the usual added silver. What makes this polish attractive is that the shimmer is a gorgeous fuchsia and green.

I’ve had this one for some time and never actually tried it. I bought a bunch of the 2True range on clearance, and each bottle was a cost price of between 30p to 80p. In other words, it’s a cheap polish, but what we expect to happen with a cheap polish (for it to be terrible) isn’t always true.

Naughty alert: I didn’t use a base coat. When a polish is so light and sheer, the risk of staining I find is minimal. I was also pushed for time doing this manicure, and if I’m to be honest, I wasn’t all that enthused when this came out as my very first on the random number generator. But look at that shimmer on the brush.

Immediately on opening the bottle, I noticed the brush is quite small. I have trouble keeping my cuticle line neat and brushes like this tend to be nothing but awkward for me. A lot of clean-up ends up having to be done to get a neat line. From the start I was expecting this to be a difficult polish to apply, but colour me pleasantly surprised – it went down like a dream. The brush held just the right amount of polish required to get a good, even coverage. The control of the brush was excellent and I didn’t have to do a single bit of clean-up afterwards. Why can’t all my manicures be this neat?!

The first coat here is incredibly sheer. Nice to know if I want to do something that’s nude or barely there. Glossywear recommends two coats for maximum opacity. I found it was not as opaque as it could be, and I ended up doing three. Polish consistency is good otherwise and it was super easy to control. I tried my best to catch the fuchsia and green shimmer on camera but I was disappointed I couldn’t quite get it. It can be just about seen on a couple of images, if you look closely and squint!

All-in-all, this mani was done in no time, and finished off with a coat of my favourite quick-dry top coat. And doesn’t it look great?! The finish, consistency and longevity of this colour is amazing. Forty-eight hours later I can already tell this mani is going nowhere. I’m pretty hard on my fingers and it’s not unusual for a mani to start to wear or chip by now. This polish has no wear whatsoever, it ain’t budging!

In summary: Proof that cheap doesn’t mean ‘cheap’, the quality of this polish is excellent. I was blown away with how easy this was to apply and how neat the finished result looks. I haven’t yet used any others in the range and if they are as good as this, I’m excited to try them. My only gripe is with the colour; it’s just not quite to my taste and personally, I find it looks a little plain and boring. On the flip-side to that, it seems to be an ideal polish to team with another colour or to stamp over.

Puppy Polish and the Random Roll

I HAVE A LOT OF NAIL POLISH. Not as many as some, but by ‘normal standards’ (whatever that is), it’s a lot. To date I have 385 bottles of polish, and by the time you read this, probably a lot more.

I’m never going to get through all of it. At a guess and at the time of writing, 80% of my collection I have never worn at all. So let’s see if I can change that.

Puppy Polish comes from my Instagram of the same name, but originally that started as PuppyCrafty. I created the Instagram to incorporate some of my favourite things: our puppy, my nail polishes, anything I happened to be crafting or making at the time… Back then I only had 120 polishes and challenged myself to use them all. That did not go to plan. So instead, a new plan. And that’s where the Random Roll comes in.

So what is the Random Roll?

I run a random number generator (specifically, Google’s own) and whatever number comes out, I count it out from the My Rack list on the Nail Polish Rack App (here for iOS). Easy or what? I’m pretty excited to see which polish gets drawn each time. If I roll a polish that I’ve already posted about, I’ll roll again.

To keep things straight and tidy, I have a Master List here of what gets picked and when. Along the way there will be nail art, nail fails, reviews, favourites, tutorials, all that fun kind of stuff. So why not jump right in and see how far I’ve come?