Something interesting appeared in my local drugstore this weekend and I thought everybody who sees it in store would like to know "Does it work?" So let me tell you my experience with Catrice Ombre Top Coat. (Now that I google it, it has been out there for a few weeks, I just have not set foot in my drug store much lately!)
So what they say is the following. Start out with any light colour. Then put one coat of of ombre top coat on the second nail, two coats on the third, ... you get it. So I tried it. I started out with a baby blue base, She Nail Enamel 304, that I picked up in Malta.
So I left my index nail alone, put one coat on the middle finger, two on the ring finger and three on the pinky. This is the result:
Now I must warn you. You might want to add a fast drying top coat before applying the ombre top coat, because it will bubble. Also, don't be me, be patient between coats. I was not and had to redo my pinky twice (ugh, I know, twice! how stupid!)
Well with 1,2,3 coats, the result was not as spectacular as the bottle cap made us think. And I used the right base colour, look:
So I decided to double up on coats. Yes, that is 0, 2, 4, 6! That would be 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 on all 5 nails ;) But this got result, look:
That, I liked. Although it's a shame about the bubbling. About the application. It's kinda tricky. The formula is so super fluid, and you have to apply it quickly, or it will wipe away the underlying layer. And of course, you have to apply it carefully over all the underlying layers. This is really difficult with something that's more fluid than water, so my cuticles flooded heavily, hence cleanup was required. This was fast though, it easily dissolves in the acetone on your brush.
So overall, I'm mildly impressed. The effect is nice, but takes more time than one would expect. I do want to try it over a pink colour though. And I'm thinking a brighter colour than Catrice recommends, otherwise all pinkies will end up grey.
So would you pick this up?