Sunday, February 26, 2012

Ask - Nailwear Review

Along with my tiny bottle of mighty remover I was sent the following 4 polishes, a bottle of top coat and a bottle of base coat.

These are swatched without base because my ridges really create a super nice.. effect on the nail?  Okay it was a foolish oversight.  I normally try to swatch with ridge filler on.  Hopefully these are not too heinous.  I didn't use top coat because I want you to be able to see what a polish looks like on its own.

These all dried very quickly.  Most of them were 1 coaters.

Romantic Sunset - I cannot say I love the name.  In the bottle I was a bit meh on the polish.

On the nail I really quite like it.  One coat!

 There is a very subtle hidden silver shimmer in this polish which you can see a tiny bit of in this picture.

I wanted to see what it would look like with a coat of Finger Paints Sparkle Top Coat.  Nice, and yet still office appropriate.

Always with the hairy bottle bums.  Here is Oh So Aubergine.

One coat!  I am really glad to have these polishes in my stash I have to say.  More and more 1 coat is really ringing my bell and becoming tres important.

I actually needed to add a few drops of thinner to this one.  I do not consider this a bad thing.  I am very much pro 1 coat polish.  Adding a few drops of thinner which I always have hanging around is not a big deal.

Rich Sapphire.  This was not a 1 coater.

This is 3 careful coats.  This one likes to pull.  The first 2 coats were very thin, and the last coat was fairly thick.

This one is very jelly like and squishy.  The first 2 coats were quite transparent.  It does build up nicely.  I would lean more towards calling this a jelly than a creme.  It's not a jelly that you can sandwich, but a jelly.

Finally here is Classic Peacock.  This is a lovely teal.

Another 1 coater.  This one also needed a few drops of thinner.

The above pictures were my having reswatched.  I swatched originally the week before and didn't check them until this weekend, discovering that they were ugly pictures.  Below here is a picture from my original swatchings.  I put Classic Peacock on Sunday afternoon last week.  I wore it until Thursday evening, took this picture and removed it as I had a large chip in my thumb.  This is an illustration of the tip wear.  Starting with the pinky I am wearing Ask base coat under alternating nails.  The tip wear is not as bad on those nails.  Note that I did not wrap the base coat so really all it is helping to prevent is the tip wear crawling higher up the nail as it has done on the other nails.  This picture was taken indoors.

I then decided to take this opportunity to illustrate the difference between Finger Paints Sparkle Top Coat and CND Crimson Sparkle as I had heard someone say one day that they were essentially the same and that if you had one you would not need the other.  In hindsight, they might have meant Raspberry Sparkle which I do not own because although these are similar, they are not dupes.

The pinky and middle finger are Sparkle Top Coat.  The pointer and ring are Crimson Sparkle.

I do not believe these are up for sale yet.  When they are, you can find them at the Ask Cosmetics website for $9.95/bottle.

These products were sent to me for review.

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  1. I especially love Romantic Sunset.I also like the one-coaters.

  2. These are quite lovely!!! :D Beautiful swatches!

  3. love romantic sunset.. sucker for those shades.