Even as I start to write this post, I am reminded of the experience I’m about to relay, and I’m…thoroughly annoyed. To say the least. I had high hopes for this one…
What I have now? A lingering sense of disappointment and a fresh, shiny manicure that I know I can count on because I feel mildly traumatized by my Vinyl experience.
Before we go any further, if you haven’t already, please read my first post about this nail polish system here.
Spoiler alert: we didn’t make it to 7 days girls and gents. Oh no, instead we made to day 5.
It’s okay though. It’s cool. It’s fine. Really. Because I really learned something about myself: I value a good manicure for a variety of reasons. Mostly, because it’s a good way to feel polished, put together and ready to conquer for a very small investment. You can change it to suit your moods, tell a visual story and communicate who are. Manicures are important to me. Also, I talk with my hands regularly enough that it matters. It just does. I like what I like.
OK, enough life lessons. Let’s get to the review.
Day 1: My manicure is fresh, shiny and basic. I like basic. I’m turning 30 this year, basic appeals to me. I finish applying the system quickly as it was pretty straight forward and the instructions were easy. I feel like money and am checking my hands every other minute.
Day 2: Nothing new or fancy. Still shiny. No chips.
Day 3: This day was like finding out the guy you’ve gone on 2 dates with has a girlfriend. You’re blindsided. Day 3 wasn’t pretty and neither was my mood. I’m over it already. Keep in mind, I sealed the tips of my nails with color and topcoat. The shine dulls a bit starting today but easily comes back with hand moisturizer or cuticle oil. If I wasn’t writing about my experience, I’d have removed the polish at the start of Day 3. Take a look for yourself (and excuse my cuticles):
Day 4: Not much different from yesterday. No change in chipping or wear on the tips. New nail growth is just beginning to peak through but doesn’t look terrible. Thankfully, the new MAC lipsticks I ordered arrive in the mail and I have a happy distraction because I’m still over this. I can’t wait to get rid of this manicure because as Marie Kondo teaches us, it doesn’t bring me joy. Around 8pm, I cave and do the only thing I think can help without full on cheating…file my nails down a tiny bit so it doesn’t look like I’m completely a hot mess. It helps, but doesn’t solve all my polish problems. I give up and go to bed eventually.
Day 5: The chips are making me antsy and I feel self conscious, hiding my hands and nails from anyone who I think might catch a glance and judge my entire life, because honestly, I would. Does this system last 7 days? Maybe for a more relaxed, go with the flow type of person. But with me? NOPE. No sir, no thanks. The “manicure” (can we really call it that if it doesn’t perform? I feel petty) comes off. I’m instantly relieved.
Day 6: New manicure, who dis?
Final thoughts: I’m glad I tested the mini kit version of this nail system because after being curious about it’s performance for so long and being excited about its color offerings, had I purchased full size bottles and it “performed” the way it did for me–which in my opinion, was to not perform at all–I would’ve been beyond disappointed and annoyed. I obviously take my nails seriously and feel that as far as development and production goes, especially in the drugstore space, it’s relatively easy to get a good formula and keep the price point affordable. With that said, I’m overall just confused about this system and all the rave reviews it gets.
Of course, everyone is different and if you decide to try this system I would do start with a mini kit and go from there.
Would I purchase again? No.
…but it’s good to try new things!!
Until next time!