Below: A close-up of Orly Nail Armor. It's a slightly milky base marketed as a 'silk wrap' product. The little textured particles you see are Kevlar, which give the nail added strength.
Today was the drawing for our final June contest. The winner will receive 6 BB Couture Polishes, a bottle of Nubar V For Men to mattify any polish, and some other treats. Our winner today is:
If you aren't familiar with her blog, you're missing out on some fantastic photos and reading. Gladys has lovely nails and shares a wide variety of polishes. So congratulate her, check out her blog and add yourself as a follower if you like what you see.
Today I'll share a swatch I did of one of the Barry M's that Helen at Helen & Sheenie's Nice Things blog sent me. Keep in mind I swatched this over the weekend when we had no power, so it's not the neatest of jobs. But it gives you a good idea of what a perfect mint green this is. Incidentally, the name of this polish is Mint. Such a practical name, don't you agree? It covered nicely in 3 thin coats and dried quickly. I used this over a base coat of Orly Nail Armor. I often use Nail Armor if I think that I might need a base with a bit of milky color to it and one that the polish might adhere to a bit better than a standard, clear base coat. Lighter cremes and sheers tend to give me a bit of a problem when it comes to even coverage, so that's why I opt for Nail Armor. It works well in my opinion and another reason I like it, is when I've used non-clear bases in the past, many of them tend to pool around my cuticle, and this one does not. It also has tiny particles of Kevlar in it, which you can actually see the texture of, but they don't show through the polish. Kevlar is a synthetic fiber manufactured by DuPont that is a lightweight strengthening fiber used in home building, space craft, and apparently, nail polish base coats. There's our science lesson for today!