Manicure Monday: Layla Hologram - Flash Black9:00 AM
Hey everyone! Today I have another holographic polish to share with you from Layla's Hologram Effect line, and this time it's a wonderful smokey grey shade called Flash Black. As much as I love the colorfulness that holographic polishes provide, sometimes you just want to wear something a little more everyday that will match any outfit. This is one of those perfect polishes that is so special because there is an easy wearability to it but it has that special kick at the same time keeping it edgy and never boring.
This polish is, dare I say, sexy? It's soooo sexy!
This is my second time trying out a Layla holo and after the first run, I was told that I should use no base or top coat to maximize the holographic effect. The key is to use the provided 2-sided nail file beforehand to sand down and then buff your natural nails so the polish has a smooth base to work with. I'm a serial base-and-top-coat applier so I very hesitantly went ahead with the process.
Although I don't usually smooth the tops of my nails (it tends to weaken nails because it's thinning it) I do have a fondness for the process and effect. It looks like you're wearing a top coat with bare nails since it's so shiny!
Application of the polish went smoothly and easily with minimal patchiness from the polish dragging on itself. I find this to be the case with most holo polishes and by the third coat, it was completely opaque and not an issue. (At this point I also had the forcibly not. use. top. coat. SO DIFFICULT TO RESIST!)
Here is the result!
Here is an alternate angle so you can see more rainbowy goodness. One thing I found fascinating about this particular shade is that compared to Misty Blush, the colors reflect a much more primary spectrum (red, yellow, blue) especially under direct light. I find it to be quite mesmerizing and it's something you have to see in real life to really appreciate. Pictures just can't do this polish justice! The colors really glow against the darker base.
In terms of wear, I showered shortly after application and had a decent amount of chipping and tip wear right away. I wasn't surprised but didn't have high hopes that it would last much longer. Shockingly, throughout the week the polish didn't actually chip much more than that initial time and instead I had a few spots that had worn down which, in my opinion, is less noticeable than significant chips.
Without a topcoat plus filing, the polish did have a slightly more holographic effect, but the perfectionist side of me still prefers the better chip-resistance that a top coat provides. Maybe next time I will try no base + filing + top coat and see how it lasts!
I bought this polish from Hautelook on sale (if you want to watch for the next sale, here's my invite) but full-price these are pricier at $15 and you can find it at Zappos and Ulta.
I cannot stress how much more amazingly dramatic this looks in person. Take a look at the pics full-size to really get a better idea of how it looks. Words can't express the awesomeness!
Have you tried any holographic polishes? What is the best technique you've found for bringing out the ultimate holo-effect? Let me know in the comments!