As you probably know by now, I’m a Gelish freak… love, love, love it. But the gel polish habit does take a toll on the finances after a while, so I decided it’s time to try out some of the cheaper alternatives that are available. I purchased two Daisy gel polishes, and two of the IBD brand. Today I tried out Daisy for the first time. These bottles cost $6 at Amazon.com, plus $3 in shipping each… so a total of $9 per bottle, compared to the average $13 that I normally pay for Gelish.
A friend told me that she tried a dark red Daisy gel polish and was very disappointed with it. She said it had a strong nail polish smell and that it was very thin and took several coats to achieve the desired color. I did not have either of those issues with my Daisy gel polish. In fact I found it to be a little thicker than normal and was able to get full coverage with just two coats because they did go on so thick. The brush seemed a little wider which made it harder to get into the curve of the nail by the cuticle. I used my Gelish base and top coat which worked out well, and I cured each layer for 2 minutes as I normally do with Gelish. I didn’t have any issues with the polish curing.
All in all my Daisy experience was very positive. The two colors that I chose were Magenta Shimmer and Chocolate Truffles, and I think they are both gorgeous. Chocolate Truffles is not at all what I expected it would be, but I love it. It’s not silver, but not gold either… somewhere in the middle. What do you think?
Update 9/11: Just two days into this manicure and I already have a lot of wear showing on the tips of my nails that have the Magenta Shimmer color. It’s the type of wear that you would experience with a regular lacquer, not typically of gel polish. I’m very disappointed about this. The Chocolate Truffles seems to be holding up ok, but it’s on my ring fingers which aren’t used as much. I polished my mom’s nails with this color yesterday, so we’ll see how her manicure holds up.
And here is a shot in direct sunlight:
And of course as the day went on I couldn’t leave my nails alone, so I added some argyle patterns inspired by Kelsie’s Nail Files.