Sunday, October 2, 2011
This is Color Club Alias and can I just say how much I love this color. Really, it's such a stunning, bright fuchsia with gorgeous flashes of purple. Unfortunately it is a beast polish that refuses to dry. Maybe it's just me, but I have tried it two times with two different base coats and Seche Vite top coat and hours later it is still soft, and a hot mess of dents and scrapes. What's more, as you can see from my photos, it's prone to shrinkage from what I assume is the top coat. Shrinkage is not a problem I usually encounter, at least not to this extent.
The first time I used it, I started off with Orly Ridge Filler as my base coat, and three coats of Alias which, since it's rather a thin formula are all needed. You'd think a thinner formula would dry quicker right? Wrong. When I noticed that it was exceptionally tacky after letting it sit for a while I topped it off with a coat of Seche. That surfaced dried it and it seemed to set things up pretty well so I went about my way with my usual care that doesn't cause too many issues, but about an hour later I looked at my nails and they were a wrinkled mess, and even after that period of time, the Seche was dry but Alias was still wet underneath, I could literally move the polish around on my nail. I thought that maybe Orly and Color Club didn't like to be mixed and off it came.
Second round, I used OPI's Ridge Filler as my base coat, again, three coats of Alias with about a minute dry time between coats, instantly followed by a coat of Seche. While they dried a bit better, I had massive shrinkage at the tips, and a couple of hours later I was still able to make deep dents in it with my nails. You'll notice that there are no pictures of my thumb, that's because there's huge gouges in it.
I've been using a the ridge filler base coats because they seem to forestall the staining of my nails better than the more clear bases, but I'm wondering if that's the reason that it's not drying. Even so, I've not had this problem with any other polishes. Because I love the color I may bite the bullet and try it again either with a clear base or maybe even without a base coat.
So have any of you had this problem? Any suggestions would be appreciated.