Friday, July 12, 2013

Review: Maybelline Wet Shine Diamonds Nail Color in Twinkling Turquoise

Hey, friends! Remember how bad drugstore nail polishes used to be 10+ years ago? Today I would like to remind you, with Maybelline Wet Shine Diamonds Nail Color in Twinkling Turquoise.

When I was packing for my internship, I wanted to bring nail polish with me, so I decided to be adventurous and bring two that I'd never tried before. They were both ones given to me years ago, but I'd simply never used, so I figured now was as good a time as any. This was one of the two I decided to bring, because if it broke while travelling or if I had to leave it behind, I really wouldn't miss it, because it's just so old. It has got to be expired, considering I received it from a friend in middle school and I'm now in college, but I figured Hey, why not? 

The polish is similar in color to Nicole by OPI Blue Lace, only less vibrant. If you look at the two swatched side by side, this color looks very flat in comparison. Otherwise, it's relatively pretty "meh." I typically love turquoise Under the Sea colors for summer, but maybe it's the formulation of the polish that gets me down.

The brush is pretty okay--not too thin--and the formulation's not so bad during application, but it has its issues post-polishing. First of all, my nail polished chipped within 24 hours, and usually good polishes last on my fingers for a week with minimal wear. Second of all, it has that 1990s-style infinitely long drying time. About 30 minutes to an hour after I had finished painting my nails, this happened:

The camera doesn't pick it up super well, but there was an ugly smudgey hole on my pinky finger after I barely grazed it against something almost an hour after painting my nails. I'm so happy drugstore polishes (well, most of them) have reformulated to allow us to go about our daily lives within minutes, because waiting an hour for nail polish to dry...well, ain't nobody got time for that.

Maybelline Wet Shine Diamonds is no longer for sale in drugstores and hasn't been for years. Thank goodness, because it's crap! I wouldn't recommend this to anyone, not even your cat. Though, if you really did want to waste your polish by painting your cat's nails, I suppose it would be okay. If you really have enough time on your hands to paint your cat's nails, however, you need to find a hobby.

What's the worst nail polish you've ever tried?

Disclaimer: I received this polish from a friend a 10+ years ago because she was getting rid of it and I like free things. I am not affiliated, nor sponsored by, Maybelline, and if I was they would probably shoot me for this post.

Side Note: All of these pictures were taken in natural light. I can't wait to have my usual set-up when I return home!