Today I want to show you a recent purchase I made from Born Pretty Store. I saw images of their Mirror Polish somewhere online and immediately had to try it for myself. It seemed like it was the most shiny, reflective polish I had ever seen. Yep, it looked better than other mirror style polishes, and it appeared on par with those press-on mirror nails you can buy around the place.
But, before I get into the final pictures and impressions I managed to get, let me explain my initial thoughts….
I had seen YouTube videos of the product, which comes in a two piece system, described as a) a special base coat, and b) the actual mirror polish.
I purchased the duo pack with what I assumed to be the base coat and mirror polish. After the wait for my package to arrive, and upon inspection, I discovered I had received a bottle of ‘topcoat’ and the bottle of mirror polish.
I thought this seemed very strange since I know that adding topcoat to these types of polishes tends to dull the effect. Usually what you need is a special aqua based basecoat. The polishes come just like you see in the picture above, with no instructions or ingredients listed. That’s ok, I was sure I could figure it out.
So I tried the combo, prepped my nails, had them bare of any other products, applied two thin coats of mirror polish and one coat of the provided ‘topcoat’. The finish wasn’t as I had imagined, with it appearing a silver chrome rather than mirror.
I then went in and experimented a bit.
A quick sniff of the ‘topcoat’ assured me it was aqua based, it didn’t have a typical polish smell to it, so again I thought it odd. To describe the mirror polish a bit, it seems kind of like the paint you would expect to find in a spray can, very thin with tiny particles throughout. You have to give it a really good shake to distribute before use, and it dries incredibly fast. Almost the instant you apply it.
I decided that perhaps the bottle of ‘topcoat’ was somehow mislabelled and tried using it as a basecoat instead. It took about 15 minutes (at least) for it to dry, I then applied two thin coats of the mirror polish on top, no topcoat, and hallelugjeah… It worked!
See the images below of my experimentation with the two polishes.
As you can see, the only combination that gave a true mirror finish was to use the ‘topcoat’ on the base, and no topcoat at all over the polish. The other combo’s were nice for sure, but not mirror finish. I could actually see myself in the polish, it was pretty cool.
So what’s with the labeling of the polishes? Is it a mistake? Is the topcoat really a basecoat? Who the heck knows, but I think it’s a pretty crappy deal from Born Pretty to not offer instructions or correct labeling of their products. How many non-nail people would see these, buy them, use them and then not get the finish they were expecting? That really gets on my goat!
So did I actually get some pictures of a finished mirror manicure? Well, yes, yes I did!
I decided to throw the topcoat/basecoat, whatever you call it, in the bin, because I did not want to wait so long for my basecoat to dry. I decided to apply a gel basecoat to my nails, that would offer the smooth base I required. This type of polish will absolutely show every flaw you have on your nails, and vigourously buffing your nails will only make them weak. I applied one coat of Bio Sculpture Clear Gel and removed the sticky layer.
I then applied two thin coats of the mirror polish and NO TOPCOAT. It was SUPERB! It was completely liquid looking, SO reflective. I am completely smitten by the finished look of the manicure!
On my ring finger I added a little bit of a swirly embossed pattern with some hard gel, then wiped off the sticky residue again and the end look was super cool.
Even pictures cant show how truly mirror-like this polish is. The downside to it is that it is a ‘special occasion’ polish, with it wearing off all around the tips of my nails very noticeably within an hour. This is not a manicure you could wear for days. Although, with the speed the polish dries, you could have your gel base coat on, and just re-apply the polish as needed. It would only take a couple of minutes to do!
Have you tried this polish? How were your bottles labelled?