Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wear Test: Indigo Bananas Telephasic Workshop

When I receive items from makers for review, I choose one of their polishes to wear for a longevity test.  I'll wear the polish for as long as it takes for it to chip.  As you'll see today, I take pictures each day to show exactly how the polish is lasting each day.  At the end, I'll review the polish as normal and discuss a little about the longevity.  Today's wear test is for Indigo Bananas Telephasic Workshop.  First, let's finish the remaining question and answers I had for Indigo Bananas creator, Andrea!

3) What was your inspiration for the polishes I've chosen to review?

Telephasic Workshop is a medium blue leaning teal polish with a teal/purple/pink duochrome shimmer and fine holo glitter and is one of my favorite polishes out of all the ones I've made. I have so many teal polishes, and so many are yellow leaning/too green or plain cremes, so I tried to make something I really wanted to wear but didn't have.  So. initially my inspiration was definitely "a teal that will not make my hands red and with a lot of hidden color changes, shimmer and sparkle" paired with one of my favorite Boards of Canada songs.  

Anansi is a glass fleck duochrome, deep emerald green to lighter greenish silver to purple.  The name also came first for this polish - Anansi is a lesser folk-god from West Africa & the Caribbean, and a darkened emerald green with deep purple shift seemed perfect for that kind of sneaky trickster.

First, here's the basic info with photos from day one of Telephasic Workshop.

Color: Teal with flashes of blue and pink.

Finish: Chrome – a polish that shifts between colors depending on the angle you look at it.

Bottle / Brush: Round bottle brush (i.e. Seche Vite) – standard width and length.  Easy to control and manipulate.

Opacity: High – opaque in two coats!  Probably could've done three easily, but I only needed two.
Glitter Application: N/A
Consistency: Medium – applies easily and doesn’t flood the cuticles.

Overall Ease of Application: Easy – applies well without pooling, dragging, streaking, or balding.  Spreads evenly and smoothly.
Stampability: Not tested for stamping.
Dry Time: Medium – dry to the touch with minimal smudging in 3-8 minutes.

Day Two:
Still going strong!  No tip wear.  Gorgeous shift.  Fantastic finish.

Items used:

  • Basecoat: Orly Bonder 
  • Topcoat: OPI Topcoat (black label) 

Day Three:

Minimal tip wear, but still no chips.  Shift is still strong.

Indoor light brings out the green in Telephasic Workshop.

Again, the indoor lighting brings out the green in the polish.

Minimal tip wear.

And the mix of florescent lighting, computer monitor ambient lighting, and  little bit of sunlight, and you get this amazing shot of pink.

Day Four:

One chip on my middle finger on my right hand when I woke up.  Otherwise, everything else still looked great.  Minimal tip wear, no chipping anywhere else.  Granted, as you can see, my nail itself chipped, so that could be the culprit for the chipped polish!

That is, no chipping until I got into the hot tub.  Pools and hot tubs are horrible on my nails.  After I got out, Telephasic Workshop was chipping all over the place.  Poor guy didn't stand a chance...

Overall Thoughts: Indigo Bananas Telephasic Workshop is a seriously gorgeous polish.  I wish I would've waited to hop into the hot tub to see exactly how long this bad boy would last.  Honestly, though, I don't usually wear polish more than a day or two, so I wouldn't have gotten to the point where I had chips on a normal wear.  The consistency was great.  It applied so easily without any pooling or dragging.  It dried relatively quickly, but I didn't use a quick dry top coat, so it did take a little bit longer than it would've had I used Seche or LL No Time.  All in all, this polish is amazing.  Based on the microcosm of polishes I've sampled from Indigo Bananas, the brand as a whole is solid.  The polishes are highly pigmented, they apply easily, last a long time, they're unique, and they're beautiful.  I can't get enough of them!  I have like 10 more on my wish list for after my no buy is up.  If you are interested in them but are worried about IB being a newer brand, I can tell you that Andrea has tested these polishes for a very long time, some since last summer, before she put them out for sale.  She's very communicative if you have any questions or problems, which is great when looking for a company with good customer service.  In conclusion, I love Telephasic Workshop as well as the rest of the Indigo Bananas that I received, and I can't recommend them enough.

You can purchase Indigo Bananas at her shop.  Follow Andrea and Indigo Bananas on Facebook and her blog for news, updates, and links to blogger reviews.

*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  For more information, please see my Disclosure Policy in the tab above.*