Friday, March 8, 2013

Wear Test: Sassy Lacquer Tiger Lily Wears Pink

Wow oh wow!  Today has been INSANE.  I have decided that my job the past week and a half goes a little bit like this:

Or maybe even...

With a little bit of...

Perhaps?  And that may even be an understatement, lol.  Between all the work and having to wear boring manis while meeting with partners at the firm, I was able to actually get in a very pretty pink, Sassy Lacquer's Tiger Lily Wears Pink, as a wear test!  First, let's learn a little bit about Sassy Lacquer's creator, Carrie!

1) What was your inspiration for this collection, other than the obvious April Flowers concept?
Spring Showers Bring May Flowers. The grass green of spring for Emerald Meadow, the dancing in the wind daffodils for the yellow one, the first flower of spring that pops through the snow-the crocus, the blue mist of the rain, the morning’s first dew, Tiger Lily’s – My Fav flower ever-had them in my wedding bouquet. 

2) What was your inspiration for your brand name?
My Last name is Sasville, I came up with Sassy Nails for a part of my blog, since it focuses on not only my life, but my hobby’s and then turned that into Sassy Lacquer for the business. I also have another side business Sassy Sweets by Carrie Winking smile

3) How did you become interested in creating your own polish line?
I don’t really remember, I have always been crafty. It was soon after my hoarding, I mean collecting of polish began, I ran into a group of Frankener’s and just ‘got’ into it...started ordering supplies, and thought hey, why not sell them....

4) Tell me 3 fun facts that people wouldn't ordinarily know about you.  (Hobbies, interests, history, etc)
I love to go on midnight drives, by myself to clear my head....most of the time just back roads or I jump on the interstate and go up an exit and back, or a couple times I have circled Tampa Bay, going over the SkyWay Bridge in St. Petersburg. (Florida)
I hide the last of the ‘good’ (meaning bad for you) food from the kids and hubby and eat it when they aren’t around or in bed, LOL!
I have another business, Sassy Sweets by Carrie. I make cakes and cookies and lots of other things.!/pages/Sassy-Sweets-By-Carrie/301067029903448

First, let's take a look at the basic rundown for Sassy Lacquer's Tiger Lily Wears Pink, then we can get into the wear test.

Day One

Color: Pink with darker pink micro glitters and pink shimmer with a slight touch of gold shimmer.

Finish: Shimmer – polish that shimmers pink and gold in the light.

Bottle / Brush: Round mini bottle – wand and brush are just long enough to reach the bottom of the bottle.  However, the fact that it’s a mini makes application a little tricky.  Requires a steady hand to apply evenly without pooling.

Opacity: Medium – achieves opacity at three coats.
Glitter Application: Easy – the glitter is so fine in TLWP that it spreads evenly without much manipulation.

Consistency: Thick – This one was tricky, but not for the normal reasons that a polish is tricky.  It applied thickly but was self-leveling.  The first two coats are thick and a little clumpy, but you don't notice it at all after a few minutes because it levels off on its own.  I think a drop or two of thinner couldn't hurt especially if the bottle's been open for a little while you're polishing your nails.  It's not really an issue, nor is it distracting, though.  I just wanted to make sure you guys knew to be patient while applying.  It is worth it in the end.

Overall Ease of Application: Medium – applies well without pooling.  Seems clumpy when first applying, but it levels off without any indication of clumping, dragging, or streaking once it's dry.  Spreads well without much manipulation.  However, it dries quickly, so you need to move fast in order to keep it from creating bald spots.
Stampability: Not tested for stamping.
Dry Time: Quick – dry to the touch without smudging in under 3 minutes.

Items used for wear test:
  • Alcohol to dehydrate nail bed and remove oils
  • Orly Bonder basecoat
  • KBShimmer Clearly on Top quick dry topcoat

Day Two

Minimal tip wear, but still going strong.  One chip on my right hand thumb, but that was because I was peeling labels.  Otherwise, color was still bright, shimmer was still vibrant, and the topcoat was still shiny.

Day Three

A little more wear on the tips, but still going strong.  Sadly, I got a tear on my index finger, so I had to redo it and add a patch.

Day Four

At this point, the polish completely sheeted off of my middle finger.  I had some weakness causing my nail to flex, which made the polish lift from the nail.  The rest of my nails, though, were still looking great.  I took some shots of my right hand so you could see the wear there as well.

Overall Thoughts:  Tiger Lily Wears Pink is a fantastic pink.  It's perfect for work when you want to have something fun without drawing too much attention.  Its application is a little tricky at first, but it self-levels making the end result smooth and perfect.  The wear on this was phenomenal.  The only reason my middle nail sheeted off is because it was relatively weak causing the polish to lift from the nail prematurely.  Every other nail had minimal tip wear.  I truly wonder how long it would last had my middle nail been a tad shorter or in better shape.

You can purchase Tiger Lily Wears Pink at Carrie's store, Sassy Lacquer.  You can also follow Carrie on her blog and her Facebook page for news and updates.

What's your favorite fun but still work-appropriate polish?

*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.* 

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