Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Wear Test: Model City Polish Strawberry Jam

Wow, this has taken waaaaaaaaay too long to get up, but I finally hace my wear test for Model City Polish's Strawberry Jam to show you tonight!  Get prepped for some ridiculous picture spam.  Go and plug up that extra modem, you're going to need the extra processing power tonight, folks!

*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of Model City Strawberry Jam for review purposes.  All other polishes in this review were purchased by me for my own use.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  For more information, please see my Disclosure Policy in the tab above.* 

First, let's start with the last bit of the Q&A with Model City's maker, Nina!

3) What was your inspiration for the polishes you've chosen?

Strawberry Jam is inspired by one of my favorite foods, strawberries! I could live on them for the rest of my life and be perfectly content. Strawberry Jam was one of the first Jellies I ever created. When I first made it the base wasn't as dark because I wanted it to be a topper mostly but I quickly reformulated it to the richer base.

5) How did you become interested in creating your own polish line?

I have always been a lacquerista and use to have to hunt for unique blends, colors, and combos. With the boom of the indie market it opened my eyes to a whole new glorious glitter field world. With Model City this is my way to create blends I have always dreamed of and share with other fellow lacqueristas. 

6) Tell me 3 fun facts that people wouldn't ordinarily know about you.  (Hobbies, interests, history, etc)

  • I work in the automotive field so I deal with greasy dirty parts all day and my nails are always flawless, lol.
  • I am married to my high school sweetheart and we are the best of friends. We have been together for 15 years and he is a huge supporter of Model City and my polish obsession.
  • I am a huge neat freak and love cleaning and organizing things. Sometime I like to make a mess just so I have something to clean!

The photos used in the wear test portion, are of 1 coat of Strawberry Jam layered over China Glaze Merry Berry.  Other photos, however, are of 1 coat of Strawberry Jam layered over Zoya Pixie Dust Chyna, Zoya Storm, and then jelly sandwiched with Elevation Matsuda over the Chyna Jam combo.  I'll make sure to list which polishes I'm showing in the caption of each photo.

I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of Model City Strawberry Jam for review purposes.

Color: Vivid berry red with red holographic hexes in two sizes.

Strawberry Jam and Zoya Pixie Dust Chyna
Finish: Glitter Jelly – glitter in a colored jelly base.

Bottle / Brush: Round mini bottle – wand and brush are just long enough to reach the bottom of the bottle.  Normally, the fact that it’s a mini makes application a little tricky.  However, I didn't have a single problem with application of Strawberry Jam with the mini bottle.

Opacity: Medium – achieves opacity at three to four coats.  However, I wore it almost exclusively layered over undies.

Strawberry Jam over Zoya Pixie Dust Chyna
Glitter Application: Easy – Spreads evenly without much manipulation.

Strawberry Jam over Zoya Storm
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.

Strawberry Jam over Zoya Storm
Stampability: Not designed for stamping.
Dry Time: Medium – dry to the touch with minimal smudging in 3-8 minutes.

Strawberry Jam over Zoya Chyna and sandwiched with Elevation Matsuda

Items Used for Wear Test:
I hadn't intended to wear Strawberry Jam as my wear test from Model City, but I ran short on time that week and wasn't able to change my polish for several days.  I'm pretty sure that this polish would've lasted longer than the 4 days had I worn my normal combo of Orly Bonder and a non-quick dry topper.
  • Alcohol to dehydrate nail bed and remove oils
  • Duri Rejuvacote
  • KBShimmer Clearly on Top

Day One:
Normally, I take photos right after I paint my nails, but I ran out of time the night I did this mani.  There was the slightest bit of wear on my thumb and index fingers after a full day of wear at work.  You know, lots of typing and all.  Otherwise, everything still looks great!

Day Two:
A little more wear on my thumb and index finger with additional wear on pinkie and ring fingers.  Although, I'm not sure that is so much wear as it appears to be shrinkage from my topcoat.  Otherwise, nothing has chipped or flaked off.

Day Three:
Significant tip wear on thumb and index finger.  The rest of mani had minimal tip wear on each finger.

Day Four:
Alas, my mani met its doom.  My thumb and index fingers flaked off in sheets.  The rest of the mani had a medium amount of tip wear.  It was time to take this beauty off.

Overall Thoughts: Strawberry Jam has made its way into my favorites list for sure.  Application was amazing, spreading easily without any problems.  At all.  The glitters are soooo bright, the base color is so vivid, and the sparkle from the glitters is just so bright.  Yes, I said that twice.  It's seriously gorgeous.  Plus, the holo gives this polish a beautiful depth that kept me staring at my fingers for days.  I got several compliments on it, as well, which is always nice.  If you're looking for a red glitter, this should be on your short list.

You can purchase Model City Polishes at Nina's Etsy store.  Follow Nina and Model City on Facebook and Instagram for news and updates on her collections.  She's about to release a holo line, y'all, and it looks AMAZING!!!!!

What's your favorite red glitter?

I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of Model City Strawberry Jam for review purposes.


  1. First time seeing it over black, I LOVE IT!!!!! Thank you sooooo much!! <3

    1. Really?! I put it over OPI Funky Dunky, too, but it didn't look as good as the others, so I left it out. :)

    2. I think they all look lovely! The dark red added a nice effect, I think it's my favorite! ❤