Friday, June 7, 2013

Wear Test: Living in a material world, and I am a...

*Press Sample*  Material Girl!  Tonight we're going to take a look at my last Darling Diva polish, Material Girl, and see how it fairs in my durability test!

First up, though, is the finale of my getting to know you questionnaire asked of Darling Diva's creative genius, Carrie!

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

 Its a drug, seriously. I started out hand mixing stuff because I didn't see what I wanted or I couldn't get what I wanted and people started to ask if they could buy.

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

Fun? What is this word fun? ;) Well I am a hockey heuer. Go Wild <sob>, I am super addicted to Redbull, I have a desk full of toys. Hello Kitty, Sponge Bob, Backyardigans lol.

*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of Darling Diva Material Girl 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.* 

All of the photos interspersed throughout the review portion are from day one.  The wear test info will start on day two.

Color: Bright pink with silver, fuchsia, and hot pink hexes and dots in various sizes, including GINORMOUS.
Finish: Glitter Jelly – glitter in a colored jelly base.
Bottle / Brush: Round bottle – the brush and wand are the standard width and length.  Easy to control and manipulate.

Opacity: Medium – achieves opacity at three coats.

Glitter Application: Easy – Spreads evenly without much manipulation.  The base to glitter ratio, however, is such that you won't get a whole lot of glitter on your brush at first.  Instead, it's best to use a few coats to get the desired glitter coverage.  Here, I've used two coats over Lumina Lacquer's I Want You and three coats alone on my ring finger.

Consistency: Fluid – thin but flows easily from the brush.  Thickens up over time as you work on your mani.

Overall Ease of Application: Medium – applies well with minimal pooling or streaking.  Spreads well without much manipulation.

Stampability: Not designed for stamping.

Two coats of Material Girl over Lumina     3 coats of Material Girl alone

Dry Time: Long – dry to the touch with minimal smudging in over 8 minutes.
Overall Thoughts: I have been blown away by the Material Girl collection, for sure.  They have all been stunners and mostly easy to use, aside from my user error on Lucky Star.  Material Girl was no different!  Application was easy, and the effect was nice.  HOWEVER, I'm a moron and tried a new topcoat that refused to dry.  So, I added another layer...  That also refused to dry, but I went to bed and prayed for the best.  Then, I woke up, and it was shrink city.  Womp womp!  Plus, it was all dull from never really drying.  So, I added a coat of Liquid Lacquer's No Time quick dry top coat, and it was finally shiny and dry.  However, it was crazy thick and the shrinkage damage was already done.  I feel like those factors have skewed the test results, unfortunately.  So, let's see how it held up despite yet another one of my blunders.

Items Used for Wear Test: 
Originally, I hadn't intended to wear Material Girl, a glitter, as my wear test from Darling Diva, but it just happened that way. I'm pretty sure that this polish would've lasted longer than the 3 days had I worn a normal tried and trued topper instead of branching out to something new. 

Here's what I used this time:

  • 1 thin coat of Duri Rejuvacote
  • 1 thin coat of Orly Bonder on top of the Duri
  • 2 coats of Lumina Lacquer I Want You on all but ring finger
  • 2 coats of Material Girl on all but ring finger, which is 3 coats alone
  • 2 coats of Miss Sporty Discotheque UV topcoat
  • 1 coat of Liquid Lacquer No Time

Day Two:
Other than shrinkage, there's only one little chip on my thumb, which was actually a screwup on my part.  Otherwise, no problems with chipping.  Just stupid shrinkage.  Ugh.

Day Three:
Finally have my first proper chip on my thumb.  As you can see, it broke a little, so I think that's why I got a chip.  I also broke my middle fingernail, so I had to remove Material Girl before it got worse.

So, there you have it!  It performed better than most of my glitter jelly manis, and it probably would've been way better had I not screwed the pooch and use an unknown variable.  The color is so rich and saturated, it just glows.  I mean, not literally, but it's one of those polishes that definitely catch your eye.  

You can purchase Darling Diva's Material Girl collection soon!  I'm hearing in a week or two!!  Keep an eye on her Facebook and Twitter for news and updates on its release.  You can purchase Darling Diva Polishes at her store, Llarowe, Mei Mei's Signatures, and Norway Nails.

So, what do you think of the DDP Material Girl collection so far?  Which is your favorite?

*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of Darling Diva Material Girl for review purposes.  All other polishes in this review were purchased by me for my own use.* 

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