Square Hue and Surprise Gifts

It has been a while since I blogged about Square Hue, or blogged at all. But I am getting my life and my nails back together and Square Hue started my “Operation: get it together” with a mid-month surprise.

Meet Square Hue: Black Label Start to Finish

IMAG2208Thats right ladies and dry-handed gentleman, square hue now has a cuticle oil, base coat and top coat.

The shocking arrival came with a thank you card for being a long standing customer. It also came free of charge!

The free gift inspired me to get polishing!

The almond cuticle oil was nice. It went on smoothly and wasn’t greasy. It was light enough for frequent use and I was able to trim my cuticles with great ease. But on to the stars of the show:

IMAG2210The clear base coat was better than expected. While in the bottle the clear base coat looked a bit watery, the base coat was thick and viscous.

The base coat dried evenly with no bubbles and remained a bit tacky. I prefer a tacky base coat so the polish adheres well.

I applied polish in 3 thin coats and all was looking well until the top coat.

IMAG2211 The Wet Look topic coat delivers in the promise of high gloss. My nails were bling tastic. However, 15 minutes later my nails weren’t dry. This top coat turned my nails into a swiffer duster . Every piece of lint and dust clung to my damp nails and completely ruined my manicure.

I am hopeful that if I allow the polish to dry more the Wet Look top coat can become a keeper because the bling was delicious; however the below manicure is with Seche Vite top coat.

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Top Coat for Textured Polish

Believe it or not my other 4 top coats weren’t getting the job done.

Enter my new love: Venique Top Coat 

At about [7.50-10] per [.50] per bottle this top coat goes the distance.

I purchased it because my [textured polish] collection grew and seemed to scoff at my other top coats I needed something else.

Venique is that something else it is friendly with those gelly/textured polishes meaning it coats every piece of glitter, feathers, felt, sand or whatever else you put in your paint. This coat adds an amazing shine that enhances the liveness of the polishes rather leaving a dull flat finish on what should be eye popping polish.

The top coat isn’t a quick dry, but dries completely in 5-7 minutes . The dry adds a rubbery like smoothness to the texture while still allowing the polishes dimension to show.

See what I mean?

Julie G’s crushed candy purple after two coats of Venique with and without flash, respectfully.

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Have you tried this top coat or this brand?W hat did you think?