Sunday, June 4, 2017

Born Pretty Polish Review in a Simple Sunday Style

*The product being reviewed in this post was provided to me  by Born Pretty Store in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

Hello Readers!

Today I have something quite a bit different for you, but also a little bit the same. I'm doing my first review for Born Pretty Store, and am testing out a polish that I felt would be perfect for a Simple Sunday look, so I decided to roll them into one.

Here's a sneak peak at the look I created with my test product!

The product I am reviewing is this beautiful metallic polish in the color "Rose in Peril". This is a newer polish series and there are five color options that are currently going for $3.59 each on the website. I thought these colors were so gorgeous, and I also wondered how they would stamp, so I decided to give one a try.

The polish arrived in the mail packaged quite securely, which is always appreciated. I always worry a little bit when I buy polish online that it's going to explode in the mail and arrive to me as a big mess, so I appreciate the use of protective Styrofoam here.

So, let's talk about size for a minute. These metallic polishes come in a 9 ML, which is a bit smaller than the standard 15 ML size of most polishes like Sinful Colors or OPI, for example.

The first thing I tested with my polish  was its stamping capability, and I was not disappointed. The polish is highly pigmented and shows up beautifully over both black and white. Hooray! So, if nothing else, this polish is great for stamping, which brings us to the next test... painting my nails with it.

Ok, so don't get me wrong, I really like this polish; it's lovely and it stamps beautifully. And, if you can get it on there right, it's stunning. Unfortunately, it's a bit of a bear to work on the nail. The formula is quite a bit different than a regular polish.

 First of all, it managed to be too runny and too thick at the same time. Secondly, when I tried to apply the second coat it smudged and moved the layer underneath. I think proper strategy for applying this polish is to wait longer than normal between coats to allow it to dry.

Finally, the brush is really, super thick. It reminds me of the brushes companies typically use for stamping polishes, and it threw me for a minute when I was trying to get it to work on my nails, and I wondered if this polish was actually intended for stamping, but nope, it's advertised as a regular polish.

All that being said, some of these drawbacks are likely also strengths- this polish is intended to be self-leveling, meaning that as it dries the brush strokes even out quite a bit so you don't get the super streaky look a lot of metallic polishes leave behind. I could see this happening on my nail, and if you are skilled enough you could probably use the extra wide brush to kind of dab it on in such a way that will leave a super smooth surface.

As you can see, mine still has some brushstrokes, because I am no expert of self-leveling polishes. But, fair warning- it's not super easy to achieve that flawless look you see on the website.

One thing that helped me when applying this was to do a layer of quick-drying topcoat in between applications of the metallic polish. This helped me keep from accidentally scraping off the layers underneath.

In order to get the self-leveling feature to work properly, you'll need to apply fairly thick coats of the polish. Also, using a ridge-filling base coat (which I did not do here) would help get a nice, smooth surface to start with as this polish tends to magnify any imperfections in your natural nails.

Ok, so overall opinion of this polish- it's beautiful, I'd absolutely recommend it for stamping because just *look* at that butterfly over the black polish... but as a regular polish, be warned that it is tricky to work with.

You can find this product at this link on the Born Pretty website. You can also use my discount code, RACHX31, for a 10% discount off of your purchase.


  1. It looks lovely, but these mirror chrome polishes are so unforgiving on our nails. Like a lycra dress, they show every lump and bump! However your nails looks stunning with it on and I know you'll create some amazing stamped manis with it.
    Vicky x

    1. Yeah, they sure do! I should have started with a ridge filling basecoat, ha ha. Also, somebody on imstagra, said that if you dab a little polish over the top with an eye makeup,sponge it helps to smooth it out, so I will have to try that next time! Thank you for your sweet comment!