It is hard to find a nail polish junkie who doesn't like holographic nail polishes. This holosexual obsessions started to grow stronger together with the popularity of Simply Nailogical Youtube channel. I was never a fan of holographic nail polishes, but when I saw this beautiful spicy nail polish called 'Papakōlea Breeze'*at Born Pretty Store, I fell in love and decided to give it a try.
I want to start off with a little explanation because I didn't know what Papakōlea means. Papakōlea is a very famous and unique green sand beach located on the island of Hawaii. The sand there looks like a fine mixture between little emerald crumbs and spicy black pepper. So, Papakōlea Breeze is a gentle afternoon wind from a green sand beach. Sounds wonderful, does't it?
The Holo Series come in a regular Born Pretty nail polish bottle with a medium-sized brush-applicator. Application of the nail polish wasn't the best, it goes on smoothly on the nail plate but once you try to build up the color, the brush moves the first coat. I recommend you to apply a thin layer of Papakōlea Breeze and let it completely dry, before the second application. Fortunately, it dries very quickly! For extra opaque coverage, I like to apply two thin coats of holo nail polish and finish my manicure with a layer of top coat.
To my surprise, after I covered Papakōlea Breeze with a transparent top coat, all holographic rainbows disappeared. Usually, transparent top coat is used to reveal the shiny power of rainbows, but not in this case. I honestly don't know where was the problem: in my favorite top coat Big Universo Brilho Cristal (review) or in this incredibly beautiful holographic nail polish. If you know the answer, please let me know in the comments because I really want to understand what was the issue. But the saddest part is the durability of this nail polish. It started to chip on the second day of wearing, I wonder how long it lasts without a top coat.
Overall, I was a little bit disappointed with the formula of Holo Series nail polish by Born Pretty. The color and that beautiful rainbow shine are undoubtedly magnificent. But the overall application and durability of this nail polish isn't the best. Born Pretty has better nail polish collections, like the Pumpkin Series (review), which are very durable and last on my nails more than a week. I think, Born Pretty needs to develop a special top coat and retail it together with Holo Series nail polishes, to make them last longer and shine brighter.
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Lots of love,