Hello everyone! I hope all of you had a nice weekend. I was busy swatching, as you'll see in the weeks to come. If you follow me on Instagram you already know that I've recently discovered thermal polishes and I am completely obsessed. These may have been out for a while now, I don't know, but they are new to me and just too gorgeous to keep to myself. Warning! Picture heavy post after the jump!
Dance Legend as a brand is actually fairly new to me. For anyone not familiar, they are a professional Russian nail polish brand that has been making polish since 2000. They offer a very extensive product line and all of their polishes are Big3Free. They do ship internationally, but it's probably easier to order from one of their stockists closer to your home. I first became interested in them when reading blog posts about their Top Sahara, a top coat that turned the your base polish textured. My thermal obsession was preceded by a texture obsession and I thought "how cool would that be if ALL my polishes could be textured!" I was waiting patiently for it to be available at Llarowe and came across the Termo Shine polishes while poking around in the meantime. I thought they were just so unique because of the glitter. I purchased 182 first and loved it so much I went back for 180, which I am just as pleased with. So let's look at them in the order I received them.
Termo Shine 182 is a jelly polish loaded with fine gold glitter and larger hex shaped gold glitter. It is a deep pink when warm and a dark purple when cold. The first time I wore it I learned just how much glitter was in the polish when I tried to remove it. This time I decided I would try it over OPI's new Glitter Off Base Coat and it worked great. The formula is on the thick side because of all the glitter and things got a little gooey and the polish dragged when I applied the 2nd coat the first time I wore it. So this time I applied 1 coat of the polish over the base coat, waited for the color to change, touched it up where the glitter was sparse and finished with a coat of HK Girl topcoat. As you can see from the 3rd photo, the polish becomes fully opaque with the 2nd coat. But I think it looked interesting and wearable either way.
|Here is 2 coats of 182 and HK Girl topcoat.|
Termo Shine 180 uses the same jelly formula and is loaded with silver micro glitter and larger square silver glitter. The polish is a silvery grey when warm and black when cold. I used OPI's Glitter Off Base Coat again with this polish. I used the same method of applying 1 coat, waiting for the color change and touching it up where it was sparse. If you look really close you can see VNL in a few spots that I didn't see in real life but the camera surely captured it. I'm sure it would have been fully opaque in 2 coats just like 182. So I will try that next time, allowing more time in between coats to try to avoid the gooey pulling.
Both of these polishes were amazing color changers! They change dramatically and easily. My tips were almost always the dark color. And now and then I would be surprised when I looked at my nails and found them covered with dark color for no apparent reason. Too fun! Note that I held both of the polish bottles under hot water in order to bring out the lighter color for contrast against the tips in these photos. In their natural state the polish is the darker color in the bottle and during application.
These thermals were gorgeous on their own, but I still wanted to see what I could do to enhance them with a little nail art. I peeled 180 off my middle and ring fingers and applied 2 coats of OPI Black Onyx followed by a coat of HK Girl topcoat.
I found a pair of reversing images on Dashica's Infinity 70 plate that I thought would be perfect for this. I stamped using my new Mundo de Unas Silver (18), which oddly almost looks like white stamping polish in contrast with the silver glitter.
I need to share something a little disappointing. I mis-stamped my middle finger on my first attempt and was not able to remove the stamping polish with packing tape. This is the first time that trick hasn't worked for me with a Mundo de Unas polish, but it is also the first time I have used a metallic, so I suspect the formula is different. The silver did seem thinner than my other colors.
I can't wait to hear your thoughts on these polishes! Are you a fan of thermal polishes too? Do you like the addition of the glitter? Do you think it was too much to add the nail art?
Personally I am a bit sad that there are only 2 other shades of this polish available and they both have red in them. Don't get me wrong, I love red and have a drawer filled with red polish. I just never seem to wear it.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post! I hope you enjoyed it. I'll see you next time.