In the past I have been hesitant to jump on board the trendy nail polish bandwagon. Textures? Why would I want to wear sandpaper on my nails? Holographics? No big shimmery deal. Colour changers of the UV or thermal variety? Gimmicky.
It goes without saying I was wrong on all those points – busy, you know, making an ASS out of U and ME – particularly on the subject of colour changing polishes, which have quickly become my favourite type of “novelty” lacquer. It’s unreasonably fun to run my hands under hot and cold water just to see what kind of cool, gradient-like effect comes out the other side.
Here I’ve shown two thermals from Polish Me Silly, a favourite indie polish maker, Mermaid Tears, a dark teal-to-celery green jelly, and Grape Intentions, a shimmery pink-to-purple jelly. The cold state is the left-hand photo and the warm state is the photo on the right. These are the first jelly-based thermals I’ve tried, and while the two-tone effect isn’t quite as pronounced as it is with cream-based polishes (particularly on my shorter nails), they still make for beautiful fingernail adornment.