Not-so hidden agenda for this nail art blog? To get back to some actual nail art! Or, to paraphrase King of the Hill’s Hank Hill, to get back to nail art and nail art-related activities. Groundbreaking, I know! But first the move, during which I will surely re-break all of my nails, and then we’ll be right back here again. 🙂
So while my nails are long-ish (hahahaha!) and not breaking off every two seconds, let’s take a look at this fun thermal polish I purchased from Polish Pickup, a new-to-me vendor that stocks all sorts of cool indie beauty wares.
This is KB Shimmer’s Hidden Agenda, a duo-thermal lacquer exclusive to Polish Pickup for the month of October, and inspired, if I’m not mistaken, by Area 51. Or more specifically, inspired by that silly Storm Area 51 non-event that never actually, you know, evented. I thought for sure we were going to see footage of people getting tased out on the outskirts of the Nevada desert, but nope – more rational heads prevailed. Smart. Storming secretive military installations never works out well for anyone. Just ask Bob of Stranger Things. Oh, wait…
Like the other KB Shimmer thermals I own, Hidden Agenda is super responsive, morphing from a shimmery, peachy pink, to an icy metallic blue. And just like the other thermals, this one wears like iron. Sans topcoat, this manicure has lasted chip-free for a week, even in the midst of my packing-intensive activities. Very impressive.
But unlike those other thermals, I don’t care for Hidden Agenda’s texture when it’s in its un-topcoated state. Not quite textured, but also a long way from smooth, it’s a shimmery matte that applies a touch too thickly, and dries down to a slightly pebbled finish. It actually reminds me of very, very fine gauge sandpaper.
But I suppose the true secret about Hidden Agenda is that it’s a glow-in-the-dark polish, albeit a very, very weak one. I wasn’t able to snap any photos of it in this state, though, as the weather’s been cruddy and overcast, and its glow powers are simply not strong enough. Shame – what else is going to light my way as I’m Naruto running through the pitch black desert? 😉