In early January I promised an anonymous reader to post a review of Essence Peel Off Base Coat. Last week I finally gave it a try. I applied a coat of Peel Off base coat and two coats of China Glaze Flying Dragon over it. It was a perfect opportunity to wear 'the dragon' again after more than 3 years... And the removal wasn't my concern at the time.
China Glaze, Flying Dragon, 2 coats
Let me say a few words on Flying Dragon since it's been so long: China Glaze has apparently released 2 versions of this polish - one purple and one that's more on the pink side. Ivana posted a comparison of both of them. If you haven't noticed yet, you're looking at the darker version here (and it's actually the one I prefer). The polish isn't as blue toned as it looks on my photos, but it's really impossible to photograph it accurately. It's purple and borderline neon. You can expect non accuracy in cases like this one.
It's pretty and it looks even prettier (at least to me) when a layer of top coat is added. I used Essence Better Than Gel Nails Top Sealer. If you want a completely glossy and smooth finish, you'll need to apply a couple of layers of top coat - this glitter is quite thirsty.
China Glaze, Flying Dragon, 2 coats + Essence, Better Than Gel Nails Top Sealer, 1 coat
Here's a comparison of Flying Dragon with and without top coat side by side. Which one do you like better?
This was supposed to be a test of Essence Peel Off Base Coat, but it turned into a China Glaze Flying Dragon praise. So, what has exactly happened? I think I failed at the application of my base coat, because my polish just wouldn't peel off. I had to remove it with nail polish remover in the end. It did go off easier than it normally would (as a glitter), but it's not the way it's supposed to go. I'm going to try it one more time and see if I can make it work. I'm sorry, but you'll have to wait for the review until then.
Thanks for looking and commenting!