December 21, 2011

Wet Paint Bitten Collection

Hello, hello!  Who here has heard of Wet Paint?  I hadn't either until just recently when I saw a post about this very collection over on The Polishaholic.  If you want, you can check out her review.  She obviously knows something I don't!  More on that in a bit.  

For those of you who don't know, the Wet Paint system consists of a few base shades with numerous glazes and "SPFX" to put over to make different effects.  It is meant to provide several options with minimal product.  For example, with these five polishes I'm supposed to be able to make six shades, plus all of the shades are able to be worn on their own.  That is at least 11 shades from 5 polishes!  So, let's see how it works, shall we? 

First, I'm going to let you see the colors as they are, then suggested pairings that were sent with, then the actual layering. 
Fetish is a squishy red cream (opaque but jelly like) that goes on beautifully.  For the sake of photos I used three coats, but only two are necessary.  It's a little thin, but as always, leaving the lid off a few minutes might help! This is also without top coat.  The shine on this is amazing! 

Numb is a perfect name!  I think of cold when I see this polish.  It is the perfect blue, imo!  I just die over shades like this.  This was two coats.  The formula is a little bit thicker than on Fetish, but a little less shiny.  

Onyx, Lewd, Moonstone
These are the SPFX and glaze polishes.  I think officially, Onyx and Lewd are glazes and Moonstone is an SPFX.  The difference being that Onyx and Lewd are meant to slightly change the color, while Moonstone is just to "haze" it a little.  I could be wrong, but that's what I got out of it.  While these could conceivably be worn alone, I'm not sure I would.  But MAN look at that shine (again, no topcoat!)! 

This is what the suggested pairings should look like.  I love the blues, but to me, the concept seems lost on the red.  Is that just me?  

The first layerings I did were the reds.  In order:
2 coats Fetish + 2 coats Lewd = A blackened red.  I'm sure this is supposed to be pretty, but on me it just looks messy.  Darnit! 
2 coats Fetish + 1 coat Lewd + 1 Coat Moonstone = A greyed out red.  Definitely not my color.  Still a little messy, but better than the first combo! 
1 coat Fetish + 1 coat Lewd + 1 coat Onyx = This is the confusing one.  In terms of patchiness, it's the best... but the color looks almost the same as the first combo.  

I'm going to pause here.  Is it just me, or do these look pretty much the same?  That's sad to me.  Of course, as you can tell, I also need practice.  So, there is a learning curve here.  What I DO love about this whole thing is that you can learn.  You can make up your own combos.   You can do pretty much whatever you want!  This is where I would suggest clicking to the other review.  She actually got the red to look decent.  Now, as for Numb?  Well, look for yourself:

BEAUTIFUL!  Numb worked like a charm! Now, if I can get Fetish to do this, I'll be set! In reverse order:
1 coat Numb + 2 Coats Lewd = This reminds me so much of my favorite blue ever, China Glaze Frostbite. It is incredible!  Kind of a navy blurple, right? *drools* (pinky is one coat Lewd, ring finger is two)
1 coat Numb + 1 coat Lewd + 1 coat Moonstone = A gorgeous greyed out blue.  I'm not sure what I would call this particular shade, but you don't see it often.  In a good way.
1 coat Numb + 1 coat Lewd + 1 coat Onyx = A jelly-ish navy. Which is almost perfect. Yum

The great thing about these blue shades is the depth that the shimmer in Numb adds.  I think that, without the shimmer, these would fall dreadfully flat.  However, it is there, and they are saved.  That being said: I am in love.  I say that a lot.  You will continue to hear it a lot.  I'm still in my first year of addiction.  It will only get worse before it gets better, right?  (sorry, off subject...)

Overall, I love the concept.  Like I said, there is a learning curve, but I don't think it's so much so that it should keep anyone from using them.  I am also looking forward to experimenting with different layering combos later on.  I'm not sure, but I think Fetish MAY be sheer enough to go over Numb for a nice purple?  We'll see!  

Wet Paint nail systems can be bought at their website.  There are a few different collections ranging from $35-$55, and you can also buy bottles separately to make your own collection and combos.  Single bottles are $10 for base colors, and $12.50 for the glazes and SPFX.  The Bitten collection I've shown here is a Limited Collection, so it might not be around long!  Check it out!  

What do you guys think?  Like the concept, hate the polishes?  Love the polishes, hate the concept?  Love them both?  Will you be trying them?  Let me know!  Thanks for looking! 

*Products sent for consideration.  Opinions given are my own*