When I saw the ALU A Pair Affair collection at Sally's last month, the only one I KNEW I had to get was You Yacht to Know Better (last seen on me here). The sage green, Sage It Ain't So, was a lot nicer in person than I expected it would be, but I could only buy two. So I went home with You Yacht to Know Better and this polish, Bare No Secrets, which piqued my interest slightly more than Sage It Ain't So. Now I don't think I made the right choice that day. Ah, well. You win some, you lose some, right?
Note: This polish was harder than I thought it would be to capture (I might have been having a derp day). I had to sacrifice image sharpness/clarity for color accuracy, so my apologies. :/
Three coats with Gelous + SV.
Wow, no. Nope, nope, NOPE. I have no problem telling you guys when I don't like something, but I always feel a little weird making that kind of declaration about a polish created by someone in the nail blog community, because it was their dream and work, you know? :/ On the flip side, Michelle is responsible for colors like RBL Mismas and Barielle Falling Star, so that should even things out.
Anyway, you see that nude/pink base? Maybe the store lighting at Sally's warped me into thinking it would look good on me, but the truth is you have to be a lot paler or darker than I am to rock this polish. I actually really enjoy the gold microglitter, and that was a nice addition to said base, however!, the pearly sheen is where I get off this train. I think I would have made more of an effort with this polish had it not been for that. I was so bummed, because it looked so great on Michelle in her post ... "universally flattering," this is not.
The formula on this one was okay, maybe on the thick side, but FingerPaints tend to be like that (IMO). I believe you could get away with two thin-medium coats for opacity, although I went with three because I wanted to see how the nude color would look on me (and as we all know, it's a mix of foundation-slash-stockings on me). Dry time was quick with Gelous and SV. I kept this on for only a day because it was so barftastic on me, but I gotta say -- the wear was really flippin' awesome. I washed my hands and did a bunch of dishes this weekend, and there wasn't a trace of tip wear or chipping.
Oh, Bare No Secrets. What do you think? Did you purchase any other ALU A Pair Affair polishes? (I'll try to post You Yacht to Know Better on its own one of these days.) I dislike this one so much that I would've returned this to Sally's yesterday if I could've found my receipt!
Thanks for reading! I know I'm posting one more time this week, but IDK what day that'll be yet. In the meantime, don't forget to visit BLP to see Anna's nude polish pick ... let's hope it's nicer to look at than this one. ;) Hopefully my pick for next month will be more successful.