I do most of my nail polish shopping online because I’m outside of the US and polish in Japan is outrageously expensive. Most sites have little blobs to indicate the polish color. Some depictions are better than others, but I always wind up with at least one polish that looks nothing like what it did online. Sometimes I’m pleasantly surprised, but usually not. (I know, I should look up swatches before I buy, but sometimes I don’t do it in the heat of the buying frenzy!)
One of the polishes that I got recently was a bust. I thought it would be a nice, antiquey sort of purple from the swatch. Boo! It’s really sheer! The culprit is China Glaze Mr. and Mrs. It is a nice color- but it’s really sheer. After 4 coats, I still couldn’t build up any color.
I have to say that I’m personally am not fond of sheers. Very occasionally, they can be nice. But I still dont’ really understand purple sheers. Pink, sure. It can look nice and enhance your nails. But purple sheer is going to make your nails look diseased. The bottle below is CG Mr. and Mrs. and the color on my nails is what I wanted it to look like. Repeat: The color on my nails is not Mr. and Mrs.!
To get the color above, I added Fyrinnae “Arcane Magic: Healer’s Touch” pigment, a sort of dusty purple, to Mr. and Mrs. This made the color a lot more opaque and workable. Finally- the color I wanted it to be! This is two coats.
I use a variety of pigments and will do a tutorial if anyone is interested. Mainly, I use crumbled up eyeshadow, MAC, Fyrinnae and sometimes mineral makeup. Fyrinnae is vegan, inexpensive and they have a very useful website where you can see the actual swatches, but it can be very gritty and clumpy. MAC is pricey but I’ve never had it clump. Of course, for the price of one MAC pigment, you could buy about 10 bottles of China Glaze, but if you already have the pigment it can be fun to experiment.
I actually made a variety of frankens using this (you can see a lot of my bottle is gone!) Sheers work very well with pigments and glitter. Straight sheers don’t work well with other colors because they tend to thin the color out too much, plus the little bit of pigment in them sometimes doesn’t play nice with the colors you’re mixing.