Sep 18, 2013

NOTD: Pupa Lasting Color Afro iridiscent #730


Hi my dears! How are you today?
I haven't finish yet to show you all my Italian nail polishes and I have for today a really lovely duochrom-ish from the brand Pupa named Afro Iridiscent #730.
 
I fell in love with the colour in the bottle, but it was not the same on the nail. It looks much lighter and greener on the nails than in the bottle. The formula is not bad, and the consistency is quite nice, but the application was "welcome to Brushstrokeland" and it was all the fault of the thinnest brush on Earth!! Gosh, who can think a metallic shade could be applied smoothly with such a thin brush.

Please, let me rant here, the brush is about 3mm wide. With standard drugstore brushes being around 4 mm wide, you might think "is not that bad..." but the brush bristles are few and do not spread in any way, so it looks and acts like a striping brush! My nails are not that wide, but I needed 4-5 strokes just to cover my nail width, but that would have given me the worse application ever, so I ended up doing 2 coats, and the second quite thick coat took me 7-8 strokes per nail... so not good looking for a metallic :(


Well, now that my rant is done let me continue the review. I applied 2 coats over my usual basecoat, and ended with a coat of sechevite in a desperate attempt to smooth the brush strokes a bit.
The colour itself is very pretty, and I find it compliments my still slightly tanned skin tone. It has a very subtle colour shift between light green and green-acqua-blue, which is not the strongest duochrome effect out there, but still visible.




I had the impression sechevite did a good job smoothing the whole thing, specially when seen from afar, but on the direct sunlighted pictures, you can see the mess.


How have you liked this colour? Do you own any similar colour? from which brand? Do you own any great colour with a lousy brush that makes you loose your nerve?
If you have some brush-rant pending, Let it all out! ha ha!
Love,
Nati

12 comments

  1. I like the colour but I don't own any like this because I rarely wear green/blue, I don't think it suits my skintone that much!

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    1. Hi Nesita! thank you for commenting, you're right I also try to avoid colours that don't suit my skin tone :)

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  2. omg, this polish is sooo gorgeous! too bad for the brush though.

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  3. This was a lovely polish and great review, it reminds me of the bohemian luster chrome/CG's collection, (I don't remember the name of the perhaps-dupe of this though).
    About the brush - Hate that! It's the worst thing ever, my nails are so wide, if it would have been me I'd probably end up with 10 strokes or something and that's just not right. I could probably use it as a fineliner...lol ;)

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    1. Hi Gelic! What can you do, it's a drugstore brand, and there's not much to expect about polishes like this one :)

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  4. No es mi color pero buen acabado

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    1. si, es un colour muy particular :)

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  5. Ciao Nati! What a beautiful duo chrome!! Sorry to hear about the brush but I think you did a fantastic job applying it! I can barely see any brushstrokes!! How all is fine with you cara! Baci! xx

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    1. Ciao bella! this was a nightmare to apply, I'm not sure I'll wear this colour again .
      bacioni! xxx

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  6. I like it, it has a beautiful duo-chrome effect! I have something similar, it's Kiko and it changes the colour from green to blue :-)

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    1. hi Tatjana! I'd love o try out kiko! I'm sure formula and brush will be much better. I'm not sure if I can get Kiko in Switzerland, though :)

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