....is one of the six colors in Essie's newest collection "A French Affair". Honestly at first, I thought..."yet another neutral/nude nail polish!". But when I compared to my other Essie neutral polishes, I realized it's quite unique!
|L-R: Baby's Breath, Prima Ballerina, Topless & Barefoot, Naked Truth|
My first experience with Topless & Barefoot was a total disappointment. By habit, I do not apply nail polish to my bare nails, meaning I apply base coat first. So I applied my base coat, then went for the color. It was so streaky, it hurt my eyes. I immediately declared it the worst polish I ever owned. The formula is quite runny too in my opinion. It almost feels like they may have left out the thickening agent (whatever it is, I am no chemist I don't know lol) and so it ended up a little runnier than it should have. If the first coat didn't apply so streaky, I would have definitely said you can achieve decent opacity with only one coat. However, as I haven't been able to have anything but streaks in the first coat so I suggest others to apply two coats like I do.
|2 coats + Top coat|
Couple days ago, I decided to give it another go, this time without any base coat. Leaving out the base coat worked like a charm! I mean charm as in, first coat was still bit of a disaster and second coat made everything okay. I absolutely adore the color, it's not a typical nude/beige and has a hint of baby pink to it. Perhaps I wouldn't be receiving so many compliments from random people about my nails if it were just a regular nude he he It's perfect for the spring season and even in summer when you wanna keep it lady-like :) ! I will just have to bear with the messy application for the sake of this gorgeous shade. I am a sucker for nudes! What can I do?
Did those of you that picked up Topless & Barefoot experience the same streaky application?
What do you think about this color?