Today I have some major grit on my nails. Probably one of the most grittiest nail polishes I’ve ever worn, Wet n Wild Dutchess. I’m not a big fan of Wet n Wild because I’m kinda polish snobby like that, but I did buy a few of their Fergie Collection polishes as you may remember a while back.
Dutchess is a densely packed glitter with a base of micro blue glitter and additional purple hex glitter. Although I am a fan of this color combination, all love stops there. This was the most awkward polish application I’ve ever had. The brush is super wide and thick and the polish was on the thick side, yet overflowing the brush at the same time. It was impossible to apply without going off my nail and getting it all over my cuticles. The combination of the brush size and over flowing polish made for uneven application, which was hard as hell to touch up considering I was working with a fat brush. My swatches are of two thick coats, but it might actually be 3 since I had to touch up a lot to cover bald spots and still ended up with some.
As for the finish…SUPER gritty and dull once it dried. I applied 2 coats of Gelous, but it just swallowed that up so I applied an additional thick coat of Seche top coat and that seemed to help seal in all the grit. I don’t like to use multiple layers of top coat so I wasn’t too happy with that.
Once Seche dried it did regain its sparkle and pretty color, but despite that I’m annoyed at this polish. The whole experience was a pain in the butt. Its a shame, I really like the colors in the bottle and even on my nails after all that work, but I won’t be wearing this again. Ugh, I’m really going to be even more unhappy with it when I have to endure taking it off.
P.S. When these originally came out they were a Walgreens exclusive, but last week I saw a display of these in my local CVS. So they may be available in CVS as well now…unless I was confused on where I was.