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Monday, 14 December 2015

Manicure Monday | Wet N Wild - Ants In My Pants

I've never tried a nail polish from Wet N Wild before, so when I saw that Ants In My Pants was available from Amazon I immediately added it to my basket. I've had my eye on the cult classic Deborah Lippmann's Ruby Red Slippers for a while now, but it's so expensive that I couldn't bring myself to get it, thankfully this budget-friendly polish from Wet N Wild is said to be an exact dupe.

Wet N Wild Ants In My Pants

I know you can all see the obvious flaw with this photo, but I'm going to come back to that in a moment. Ants In My Pants is a black jelly base with large and small red hex glitter, which I'm happy to say doesn't drag with the brush and doesn't need 'fishing' at all. As the base is a jelly it's obviously very sheer, so much so that it looks more charcoal grey than black even after two coats. I've used three coats in the above photo and it's still not a solid black, but I quite like that. If you would prefer it to be opaque then I'd suggest layering it over a coat of black polish.

I really enjoyed the formula of this polish and didn't find it too much work at all; It glided over the nail smoothly and because the brush is flat and wide, I was able to get away with no clean up. I did find that it remained tacky for a long time after each coat, not so much that you'd ruin it by touching, but enough that it made me really cautious. Because of this, I felt the need to add a coat of Seche Vite, which as you know, I do in almost every manicure with no issues at all, and that's where the obvious problem came in.

As you can see I did have some issues with the tips of my nails, as the polish dried I could see that it was shrinking slightly, which was leaving the very tips of my nails exposed. I always wrap my tips so rarely have that problem, and although it wasn't very obvious with the naked eye, I knew that they weren't perfect so it bothered me. After applying my third coat, I used SV as usual and almost instantly I could see the polish receding further down the nail until what is left is what you can see in the above photo.

I know that SV has something of a reputation for making certain polishes behave this way, but it only added to the problem that was already there, so the original blame must be with Ants In My Pants. It's such a shame that my nails now look like that because I have to now take it all off and paint them again. Whilst I think this polish is very pretty and I don't have another one like it, unless someone can offer advice on how to get it to work for me I don't think I'll be wearing it again.

Wet N Wild Spoiled Nail Colour in Ants In My Pants is available from Amazon for £8.67.

If you've tried this polish please let me know if and how you get it to work for you.

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