I was sent both traditional nail polishes and gel polishes, so I've broken down the review between the two kinds of polishes.
The "Matching Gel & Nail Lacquer" duo packs are meant to be used both on toenails and fingernails at the same time. They suggest using the traditional nail polishes on your toes (so you don't have to stick your toes into your UV/LED device, I assume) and the gel on your fingernails.
Their recommended gel application is to roughen up the surface of your nails with a nail file first. Apply the base coat and cure, then apply one coat of color and cure, another color coat and cure, then finally the top coat and cure. Once the nail application is complete, you then need to take some rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball and rub it over the surface of your nail polish to set the top coat and make it extra shiny (otherwise it is slimy and has a bit of tackiness to it). The cotton ball won't ruin your nail polish because it will already be dry after curing it under your UV/LED device.
Professional Polish Review
(the traditional nail polish formula)
I really like the glittery topcoat Discotheque because it has all different multiple sizes of glitters. I have a few glitter topcoats from the drugstore, but nothing quite like this one. I'm in love! :) It has a great consistency so you don't get spots with too much glitter and then spots with not enough. This is very unique and I love it.
Color Matching Professional Polish - Green Matcha
This particular shade is a light and bright neon green. It did take three layers to build up the solid opacity that I wanted. However, for a neon color like this, I think that's not asking too much. If you have seen any of my previous nail polish reviews here on this blog, you know that oftentimes I end up doing 3 coats of a lot of polishes anyway. It was somewhat streaky on second application and it seemed if I didn't let the first layer dry enough, the brush would create bald spots on the nails.
This polish actually dried really quickly, one of the fastest drying polishes I think I've ever tried. It dries almost to a semi-matte finish if you aren't using a top coat. (I always use Seche Vite topcoat though).
I paint my nails right before bed, so to me "Day 1" is the day after I painted them.
On day 1, I had very minor chipping on two fingers (middle of left hand, index of right). You wouldn't even notice it unless you were examining your fingernails for review purposes lol.
Day 2 the chips have grown to the point that I want to remove my nail polish and start over. The polish definitely chips, instead of gradually wearing down. If you try to pick at it, it keeps chipping off, instead of peeling off in chunks.
This traditional nail polish can be removed with a typical nail polish remover. This polish sticks to the nails really well though and it can take quite a bit of scrubbing and pressure to remove with nail polish remover.
Overall, I am impressed with this green nail polish. I've always loved neon green, but I haven't been able to find a good polish that I can actually get to look opaque. So I'm really glad I was able to try this one out.
Color Gel & Mood Color Reviews
(the gel polish formula)
|Mood Color Gels - Pink Tutu & Sweet Potatoes|
The recommended two coats turns out to be perfect with the gel polishes. The Mood Colors can get away with just one coat, but the effects of the color changing polish work much better with a second coat. The green can also benefit from a third coat, but it doesn't look bad with just two.
|Mood Color Gels - Sweet Potatoes|
They recommend you use a file on the top of your nails to roughen up the surface and I find that it really makes a big difference on wear time. When I applied the polish on my natural nails without any filing, it was very easy to peel off the multiple coats of nail polish. I am really bad about picking at my nail polish, so it's hard for me to resist in that case. It peels off in one perfect piece, making removal super easy.
On a 1 coat application, after 3 days, there is some minor chipping. Chipping never becomes a major problem if you do more than 1 coat of color. There is only slight wear on the very tips of the nails after a few days.
With too many layers, after a day or so, you may see some peeling at the sides of your nails. It does not occur as quickly if you do less layers of polish. When I see them starting to peel, I can't help but remove them. That's typically in 3-4 days time. If you have the patience to ignore the very slight peeling, I can see these polishes lasting a good week or more for many people.
|Mood Color Gels - Sweet Potatoes|
Overall, the concept of the Color Matching traditional and gel polishes packaged and sold together is an intriguing sale point. I love the idea that you can wear the traditional polish on your toes and the gel on your fingers and match them both. I love the color changing gel polishes because they show a drastic difference between the two colors and temperatures and go together nicely. Although I'm somewhat disappointed in the wear time on the traditional nail polish, I was only sent one color to try and perhaps the other nail polishes from this brand work better. The lime green is a unique color anyway, the wear time might just be a sacrifice you have to deal with for the color.
|Huge gel polish color selection!|
Thanks for reading!
|Mood Color selection|
*These polishes were sent to me by the company for review considerations. All opinions are always 100% honest and my own. I am not being paid to tell you about this product.
|Mood Color selection (Mood Color - Sweet Potatoes on my nails)|