Review: Catrice Ombre Top Coat12:02
I was very excited, when I was looking through the new products for fall and winter from Catrice. One of the products I wanted to get, was Ombre Top Coat, so I bought it. To say, it didn't live up to my expectations, is an understatement.
The packaging is a standard Catrice nail polish, with a plastic top. You get 10 ml of nail polish for 3.29 €. Not the cheapest, may I say.
The shade is named 01 Colour of Change. On the back it says that it works with all light colours of nail polishes. The shade that they used on their youtube tutorial was pretty dark, so I used a similar shade, which is also Catrice nail polish. I thought it would work better. So I used Catrice nail polish in the shade 200 From Dusk To Dawn. It's a taupe shade.
The process goes like this. You use colored nail polish all over your nails. Then you use the ombre top coat on every finger except thumb. Then you put on a second coat on every finger except thumb and index. Then you use third coat on every finger except thumb, index and middle...and so on. You get the drill. At the end you have zero coats of top coat on thumb, you have 2 coats on index, 3 coats on middle, 4 on ring and 5 on pinky. That is supposed to give you the so called ombre effect.
Let's start with the brush. I think it's clearly seen on the photo that the brush is completely unevenly cut. Some hair is longer and some shorter. The brush is very hard, which means it leaves streaks on the colored nail polish which you apply first. I used it in the way, that my brush was very wet and I tried to touch nail very lightly. It still left stroke marks on the nail polish, but they were less visible. The problem was also, that because I had so much nail polish on the brush, it literally leaked all over my nail and made an ugly pool of top coat all over my cuticles. Just no!
The nail polish is very liquid and it's basically transparent red. To me it looks like a red food dye. What an innovative concept?! Not really! The red shade made my nail polish color look violet. I also tried it on a white nail polish and didn't like the shade that came out, either. It's apparent that any nail polish shade would have a red tone to it. Plus the difference of the shades wasn't all that. So..no!
I mean...I was just really really dissapointed with this product. I wish I would rather buy chocolate for that money, because I really don't see any use in this top coat. If the brush was cut evenly or at least to make a rounder shape and it wouldn't be so damn hard, I would still accept the whole food dye concept. But this is just not working at all.
For me it didn't work. I can't say all the nail polishes are wrongly cut and have hard brushes. But even if they don't, I don't think the concept is done right. So, I hope I can spare you some money.