When I first started doing my nails and reading nail blogs, I came across the word “lemming”. I was perplexed at first; it seemed to be both a noun and a verb. As in: “that’s a lemming of mine” and “I have been lemming for that”. I had no idea what these people were all on about. Why would they be talking about Arctic rodents who have a (purely fictional and entirely misconceived) propensity for mass suicide?
Well, it gradually became apparent that a lemming is a polish that one very strongly desires. I still have no idea how the phrase came about – and it still seems nonsensical, so if anyone can shed any light on it, please do so – but as a polish addict, I do at least understand the sentiment behind it.
My own lemming is KBShimmer Oh Splat!, a white jelly polish base loaded with different sizes of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple glitters. I have wanted it since I first saw it back in September last year. But I couldn’t get it direct from KBShimmer, as the indie polish supplier doesn’t ship to the UK. A Canadian supplier however, does. But the polish proved so popular that they were permanently out of stock.
Until a week ago, that is. Last Tuesday Harlow & Co sent me an email to say it was back in stock. Yesterday, less than a week later, it popped through my letterbox. It wasn’t cheap. It cost me $21 (Canadian dollars) including shipping, which is just over £13. That’s more than I would pay for any polish except a Chanel. But boy is it worth it.
Oh Splat! is simply wonderful. I have never been so excited about receiving a polish. Nor have I ever anticipated wearing anything so much.
I wasn’t sure how sheer it might be – and I also wanted to make my new “precioussss” last as long as possible – so I used a base coat of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls before layering on two coats of Oh Splat!
It took a little while to get used to the application. While it doesn’t need dabbing on to ensure that the glitter goes on OK, I think I was a little heavy handed with it at first as all the larger glitters were ending up at the tips of my nails. By the second coat I got my technique right and the glitters were more evenly spread out. I’ve since read on the KBShimmer website that it’s best shaken – unusual for a polish because that can cause it to bubble on the nail – and that it’s also best with three thin coats. I do think my manicure looks less densely glitter-packed than most I’ve seen online, so next time I’ll be sure to shake it a bit before applying.
- Base: one coat of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls
- Glitter coat: two coats of KBShimmer Oh Splat!
- Top coat: three (yes three!) coats of W7 Diamond Top Coat (which is very thin – three coats were still not as thick as one coat of Seche Vite would have been)
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