This manicure suffers simply from the fact that it came after a manicure that I REALLY REALLY loved. That is, I really like it, it's pretty, it looks pretty much how I wanted...but after that stunning pink & white cherry blossom dot manicure, it isn't nearly as impressive. ( Pink Manicure 22. )
I am sure I would've been a lot more enamored of this manicure, like I said, if it hadn't come right after a manicure I was SO IN LOVE with.
I also switched top coats on this day, from the China Glaze Fast Forward to Poshe, which is another brand that seems to be pretty popular with the nail bloggers I follow.
A further note about the China Glaze Fast Forward: I noticed with Out the Door that, after a week of solid usage, the bottle still barely looked touched. That is, a week of use barely seemed to touch the amount of top coat in the bottle. In contrast, after a week of use, the Fast Forward bottle is half empty.
When I used Poshe yesterday (and today), I noticed further that one brief dip of the brush seems to give me WAY more top coat than I need for a single nail and I suspect that the Poshe bottle, like Out the Door is going to be pretty full when I'm done with its week. So Fast Forward tumbles another notch in my estimation.
Going back to Poshe, it seems to dry as quickly as Seche Vite and Out the Door (more quickly than Fast Forward), cures pretty quickly and gives reasonable shine (though not the glassy shine of Seche Vite). I haven't had any shrinkage problems with Out The Door, Fast Forward or Poshe, so far.
When this top coat experiment is over, I may try using one of the non-shrinking top coats to seal the nail polish and then try putting on a thin coat of Seche Vite to up the shine. *muses*