Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Hard Candy Black Tie Optional

Yes, folks... Black Tie Optional has FINALLY found its way into my collection!

Hard Candy Black Tie Optional, SOPI What's a Tire Jack?

Hard Candy Black Tie Optional, SOPI What's a Tire Jack?

Hard Candy Black Tie Optional, SOPI What's a Tire Jack?

Hard Candy Black Tie Optional, SOPI What's a Tire Jack?

Hard Candy Black Tie Optional, SOPI What's a Tire Jack?

Hard Candy Black Tie Optional, SOPI What's a Tire Jack?

Hard Candy Black Tie Optional MACRO

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
2 Coats SOPI What's a Tire Jack?
2 Coats Hard Candy Black Tie Optional (Accent)
1 Coat OPI Top Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

I love how Black Tie Optional makes my nails look like an old school composition book. I was really looking forward to finding this and wearing it, and I'm glad it did NOT disappoint. If you don't have a black and white glitter in your collection yet... this is a great one to start out with!

Black Tie Optional is a clear polish with white and black hexagonal glitter in various sizes, plus some black bar glitter thrown in for effect and good merit. It's a good mix of size and color, giving off a very cool effect on the nails.

Glitter payoff is decent... but the formula of this polish errs on the thicker side. That means you'll have to fish for the really big glitter pieces and place them on your nail. Most glitter polishes with larger glitter pieces have this same issue. Not too big of a deal, in my opinion.

I topped off my accent nails with a coat of OPI clear AND a coat of Seche Vite, and they're still a bit bumpy to the touch. Black Tie Optional is gorgeous... but it's an extremely thirsty gorgeous! Probably another coat or two of clear would smooth it all out.

Overall, I'm impressed! I have read horrible things about the Hard Candy glitters being difficult to work with. Black Tie Optional requires a little extra patience when applying, but not so much to make it not worth buying. At $4 a bottle... it should definitely be on your must-buy list!!! This is part of the Crystal Confetti collection from Hard Candy, available exclusively from Wal*Mart. 

What do you think of Black Tie Optional?


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