There was some feedback on the last post that made me want to add a little caveat before we begin - while I myself am a big fan of using undies for indie polish, it is a somewhat divisive subject. Some people think that using undies ruins the jelly effect you so often get with indie polish, and I can totally appreciate it's largely a matter of taste. Personally, I don't get as excited by the jelly look as I do being able to do a manicure more quickly and easily, but that's a personal preference, not any sort of hard and fast rule. If you have the time, patience, and skill to make the most of indie polishes without any undie polishes, then you get down with your bad self.
|Lab Muffin, for example, hardly ever uses undies and her indies still look|
glorious. One day I will steal her secret. And her crazy long nail beds.
Let's start with my favourite red undie, from one of my most exciting new discoveries of last year, Powder Perfect. Prior to seeing the Home Alone inspired Christmas collection from Powder Perfect, my go-to red was always OPI's I'm Not Really A Waitress. The retail price for OPI in Australia is absolutely outrageous though, so I was always a bit reluctant to recommend it to people not willing to source it from Ebay like I do. It's also just a little...well, flashy to be a truly great undie polish. It looks amazing on it's own, but when you're putting other things over it the shimmer can sometimes reach out and overwhelm the top polish.
But as soon as I tried Powder Perfect's Don't Flash Those Babies Around, I knew I'd found a red undie I could wholeheartedly recommend. It's consistency is fantastic - smooth without being too thin, and it covers perfectly in one generous coat or two thin ones. While it's colour is a tiny bit cooler and less rich than I'm Not Really A Waitress, this actually makes it much better suited as an undie.
It has a slight shimmer, but not so much as to take anything away from the polishes you put over it, and it matches almost every single red I own pretty perfectly.
This isn't, of course, every single I red I own - just a selection that I think are particularly complemented by this particular undie polish. From index to pinkie, we have Shades of Phoenix's Who's Been Painting My Roses Red, Bella Belle's Crimson Nebula, Femme Fatale Cosmetic's Mana Ruby, and Alanna Renee's Fawkes. I used one coat of each over Don't Flash Those Babies Around.
Next up we have my all time favourite green undie, Chi Chi Show Me The Money. These polishes don't seem to be particularly quick drying, as claimed, but they do retail for $5 and under, and cover beautifully in two coats. I've tried a couple of colours, but Show Me The Money is the only one that's really stood out for me over other low end polishes. Green polish has to be exactly the right shade to work with my skin tone - too blue and I look anemic, too yellow and I look like a zombie. Show Me The Money hits that sweet spot right in the middle, a lovely true emerald with a gloriously glossy finish.
There is also something about this particular shade of green that makes it extraordinarily versatile. If you've seen me wearing green indie polish at any point in the last six months, this is what would have been under it. I put together the following pictures to illustrate just how versatile this undie polish is.
From index to pinkie, this is two coats of Chi Chi Show Me The Money, with one coat of Shades of Phoenix's Poseidon, Gloss'n'Sparkle's The Huntress, Femme Fatale Cosmetic's Abyssal Reflections and Lynderella's I Can Afford It.
I initially intended to limit myself to just one recommendation for each colour, but when I got to purple I was just too torn. I have far too my many purples that I absolutely adore, so I had to include both a dark and light purple on the list.
Some of you have probably heard me ranting about this polish before, but it's just so goshdarn PERFECT. Miss Priss from Love Thy Polish was the first indie creme I ever tried, and I fell for it SO hard. It's smooth and glossy in two coats, and the colour (while frustrating to try and capture on camera) is rich and lush like an orchid.
I found when first trying crellies I had a lot of trouble getting as much glitter as I would like to show through, while also having issues getting it to sit smoothly. I got around this by putting a layer of plain creme polish that matched the base of the crelly as closely as possible down, and then putting one or two layers of the crelly on top. As you can see from the pictures below, Miss Priss is a particularly good match for a lot of the lovely purple "crellies" (creme bases with glitter) that you find in the Aussie indie polish scene.
From index to pinkie, this is two coats of Miss Priss with one coat of Gloss'n'Sparkle Fruit Tingle, Glittering Element's Bahamut, Glam Polish's Unicorn Sparkles, and (gasp, a FOREIGN INDIE) Hare Polish's Medusa Luminosa.
For when I want to wear a darker or more jelly based purple, Kleencolor Disco Purple is always the first polish I reach for. In fact, Disco Purple and Miss Priss remain the only two plain colour polishes I've actually run out of and had to rebuy - which is a hell of a recommendation coming from someone like me who is always after the next new thing to try. The only downside to Disco Purple is the same problem that all Kleencolor polishes have - the smell. It's not as awful as the Ludurana "perfume", but it's certainly stronger than a lot of other polishes and pretty icky. BUT, it's so goshdarn cheap and good, I can live with a weird smell. You can get it from lots of places on Ebay, but I usually stock up at SalonSupplyStore, who sell it for $3.
I suppose if you want to be pedantic Disco Purple isn't technically a "plain" polish - there is a lot of shimmer, and itty bitty glassy flecks all over the place. But it does make a fantastic undie, because there is enough sparkle to add a little extra oomph to jelly polishes used over it, but not so much that it detracts from the actual glitter you're trying to show off.
From index to pinkie, this is two coats of Disco Purple with one coat of Celestial Cosmetic's Celestial Night (which actually has gorgeous holo hexes in it, but damned if I can capture them), Glam Polish's IQ, Pretty Serious's Cybernetic, and Femme Fatale Cosmetic's Planar Anomalies.
Phew! That was a metric TON of polishes all in one post! Stay tuned for Part Three, in which I'll give advice on my favourite blacks, whites, and blues.