I wanted to do a video tutorial on how to apply holographic polish because many people tend to give up on holos because they apply patchy. But they are SOOO pretty, don’t give up!! lol
- not only does this allow the polish to go on very smoothly it also give the polish a natural high shine once dry without the use of a top coat.
- this doesn’t dull the holo at all, in fact it creates more of a holo effect because the surface of your nail is so smooth.
- I DO NOT recommend using an adhesive type base coat to apply holos. Why? Because the polish “sticks” to the base coat, but only in certain spots. The result is a very patchy application that will need multiple coats in order to even out the color.
- I’m not sure why but this did seem to dull the look of the holo, you can still see the rainbow but it’s not as vibrant as it could be.
3. 2 in 1 one top/base coat.
- again I had troubles with the holo applying very patchy over the base coat, so basically I would avoid using ANY type of base coat under your holographic polishes.
- and again I did notice a slight dulling of the holo with this one as well.
4. Top coat as base coat (any shiny top coat will work, even a quick dry).
- the application was similar to using the shine buffer, it went on smooth and even.
- much like using the shine buffer this didn’t dull the holo, but unlike the shine buffer this didn’t leave a high shine to the polish once it was dry.
5. Base coat + color.
- if you want to intensify or slightly change the color of your holo this is the perfect way to apply.
- if your color polish dries matte, apply a shiny topcoat before applying the holo.
- this is my favorite way to use holographic polish because you can take the holo color you love and make it better!
- not sure what it is about this top coat but it’s recommended by a lot of people to use over holos because, once dry, it doesn’t have any dulling effect.
- I didn’t notice any dulling effect and can say this is a good choice to use over holos.
- this does have a slight dulling effect. I don’t recommend using a quick dry top coat over holos.
3,4,5. 2 in 1 top/base coat, $$ top coat (Orly Polished) and $ top coat ( WnW Wild Shine)
- these 3 gave about the same results: minor dulling compared to the Sally Hansen Insta Dri (clear triangular bottle), much less than a quick dry.
Now if you’re wondering why dulling is so important and why I want to avoid it, the reason is simple: these are the most expensive polishes I own. At almost $16 I want to get what I paid for and not do anything that’s going to lessen the effect I’m looking to achieve.
If you want to add a top coat to extend the wear your your holo mani you can also do a top coat “sandwich”. After applying your top coat let it dry then add another thin coat of your holo polish. This will give you all the holo effect along with extended wear.