So I am walking through J. Crew, my favorite store, the other day and what should I come across but the very last bottle of their collaboration with Tenoverten nail polish that I have been looking for for MONTHS! Literally for months I have been waiting for this polish to make an appearance on the website and set Google alerts for it only to arrive to the party after all of them have been sold out. So annoying! Even though I had my contacts in and perused their beauty section, I would’ve missed this bottle too had I not asked a sales associate who was like “oh yeah we have just one left” and grabbed it from where it was hiding in plain sight. She then asked me if I’d like to call their HQ to see if they had any more polishes and I said “heck yes” so she called and I grabbed the last bottles they had in stock. I figured they would make good bridesmaids gifts. I’m not engaged but I am thinking ahead for the future!
Every now and again I get in a nail polish rut which I don’t necessarily think is a bad thing as long as you switch it up a bit, for example if you’re into vamps try to experiment with different colors like reds and purples. I’ve been on sheer kick lately and Tenoverten for J. Crew Houston definitely fits the bill. It is a sheer beige that let me just say is the perfect sheer as a result of it’s crelly (crème and jelly) finish I adore because of the gel manicure look they create without putting your nails through the ringer. I’m biased against gel manicures because I think they’re damaging to nails and unnecessary but YMMV.
Tenoverten for J. Crew Houston
As with most sheer polishes, prepare for streaks. And prepare to use a lot of coats. In the end I ended up using four coats to build up the color to where I like. Even though I was able to get to bottle color with three coats, I could still see the whites of my fingertips and wanted a bit more color so I added another coat of polish. I used Seche Base Ridge Filling Base Coat for two reasons:
- I wanted to give the manicure a smooth base. Because sheer polishes tend to be streaky, the polish will sink into any ridges and your nails will not only be streaky but look uneven so to combat this I always use a ridge filling base coat with any really light or sheer nail polish.
- Seche Base Ridge Filling Base Coat is pearlescent in appearance. To boost the color of the polish, especially lights and sheers, I always use a white nail polish or pearlescent base coat to make the color pop just a bit.
As with the Seche Dry Fast Top Coat which I used to finish off this manicure, the Seche Base Ridge Filling Base Coat has a really strong odor so I would recommend using this is a well ventilated area and opening a window if you can. Houston was very easy to work with and dried pretty quickly considering how many coats I used. Minus the streakiness that is par for the course when it comes to sheer nail polishes I really dig this polish and don’t think I have another color like it in my collection. A base coat, 4 coats of polish, and a top coat later I have a beautiful manicure that has eluded me for months! Sure I could’ve just gone to Sephora and bought the nail polish but it wouldn’t have been the same.
Tell me about a great find, doesn’t have to be nail polish, that you scored after combing through aisles or websites for months. Even better if it was practically a steal!