Today I'd like to show you the first four polishes in my multi-part series that will cover all of the new Wet n Wild Megalast Nail Colors. I'm trying to give my poor cuticles a break (I've been swatching lots of polishes lately) so I'm going to cover these four at a time. Let's get started!
Wet n Wild Megalast Nail Color
(retail: $1.99 each, 0.45 oz)
As many of you know, the newly-reformulated Megalast polish line contains some shades that were in the original line, as well as some NEW shades.
This is a sheer, milky shade (thus, the name). I loved it in the old formula and I love it in the new formula. It seems a little easier to work with this time around, but it still requires three coats until I'm happy with the look. Three coats still yields VSN (visible nail line) so if that bothers you, be prepared for 4+ coats (or start with an opaque white cream base).
Break the Ice
Break the Ice was love at first sight when I swatched it back in 2010 and it's still my favorite milky-white-sparkly polish of all time. This one requires two coats for me, but three would make it even more opaque of course. The formula's a little thick, but nothing the average nail fanatic wouldn't be able to handle.
Private Viewing is also a shade that was in the original line-up but I don't remember owning/wearing it back then so I can't tell you how the new formula compares to the old. This would be a good "mannequin hands" shade if it matched your skintone (it's a little too dark and warm to match mine). There's a very subtle shimmer that you can see in the pic taken with flash below. I needed two coats for what you see in my pics. The formula is nice--not too thick or thin.
Wet Cement is a new shade and it's a pretty standard greige creme. Like most of the greige cremes in my collection, this one applied effortlessly. Two coats for perfect opacity.
I thought it would be helpful to show you how the old style Megalasts compare to the new. So here's a pic of an old Megalast (this is an LE shade so the cap is white--the core collection polishes had a black cap):
As you can see, the bottle has changed dramatically. It's bigger and holds more polish (0.45 oz vs 0.30 oz). It's great that the price has stayed the same ($1.99) despite the fact that we're getting more polish.
Another improvement is the longer brush handle. It's easier to work with now.
And depending on your taste, the brush is different (I'll leave it up to you if that's good or bad). It's much wider now and has a more rounded tip.
Speaking of the brush, the one complaint I've heard from readers so far is that some of you have purchased polishes that contained a brush with a ragged trim. I've used eight of these new Megalasts so far and I have honestly not experienced that issue, so maybe it was specific to a certain batch. I find the brushes flexible (not too stiff) and the curved tip works nicely for a one-swipe manicure, however they can be too wide if you have narrow nail beds. For instance, they're wider than Sally Hansen Insta-Dri brushes and also Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro brushes. So just keep that in mind if you have narrow nail beds.
As for the FORMULA, I love all of the shades I've tried so far. I think they're consistently easy to work with, the dry-time is good and, on my nails, THEY LAST. I'm talking 4-5 days without chipping (sandwiched between base and top coat, of course).
Please stay tuned for the next part in this series, coming soon.
In the meantime, have you purchased any of the new Wet n Wild Megalasts yet? I'd love to hear from you!
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